Armagh joint-captain Aidan Nugent is well aware of the huge support that Armagh have gathered, following last seasons run to the last eight.
The small venue of Castleblayney means plenty of loyal fans will be disappointed. But Armagh can still bring plenty of colour and noise.
The McKenna Cup showed that Armagh’s loyal fanbase are willing to follow the team anywhere. Even in the wintery conditions that January provides.
And it doesn’t go unnoticed. Nugent, who made his debut in 2019, played against both Antrim and Cavan in the McKenna Cup and was glad to get back on the pitch.
“They’re probably glorified friendlies but it’s just good to get minutes into the legs,” said the Cullyhanna man.
“You have the hard work done and Armagh always brings a good crowd whether it’s McKenna Cup or league so it’s good to get out playing competitive football.”
Armagh fans enjoyed last season’s run to the All-Ireland quarter-finals and will hope for another big season in 2023.
Nugent, owner of his own business ‘Recover8’ says the big Armagh following means a lot to the team.
“There is a good buzz and I suppose last year helped. Everyone loves the big days out but in terms of our supporters, they go to every game week in week out.
“It’s great because when you run out on the pitch, you see the crowds. Even when you’re looking back, seeing how full the stadium was you realise that it’s a lot more than what’s in our circle.
“It means a lot to the people of Armagh. So, you try you’re best to get a performance and a result.
“Supporters have paid a lot of money following us and I’d say we gave them a lot of stress and headaches over the last few years!
“Getting a few results and getting over the line probably means a lot to them as much as it does to us.”