Season preview – Mayo News football podcast 2021 E1

It’s been a long, long wait for the football-mad Mayo GAA fraternity but, with Covid restrictions once more starting to ease and competitive fixtures at inter-county level confirmed for the year, we can all finally begin to look forward in earnest to another year of football action. Joining in this return to play is the Mayo News football podcast, which is back for another year of football-related analysis, opinion and chat. 

In this first podcast episode of 2021, Rob Murphy, Mike Finnerty and I get into a virtual huddle to look ahead to the return to play for the Mayo team. Mike provides an update on Aidan O’Shea’s injury scare, while I give a flavour of the debate that news sparked among worried fans on the blog. We then go on to chat about the League fixture schedule, the Connacht Championship draw and TV and streaming coverage of the behind-closed-doors matches this year. We also talk about home venues other than MacHale Park that Mayo have used in the past for Connacht Championship matches.

This episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Podomatic and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog using the SoundCloud player below or the one on the panel on the right.

The Mayo News football podcast has its own Twitter presence, @MayoPodcast, so if you’re a Twitter user you should follow us there to make sure you get the latest podcast-related updates, including new episodes.

16 thoughts on “Season preview – Mayo News football podcast 2021 E1

  1. Enjoyable Podcast Gentlemen.. Ye are a mine of information on all things Mayo GAA.. I was trying to think of something that ye didn’t actually cover in the wide ranging conversation.. And I did think of something.. Ye know the way that if Mayo win the League, inevitably then they go out to Roscommon in the Connacht Championship (which in 2021 would also be out of the All Ireland as well).. Have ye any thoughts would that count if it was the Division 2 League Mayo won?.. Who knows maybe the Rossies might win Division 1 and we could knock them out of the Championship in the Connacht Final or even Galway could win Div 1 and the same thing as we done in 1981 when Willie Nally ruled the Sky’s above Mchale Park?

  2. Great show. Looking forward to the return of inter county action. Great news for the clubs this morning too with adult training returning on May 10th.

  3. Thanks for the clarification Willie Joe, I will feel safe enough now to be shouting for Mayo in the Div 2 League..

  4. Great that football and hurling nearly here. Looking forward to hearing Chris Barretts thoughts. Glad to hear Mike Finnerty highlight Mark Butler’s comments re money-funding needed for the Mayo teams quest for glory. Well.done Offaly’s Michael Duignan for getting Shane Lowry to help them financially and with coaching initiatives. Mid West Radio reporting 320 tiles sold – that’s a major set back for the pitch redevelopment (1200 was target in this phase). New fundraising ideas are needed.

  5. Bought our tile there this evening.
    I wasnt sure about the idea at first but we bought one as a group that goes to games together so it didnt break the bank.
    I think they might catch on yet.
    Great podcast,really enjoyed it,i was buzzing from hearing the first few bars of the intro!

  6. Hi Willie Joe, brilliant first podcast. First of many please god. Just a quick question will you be doing more Mayo club podcasts? Senior, Intermediate and Junior. I’m a proud Mayo man but with living away for most of my life. I don’t know as much about the Mayo club game. I think people forget that without club there would be no county teams. I’d much rather go to a club game than a county match. That’s just my opinion. Roll on along summer of football and podcasts. Thanks Willie Joe and all the team.

  7. Thanks, Turfmanmayo. We will for sure be doing club podcasts again this year as we’ve done for the last few years, covering the Championships at Senior, Intermediate and Junior levels. One of the strong pointers we got from the survey was that people are interested in more club podcasts and we’ll certainly be taking that steer on board.

  8. Goagain. Disappointing only 310 tiles sold. Maybe if the Co Board said anyone who purchases a tile will get a All Ireland ticket next time Mayo are in it,would increase sales.

  9. Happy Mayo Day!! Good idea onemoreyear! I read earlier that there are 3.5 million people around the world with Mayo roots – this has to be tapped into it for fundraising. How come the smallest cpunty Louth can raise 1.2 million from.a double house draw..

  10. But where, onemoreyear, would the county board get these extra all Ireland tickets from? The clubs find it impossible to cater for members with the amount of tickets there given, and you cant take them from season ticket holders.

  11. Point of correction …championship game v Leitrim in 1988 was played in O’Hara Park, Charlestown and not crossmolina as inadvertently stated by John in Mayo News Podcast

  12. That’s correct, Razor Blade. The 1980 meeting between Mayo and Leitrim was in Crossmolina, not the 1988 one, which, as you say, was played in Charlestown.

  13. Aiden being injured means Mayo have to actually work on kick out plans. They need to be able to mix it up. Be able to create space instead of taking the easy option. Although if Byrnes kick outs are good enough he can hit anyone up the field but thats to be seen.

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