Following Mayo's footballers

Game day: time to cross the line to glory


It’s finally come: after the long wait since the drawn match we’re back into the thick of it again this evening. Another shot at Sam, another opportunity for glory. A huge challenge awaits us at Croke Park later on today. Dublin are a serious team and any complacency they may have felt going into the […]

Two tribes


“When two tribes go to war, a point is all that you can score.” Those lyrics – from “Two Tribes” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood – never particularly meant much to me during my 29 years of existence. Always a song I enjoyed but never one that I paid too much attention to the words […]

Mayo News football podcast: 24 hours to go to the replay


We’re nearly there, folks and, to help you along the road, it’s Mayo News football podcast time once again. This is the second and final part of the All-Ireland final replay preview and in it host Rob Murphy has a good chat with ex-Mayo and Connacht and Ireland rugby player Gavin Duffy. There’s some old […]

Unchanged team named for replay


We’ve just named our team for tomorrow’s All-Ireland final replay against Dublin at Croke Park (throw-in 5pm). As expected, we’ve named the same team that started in the drawn encounter two weeks ago and here it is: Mayo (All-Ireland SFC final replay v Dublin 1/10/2016): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), […]

The final (replay) countdown


Two weeks feels like an age away in this moment in time but as Saturday dawns closer and the promise of glory it brings, you would forgive any Mayo supporter for reflecting on the battlegrounds of Sunday week gone by. For seventy minutes (not ten, not twenty) there was no question but that Mayo set the cards […]

Nearly there for the rematch


Photo: @louisemchugh With all the brouhaha that’s been going on about the Leeroy and Diarmuid tango – which reached a delicious apotheosis yesterday with #ThingsLeeDid – you’d be forgiven for losing focus on the match itself. We can’t afford to do so, though, as it’s coming close now, very close in fact, with throw-in at 5pm […]

Action, meet reaction


It’s a bit like Newton’s third law of motion right now with the whole Leemuid business. Unveiled as a fairly shabby and transparent attempt to blacken our man’s reputation, Dublin’s amateur hour effort at dirty tricks has over the last 24 hours produced a strong and vociferous reaction from our side of the fence. Better […]

Mayo News football podcast: replay preview


It’s Mayo News football podcast time again and this one is the first of a two-part series setting the scene ahead of Saturday evening’s All-Ireland final replay. In this edition, Rob Murphy previews Saturday’s rematch with Seán Rice and Edwin McGreal of the Mayo News and I have some chat with Rob as well about […]

Dub campaign to smear Lee gathers pace


Photo: Irish Independent Another day, another article in the Dublin-centric “national” media quoting a former Dublin player alleging that a current Dublin player, Diarmuid Connolly, was targeted unfairly by one of our players. Yes, folks, it’s the latest round in the smear-Lee-Keegan campaign and you can read it in the Irish Independent here. Clarke’s critique […]

Ramping up again


The start of a new week and once more we’re in build-up mode. The journey on this long and winding road – one that’s taken the team from Ruislip, back to MacHale Park and onwards to Croke Park, for what on Saturday will be our fifth championship match there this year – is nearly done. […]