The (almost) total domination by Leinster and Munster of Sam Maguire
Well, by Leinster and Munster, we really mean Dublin and Kerry of course
More counties have claimed the Sam Maguire Cup from Ulster (six) than Munster (four). However, Kerry isn’t in Ulster (breaking news!) and the Kingdom rules when it comes to the All-Ireland senior football championship (this may come as a surprise to some considering Kerry were nowhere to be seen yesterday). The Munster giants of football have 36 All-Ireland senior football titles, which gives Munster the edge over Leinster (49 wins to 45), with Dublin leading the challenge at 23. Far, far behind in third place is Galway with nine titles. Mayo, of course, are stuck on three for a while now.
AGAINST THE ODDS
Too late now, but Dublin to win by one point8/1
Also, Dublin to win by one point and Stephen Cluxton to score the winning point was . . . 66/1! But did he? Can it be considered a winning point if Mayo score twice after it? We’re not sure, but we hope so for the punters that had it.
2013 SFC TOP SCORERS
1 Cillian O’Connor (Mayo) 6-22 (40)
2 Martin Dunne (Cavan) 1-33 (36)
3 Mickey Newman (Meath) 1-27 (30)
– Daniel Goulding (Cork) 1-27 (30)
5 Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone) 0-29 (29)
6 Darren McCurry (Tyrone) 0-28 (28)
– Michael Meehan (Galway) 2-22 (28)
8 Colm Cooper (Kerry) 1-23 (26)
9 Seán McCormack (Longford) 0-24 (24)
– Lorcan Mulvey (London) 2-18 (24)
– Colm McFadden (Donegal) 2-18 (24)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Croke Park is not really a “home” stadium for Dublin, however, there’s no doubt playing there is worth a few points for any team from the capital (perhaps an exception is on All-Ireland final day).
We took the main stadium in Mayo (MacHale Park, Castlebar) and Dublin (Croke Park) as a base to measure the distance a supporter would have had to travel to support their county in this season’s senior football championship. (ie MacHale Park to Pearse Stadium in Galway is an 160km round trip. The two matches Mayo played at MacHale Park count as zero).
Mayo on the road
v Galway Pearse Stadium
v Roscommon MacHale Park
v London MacHale Park
v Donegal Croke Park
v Tyrone Croke Park
v Dublin Croke Park
Total distance 1,696km
Dublin (not) on the road
v Westmeath Croke Park
v Kildare Croke Park
v Meath Croke Park
v Cork Croke Park
v Kerry Croke Park
v Mayo Croke Park
Total distance 0km
Mayo, however, have not put up the most miles on the road this summer.
That honour – unless you want to start counting trips such as Leitrim’s to New York – is held by the Tyrone senior football team (and their supporters).
Though we also do know of someone who travelled home from Wellington, New Zealand for yesterday’s final.
So they win, really, by completing a flight distance of roughly 37,000km.
Tyrone on the road
v Donegal Ballybofey
Tyrone v Offaly Tullamore
v Roscommon Dr Hyde Park
v Kildare Newbridge
v Meath Croke Park
v Monaghan Croke Park
v Mayo Croke Park
Total distance 2,406km
Sad to see that one of Dublin football’s former stars was, apparently, the victim of some racial abuse on Twitter at the weekend.
A tweet was sent to Jason Sherlock (@boomjayo) which said: “@boomjayo yes I did indeed! Sherlock you NaFianna reject.. Back to Asia with you, you dont belong here”
It showed the best and worst of Twitter – with the tweet launching a thousand replies in support of Sherlock, who himself said: “Thanks for all your positive tweets, for too long I was the victim of racial abuse, but not anymore, great to see many others feel the same. The guy who tweeted it is ignorant, but that doesn’t allow him to be racist, I hope he and his buddies might learn from this situation.”
Na Fianna GAA club have said they are aware of the alleged racist comments, an investigation is underway, with “action to follow”.
Every pre-match discussion of yesterday’s decider noted Mayo’s awful record in All-Ireland senior football deciders – before yesterday losing the previous six finals.