Following Mayo's footballers

Paddy Durcan our MOTM from yesterday

Photo: MichaelMaye.com The votes are in and counted in our final Man of the Match poll for 2016 and, by a wide margin, our top performer in yesterday’s pulsating All-Ireland final replay was, by popular acclaim, Paddy Durcan. The dashing Castlebar Mitchels wing-back secured 41% of the vote for what was, by any measure, a […]

Home is where the heart is

Photo: @MarleyTrevor Our 2016 inter-county season began nine months ago tomorrow with an FBD League match against NUIG at MacHale Park. It was back on home turf this evening, nineteen matches later, that the curtain came down on our year of inter-county action. I wasn’t down in Castlebar myself for the team’s homecoming. I had, of […]

Mayo the movie

The manager stayed up all night. His keeper, his loyal custodian, had contributed to three vital scores against them. What to do, how to do it, he mused. A rocky league and some disgruntled supporters had ensured his credit rating was almost in debit. “Bugger it” he thought and rolled the dice. Thirteen Premiership titles, […]

Homecoming details

I should have posted something on this before now but I was out for the last number of hours and so I didn’t get the chance. Better late than never: here are the details of the team’s homecoming later this afternoon. The train taking the team home left Dublin a short while ago and it’s due into Castlebar […]

Dublin 1-15 Mayo 1-14: so close yet again

Another one and this one I truly believe will be the hardest of the lot to live with. We’ve lost another All-Ireland final and this time we did so in what appears to have been an avoidable manner. Even now I can’t fully comprehend how we did so. The decision to play Robbie Hennelly rather […]

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 […]