So Round 2 of the Allianz National Football League is nearly upon us already, and after a pulsating contest in Newbridge on Sunday last, we have another mouthwatering clash in store this weekend as we head for Omagh to take on Mickey Harte’s Red Hands. (That sounds a bit wrong, doesn’t it?) Get ready for another competitive clash – it’s Tyrone v Mayo time.
Anyway, Mayo Mick has suggested the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh as a meeting point before the game. It’s located on the main Omagh to Gortin Road, on the way to Healy Park on the right hand side and has a large car park. From there it’s about half a mile, or a 10-minute walk to the ground. Parking near the ground is scant and is usually roadside.
Healy Park Tyrone-map
There’ll be a few of the Club ’51 crew in the hotel from about 12pm getting the tea and sangwiches in prior to throw-in. Anyone interested in joining us to make some noise in Healy Park, the plan is to congregate in the Silverbirch and head down to the game in good time to get a spot.
So do join us, bring a flag or two, and help us to get #SeaofGreenAndRed off to an early start this year! Safe travels to all of you making the trip – and of course to those of you heading towards Croke Park to cheer on Kiltane – we’ll be there in spirit.
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Throw-in for Tyrone v Mayo in the second round of the Allianz National Football league is 2pm on Sunday, meaning that a relatively early start is in store for those of you hitting the road that morning.
If anyone has a bit of room and is willing to offer a lift on Sunday, drop a comment with your location and travel plans below.
Similarly, if you’re stuck for a seat or just don’t fancy the drive, and are willing to contribute a few quid towards petrol, then get posting. Safe travels!
Photo: Michael Maye
February 2nd dawned bright and sunny for the first away journey of the Mayo GAA faithful, and journey they did, in their droves. Loyalty was the theme of the day and in fact, the season ticket queue –indeed, queues – in Newbridge reached far beyond the regular ticket queue yesterday as green and red mingled with white and white to gain access to St. Conleth’s Park.
Mayo was strongly represented in the 6,000-strong crowd, who were treated to a thrilling encounter with plenty of ebb and flow and a hurling scoreline to boot. Not the result we were after, but plenty to talk about in the aftermath of the game, and you can read the match report over on MayoGAAblog.com along with plenty of debate and analysis.
Club ’51 also had its first outing, convening in the Liffey Arms prior to the game. It was touch and go for a while, given that the door was still firmly locked when we arrived, and when the bolts finally came off and everyone piled in, the solitary staff member behind the bar was under considerable pressure to satisfy the thirsty hordes. We did try to give them some warning (honest!), but finally, reinforcements arrived on the scene and mercifully, a disaster of unimaginable proportions was averted and no-one left thirsty.
It was great to see such a big turnout, and thanks to everyone who stuck their heads in to say hello and mingle. We’ll have details of a meeting point for Omagh next Sunday up on the site during the week, and some other useful info. This time, as we’ll have the luxury of a bigger ground with over twice the capacity, we’ll also fix a meeting point within the ground so we can congregate inside as well as out! If you’re travelling, be sure and stick a flag or two in the boot and bring them along too – and make sure the lungs are well rested this week to be ready to cheer the lads on to what will hopefully be the first league win of the year.
Kildare v Mayo NFL Rd 1
Throw-in for Kildare vs. Mayo is at 2pm on Sunday in St. Conleth’s Park Newbridge, with a Club 51 gathering in the Liffey Arms from 12.30pm.
I’ll have two, possibly three free seats, leaving from Rathfarnham around 11.30.
Holler in the comments below if you need a lift. If you bring sweets, I might even lay off the Garth Brooks CDs. Maybe.
One of the many reasons for getting the GAA season ticket is the many benefits that’s included with it (applies to Croke Park season ticket only). Owning a season ticket entitles the holder free entry to all National League match’s (code specific) along with the All Ireland club finals in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day. This Saturday evening the league gets under way with the clash of All Ireland Champions Dublin v Kerry in Croke Park, throw in scheduled for 7pm.
Season Tickets Account Home Screen.
To avail of your free tickets for this match, log in to your season ticket account and click on the “Special Purchases” tab and follow the instructions. You can if you wish pass on your tickets. Instead of printing from the ticket screen, click on the download button to save to your computer and you can then add the PDF file as an attachment to an e-mail for sending.
Save or print season tickets.
All season ticket holders will be entitled to free tickets (up to the amount of tickets on your season ticket account) for the All Ireland Club finals, which take place on St Patrick’s Day 17th March in Croke Park. Again you will need to order these (nearer the time) and follow the same procedure as above. Hopefully Mayo’s Castlebar Mitchels will be contesting the final on St Patrick’s Day!
National League time is nearly upon us, and it’s at 2pm on Sunday 2nd February that the Green and Red season will throw in in earnest. Purely by coincidence, that happens to be the same day that Club ‘51’s first season will get underway in earnest!
So with that in mind, we invite all you Club ’51 members, your families, friends and anyone interested in joining us in our quest to cheer the boys on to victory in 2014 to come join us from 12.30pm in The Liffey Arms, Main Street where you can sup a 7up or a pint, meet up with fellow countypeople, old friends and new, hatch some plans for the year ahead and just have the craic before the game.
The Liffey Arms is just 100 yards from St. Conleth’s, and undoubtedly the very sight of the green and red army parading down Main Street in such vast numbers will strike terror into the hearts of the Lilywhites and give us the winning edge. Or at the very least, it’ll ensure that no-one gets lost on the way to the game.
So wear your jerseys, bring your flags, and come prepared to make a bit of noise and help us cheer the boys on to a flying start.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Club ’51 Crew