Club ’51 planning wake-up call to bring passion back for Mayo supporters (Irish Examiner, Sat 29th March)

In the aftermath of a rollercoaster of a game last night against Dublin that will no doubt have us all talking for some time to come, here’s a feature on Club ’51 from yesterday’s Irish Examiner written by Ballina’s own Terry Reilly, after a chat with Anne-Marie during the week. Hopefully for those of you who’ve just recently signed up, it’ll give you some more background on what we’re about and what we want to achieve.

It’s not easy to keep the heads up when things aren’t going well, and as supporters, we are fairly put through the wringer,  but the Mayo support in Croke Park last night was fantastic and we want to keep that momentum going.

We’re cooking up a plan of action for what will now be a crucial game vs. Derry next week and will be in touch during the week with an update.

Have a good week folks and keep the faith – Maigh Eo abú!

The Club ’51 Team

 

The fan’s view – Now every game is like a home game

Ahead of this weekend’s clash vs. the Dubs, here’s diehard Mayo fan Trevor Naughton (exiled in Kildare, but green and red to the core) on his experience of hanging out with the Club ’51 crew this year, and how he expects the big game to pan out on Saturday afternoon. Thanks Trevor!

Ahead of the weekend’s big clash with Dublin where Mayo head to Croker looking to pick up another two valuable league points,  I thought I’d offer the fan’s view of how Club ’51 has gone to date!

As you are all aware Club ’51 has been up and running since the start of the year and I think it has been an unmitigated success.  The introduction of Club ’51 has created a completely different buzz about going to Mayo matches and is something we are really enjoying.  For years we have all travelled in our little groups to matches, meeting up with old friends as you bumped into them.

The level of support that Mayo has (home and away) is clear to see at every game. There are a few publicans in Newbridge that will attest to that also! Every game, whether it’s Castlebar, Tralee or Omagh now feels like a home game and that’s a wonderful thing. Centralising the Mayo support has been excellent. There is nothing better than outnumbering the locals in a pub in their own back yard!

Going to the meet-ups before games the pub/hotel chosen by Club ’51 is full with Mayo supporters. The more times we go to the meet ups before/after games we invariably meet someone new or someone we already know through the #mayogaa hashtag on Twitter or Willie Joe’s MayoGAABlog but have yet to meet in real life!

The main aim is to bring a bit of noise, fun and colour to Mayo matches and to show the team that there is a “Sea of Green and Red” behind them. I have always had hats/scarves/headbands/flags at home but never would have thought to bring any of them to a league match. Club ’51 has changed that idea. If you are thinking about going to the match at the weekend feel free to drop into Jury’s Croke Park Hotel before the game.

The game itself is going to be one of our toughest to date but the lads have been improving steadily game on game and I would be expecting them to deliver the points on this occasion. There has been a lot of debate on mayogaablog on whether we should be going flat out to win this game or not. I think without doubt we have to go out to win this. Just look back to 2012 when we beat the Dubs in Castlebar (in the game refixed after the fog!), we went up against them in Croker in the semi-final with no inferiority complex. Dublin beat us 3 times last year so we really want to be laying down a marker on Saturday night. See you there!

PS: Don’t forget your voices and your flags!!! Up Mayo!!!

Trevor

Follow me on Twitter: @trevornaughton 🙂

Dublin v Mayo pre-game get-together – Jury’s Croke Park Hotel

Dublin v Mayo pre-game get-together – Jury’s Croke Park Hotel

It’s been a quiet few days for the Mayo faithful as we’ve been basking in the warm glow of the win against the Rebels last Sunday week, but now it’s time to turn our sights towards the one we’ve all been waiting for as the Green and Red take to the capital to face Dublin in Round 6 of the Allianz National Football League. The game throws in at 7pm on Saturday 29th March, and there can be no doubt that this is the Big One, to date at least, of this year’s league campaign as we face the Boys in Blue for the first time since last year’s stinging final defeat.

Photo by Michael Maye

Photo by Michael Maye

For those of us exiled in the Smoke, it’s a welcome break from the travels, and for those of you visiting, well, you always have a good time in the capital, don’t you?

Debate is already sizzling about this one – do Mayo need to grab this game by the scruff of the neck and take it to the Dubs, in the process laying down a strong marker for the year ahead and giving ourselves a welcome psychological boost? A win will leave us in an excellent position, with potentially a play-off spot to look forward to. Or in the grand scheme of things, does a win against the Dubs in March really mean anything, when there is a far bigger prize to play for later in the year?

Whatever your school of thought, this fixture holds all the promise of and ingredients for an epic clash, and Club ’51 will as usual be there in the thick of the action. We’ll be convening in the main bar of Jury’s Croke Park Hotel (at the back of the Hogan Stand) from late afternoon, 4.30pm or so (we like to make a day of it), everyone is welcome to come along and we look forward to seeing a good crew there.

This is a big game, and we want to make a big impact both on the pitch and off. Holding the game in Croke Park, while the obvious thing to do, ensures that this is essentially a home game for the Dubs (despite their protests) but it’s our ground too, and a ground with which we’re very familiar. Last summer, Mayo supporters brought a sea of green and red to Croke Park, and this Saturday night, we want to bring it back. We’d like to show Dublin and indeed the rest of the country that this Mayo team and its supporters are back with a bang, and that we’re in it for the long haul again this year. So if you’re making the trip east, pack a flag, or a banner and hold them high before the game, and let’s together make some noise and get behind our team on Saturday night.

After the game, as there’s a large Mayo contingent staying there, there’ll be a few drinks in the Skylon Hotel in Drumcondra. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Mayo Club 51 Prediction League Week 5

Mayo Club 51 Prediction League Week 5

After round 5 of the national football league, here’s how the Mayo Club 51 prediction league looks like.

Mayo Club 51 Leaderboard — Start Week : 1
Your position:

Total Week 6 Week 5 Week 4 Week 3 Week 2 Week 1
1 Alan Duggan,Knockmore – Mayo 1457 231 260 293 25 295 353
2 James Griffin,Beale – Kerry 1378 254 285 312 25 217 285
3 Derek Sage,Westport – Mayo 1369 231 277 303 23 209 326
4 Tony Fearon,Tir na nOg – Portadown – Armagh 1360 238 244 343 24 209 302
5 Seamus Gallagher,Achill – Mayo 1350 230 270 318 0 235 297
6 Joe Gavin,Claremorris – Mayo 1336 205 294 306 24 242 265
7 Brian Lavelle,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 1322 183 260 271 29 306 273
8 Mark McWalter,Balla – Mayo 1321 258 287 338 0 202 236
9 Yew Tree,PILTOWN – Kilkenny 1302 208 247 286 23 231 307
10 Micky Callaghan,Kilmovee Shamrocks – Mayo 1290 283 193 274 25 206 309
11 Mairtin Flannery,Ballycastle – Mayo 1286 240 268 252 28 192 306
12 Man Wisdom,Frankfurt Sarsfields – Europe 1284 171 265 300 24 263 261
13 Michael Gribbon,St. Michael’s – Cork 1282 204 310 291 27 161 289
14 Kenny Cook,Breaffy – Mayo 1263 273 290 250 29 190 231
15 Neil Masterson,Burrishoole – Mayo 1251 238 284 317 23 134 255
16 Paul Cunnane,Davitts – Mayo 1246 117 309 317 24 215 264
17 Shane Kilgallon,Mayo Gaels – Mayo 1241 177 244 344 0 225 251
18 Tom OConnor,Naomh Fionbarra – Dublin 1215 209 246 287 26 270 177
19 Mark Togher,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 1215 206 152 216 0 281 360
20 Douglas Kelly,Swinford – Mayo 1207 169 286 276 24 161 291
21 Robert Bashford,Frankfurt Sarsfields – Europe 1195 175 290 292 0 250 188
22 Tommie McWalter,Balla – Mayo 1188 232 249 293 0 136 278
23 Mayo Mick,Swinford – Mayo 1186 179 243 303 0 245 216
24 Mike Kelly,Swinford – Mayo 1176 175 244 236 27 160 334
25 Damien Regan,Aghamore – Mayo 1171 213 295 235 26 156 246
26 Enda Coyne,Lahardane Mchales – Mayo 1170 181 287 273 0 252 177
27 Shay OConnor,Shannon Gaels – Roscommon 1159 176 202 293 26 204 258
28 John Maloney,Swinford – Mayo 1137 172 312 245 0 177 231
29 Alan Prendergast,Mayo Gaels – Mayo 1120 155 162 268 26 192 317
30 Mary R,Ballinteer St Johns – Dublin 1110 222 254 201 0 246 187
31 Emma McDonagh,Kiltane – Mayo 1068 278 209 222 0 113 246
32 Enda McCallig,Robertstown – Kildare 1055 197 244 269 0 162 183
33 Paul Egan,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 1041 103 122 269 29 228 290
34 Matt Togher,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 1038 103 122 269 26 223 295
35 Michael Cuddy,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 989 103 214 135 23 202 312
36 Aidan Conway,Achill – Mayo 918 103 122 269 0 157 267
37 John Halpin,Ballyhaunis – Mayo 894 103 122 269 0 161 239
38 Niall Maheady,Killala – Mayo 889 103 122 135 9 202 318
39 AnneMarie Flynn,Ardagh – Mayo 888 202 166 269 0 104 147
40 Sean McGinty,Achill – Mayo 864 103 122 135 9 202 293
41 SeanOg Cafferkey,Achill – Mayo 850 160 183 135 0 109 263
42 Brian McHale,Parke-Keelogues-Crimlin – Mayo 840 103 122 269 0 141 205
43 Declan Gibbons,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 832 103 122 135 9 202 261
44 Kevin Gallagher,Claremorris – Mayo 804 103 122 135 26 202 216
45 Kieran Cawley,Crossmolina – Mayo 782 103 122 269 0 108 180
46 Eoin Waldron,Claremorris – Mayo 733 103 122 135 9 101 263
47 A K,Achill – Mayo 571 103 122 135 9 202

