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Going Green on November 14th

Friday, 13 November 2009

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The Republic of Ireland will play France in Croke Park tomorrow on Saturday 14th as part of the play-off to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Given the somewhat depressing mood that exists in Ireland at the moment, the achievements of Giovanni Trapattoni and his squad to reach this stage shine brightly as a beacon of hope that Ireland will do the same in the near future.

Recently, an online Ireland fan group YBIG (You Boys in Green) and a group of like-minded Irish football fans came together and, with the help of the FAI, organised a benefit night for Irish Legend Dave Langan, who had fallen on hard times. This time they're focusing their efforts on ensuring that Croke Park becomes a proper fortress for this game. Among our aims are:-

1. Ensuring everyone (or almost everyone!) at Croke Park wears green on that night

2. Ensuring that the fans provide maximum decibel level of vocal support as well

3. Transmitting our passion to the team during the match by vocal and visible support.

Ireland play France in Croke Park tomorrow!!

Aidan Mullen and some other members of YBIG (You Boys in Green) will be in studio to tell us all about the campaign and why they started it up.

. Aidan has been a fan of the Irish soccer team since he was "knee high to a grasshopper".
. He has been at every single Irish home game since 1969!
. He has also been at every away game this campaign and will be in Paris on Wednesday
. He only missed one away game in the last campaign, but he's glad he did! It was the disastrous 5-2 defeat in Cyprus
. His star Irish men for this campaign have been Richard Dunne and Shay Given, but he also thinks Glenn Whelan has been great and is starting to settle in.
. His most feared player on the French team is Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.

"It has been noted across Europe how passionate our support was against Italy, and for a couple of magnificent minutes, the impossible was possible. So how can you help us?

We know that everyone in Ireland wants the Irish team to qualify. If we all do a bit, then anything is possible. With this in mind, we're hoping that you can give us some airtime/PRINT SPACE/TV INFORMATION in the run up to the match in our efforts to reach as many people as possible with our message.

Despite the economic situation in Ireland, despite UEFA changing the ground rules midstream, (and despite Eamonn Dunphy!), our Passion for Ireland is endless. We believe every Irish person feels the same way."