I had intended to do this update a few days ago. But then all hell broke lose on that other matter (with the Indo still manfully doing their best, six days on, to keep that flame alight) so this issue, also a historical one but with involving considerably less blood on the carpet, had to take its place further back in the queue.
Q4 every year is the time when the results archive, and the work that’s still to be done on it, tends to rise up the Mayo GAA Blog to-do list. It’s a project that, all these years on from when I first began working on it, continues to be chipped away at. Most of the additions made to the archive have happened at this gathering-in time of year, when the here-and-now stuff has eased off. As it did for a few months … up until Saturday.
What I can unveil now is that I’ve spent the last number of weeks adding a further significant batch of U21 and minor championship results to the archive. So, as of now, all senior (league and championship), U21 and minor (championship) results, team details and scorers are available for each of the last thirty years – they’re all here. FBD results are also included back to 2000 but I don’t propose to go wading back through the 20th century on the pre-season side of things.
I’ve currently got an annual sub on the go with the Irish Newspaper Archives – a truly wonderful resource – so, as time permits over the coming weeks and months, I’m hopeful of making more progress in chasing down U21 and minor championship results further back. In fact, having waded through the barren lands of 1987 to 2000 (chronicling five more All-Ireland final defeats at underage level in the process) I’m quite looking forward to the next ten years I’ve got to do, containing as it does three All-Ireland wins at underage level.
On it goes, until it’s all done. I’ll go on.