While everyone is suffering through the current Covid-19 pandemic in one way or another, Dundalk FC players are not immune.
There might be bigger concerns right now than Vinny Perth’s squad not training or being able to play matches but the human element to this unprecedented crisis hasn’t avoided them either.
Defender Andy Boyle was due to get married to his long term partner Hayley Donegan during the mid-season break this June but the couple’s wedding plans have now been postponed.
While the pair had hoped to rearrange the wedding for November, that too could be put on ice after the FAI and NLEC announced on Friday that the league was now likely to run until December 4th. With it being a best case scenario that the league even resumes on June 19th, the couple may now be forced to put off their nuptials until 2021.
The current situation has also had an impact on a couple of staff. As revealed in last week’s Argus, club captain Brian Gartland has had to close down both his basketball coaching business and his most recent venture, The Recovery Room in Abbotstown.
Club physio David Murphy has also just launched his own private practice but due to social distancing is unable to treat patients in the flesh.
Meanwhile, with four players’ partners expecting babies this year the dads-to-be are unable to attend scans with some hospitals also denying fathers access to the delivery room when the birth is taking place.
A number of Dundalk players have also been left in limbo by the current pandemic. The English quartet of Sean Murray, Jordan Flores, Will Patching and recent recruit Nathan Oduwa are all living away from home during the crisis. It is understood some or even all of them were able to return home late last week but spare a thought for recent Serbian signing Stefan Colovic, who is hundreds of miles away from home and unable to return at present.
The winger has been working hard in the YDC at Oriel Park pending the return of the football action – something that will hopefully be by June 19th as planned.