2017 Season – Thank you to all.

Not sure if it’s too soon to be writing this after yesterday’s defeat in the All Ireland Final, I have yet to come across a Mayo fan who is not completely heartbroken about the result. One can only imagine how the players and management are feeling.  That loss was very hard to take, but we dust ourselves down and move forward towards 2018. This team owe us nothing, they have given us some fantastic and memorable days, not just this year but over the last six or so years. They will be back as will we. Yes, we are all hurting now, of course we are, but the pain and sorrow will numb over the next few days and then the talk of next season will return. New hopes, dreams and aspirations will be designed and the eagerness to return to action in the FBD League in January will be there once again. A massive thank you to the Management, Players, County Board, Sponsors and everyone else involved with the Mayo set up in 2017. You have given us memories that will last a lifetime.

Dublin are a fantastic team, credit where it is due. They are now up there with the Galway team of the 60’s and the Kerry team of the 70’s / 80’s. Fair play to them. There is nothing between us and them at the minute apart form a kick or a bounce of a ball. That is why we must keep believing that we can climb those steps and lift Sam Maguire. Fine margins win games like yesterday’s, unfortunately it was not to be for us. Someday those fine margins will fall in our favour, believe.

From looking through yesterday’s match day programme and looking at the age profile of this team, most are only approaching their ‘prime’. Add this in with the more experienced heads and some of the underage talent from our ’13 Minor and ’16 Under 21 All Ireland wins, we are still a serious unit, not one any team would relish playing. Some of the older members of the panel may call it a day, who knows, however I believe that there is more than enough there to finish the job and get us to the promised land.

Going back to the game yesterday, the support was once again fantastic. The colour and noise was brilliant. The singing and chanting from the Mayo fans on the Hill was second to none, something I have never heard before. From looking around the ground, I’d say the split in supporters was close to 2/3 to 1 in favour of Mayo. Credit to all who managed to get their hands on tickets. Huge credit must go to the lads with the pyro on the Hill yesterday. The green and red smoke really added to the atmosphere. About two or three minutes after the final whistle went, two smoke grenades were let off, one green and one red. Everybody stopped for a second in silence, looking over at the smoke, then all of a sudden there was a round of applause from the Mayo supporters in that section of the Hill. It was actually heart breaking to see the green and red smoke go into the sky, as the Mayo fans applauded in silence, there was not a dry eye in sight.  Thanks to everyone who took a flag along as well, the numbers of flags have increased game on game this year, well done to all. We must keep this up next year.

Regarding M.I.S.C., we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us out throughout the year. Your support and enthusiasm has been brilliant and from the bottom of our hearts thank you. We’re only a very small unit in terms of numbers, however next year we intend to grow this even further. We will set up a Facebook page for the group and hopefully this will encourage more people to get involved. We were very limited with what we could do in Croke Park regarding flags and banners, however we will be back out again next year for the League and Championship with more flags and banners. Nephin Mor will also be undergoing surgery over the off season. The plan is to make the flag even bigger, 60ft X 50ft with a 20ft X 20ft crest in the centre. We hope to debut it at one of our league matches next spring.

Thanks for taking the time to read this piece, we will be back, make no question or doubt over that. UP MAYO ALWAYS, NO MATTER WHAT!

Mayo Independent Supporters Club, 18/09/2017.

(As a side note, our wonderful Mayo Ladies Team will play Dublin in the All Ireland Final next Sunday, 24/09/2017 in Croke Park at 16:00pm. We would encourage as many Mayo fans as possible to make the trip and support this brilliant team. They, like our men’s team deserve all our support. Let’s take the Brendan Martin Cup back across the Shannon for the first time since 2003. Up Mayo!).

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Statement – Club Plans – V Dublin, All Ireland Final, Croke Park, 17/09/2017, @15:30pm.

Right, here we are again, another All Ireland Final to look forward to. Familiar opposition in a familiar location, only this time we are looking for an unfamiliar result. The hunt and scramble for tickets is well and truly underway. If you are lucky enough to get to Croke Park on Sunday, be loud and proud. This group of players have taken us on the most remarkable of journeys this summer, from the highs of beating Kerry and Roscommon in Croke Park, to the lows of losing in a wet and windy Salthill to Galway. This Championship journey of 2017 will live long in the memory, however both the players and the supporters have a mission to finish off on Sunday. The one thing that has been consistent throughout the summer of 2017 is the level of support following this band of warriors. The levels of colour and noise have increased game on game and we need another increase on Sunday, one final push.

If you get a ticket for the final, please bring a flag along to support the team. It cannot be underestimated what a display of colour can do for a team and the atmosphere in general. Let’s turn Croke Park into a sea of green and red on Sunday, the likes of which has not been seen on All Ireland Sunday before.

In addition to this, as always, please bring your voices. From the moment they run out onto the field to the moment the game finishes and hopefully after, cheer, chant, sing and roar our lads over the line. A good rendition of ‘Mayo Mayo’ is simple, but always effective. In addition to this, some inventive Mayo supporters have come up with new and original chants. Stand Up For The Mayo Men, (to the rhythm of Go West, by the Pet Shop Boys) and Boom, Boom, Boom, Let me hear you sing Mayo, Mayo, (to the rhythm of Boom Boom Boom by the Outhere Brothers).

If your tickets are for the terraces on Sunday, we would call on Mayo Supporters to group together in the one area. Last year, the stewards ushered the majority of the Mayo supporters to ‘Hill 16 A’. This is the curved section of the Hill, nearest the Cusack Stand. The sections are labelled A1 – A4.

2017 All Ireland Final Rally Call

If you are not lucky enough to get a ticket to the game, Love Castlebar, together with a number of local businesses, have arranged for a giant screen to be erected on Main Street that will show the game. Full details of the event are here: http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/41722-large-screen-to-be-installed-on-main-st-castlebar-for-sunday-s-all-ireland-final

Because of the health and safety restrictions in place at Croke Park, we are severely limited on what we can bring into the ground in terms of large flags and banners. We got confirmation directly from Croke Park some time ago that our giant surfer flag would not be allowed into the stadium. We would also love to be able to bring in flags to give out to people, however this too is deemed a health and safety issue. Because of these restrictions, we are asking all Mayo supporters to bring their own individual flag along to Croke Park on Sunday. Let’s turn the famous old stadium into a sea of green and red flags. The more flags that are there on the day, the better the spectacle of colour will be which will hopefully lift our team on the pitch. If you are reading this, please spread the word to your friends, family and neighbours. Tell them to bring a flag along and support the team. At the moment, there is a lot of confusion as to what you can and cannot bring into the ground. Flags with sticks are allowed. The only flags that are not allowed in are surfer ones, like Nephin Mor or flags that are greater than 5 feet X 3 feet, which is the standard flag size.

An important piece of information for all fans heading to Croke Park on Saturday is the fact that Croke Park have tightened their rules about what you can bring into the stadium. Please only take what you have to, as Croke Park stewards will be carrying out searches as you enter the stadium. Please also take note of the bags rule, they will only let in bags that are smaller than an A4 piece of paper. The full list of rules is here: https://crokepark.ie/match-day/faq

 

Finally, safe travel to all fans attending the game and UP MAYO!

 

LET’S RAISE THE ROOF OF CROKE PARK ONCE AGAIN!

NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN! IN THIS TOGETHER UNTIL THE END! UP MAYO FOREVER!

Mayo Independent Supporters Club, 12/09/2017.

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