NFL Rd 6 Tyrone v Mayo 26th March 3pm
Incredible as it may seem, we’re already into the closing stages of this years National Football League with the 6th round, Tyrone v Mayo taking place this Sunday 26th March at 3pm (live on TG4). We’re on the road again, up to Omagh this Sunday. (Don’t forget that the time changes on Saturday night, forward 1 hour to summertime!).
It’s been 3 years since we were last in Omagh, for the round 2 league match on the 9th of February 2014. The result that day didn’t go our way, losing out by 2 goals, 2-15 to 0-15 on the day. After the rocky road we’ve been travelling in recent weeks we badly need a win in Healy Park this Sunday, and we need plenty of travelling support and colour there too!
Healy Park Tyrone-map
Last time we were in Omagh, Club 51 had a meet up before the match in the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh, and we’ll be doing the same again this time from 1pm. It’s a handy spot too for the cuppa tae after the long journey north, or if you fancy, a sandwich or even the spuds! Its only a short walk too out to Healy Park, on the same side of the road.
Hope to see lots of you there on the day and remember, if there was ever a time to let our lads know we are still behind them, now is it – so make yourselves seen and heard. You know the drill – bring the colour and bring the noise and hopefully we’ll have something to cheer about!
Safe travels to all and Maigh Eo Abú!
In the next of our series of guest posts, we’d like to welcome Shamrocks (yes, of course that’s his real name) to the hot seat to take us on a journey from past to present. For those of you who remember ’89, this will bring back some magic memories.
An unorthodox Mayo man of sorts, born in England and brought up in a rural north Wicklow village ’til I was 11 years of age, before moving to the homeland of Mayo. My father was a native of Achill Island, it was there we spent most of our holidays as kids. It was always Mayo from day one, it was part of who we were and the county team was where I identified my connection to the place that will always be home.
My first memory was the old Salthill in 1984, travelling down with my comrade and chauffeur, my father. This is where it all began , the adventure of the journey down west, the anticipation of seeing the flags out of the car windows and then to the climax of seeing the footballers of Mayo run onto the pitch. Unfortunately we lost out to Galway on that day. My memories of the game itself are not too clear, I was only 6/7 years of age I suppose, but it’s amazing how silly things remain in the head, like only knowing the name of Willie Joe 😀
The years went on and the same journey was taken. ’85 I got to see them lift the Nestor Cup in Hyde Park; that was special but again too young to really take it in . ’87 seems a lot clearer, a really low-scoring game against Galway in Castlebar, but another defeat.
1989 is where it really comes alive for me.
We as a family had moved down home at last, to a rural village in east Mayo, Kilmovee, where my grandmother came from on my mother’s side. The first game against Galway in Tuam. We never won there (at the time) so a draw was a mighty return and we easily did the business in Castlebar in the replay, McHale and Larry with the goals. Next it was the Rossies and another draw, the replay was epic and no Mayo supporter of my age or older will ever forget Jimmy Burke’s goal in extra time. Hyde park erupted into an explosion of green and red; it was just priceless. The semi v Tyrone was of course the first time a lot of Mayo supporters ever seen Mayo win in Croke park in senior championship including father/mother and daughter/son generation. I suppose it was a bit like what winning the All-Ireland would be like now. The weeks leading up to the final were indescribable in terms of excitement – all the towns were decked out, the songs were released. As a child, the memories are of sheer happiness, the crowds at Knock airport to see our heroes off, running after the team coach with my new school mates from Tavrane NS through the thousands of fans singing ‘Willie Joe, Willie Joe’’ – it is just something that will stay with me forever.
What a journey we have had since. The losing of finals down the years is what everyone likes to throw at us and of course it has been disappointing but is there any Mayo supporter out there who would swap all those journeys we have had in 89/96/97/04/06/12/13 for some form of mediocrity like the vast majority of counties experience ?
We are now in a phase where we have reached the last two finals and are about to contest our fourth semi-final on the trot. People are getting uptight about where we are at – have we still a chance or are we burnt out as a unit? There is a sense of supporters being divided on aspects of what should have happened in finals and other issues. The truth is nobody really knows, we can all guess but let’s be real, everyone has one thing in common – we all want the same thing.
So let’s get behind our bucks the next day in Croke park against Kerry, and roar them on. We are favourites with the bookies to beat Kerry in an all Ireland semi-final. Don’t be frightened by it, embrace it. Horan, Buckley, Prendergast and the panel have earned the fucking right to be a top team, now let us act the same, and fill her up with green and red!
Those of you on Facebook and Twitter over the past few days will have seen us sharing various videos from the olden days of Mayo GAA, but just in case you’ve missed them, head on over to our video gallery to see (for the first time online) highlights of Mayo’s Connacht Championship of 1989, the famed Tyrone game of the same year, and the 2006 All-Ireland U21 final victory against Cork. Our most recent addition is the Galway-Mayo Connacht Final of ’99 in Tuam Stadium. Some of us are still drying out after that one.
Thanks to Ronan McHale for putting in the graft and converting these from VHS for us – a time-consuming process but one I’m sure you’ll agree was worth it. Check out our video gallery here for a wander down memory lane and keep an eye out for more videos coming soon.
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.
Anyone interested in car pooling – either looking for or offering a lift, if you’ve signed up as a member of the site, head here. If you can’t access this, drop us a line and we’ll sort you out.
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!