Match reports and stuff

James Horan and mgt team Jan 2013

Photo: Mayo Mick

With the return of the football, Monday morning also sees the return of the match reports. However, given that it’s pre-season January action we’re talking about here the reports, such as they are, are a bit on the pithy side. In fact, the only ones that provide any detail at all on our defeat to Leitrim up at Ballinamore yesterday are this one by Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser and this one in today’s Irish Independent.

We do get a fair bit of coverage in today’s papers, however, and the reason for this is the ongoing war of words that has developed between James Horan and Joe Brolly. James didn’t specify that the Brollix was the target of his initial salvo last week but it wouldn’t have taken a genius to work this out and apparently the grinning idiot used his column in whatever rag he writes for to have a go at our man yesterday.

I haven’t seen yet what Brolly wrote in his column yesterday but if it’s anything like his usual fare I expect it’ll be the same kind of smart-arsed belittling crap that he specialises in. I did, however, see and enjoy hugely Tommy Conlon’s perfectly-judged take on the issue in yesterday’s Sunday Independent, which from Brolly’s perspective can only be seen as a very wounding piece of analysis. And that’s before saying anything about RTÉ’s role in the whole affair and their complete failure to provide any balance to the debate.

James was asked about the Brollix after the final whistle up at Ballinamore yesterday and he decided to let rip again. Colm Gannon got most of the quotes in his match report linked above and Cliona Foley in the Indo and Mike Finnerty in the Irish Examiner both have pieces on the issue this morning. James certainly wasn’t holding back yesterday and he aimed his fire – correctly – at both the hopelessly biased pundit and the so-called national broadcaster that employs him. While we can argue about whether or not the timing is right for all this to come out now, I think it’s good that we’ve finally broken cover on the issue and the start of a new year is as good a time as any to do so.

Now that James has said what he’s said, I don’t think there’s anything to be gained in our continuing with the verbal hostilities on this issue. James has made his point clearly and Tommy Conlon’s article yesterday shows that it’s not just us that thinks there’s a problem where it comes to this clown being allowed to spout this kind of nonsense with impunity on the national airwaves. Will it change anything? Probably not but at least Brolly has now been called out in a very public way for the utterly biased fool that he is and that has to be a positive development.

3 thoughts on “Match reports and stuff

  1. Good article by conlon and a damming criticism of brolly. James h now needs to lets it rest and get on with the job.

  2. James was right to highlight this.For too long we have been abused, and nobody stood up to those clowns in RTE , or to brutal refs decisions that went against us. Only pity it didn’t happen after the League final and the disgusting treatment of Donal Vaughan by Cork players, when again Brolly was quick to criticise our man. Donal could have been badly injured while being dragged off the ground by a thug. Not a word out of him about that, because he knew Cork wouldn’t take it from him
    We in Mayo seem too much afraid of being labeled whingers , but we must defend our own. It’s just a matter of how you do it . Be cute, like Jack o Connor after League semi ( Arrragh we had a lot of lads down with flu all week, but I’m not complaining ) Thing is , he was.

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