Can Mayo end 70 years of hurt?
Seven decades and 10 final defeats have intensified their yearning for Sam Maguire. Tyrone await in the decider with the Connacht champions now marginal favourites having eventually vanquished Dublin . . . what could possibly go wrong?
The wait is known to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Gaelic games. Mayo’s senior footballers head into Croke Park this Saturday with a rare case of expectation rather than hope. Tyrone will be anything but pushovers yet Mayo are in the rare position of being narrow favourites at the bookies. It’s a role they are unaccustomed to although that’s not to diminish the hope of prior sides.
After 1951, Mayo had ...