Of course we shouldn’t be worrying about the ref on Sunday – we’ve far bigger issues to concern us. If London had got any kind of fair shake against us the last day this would already have happened but, according to my records, if we lose to Galway on Sunday it will be the first time in over thirty years that we’ll have failed to make it as far as the Connacht final in two successive championship seasons.
In actual fact, it was even worse than that back in the Seventies because, after losing to Sligo in the 1975 final replay, we then conspired to lose a first round replay to Leitrim the following year before going on to fail to Roscommon in both 1977 (in the first round) and 1978 (at the semi-final stage), which meant that we were absent from the provincial decider for three years on the trot. We haven’t made it to the Connacht final every year since then but every year in which we’ve failed to do so (i.e. 1986, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2007) we’ve always got there the year after. Up ’till now, that is … no pressure there, lads.