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Mayo Legends Name Outrageous XV For Exhibition Game

Mayo Legends Name Outrageous XV For Exhibition Game

It's a sight many Mayo fans thought they would never see again, but tomorrow night will see some of the county's cult heroes lace up again at MacHale Park.

A selection of former Mayo players, from the squads that competed in the All-Ireland finals of 2004 and 2006, will take on a club selection from the county in a curtain-raiser for the county side's game with the Underdogs.

But despite some greying hair and aching bones, it would be no surprise to see this particular bunch of middle-aged men becoming the star attraction in Castlebar.

The most eye-catching name on the team sheet is Ciaran McDonald who, according to local sources, still has the look of a man who could do a job for the senior outfit. So he will probably pull the strings from the half-forward line, while David Brady is taking a hiatus from his gigs as a pundit to rule the skies above Castlebar for one more time.

Elsewhere on the team, the Mortimer brothers, Trevor and Conor, add more glamour to the line-up with Ronan McGarrity and Kevin O'Neill just two other names in a star-studded line-up.

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Unfortunately the game will not be televised, though coverage of the evening's main event involving the Underdogs will be broadcast on TG4. The throw-in will be at 8pm, with TG4's coverage starting from 7.40pm.

Over the last few weeks the high-powered coaching triumvirate of Valerie Mulcahy, Kevin Cassidy and Mickey Ned O'Sullivan have been putting the team of aspiring footballers through their paces ahead of Saturday night's game.

The players, who have never played a game at senior intercounty level before, are facing into the biggest game of their lives and that will naturally bring nerves. In a bid to allay those nerves, they could do worse than take a seat in the stand from 6.30pm to witness some of the biggest names of the last decade relive their youth.

And for Mayo fans, it could be a final opportunity to see legends on a football field in the flesh. MacHale Park will - hopefully - be rocking.

SEE ALSO: 'If We Had Won That, We Could Have All Retired And Burned Our Hurls'

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