Mayo missed flight costs county board thousands

Updated: March 27, 2012

The clocks went forward early on Sunday but Mayo’s hurlers weren’t told that; causing them to miss their flight home from London.

London had comfortably beaten Mayo on a scoreline of 3-18 to 1-10 on Saturday afternoon in Ruislip with the hurlers spending the night at a hotel in Cricklewood.  The players were due to fly out of London on Sunday at 11.50am but some of the panel were late checking out of the hotel, meaning the team bus was late getting to Luton airport.  The resulting missed flight and re-arrangement of the return flight cost the cash strapped Mayo County board €3,600.

Mayo hurling board chairman John Hopkins is quoted as stating:  ”This shouldn’t have happened.  Someone has to answer for this. There is a lot of fine work being done in hurling in the county, but incidents like this ruin a lot of that.”

Mayo’s footballers will spend a week at a training camp in Portugal next month and it is expected that manager James Horan will have them out of bed in plenty of time for the flight home.

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