Sunday 21 July 2019

Tribes' worst summer for 98 years

'Both the hurlers and footballers underperformed and, frankly, so too did the supporters' (stock picture)
'Both the hurlers and footballers underperformed and, frankly, so too did the supporters' (stock picture)

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It wasn't where Galway expected to be, with the hurlers dumped out of the championship by June 16, followed by the footballers on July 6.

It was the hurlers' earliest departure since 1965, when they were midway through their disastrous decade in Munster. The footballers have often been eliminated previously before July, but the exit by both teams prompted the question: when last were Galway out of the two championships this early?

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Answer? 1921. It leaves Galway with much to reflect on. Both the hurlers and footballers underperformed and, frankly, so too did the supporters, who did not follow the teams in anything the numbers expected in a county with a population of 260,000.

Mayo (130,000) vastly outnumbered them last Saturday and Roscommon (64,000) came close to matching them at the Connacht final.

Perhaps, the early exits will remind Galway supporters to take nothing for granted.

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