Here’s a little All-Ireland final conceit: I was just thinking earlier on about all the games we’ve played this year and how many of them I managed to get to. I decided to do a quick tot of these to see what kind of distance this entailed.
I’m far from the county’s best supporter. I missed two League games this spring and I was also away for two of our championship matches this summer. I still, though, put in a fair bit of mileage following the lads over the course of the year. Here are the details:
- Kiltoom, 21st January (FBD League v Roscommon): 286 km
- MacHale Park, 4th February (NFL v Monaghan), 486 km
- Tralee, 11th February (NFL v Kerry), 614 km
- MacHale Park, 25th February (NFL v Roscommon), 486 km
- Croke Park, 4th March (NFL v Dublin), 5 km
- MacHale Park, 2nd April (NFL v Donegal), 486 km
- MacHale Park, 21st May (Connacht championship v Sligo), 486 km
- Pearse Stadium, Galway, 11th June (Connacht championship v Galway), 440 km
- MacHale Park, 1st July (All-Ireland qualifiers v Derry), 486 km
- Cusack Park, Ennis, 8th July (All-Ireland qualifiers v Clare), 502 km
- Croke Park, 30th July (All-Ireland quarter-final v Roscommon), 5 km
- Croke Park, 20th August (All-Ireland semi-final v Kerry), 5 km
- Croke Park, 26th August (All-Ireland semi-final replay v Kerry), 5 km
For the purpose of this exercise, I’m confining my distance covered to match-related travel. I did a few other trips – to Galway and to London – for the podcast but I’m not including these.
As I’m living in the capital, that more or less rules out travel to other inter-county matches – underage and ladies games – that some of you will, no doubt, have been at. What I’m interested here, though, is the distance covered in following the senior team this year.
So, totalling the above, my overall distance following Stephen Rochford’s charges in 2017 comes to 4,292 km. What about the rest of you? Come on, get the calculators out – it’ll help to calm the nerves ahead of Sunday.