With just over a week to go until the All Ireland Minor Final the rush for tickets has really started. I have had several phone calls and inquiries from friends and acquaintances from Down seeking tickets for the final. It really is amazing but every year brings the same situation as people who are not normally fans of all things GAA suddenly become ardent supporters of their county team. In fairness I suppose it happens in every county and Tyrone is no different to any other. I am often surprised by the people I meet at county games in Croke Park from my local area whom I have never seen standing in Ballinamullen or Healy Park. I realise that there are people who consider themselves “county” supporters but rarely if ever do I see them at Mc Kenna Cup games or matches in The National League either. I just hope that the few tickets that do come to Tyrone do manage to make it into the hands of genuine supporters especially those who have followed the minors all year.
We will probably be covering the game live on Q101 and it is a match I am really looking forward to seeing. The buzz of All Ireland Final Day makes it all the more exciting and entertaining and with the large crowd there will be lots of pressure on these young lads to deliver. Mind you there will be no shortage of pressure on Paddy Tally and Brian Mc Ivor as they seek to bring Sam back to County Down. The Mourne team have been transformed with the arrival of the two Tyrone men and in their tenacity and organisation on the field, Paddy Tally’s influence is abundantly clear. Having good players is one thing but developing a real team ethos is quite a challenge and that is where the talent of a top class coach like Paddy Tally comes into its own. I have to be honest and say that I am no fan of the red and black but if they win The All Ireland I will be pleased for the Tyrone men involved but that is as far as my rejoicing will go.