As you’ll no doubt have seen already from various media reports today, it’s been confirmed that Billy Joe Padden has transferred from Belmullet to Armagh club Carrickcruppen and it appears all but certain that he’ll also switch playing allegiance to the Orchard County. If he does, then there’s every chance that he could be action against us when we host Armagh in the league at McHale Park on the 13th of March. In anticipation of such an occurrence, the Mayo News have, somewhat pointlessly, done a photoshop job on what he might look like in an Armagh jersey.
While Billy Joe was never destined to become the kind of folk hero within Mayo GAA circles that his father so clearly was, he has nevertheless had a distinguished inter-county career in the green and red. As Dan said in the comments today – a point I made myself here on the site some time ago – it was to Billy Joe’s detriment that he proved to be so versatile. While this adaptability led to his being asked to occupy virtually every position on the Mayo team bar goalkeeper at some point or other down the years it also meant that he was never given the chance to nail down any one position on the first fifteen. It’s certainly true that we failed to get the best out of Billy Joe, for the simple reason that he was never really given the kind of role within the team that would have seen his talents being used to the full.
Paddy O’Rourke is now likely to get the chance to deploy the Belmullet man to greater effect and there’s little doubt but that he’ll be viewed as a good addition to the Northeners’ ranks. Billy Joe deserves our heartfelt thanks for all the effort he has put in down the years in the county’s colours and our best wishes as he sets off to embark on a new chapter in his gaelic football career.
In other news (with thanks to Mayo Mick who posted this info in the comments earlier on), our FBD clash with Leitrim that fell foul of the weather yesterday has now been refixed for the original venue, Ballinamore, on Sunday, 30th January with throw-in set for 2 pm. I might still get to see some FBD action this year so.