Photo: Mayo News
A week to go to the replay – and it’s raining once more up here in the capital! – so the focus is starting to narrow in on the game that’s there to be played, the contest that’s there to be won. There’s the prize too, of course, but don’t mind that – the only thing that matters now is the match. What comes after will look after itself.
Like the rest of you, I feel that much of the external chatter is now occurring on a different wavelength. We’re on FM – Frequency Mayo – and we need to stay tuned in there for the next week, and, as Boy George sang all those years ago, continue to push aside those who whisper never.
The main aim for us supporters, of course, a week out from the replay is to make sure we can get there. Last Sunday at HQ was simply an incredible day to be a Mayo fan – once again nailing that awful lie about our being a long-suffering tribe: what county wouldn’t have wanted to be in that cauldron roaring on their heroes the way we were? – and I think we all left Croke Park happy in the knowledge that we’d given our all.
But, no more than the players, it’s only half-time for us as well. The Mayo machine (the ticket-hoovering one, that is) worked to perfection for the drawn game – tickets were as rare as proverbial hen’s teeth up here ahead of last Sunday and once HQ filled up on the day it became transparently obvious where all those tickets had gone to.
We need the same attention to detail for the replay. Get yourself sorted, get everyone you know sorted, hell – even get that bollix that you’re not all that keen on but who will shout loudly for us sorted. Every additional ticket we get swells our ranks inside Croke Park and increases the wall of sound that’ll drive the lads on.
Season ticket holders are all boxed off by now and it was announced yesterday – Mayo News piece by Edwin McGreal here – that clubs have got an additional allocation of tickets. This means there are more tickets heading our way than for the drawn match. Every single one of them needs to go to someone who’ll be there and who’ll play their part in roaring the lads on.
The hunt is on. Don’t let up ’till everyone is sorted. This is one match no Mayo supporter should miss. Make sure that, if at all possible, you’re there too.
(Thanks to Mairéad, by the way, for the nifty headline of this post).
Don’t forget that there are ten tickets for the replay (and a €10,500 jackpot prize) up for grabs in Monday night’s draw for the Mayo GAA Players Welfare Lotto. Play the Lotto here.