Saturday 21 April 2018

Sam unimpressed by pre-season trends

Kildare captain Eoghan O'Flaherty lifts the O'Byrne Cup
Kildare captain Eoghan O'Flaherty lifts the O'Byrne Cup
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

I DON'T want to alarm O'Byrne Cup winners Kildare, but it's a fact of football life that success in pre-season tournaments sure doesn't impress Sam Maguire when he gets around to making his yearly arrangements.

With the exception of Tyrone, who won the McKenna Cup and All-Ireland titles in 2005, no county in any of the four provinces has combined pre-season success with a September triumph in the new Millennium. That's quite a fail rate for January's finest.

Irish Independent

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