This one won’t take long because nothing much has changed (just one more win for us) since I last looked at our head-to-head record against Monaghan a bit over a year ago. I’ve also now been able to confirm that there were no further meetings between our two counties beyond those listed in the table I provided last March (I checked all the way back to 1902 – just to be sure, like). All of which means that a quick update to the table, to add in that slightly fortunate and more than slightly bizarre victory we recorded over them them at McHale Park last March, gets us to our complete record against Monaghan.
That win last March means our winning run against them now extends to seven matches on the trot and they haven’t beaten us since they did so by a point in Clontibret in December 1986. I can’t recall too much about that clash but I do remember well the meeting between us that took place earlier in that same year, which was in the league semi-final. I even managed to lay my hands today on the match programme for that game (which we lost by a single point) – if you double-click on the image above, it’ll take you to a higher res version of the programme cover.
I also thought patrons hereabouts would be interested in seeing the team pics from that programme so here they are (same rules apply about double-clicking and so forth). As I thumbed my way along the Monaghan teamsheet, a few long-forgotten names came to light – like Eamonn Murphy, Eugene Sherry and the Murray brothers – but, regardless of the fact that a quarter of a century has passed since then, I had no trouble at all naming everyone on our team in all their hirsute glory.
Go on – try it yourself and see how well you do.
Here’s the full record of our clashes with the Farney lads: