Image: Club ’51
As some (though not all) of you will no doubt be aware, a new Mayo GAA supporters’ group, called Club ’51, was recently launched and they’ve now established a presence on the web (here) and on Twitter (here).
The group, which its website states is ‘by Mayo GAA fans for Mayo GAA fans’, was formed in October this year by a group of supporters in an effort to counter the air of despondency around the place in the wake of our latest All-Ireland final defeat. Their stated aim is a narrow but wholly commendable one of improving the atmosphere at Mayo matches by, as they say “bringing a bit of noise and colour to the grounds” and they also intend “to raise funds for banners for matches”. The first such banner has already been produced and, one assumes, will get its first outing shortly in the FBD – a photo of it is here.
I think we all found last September’s final defeat pretty tough to take – I know I did (hence, to be honest, my lack of engagement on here in the weeks since then – it’s only now that I can even start to talk about the final in any kind of objective way) – and so it’s great to see some tangible evidence of optimism from the supporting fraternity about the year ahead. Best of luck to Club ’51: hopefully there’ll be a good deal of action to make noise about in 2014 and plenty of big occasions for those banners.