The newly formed ‘Club Faithful’ opened itself up to the public last Thursday night as crowds flocked to both Birr and Tullamore to attend two very successful launches.
The new look Supporters club, which is fronted by Chairman Paul Bell, outlined its plans on getting more people back going to matches and getting a better match day experience for all involved.
Proceedings kicked of in Birr as members of the senior hurling and football panels joined supporters in the County Arms as club members Paul Bell and Tom Moloney outlined their plans to the crowd in attendance.
Plans will be afoot shortly to set up supporter zones at venues for supporters to meet before and after games to have a chat and get a bit of buzz back in supporting the Faithful County teams. The children are also a major part of the plans with initiatives in the schools with jersey days and collector cards of both the hurling and football panels in the pipeline.
As the launch moved on to Tullamore, another bumper crowd flocked to the Tullamore Court Hotel as the committee once again outlined their exciting and cutting edge plans to bring supporting Offaly teams to a new level,
A special presentation was also made at the Tullamore Launch to the great Michael McDonagh who was presented with honorary membership of the club in reward for his outstanding support he gives to all Offaly teams no matter what the venue. Famed for his positioning behind the goals at matches, McDonagh is one of the greatest Offaly gaels and it was a fitting tribute by Club Faithful to mark the occasion.
Offaly senior football panelists and the new management team fronted by Emmet McDonnell were also on hand in the Tullamore Court Hotel with McDonnell speaking very passionately and positively about the voyage they are embarking on.
There was also no shortage of former Offaly greats at both launches with a real push been made by players as well as the committee to bring in membership. Every player on the hurling and football panels will be actively looking for members and at 20 euro it represents a great chance for Offaly Gaels to help out and show their support. Car Stickers come with the supporters pack while a monthly newsletter and text alert service will also be awarded to members.
Buses to away games can also be organised if the demand is there while Club Faithful’s main aim is to give the supporters something they can be proud of and to bring back the famed Offaly spirit to supporters going to matches.
The large crowds on the night also took membership cards to which they will try to fill. With five spaces on a membership cards, they will try to get four people along with themselves to fill the card and return 100 euro. For all those who took them on the night, completed cards and monies can re returned to Club Faithful Chairman Paul Bell in the Brewery Tap in Tullamore while PRO Brian Lowry will also accept returns to the Midland Tribune Offices on the Main Street in Birr.
Plans are also been put in place for people living outside the County and Abroad to join the club through a secure payment system and will be made known when finalised.
This looks to be the start of something big and with the support of the loyal supporters, it can be drove on to be something very valuable to both players and supporters.