It’s been a long time since the final whistle blew at Croke Park on September 22nd last but tomorrow evening at MacHale Park the 2014 season (or, to be exact, the pre-season) will begin. It’ll do so in the form of our opening FBD League match in which we’ll be facing the might of NUIG (throw-in 7pm).
In fact, it’s set to be a bit of a helter-skelter weekend football-wise. Those planning to gorge themselves on a feast of winter football have three matches at which to pig out: as well as tomorrow evening’s under-the-lights fixture, there’s the tasty-looking U21 Hastings Cup clash with Cavan at the Centre of Excellence in Bekan on Saturday afternoon (throw-in 2pm) and that’s followed on Sunday afternoon by the FBD match against IT Sligo at Fr. O’Hara Park, Charlestown (throw-in 2pm).
I’m not going to get to any of these games but you’ll be glad to know that Mike Kelly will be doing the FBD match reports here on the site. With Mayo Mick riding shotgun doing the photos at both games, the whole weekend’s production is set to be all-Swinford one. Thanks to both in advance for this.
So, here we go again – once more setting off on a road that we hope will lead to September glory but which, we know, is likely to contain significant challenges to be overcome before we can even think about another assault on the summit. If the poll that’s been running here on the site over the last short while is anything to go by then we’re heading into 2014 with even greater confidence about our ability to seal the deal this year compared to last: 54% of you say we’ll land Sam this September compared to 35% opting for this outcome in the similar poll conducted last January. Hope springs eternal and all that. Up the Green and Red.