Photo: The Green above the Red
I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve enjoyed the last few months, as I’ve been able to prise myself away from what had for ages felt like 24:7 attention to the blog. It’s been nice, to be honest, to focus my time mainly on issues other than Mayo GAA but over the past two months I have also been working away on one of my pet projects on the blog, the outcome of which I’m now able to reveal in all its glory.
As most of you will know, the results archive here on the site is something I’ve been chipping away at – with significant help from others, I might add – for over a decade at this stage. Collecting all those results and player details is painstaking, time-consuming work, the kind of thing that can only be done when distractions elsewhere are at a minimum. Q4 every year is, then, the obvious time to make progress in this area.
When I last updated you on where things stood with the archive, back in December last year, I had completed gathering Under 21 and minor championship results back to 1987, which meant that there were thirty years of senior (championship and NFL, with FBD match results back to 2000), U21 and minor championship results available online. What I’m happy to announce now is that I’ve completed collecting all remaining outstanding U21 and minor results, back to when both competitions first began.
In the case of the U21 championship, that goes back to 1964. As far as I know (and, as I’ve found from all this online trawling, one can never be 100% sure if every match has been included, though my hope is that they all have) the archive now contains the result of every championship game, every team that lined out (and subs introduced) and every scorer for all of the matches we ever played in the U21 championship.
For minor, the same is true for at least sixty years. After that gaps start to appear in terms of full team lists and scorers – as coverage of sport in general gets spottier the further back in time you go – but I’m still reasonably confident that I’ve got at least the result (as well as date and location) of every single minor championship match we ever played, all the way back to 1930. The photo at the top, by the way, is of the 1935 All-Ireland winning minor team, the first Mayo team ever to win an All-Ireland.
I now think that, to all intents and purposes, the long slog in compiling the results archive is over. The results are all there – though I would urge everyone who’s interested in this stuff to study the details closely and please let me know if I’ve missed anything or entered any details incorrectly – so, to that extent, the job is done.
In truth, of course, it’ll never be done. There’s more tidying up and double-checking to be gone through, there are gaps relating to team details from matches in the far distant past that I hope to fill in, at least in part, at some stage. And, of course, at the front end another year’s results get added every year once that year’s action is over. The march of time goes ever onwards.
If you fancy perusing through the results archive the place to start is here. For those of you who may be interested in the background to how I’ve gone about collecting all the results, a note on sources and methodology is here.