Ready to go again? Stupid question, I know – of course you are.
With that in mind, then, no better time to start thinking about the New Year and a whole new year of football action. Every year the fun starts with the FBD League matches in January and so it’s wholly appropriate that the first batch of 2018 fixtures to be revealed are these pre-season ones.
Next year, though, the FBD comes with a welcome twist. The third level college teams have been booted out (not before time too, in my opinion) and so the format reverts to the round-robin system that, if I’m not mistaken, pertained when the tournament first started up in the mid-Nineties.
So with the five counties involved, it means we’ll all get four pre-season matches against county opposition as a warmer-upper ahead of the start of the League in February. Because five teams are in the round robin, each of them has to take turns sitting out for one round of games. For us this occurs in Round 1, which, I’m sure, works well because of holiday plans and all that.
Our campaign starts with a tasty home match against Galway on Sunday, 7th January and then we’ve another home match – against Leitrim – on the following Wednesday (10th), which presumably will be under the MacHale Park lights. The Sunday after (14th) we’re away to Roscommon – the delights of Kiltoom, perhaps, beckoning once more for us in that one? – and then our final match is away to Sligo the Sunday after that (21st).
The top top teams in the table after the round-robin series will contest the final. That’ll be played in February.
Details of the 2018 FBD fixtures, as well as next year’s Connacht championship at U17 level – which is also being run off on a round-robin format – are here.
By the way, now that your attention is focused on next year’s action you’ll no doubt be interested to know that, to coincide with the recent launch of Mayo GAA TV, Mayo GAA are giving away a Cairde Mhaigheo 2018 season ticket. Details on this competition are here.