Since November 29th last, we have been writing each week about the weather. There have been only three league games played in that period since then.

Pitches have been unplayable with the amount of rain that has fallen and it is hard to believe that rain is falling every weekend.

We happen to be the smallest league in the country and while we are falling behind with our fixtures, there are much larger leagues throughout the country with much bigger problems than we have.

A number of years ago we ran into trouble with the weather, snow and frost. On that occasion, fixture hon secretary, Noel Hegarty, was able to complete the season on the planned date thanks to the co-operation of players, clubs and referees. But the present problem outweighs that particular time.

Last Sunday at the funeral of former FAI Junior Council chairman, Pat Whitty in Wexford, leagues from all over Ireland were represented and we spoke with many of them regarding their fixtures.

We were told every league is in trouble and speaking to one well known football official with over 60 years involvement in junior football administration, he informed us that what is happening in the past number of weeks/months is the very worst he has experienced in these 60 years.

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