 Here’s how the Division 1 League table looks after 5 rounds.

 POS TEAM P W L D F A POINTS
1 CORK 5 4 1 0 98 90 8
2 DERRY 5 3 1 1 101 81 7
3 TYRONE 5 3 1 1 102 96 7
4 DUBLIN 5 3 2 0 84 77 6
5 MAYO 5 3 2 0 107 100 6
6 KERRY 5 2 3 0 88 75 4
7 KILDARE 5 1 4 0 94 111 2
8 WESTMEATH 5 0 5 0 65 109 0

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Mayo take on Cork and Wicklow this Sunday in Castlebar

Mayo take on Cork and Wicklow this Sunday in Castlebar

Elvery's McHale Park, CastlebarThe weekend ahead holds a veritable feast of sport, with one of the biggest days in the GAA club calendar, the AIB Club Championship Finals taking place in Croke Park on Monday (we’ll have lots more to say about that between now and then).

But before Castlebar Mitchels embark on proving themselves to be The Toughest, let’s turn our attention to the county scene, and what’s sure to be another memorable encounter. Sunday 16th March sees our first home double-header of the year with Mayo taking on Cork in the fifth round of Division 1 of the Allianz National Football League in McHale Park. Throw-in is at 2.30pm, and the game is preceded by the fourth round of Division 2B of the Allianz National Hurling League, which sees Mayo take on Wicklow at 12.45pm. We can happily confirm that the hurling clash has been moved back to McHale Park, after a decision made on Monday to move it to Tooreen (based on the weather and pitch conditions) was reversed yesterday morning.

Our position in both tables is roughly similar – mid-table, with an uncertain future – so it’s all to play for on Sunday.

In light of this, there will be no Club ’51 pre-match meet-up this weekend. We have a good excuse though – instead, we’ll be getting in early to cheer on our hurlers. We’d encourage everyone to come along and join us at 12.45pm to get behind this tremendous bunch of lads, who put a huge amount of time and effort into representing their county and are just as proud to wear the green and red as our footballers, but don’t often get a chance to play in front of a big home crowd.

So once the flags and banners have been hung, Club ’51 will be gathering in the stand (a stand which, incidentally, will be regarded with a new reverence and appreciation by anyone who spent two hours last Sunday sitting on a plank in the rain in Mullingar) to the right of the tunnel, in the now legendary area known as the Black Rectangle (see illustration). Come and join us, bring your hats, flags, scarves, headbands onesies and whatever else you’re into, and let’s start transforming McHale Park into a sea of green and red to cheer our boys onto a double victory.

Here’s also wishing our U21s the very best of luck tonight vs. Roscommon in what’s sure to be another lively encounter. See you on Sunday!

Mike Kelly Interviews Anne-Marie Along With James Horan & Martin Carney

Mike Kelly Interviews Anne-Marie Along With James Horan & Martin Carney

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Ahead of Mayo’s match against Westmeath in Mullingar, Mike Kelly interviews our very own Anne Marie about Mayo Club 51. Mike also interviews Martin Carney along with Mikes interview of James Horan after Mayo’s victory over Kerry last Sunday.

Remember to get to Mullingar early tomorrow and join us in the Graville Arms Hotel before the match and make sure to bring plenty of flags and colour!

GAA on Saturday Sport with Martin Carney, Jonathon Morley and Ann Marie Flynn from Club 51 by Michael Kelly on Mixcloud

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