The Irish Examiner has a notable scoop today in the form of the provisional list of all the fixtures in next year’s football and hurling Leagues. The full list is available in the paper itself but here’s the schedule facing us next spring:
- January 31st: Cork v Mayo (2pm)
- February 6th: Mayo v Dublin (7pm)
- February 28th: Donegal v Mayo (2pm)
- March 6th: Monaghan v Mayo (2pm)
- March 13th: Mayo v Kerry (2pm)
- March 27th: Roscommon v Mayo (3pm)
- April 3rd: Mayo v Down (3pm)
So it’s four away and three home matches for us next year, which on the face of it is a tough proposition. To be honest, though, our home record isn’t markedly better than how we’ve fared on the road in recent years. And, with the Rossies joining us in the top flight next year, one of those away trips is the very short one to Hyde Park.
For us Dublin-based supporters, next spring’s schedule is a fairly handy one. With motorway all the way, Cork is well within reach as a day-trip – even at the end of January – and the away trip to Monaghan is a doddle too. As ever, it’s the home matches that’ll involve the most amount of mileage from up here.
With only three matches at home, this cuts down the scope for Saturday nights under the lights at MacHale Park and next year (like this) there’ll only be one such fixture. Like this year, though, this fixture will be against Dublin so it should draw a big crowd to Castlebar. Let’s hope we put it up to them a bit better next February than we did in March this year.
A small health warning is necessary in relation to these fixtures, in particular for those of you already scrambling to book flights. This list is just a provisional one, which I think is now out with counties for comment and which will be finalised in the weeks ahead. I’m also not 100% sure that all those throw-in times are correct either (and this is just I’m not sure I’ve interpreted correctly what’s in the paper, rather than there being any issue with what they’ve printed).
So although we’re not yet a full week over our championship exit for this year, the road that lies ahead for us in 2016 is beginning to get mapped out. Onwards we go. Up Mayo.