Galway preview – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E10

Pearse Stadium in Salthill is the venue for Sunday’s high-stakes National Football League Division One clash between table-topping Galway and relegation-threatened Mayo. The Mayo News football podcast is back with a bonus episode in advance of the game, in which we test the temperature on both sides of the fence.

Host Rob Murphy is joined for this episode by former Mayo player and Mayo News columnist Billy Joe Padden and by former Galway player and Galway Bay FM contributor Barry Cullinane. In separate interviews with them, Rob teases out issues relating to the Mayo/Galway rivalry and the two counties’ contrasting fortunes so far in this year’s League campaign. 

Rob also catches up in this episode with Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty for some further chat ahead of Sunday’s game and to get an overview from Mike on the big GAA stories of the moment that are in this week’s edition of the paper.

This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and Podomatic. 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 now 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. 

The Mayo News football podcast’s League coverage is proudly sponsored by J Streicher. “When it absolutely, positively has to be financed on Wall Street”. Visit our website at

27 thoughts on “Galway preview – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E10

  1. Galway starting XV vs Mayo
    (2020 NFL Div.1, Rd.6)

    1 Connor Gleeson (Dunmore MacHales)
    2 Seán Kelly (Cumann Peile Mhaigh Cuilinn)
    3 Séan Mulkerrin (CLG Oileáin Árann)
    4 Johnny Heaney (Killannin)
    5 Gary O’Donnell (Tuam Stars)
    6 John Daly (Mountbellew Moylough)
    7 Cillian McDaid (Monivea Abbey)
    8 Ronan Steede (CorofinGAA)
    9 Tom Flynn (Athenry)
    10 Eamonn Brannigan (St. Michael’s)
    11 Damien Comer (Annaghdowngaa)
    12 Michael Daly (Mountbellew/Moylough)
    13 Robert Finnerty (Salthill Knocknacarra)
    14 Shane Walsh (Capt) (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)
    15 Adrian Varley (Cortoon Shamrocks)

  2. For some reason I think alot of people will be taking a break from matches in the next few weeks, hard to think beyond the Covid 19 Virus at this stage, according to the experts.

  3. Would like to see diarmuid on steede for this game.also heaney has serious pace a job for mullins.we can’t have Lee and paddy tied up as man markers for this game, time for other players to step up.
    Think we can beat Galway but need to put in a 70 + performance.fbd up 6 and we let them back into it.
    Thought McCormack done well against Kerry,he deserves another start.
    Mayo by 4.

  4. Arrah with the virus stalking the land and elderly relations frightened Its hard to focus on the league. Maybe they should wind it up with no winners or losers. PJ will be happy how it went James Horan less so. Will there even be a championship 2020.

  5. Without wanting to sound hysterical it seems more and more like the remainder of the league could be under real threat from covid19 lockdown, if premiership games and six nations games are being affected then no reason to think similar wont happen to league.

    Anyways back to football, this sunday is going to tell an awful lot. So many questions to answer, the personnel situation and performance level should be much improved following the 2 week break so no more excuses.

    Galway have their tails up but when i look at that team named i see clear chinks in their armour.
    Like us, they have had serious goalkeeping issues the last few years. They have a new young lad in there this year who is yet to come under real pressure so he needs targeting.
    Also their fullback line is very suspect imo.

  6. Minutes played so far in the league

    Stepehn Coen 350
    Patrick Durcan 350
    Diarmuid O Connor 350
    Ryan O Donoghue 328
    Aidan O Shea 300
    Oison Mullin 270
    James Durcan 248
    Lee Keegan 245
    Fergal Boland 238
    Kevin Mcloughlin 232
    Jordan Flynn 217
    Brendan Harrison 210
    Padraig O Hora 210
    Rob Hennelly 210
    Michael Plunkett 209
    Tommy Conroy 175
    David Clarke 140
    james Mcormack 140
    EOD 106
    Colm Boyle 105
    James Carr 105
    Keith Higgins 104
    Darren Coen 100
    Bryan Walsh 59
    Eoghan Mcloughlin 50
    Conor Loftus 41
    Tom Parsons 35
    Brian Reape 35
    Ciaran Treacy 10

  7. Following consultations with the HSE, the Gaa have announced that there are no plans to cancel any of next weekend’s fixtures at this stage.

  8. @Ah Ref, …Tom Parson’s played the first half V Donegal, and again V Kerry…I’d say 70 minutes!

  9. Can anyone confirm the venue for the match . Mayo Gaa says Salthill. Galway team announced on Twitter says Pearse stadium as did Andy in an interview.

  10. spot on lean times i filled it in the wrong box on the spreadsheet apologies few mistakes like that keep popping up. thanks

  11. @Ah Ref, Not a bother.. much appreciated, the incredible level of detail all the same!

  12. Think it’s shocking that this game is going ahead. Would love to go but football is taking a backseat for the next while.

  13. I’ll happily share them on the blog catcol
    @williejoe would you be happy to share the graphs?

  14. Sure, Ah Ref, no problem – the easiest thing to do is mail them to me ( and I can stick them up in a post. Does that work?

  15. Brilliant will have them to ya in the morning willie joe. I’ll send on Galways aswell so people can eye up the opposition.

  16. Is that you, Reamonn, behind that new Feech handle? You’ve been away a while. You can still post under the name you always used but the same rules apply, in particular the one about refraining from posting comments aimed at winding up others.

  17. I agree Joe, I think it’s grossly irresponsible by the authorities to go ahead with fixtures that will have thousands together in one place. The Gaa are not exactly a a well organised body at the best of times anyway and take ages to get things done. Really surprised the HSE havent made the sensible decision. Some of the top medical and clinical experts are saying all public gatherings should be cancelled with immediate effect. But no, let’s just wait until it spreads that bit more before calling off public gatherings. Crazy.

  18. Sunday is a long way away yet. Significant updates are coming in on an hourly basis

    I personally would wager that the game will be ultimately called off and the league suspended, it’s importance in normal circumstances isn’t overly massive, not to mention in the midst of a global pandemic

  19. Surely the remaining matches will just go ahead behind closed doors? Televised.

  20. Just wondering what Fionn McDonaghs injury is?? James said hes close.If hes fit he should be a guaranteed starter.What has happened Ciaran Treacy and Mickey Murray?? Expected both to push on this year with there performances for Stephenites last year!!

  21. Why even play it behind closed doors? It isn’t only the fans to worry about contracting this virus. There’s players aswell.

    Honestly there’s zero reason to play these games. Even in general football terms the league is far from a big deal. In the current circumstances it’s an absolute irrelevance.

    If they want to make the previous rounds stand for something, then let them go ahead and pronounce the current standings as the final table if they so choose imo. Mayo were getting relegated anyway, but I honestly couldn’t care less in the current climate

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