You’ve probably seen him pre-match at Turner’s Cross, out on the pitch pre-match with all of his duties done. Considering it’s a position so intrinsic to the running of things though, it’s one very much apart from everything else. A lot of Ring’s work is carried out in solitude.
Not an insurmountable problem but awkward, given the amount of cargo. With everything packed in an orderly fashion, unloading is relatively easy once everything is in the dressing room.
Goalkeeper colours have to be taken into consideration too – home goalkeeper is after away outfield in the priority order, with away goalkeeper next and the poor officials last – while the bibs worn by the subs warm-up must also be distinctive. Just for clarity, examples of each must be hung in the referee’s room, alongside Rovers’ kit elements, to make sure he’s happy.
He’s back in Inniscarra at 1.30am, a long day and just one of many in a season. It’s the kind of organisation which comes second nature to a man who has played a key role in helping Cork City to become champions of Ireland.