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!).