Kerry Needs The Fans To Turn Up In Killarney Says Aidan

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Brian Hurley hosting the panel of sporting legends, Alan Kennedy, Mick Galwey, John Leahy and Aidan O’Mahony at Benner’s Hotel on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

FORMER Kerry GAA star Aidan O’Mahony says Kerry needs the fans to turn up in theyr droves in Killarney on Saturday and he still believes we can win Sam if Kerry progresses today.

The former All-Star was speaking at an event in Benner’s Hotel to honour the late Robert O’Dowd of John Mitchels. He was joined by former soccer, hurling and rugby stars Alan Kennedy, John Leahy and Mick Galway in a highly entertaining chat with host Brian Hurley.

Aidan also said Eamonn Fitzmaurice has a very tough job and supporters don’t see the half of what he does for players.

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“There is pressure because it’s Kerry and you’re judged on winning All-Irelands. If you don’t win an All-Ireland they’re calling for your head. I trained under Jack O’Connor, Pat O’Shea and Eamonn. He was a fantastic man manager, he’s the go-to guy. What he does for players coming through is fantastic,” said Aidan.

He said the Kerry supporters matters and they drive on the players.

“There’s a mix of younger and more experienced players on this team and the fans need to come out and get behind them. I remember playing games up the north and you’d see the busloads of supporters who travelled about five hours to get there and I’d think that’s why I put on the jersey,” said Aidan, who also said abuse of those players from fans in the stands and terraces is not acceptable.

He also believes it could be Kerry’s year.

“There’s a big kick in this team yet and if they can progress tomorrow, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them climbing the Hogan Stand steps in September.”

Kerry v Kildare throws in at 6pm. Get there if you can to cheer them on.

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