April is proving to be a long month for Mayo’s football fans, with the helter-skelter League campaign already becoming a bit of a distant memory while there’s still some time to go until the championship season starts to rev up. As an antidote for this hiatus the Mayo News football podcast is back, placing a first audio-based stake in the ground ahead of another football summer.
The centrepiece of this new episode of the podcast is an in-depth interview by Mike Finnerty with Alan Dillon. In it, the recently retired two-time All-Star looks back on the highs and lows of his own inter-county career, as well as providing some fascinating insights into what it was like to be part of the current high performance set-up in and around the senior county panel. Alan also looks ahead to next month’s Galway game and provides his take on how he feels this crunch fixture could go.
Host Rob Murphy and I chat about this odd April off-season and a bit later on I take a trip down memory lane, where I reminisce on Mayo’s shock championship win over the Tribesmen in the 1981 Connacht semi-final. Rounding off this episode, Rob talks with Billy Joe Padden who had a close look at Galway when they played Dublin in the League final a few weeks back and who has a few early thoughts on the key tactical issues around which the clash on 13th May is likely to revolve.
This latest edition of the podcast is now available to listen to on iTunes and SoundCloud. Alternatively, you can listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog – just click the player below or the one on the sidebar to the right. Enjoy!