07 March 2011 Longford manager Glenn Ryan has called on the GAA authorities to offer more assistance to London in the wake of events over the past two weekends. A scheduled Allianz National Football League Division 4 game against Leitrim was postponed last week due to an unplayable pitch at Ruislip. Then, Saturday's game against Longford was switched to the grounds of Tir Chonaill Gaels in Greenford to save Ruislip for the hurlers' league meeting with Wicklow on Sunday. But Ryan, having watched his side win on a field without dug-outs, scoreboards and a rope barrier, believes the GAA could do more to assist the Exiles. He told the Irish Examiner, "That's something that Croke Park needs to look at. Everything has to be done to encourage football here. "These conditions aren't encouraging for lads representing London. They don't want to be playing on this type of pitch, but with Croke Park it doesn't seem to matter what goes on over here."
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