There I was saying that there was no news to report on when suddenly a few newsworthy items appear. And that’s before factoring in Jimmy McGuinness’s new part-time gig over at Celtic, which is another story altogether.
The first item worth mentioning concerns the fixtures for next January’s FBD League, which I guess – if we’ve any decency – we should try to avoid winning. Or else send some class of a team over to New York in early October. Or whatever.
Because the lads will be off on their well-earned holliers at the start of the New Year, our 2013 FBD campaign doesn’t get underway until Sunday, 13th January, when we line out against Leitrim in Ballinamore (throw-in 2pm). We’re then down to play GMIT the following Wednesday (16th) and although this one has been put down as a 2pm start, Mayo GAA on Twitter were saying yesterday that it’s more likely to be a 7pm throw-in. Then the following Sunday (20th) we have that hardy annual January tussle with the Rossies in Ballyhaunis (throw-in 2pm for that one too). The Home Final is scheduled for the following Sunday (27th) and then, if anyone can be arsed, the World Final is on over in New York on 6th October. Full details on all the 2013 FBD League fixtures are here.
The second bit of news concerns last night’s appointment of former minor jefe Tony Duffy as U21 manager in succession to Ray Dempsey. The Ballintubber man had an indifferent enough spell as minor manager and so his appointment to the U21 post isn’t, I guess, one to set the pulses racing. Then again, after the great job Ray did with the minors there were high hopes of even greater feats under him with the U21s but that never happened. Could Tony prove a surprise packet as U21 manager? Time will tell, I suppose, but the best of luck to him in any event. His replacement as minor manager is due to be named next week.
Incidentally, details of next year’s Connacht championship fixtures at minor, U21, junior and senior have now all been officially unveiled as have the fixtures in next year’s Connacht minor football league.