I’ve been chasing round the place on different things over the last few days so it’s time to pop my head back in here for a quick update. Just to keep the pot stirred and the spoon licked.
First off, Andy Moran has confirmed that he’s back on board for 2019. That’s covered in the Irish Examiner, Irish Mirror, Irish Sun, RTE.ie and The 42. Next year will be Andy’s seventeenth as an inter-county player and, at 35 years of age, you’d have to think that 2019 will be his final one, even if it often feels like he has the capacity to go on forever.
What next year will look like from a fixtures point of view became a whole load clearer the other day day. The GAA published on Tuesday their 2019 Master Fixture Schedule (details here), from which Club ’51 have extracted all relevant Mayo-related information – that’s here.
Information is everything. In this case, I now know that, if we manage to beat the Yanks, I’ll miss the Roscommon/Leitrim semi-final due to a family engagement. Nothing like a bit of forward planning.
That Club ’51 info lists all our confirmed League matches for 2019. If you want to see in a nice graphical way how all the participating counties have performed in the NFL since 2008 then Rob Carroll of Gaelic Stats has just the toy for you. That’s here.
Our graph shows you at a glance how we’ve done under different management teams in the League over the last decade. We’ve been remarkably steady performers over that time but it’s interesting that we did consistently better every year in James Horan’s first term than we’ve done since then. Mind you, we did brilliantly well in 2010, finishing the regulation games top of the table, but, of course, things didn’t exactly go to plan thereafter that year.
I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of the book myself but have, as I’ve said, been a bit distracted on other stuff of late. My aim is still to get the book and do a quick review of it here on the site this side of Christmas.
Finally, someone the other day mentioned the Mayo GAA lunch at the Shelbourne, which was held last Friday and which I was lucky enough to get to – the photo at the top, shows Mike chatting on stage with James Horan at the event. Like last year it was a very enjoyable afternoon (well, to be honest it stretched well into the evening too) and Mike Finnerty has a good summary of the day’s highlights in this week’s Mayo News – that’s here.