In with the new

Happy New Year 2014


Right – 2014 is underway and so we can at last start to look forward to another year’s football. Although the action gets going in the FBD in just nine day’s time, it’s another month yet before the league campaign begins but at least the long period of post-All-Ireland final introspection is now behind us. Thanks be to Jaysus for small mercies.

How we did last year is now raw material for the history books but how we fare this year is, of course, still a matter for conjecture. With this in mind, then, I think it’s worth dusting off the polling machine and testing the temperature on what 2014 might hold for us. What do you reckon?

Where will we get to in 2014?

  • The Promised Land (54%, 130 Votes)
  • Connacht four-in-a-row, defeat in the quarters or semis (25%, 61 Votes)
  • Yet more September sadness (17%, 42 Votes)
  • Crash and burn in Connacht, qualifier failure (4%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 242

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18 thoughts on “In with the new

  1. I voted for the promise land.Can never give up hope.If i do all the heartache was for nothing

  2. Have any of you any thoughts on the effect the black card will have on our players and on our progress? Will it come into effect for the FBD League and the National league? It is important that the coach concentrates on this in his preparation for matches. We have a few good players who sail close to the wind at times and it would be disastrous to lose any of them, maybe at the beginning of a match. Generally, though, I think the Tyrones of this world have a lot more to fear than we have. Mayo players would be able to express themselves with flair if all the cynical fouls were removed.

  3. From what i read on the black card is in place from 1st January onwards so it will be in place for new year .I think its a load of bollix to be honest and i don’t think it will change.The only time a player should be dragged down if he is,through on goal.I reckon any cynical fowling send player off never mind the black card and replacing a player after being given the black card.Its also just adds complication cause i also think there is a three strikes and your out for other fowls.The game is getting too complicated from the pencil pushers.

  4. Don’t see why it should effect Mayo players any more than other team and agree Mayomaningalway, the black card is a load a bollix. That said it’s there now and Refs have to interpret it best they can – can see some shit hitting the fan though on this one.
    As regards predicting the coming season, those who doubt Mayo’s ability to reach the Promised Land know no more than the rest of us, who still believe we can go that extra mile this year.

  5. I agree Mayo McHale no one can predict.Uts getting very hard to tolerate listening to people go on about how Mayo couldn’t buy an all Ireland and all the other cliques that we as Mayo supporters have come accustomed to hearing.U just hope we reach that promise land soon

  6. Happy New Year Willie and everyone on this great site. I voted the promised land and will paste below a verse from the song “Promised Land” by Bruce Springsteen:

    There’s a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
    I packed my bags and I’m heading straight into the storm
    Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
    That ain’t got the faith to stand its ground
    Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
    Blow away the dreams that break your heart
    Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

    – So lets blow away those 2013 cobwebs and lets all look forward to 2014.

  7. Happy New Year to all who use the site. I am not a regular poster but visit the site on an almost daily basis. WJ, thanks for the great blogs and here’s to 2014. Let’s all continue to keep the faith and we will get our reward this coming September.

  8. A very happy new year to all who read and contribute to this site and especially to yourself WJ – you’ve done an absolutely incredible job during 2013 of keeping us in the loop and rallying the troops – thank you for that.

    Here’s to a bright new year full of hope and dreams once again, and while there is a long road ahead there’s no reason to believe that this year won’t see us reaching that promised land.

    Maigh Eo AbĂș

  9. Mayo get the promised land vote from me. There’s no reason Mayo can’t be back and strongly competing for Sam in 2014.
    I am assuming that jh and co and the players will have dissected 2013s good and bad points, the shots taken for points when a man was open for goal, etc.
    I really think there’s very little wrong with Mayo, they need a few small adjustments but can definitely win an all Ireland in 2014. No doubt about it.

  10. Johno – I’ve deleted that comment in full. This site isn’t a repository for those who want to post rambling, abusive (and ungrammatical) nonsense. On a more general note, I’m going to be far less tolerant of comments of this kind this year so all please note.

  11. I was looking through the national papers when I came across an article in the Irish examiner about James Horan and Mayo. Looks like James turned down the chance to be interviewed about the 2013 season and the writer got upset, wrote an article anyway and ends up looking bitter about the refusal.
    It’s on the examiner website.

  12. Thanks, David – that piece in the Examiner is here. I’d agree with your assessment of it, the writer sounds a bit annoyed that his request for an interview was refused so instead he did a trawl for a few old quotes and then reheated them and did a join-the-dots exercise on them. Kinda typical off-season stuff.

  13. Been starved of material on mayo recently, I thought it a fairly decent read. Fogarty is a very good writer IMO. Anyway, carry on .,,

  14. JH was dead right. The less talk the better and the same goes for the players. Let the football do the talking.

  15. You’re bang on about the players. No talking unless its on the pitch or you just won a final of some kind.

  16. Just after reading the John Fogorty article and unless we’re going to wrap our selves in cotton wool for the rest of the season, I for one see nothing there that should bother us or more importantly James Horan. We’re big boys now, serious contenders for Sam 2014 and as such, can expect a bit of sniping from time to time. Of course loosing those two finals leaves us all a little vulnerable to a bit if sledging, and winning the thing this year would lift the siege mentality Mayo people have lived with for years….

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