James Horan didn’t have to wait too long to find out details of the first clutch of competitive matches he’ll be facing in his new role as Mayo manager, as details of next year’s NFL fixtures have just been announced.
Our 2011 league campaign begins with a tasty home tie on 6th February against beaten All-Ireland finalists, Down, and two weeks later (February 20th) we have a second home match, this time against Munster champions Kerry. The following Sunday (February 27th) our first away match takes place, against neighbours Galway, and two weeks after that (March 13th) we’re back home again, this time entertaining this year’s Division 2 champions, Armagh. The following Sunday (March 20th), we’re away to the Dubs (nice home fixture for me, that one) and two weeks after that (April 3rd) we’ll be rolling out the red carpet at McHale Park to welcome the NFL and All-Ireland champions Cork. The campaign then ends the following Sunday (April 10th) with a trip to Monaghan.
Full details of all the 2011 NFL and NHL fixtures are here.