2019 Championship Season – Thank you.

2019, it has been an interesting and exciting year from a Mayo GAA supporter’s point of view. Highs, lows, delight and agony, it had it all.  This was the first year of James Horan’s second stint in charge. From the outset, this was described as a four year plan to deliver an All Ireland title to Mayo. Compared to last year, this year can only be seen as a massive success. If you told any Mayo supporter after that infamous evening in Newbridge in June 2018 that we’d win the league, get to an All Ireland Semi Final and blood a large number of talented young footballers, you’d have happily settled for that as an outcome for 2019.

There is no doubt that we can compete in Semi Finals and Finals in the years ahead. Back in 2011, we had a remarkable run to the All Ireland Semi Final with a team of youth and experience. Ultimately, that team fell short of Kerry in the Semi Final by nine points. That game showed the younger players within the panel what it takes to compete with and beat the best. The following summer we went one step further and got to the All Ireland Final. The moral or the story is, sometimes you have to take a beating before you find your full flow, this may well be the case with what happened last Saturday against Dublin.

In order to have a prolonged Championship season next year, it is vitally important that Mayo take the front door route. Winning Connacht is essential as the winners would avoid Dublin / Kerry in the Super 8’s. This year we played seven games in eight weeks, that is simply not sustainable in the long run. Injuries and fatigue played a massive part in Saturday’s result, Dublin, who were brilliant, were fresh and could up the gears as and when it was needed. We had to go to the wall the previous week to beat Donegal in Castlebar, exerting huge amounts of energy. The following day, Dublin had a game against Tyrone in which they rested a huge number of their stars. The GAA need to look at their calendar and give a two week break to teams after the final round of the Super 8s. There is a two week break between the Hurling Quarter Finals and Semi Finals, why is this not the case for the Footballers?

Thank you to the panel, management, county board and all involved in MacHale Park for their work throughout the year.

If players retire from the panel this year, we can never be thankful enough to them for all their hard work and dedication they have put in through their footballing careers. Some people from the outside may sneer and joke, however you can hold your heads up high knowing you gave everything for the green and red. Thank you.

A big thank you to everyone who got involved with MISC during the year. From bringing flags and banners to games, to helping holding up some of our flags, you played your part. There seemed to be an increase in flags and banners as the year went on, let’s keep this up for the years ahead. A special word of thanks to the stewards in MacHale Park who let us hang our banners at the games.

We’ll have another competition in due course, it will more than likely be before the start of the FBD League in January 2020. Keep an eye on the social media pages for details.

Roll on January 2020! Keep the faith, UP MAYO!

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2019 Championship – All Ireland Senior Football Championship –Semi Final– Mayo V Dublin, Croke Park – Saturday 10th of August 2019 @ 17:00pm. (Preceded by Mayo V Cork, All Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi Final – @15:00pm).

For the eighth time in nine years, Mayo will contest an All Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi Final. This year’s instalment will once again be against Dublin, a team and county we do not need any introduction to. As you all know by now, Dublin have had the upper hand in most of those games, winning by small margins after Titanic struggles. Dublin are now going for five All Ireland Senior Football titles in a row, a feat that has never been achieved before. There is now massive pressure and expectancy on this Dublin team to deliver, both from those inside and outside their county. This weekend presents their first ‘knockout’ game of the year and most pundits and supporters expect the Dublin machine to march on without too much trouble, after all, Mayo are gone, aren’t they?

You can never write off this Mayo team. According to some, we should have been knocked out in June, but we battled and fought on with a depleted squad, sometimes just falling over the line. This team have a huge hunger and a serious belief in what they do. On Saturday, we as supporters need to back this team from the word go, just as we did in Castlebar last weekend, we firmly believe that the blue machine can be stopped on Saturday, we have total faith and belief, let’s show that in the stands and terraces of Croke Park.

For this game, we’ll be setting up shop on the Nally Terrace of Croke Park. We will be located in the central section of the terrace, underneath the TV gantry. We would encourage as many Mayo supporters as possible to congregate in this section of the terrace. (See picture below). To get entry to this section of the terrace, enter via turnstiles H2 and H3, these are located off Jones’ Road. Once inside, make your way along to the central section behind the goal at the back, just under the TV gantry.

If you have tickets for the Hill 16 side of the terrace, we would encourage as many Mayo supporters as possible to congregate under the TV gantry beside the Nally Terrace. In order to access this part of the terrace, enter via turnstiles L1 – L7. (Off St. Joseph’s Avenue). This will give you access to the central parts of the terrace, (B1 – B4). Once inside make your way over to the dividing line between the two terraces, we will be gathering up at the back, straight behind the goal.

It is important for all Mayo supporters who have a ticket for Hill 16 / The Nally Terrace to stick together in one large group. In the past, we have been present in large numbers on the Hill / Nally, however we have not stuck together, thus meaning that our colour / sound has been drowned out. It is important that we stick together because it will create a greater sea of green and red as well as it being easier for chants / songs to start.

Our advice for all Mayo supporters who have tickets to the terraces is to meet at this point between 2:30pm and 2:45pm on Saturday. We need to get in early and cheer on our Minor Team.

In addition to this, no matter what part of Croke Park you may be in, please bring your banners, flags and voices, let’s once again back our teams from the beginning to the end.

(A message to Dublin supporters who may read this: This is not intended as a ‘fill the hill’ campaign or a tool to cause animosity among supporters, the aim of this is to gather all Mayo supporters who have a ticket for the terraces together so that we can cheer our teams on in the best way we can. Enjoy the game, may the best team win and here’s to more great banter and fun between our two great counties).

Finally, safe travel to all supporters heading to the game. Get there safely!

Keep the faith, UP MAYO!

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