The James Horan era as Mayo manager is (well, ignoring what happens in the FBD) set to get underway under the full glare of the nation (well, those who have TV sets equipped to receive Setanta) as our opening NFL 2011 fixture against All-Ireland finalists Down at McHale Park has now been switched to Saturday, 5th February. We were, of course, meant to open this year’s league campaign with a floodlit match against Galway at the same venue but planning issues (which still have to be resolved, I might add) meant that those plans had to be shelved. The planning problems must now be close to resolution and so hopefully this time it’ll go ahead as planned.
With four home fixtures in next year’s NFL, we should have other opportunities to light up the night sky over Castlebar but this opening round game is, for the moment at least, the only floodlit match we’ve got in the diary for next year. All of our three away matches are afternoon ones too, including the one against the Dubs in Parnell Park which is an obvious one to switch to the previous evening. That may happen – depending, I suppose, on the TV schedules – but for now it’s also set to go ahead on the Sunday.
By the way, with the FBD World Series now out of the way, I’ve consigned the 2010 fixtures page here on the site to history and have replaced it with a shiny new 2011 version, which includes full details of all our NFL Division 1 fixtures next spring.