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Harps All Ireland build up begins in numbers

posted 14 Sep 2013, 03:54 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 20 Sep 2013, 01:08 ]

With only a few days until the 127th All-Ireland Football Final which will be attended by over 82,000 people. Here are some more facts and figures for fans to digest ahead of the big day.

2 – This year’s All-Ireland Final will only be the second contested between Mayo and Dublin. The previous one was played in 1921, when Dublin emerged winners on a scoreline of 1-9 – 0-2.

10 – The final will be the tenth Championship meeting between the sides. Dublin have won five of the previous nine meetings, Mayo have won two and there have been two draws, although Mayo have won the two most recent Championship meetings between the sides, the All-Ireland semi-finals in 2006 and in 2012.

87 – The number of points scored by Dublin in the Championship to date.

81 – The number of points scored by Mayo in the Championship to date.  

At least 50 – The amount of phrases you will hear in relation to the ticket hunt, which has reached fever pitch in both counties. ‘Money can’t buy’, ‘like gold dust’ and ‘more sought after than the ticket to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory’ are our personal favourites.

14 – The number of goals scored by Mayo in the Championship to date.

11 – The number of goals scored by Dublin in the Championship to date.

82,300 – The amount of supporters that will be in Croke Park on Sunday week if everyone with a ticket is in attendance.

13 – The number of points scored by Stephen Cluxton in the Championship to date. 

6 – The number of goals scored by Cillian O’Connor in the Championship to date.

10,000 and counting – The number of decades of the rosary recited in Mayo for the specific purpose of praying that Cillian O’Connor will return from a shoulder injury in time for next weekend.

9 – The number of players in the current Dublin squad who featured in the Dublin’s victories in the 2010 and 2012 under-21 All-Ireland Finals under Jim Gavin’s management.

10 – The number of players in the current Mayo squad who featured in the team that won the All-Ireland under-21 title in 2006.

6 – The number of All-Ireland Finals Mayo have lost since 1951.

8 – The number of All-Ireland titles Dublin have won in the same period.

2.8 – The time in seconds recorded by Dublin speedster Jack McCaffrey in a 20-metre sprint in AFL trials held in Ireland in 2012. According to Tadgh Kennelly, that would have been the fastest time in the AFL draft that year.

767 – The number of times the tweet below posted by Brian O’Driscoll during Aidan O’Shea’s tour-de-force against Donegal was retweeted. 

403 – The number of followers currently following a Twitter account set up in honour of O’Shea’s distinctive hairdo.

9 – The number of Dublin players who started the semi-final against Kerry and the 2011 All-Ireland Final against the same opposition.

17 million – A calculated estimate at the number of Mayo songs that have been composed in the run-up to this All-Ireland Final. The one below is currently our favourite…
 
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