THE McPadden twins’ transfer from Clonmore Harps to Rhode was passed at the second attempt at the March meeting of the Offaly County Board by just two votes.
The transfer had been voted down at the February meeting despite the recommendation of the Management Committee to allow it.
However the players appealed to the Leinster Council on the basis that the Management Committee had not voted in February. The appeal was successful and the matter returned to the full County Board meeting in March where it was again voted on by secret ballot.
County Board Chairman Pat Teehan had not allowed the Management Committee to vote at the February meeting and he said that this had been a genuine mistake based on the fact that the Management Committee had made the original recommendation and hence it was thought that they were not to vote.
Rhode delegate Joe Masterson remarked that he had ‘no doubt’ that Mr Teehan had been doing what he thought was right.
Before the re-vote, Clonmore Harps’ John Foy pleaded with delegates to vote against the transfer as Clonmore Harps’ existence was at stake.
Mr Foy re-iterated his belief that the McPaddens’ address in Rhode was one of convenience only and he warned that voting for the transfer would set a precedent that would be followed.
Rhode’s Joe Masterson stated that the McPadden brothers had sought the transfer stating that the club ‘never did and never will be in the business of poaching players’.
The result of the secret ballot was 26 to 24 to allow the transfer.