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Figure Of The Month 5,000

… When Drogheda United clinched promotion from Ireland’s second tier six years ago, fewer than 100 people bothered to turn up. Last October, the 44-year-old County Louth outfit could have sold out their 5,000-capacity ground several times over as they clinched their first-ever Premier League title with three games to spare. Club captain Declan O’Brien, who joined in 2002, summed up Drogheda’s dramatic ascent. “When I made my debut we had four men and a dog at the game,” he said. “For training we used to get changed in the bushes in a public park – it was crazy stuff. Now we have the best set-up in the country, the best squad in the land.”