The road to Croker VI – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E42

In the lead-in to this Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final between Mayo and Tipperary we’ve been running ‘The Road to Croker’ series on the Mayo News football podcast. With the big day fast approaching, we’ve now reached the end of this particular road with the sixth and final episode in this podcast series.

In this episode host Rob Murphy is joined by podcast regulars Billy Joe Padden and Colin Sheridan for some final thoughts ahead of Sunday’s semi-final. The lads shoot the breeze on the ups and downs Mayo have experienced over the course of this strangest of years, with Colin drawing an analogy between James Horan’s side and a man with strong Mayo connections, US President-elect Joe Biden, in light of how both have this year engineered a dramatic rebound in their respective fortunes. 

Narrowing the focus back onto the game, Billy Joe considers the kind of game plan Mayo are likely to adopt at Croke Park. Not surprisingly, given the injection of so much pace into the team this year, he reckons it’s one that will involve plenty of running. 

To wrap up this episode, the lads turn their thoughts to the practicalities of game day itself from the supporters’ perspective. With all Championship matches taking place behind closed doors this year, they describe their ideal environment for watching matches at home. 

This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, Podomatic, SoundCloud and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog using the Podomatic player below or the one on the panel on the right.

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12 thoughts on “The road to Croker VI – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E42

  1. Hello, please accept my apologies for inserting the above Podcast here. Not my intention.

    I was playing around for ages wondering what the Clipboard was and then how to copy the contents. Eventually I googled and read you have to paste. So I experimented and b4 I could say Jack….it copied.

    As it so happens I am sure it will be of interest. At least hope so.

  2. Watching an All Ireland semi final between Mayo and Tipperary at home beside the Christmas tree. 2020 has been one strange year. Who knows. It would be like a year Mayo would go on to win the All Ireland.

  3. “Tea made, curtains closed maybe even a chair up against the door”. Brilliant. I think I’ll chance that

  4. Billie Joe said his daughter asked by his daughter if it was Liverpool or Mayo he had played for , priceless. Like Kevin Mc stays wife reckoned to him after a final where Mayo lost to Kerry joe gooch and colm Cooper ran the show between them. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, no heartache over lost finals being the biggest benefit.
    It’s definitely been a very strange year, hard to even imagine how it started or where the spring, summer and autumn went to, it seemed to fly by even faster than usual. One thing that would be very good to see is boyler or seamie or the like coming on with 20 minutes to go and them to really make their presence felt on the opposition. Hopefully that will happen.
    Stranger things have, like the amount of Daves on here.

  5. Interesting game coming up for sure. Tipp have zero fear of Mayo and will give it a right lash. Mayo have done well this year but will need to create the correct chance and take the score no hit in hopes. If Tipp can get a grip around the middle I feeel they could press Mayo all the way to the line. Cillian O Connor and Aidan O Shea very important as always but particularly in this match Mayo will need they to perform. I strongly feel Dublin will deliver a double digit beating to Cavan but I hope I am wrong. In this match I have sided with Mayo to win but the positive messages coming out of Tipp will no doubt be strongly heeded by the Mayo panel. I would like to see Tom Parsons in this match in midfield but Im not sure of Tom’s fitness etc but feel ye need another presence there as remember we didnt have big Tom Flynn and an injured Ronan Steed and still did very well in Connaught Final that wont have gone unnoticed.

  6. Agree with Spectre. Can’t see any of the old dogs starting as not given a run so far this year. Horan has come in with a plan to rebuild and probably did not see us making the semi final this year. Nobody saw what was coming this year. He will proceed as he has planned until he has pace and athleticism in every line as per the Dublin model. Tipp will be a good test for his newbies and all action running game. Really looking forwrd to it to see how fast Oisin can get from the canal to the hill!

  7. Tipperary (All-Ireland SFC semi-final v Mayo): E Comerford; A Campbell, J Feehan, C O’Shaughnessy; B Maher, K Fahey, R Kiely; S O’Brien, L Casey; C O’Riordan, M Quinlivan, Conal Kennedy; B Fox, C Sweeney, Colman Kennedy.

    Subs: M O’Reilly, T Fitzgerald, D Brennan, E Moloney, P Looram, P Feehan, J Kennedy, P Austin, J Lonergan, M Stokes, L Boland.

  8. If James Horan get the lads focused for this game as he did as we were against Donegal in 2013,having said that there was no need to motivate the lads after McGee’s statement! Sure it’s only mayo before the 2012 final. I’d say he is sorry for making that statement public but thats a different. But anyhow looking forward to tipp . They will be a handful but we shall overcome the challenge ahead. . A great gaa county and lovely people. Win or lose , slievenamon will be sang in this house. Up maigheo

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