The ongoing Mayo ladies football row, which saw eight members of the Carnacon club withdraw from the Mayo panel, has brought claim and counter-claim from the players, manager Peter Leahy and the Mayo LGFA, which has backed the manager at all times.
One hopes the TV lip-reader was right: “When you’ve won the Premier League, let me know.” That, allegedly, is what Ashley Young said to Spurs’ Alli during a set-to on Saturday. In the “show-us-yer-medals” culture that is English football, there is no effective rejoinder to that.
In 2004, Fiona McHale joined up with a Mayo team that had won four of the last five All-Ireland titles. She has long become the oil in the green and red engine, but the medal she presumed would come still hasn’t arrived. Tomorrow, against Dublin, she dreams again.