Somebody remarked the other day that a lull appeared to have at last descended here on the blog. About bloody time too – for a while there I thought there’d be no downtime at all this year, though with the 2016 FBD campaign getting underway in a little over three weeks from now the closed season (such as it was) will be over soon enough.
One of the advantages of a period of non-activity in the Mayo GAA world is that it gives time for doing stuff that would otherwise stubbornly remain on the to-do list. One of those things that’s been on the list for some time is expanding the results archive.
While the listings for senior league and championship results – which stretch all the way back to 1902 – are more or less complete (though team line-ups from way back will continue to be added, as and when they become available) those for under 21 and minor are not: I only began to document these on an ongoing basis since the start of 2009. It’s always been my stated aim to add to the archive historical results and teams for championship matches in both underage grades.
What I’m now able to unveil is Phase 1 of this process. Over the last few weeks I’ve added the U21 and minor championship results to the archive back as far as 2001 and, for good measure, I’ve also collected and added in senior FBD league results and team details back as far as then as well. These are all now up on the archive and available for viewing here.
The usual caveats apply in relation to the results I’ve collected, i.e. I can’t vouch that I’ve tracked down every single match that was played (though I’d be confident I’ve got at least 99% of them) and there may be errors in there as regards players’ names, scores or whatever (either due to mistakes I’ve made in transcribing the records or in how they were originally recorded). If anyone spots any errors or omissions in any match (regardless of when it was played) then please let me know and I’ll make the necessary corrections.
It remains my aim to continue this process so that in time the results archive will contain a full listing of all U21 and minor championship matches we played in. For the former, this goes back to 1964 while for the latter it runs all the way back to 1929. I’ve no idea when I’ll get round to completing the job – it won’t be next year and it mightn’t be the year after either but hopefully it will one day be complete. In the meantime, feel free to continue wandering through this expanding work in progress.