I haven’t said a huge amount about my my pet project in a while, for the very good reason that I haven’t had the time to do a whole load on the results archive over the past year. Last winter came and went and I only managed to add all of the results and most of the team details for 1949 (I’d been hoping to fill out that whole decade last back-end but it never happened) and work is still proving to be an obstacle to my getting back to the nice, comfortable environs of the National Library to dig out some more of the historical stuff.
But then, out of the blue like, I got an email a short while ago from a chap named Padraig Ferguson who said, and I quote, “I have the complete inter-county results for Mayo” and “you are welcome to a copy if you want to have them”. I said that I did. Sound man that he is, he emailed them through to me, all in a handy spreadsheet as well.
I already have in my possession The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games and so by using this and the historical results section on the GAA’s website as a cross-check on Padraig’s (extremely accurate) data, I’ve been able to complete the entire record of our senior inter-county results for league and championship right back to the day that the county first kicked a ball in anger.
From what I can see, that day was the 9th of November 1902, when we played Galway in the final of the 1901 Connacht championship (it’s not clear if there were any games leading up to this initial decider). We won, they objected and then we won again in the refixed match. A great rivalry was born.
I’ve been in communication directly with Padraig already but I’d like to formally record my appreciation again for his generosity in making this information available to me so that it may be shared with the wider world. It goes without saying that it would have been a long, long time before I would have got the archive to the same point if I had to do so under my own steam.
But, of course, the job isn’t finished at all yet and my initial aim of compiling full team details with every result as far back as possible remains undimmed. I also want to add U21 and minor championship results to the mix as well (they’re only currently included for this year and last) and that’s obviously going to take a fair bit of time and effort to do. What Padraig’s intervention has enabled me to do, however, is to decouple this more detailed research from the compilation of the full results archive, which is now more or less complete. If you want to have a ramble through it at any time, just click on the results archive tab above.