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Keith Higgins of Mayo in action against Paul Mannion of Dublin during the 2019 Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 4 match at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Keith Higgins of Mayo in action against Paul Mannion of Dublin during the 2019 Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 4 match at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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(L-R) Liam McHale, Lee Keegan and Keith Higgins have all played in multiple All-Ireland final as the Green and Red tried to end their Sam Maguire drought. Pictures: Sportsfile

(L-R) Liam McHale, Lee Keegan and Keith Higgins have all played in multiple All-Ireland final as the Green and Red tried to end their Sam Maguire drought. Pictures: Sportsfile

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Keith Higgins of Mayo in action against Paul Mannion of Dublin during the 2019 Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 4 match at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

If Mayo supporters were told at the start of 2011 that by the end of the decade their team would have contested five All-Ireland finals, won 24 All Star awards, received 46 nominations and picked up two Footballer of the Year awards, the automatic assumption would be that Sam Maguire spent a few seasons out west.

Not so. Despite numerous individual awards, their

All-Ireland drought continued, often in the cruellest circumstances.