This has already been posted (and discussed) in the comments before I’ve had the chance to mention it but just to confirm that the unofficial NFL fixture list for 2014 has been published. Full details of next year’s provisional Division One and Two fixtures are here.
The 2014 list sees us playing two away matches to start with (against Kildare on February 2nd and Tyrone on February 9th), then alternating home and away fixtures – home against Kerry, on March 2nd, away to Westmeath on March 9th, home against Cork on March 16th, away to Dublin on March 29th (which is, incidentally, our only Saturday night match of the campaign – the lights in MacHale Park aren’t going to get used at all next spring it seems) and finally at home against Derry on April 6th.
My understanding is that, as in previous years, this provisional list is one that has been circulated to counties for comment and is likely to be confirmed as is, with maybe one or two minor changes. We can, then, take it that this will be the league roster facing us in 2014.
That Mayo News report on last night’s “open and frank” meeting between County Board officers and James Horan has also been the subject of discussion here. I’m as wise as the rest of you in terms of what the current state of play is on this front but Mike Connolly’s statement in this piece would seem to indicate it’s a done deal that James will be staying on next year. Not just that but it also appears that full details of James’ new backroom team for 2014 are set to be finalised this day week. If this is indeed what’s happening, then it can only be very welcome news.