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Replying To Gleebo:  "Mayo once fielded a team in a league match in the 1990s with 15 A.N Others on the programme."
Hi Gleebo. I never heard that. That's gas. Obviously they could nt decide before the deadline.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 2946 - 24/06/2022 13:35:10    2427269

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My memory of attending GAA games goes back to about 2000, but I can never remember unofficial programmes being sold at matches. I've only heard of them in stories. Plus the fact the programme says "Official Programme" means unofficial ones must have existed at some point....

I have to laugh at lads giving out about dummy teams being a modern thing when in the past you could literally name "A.N. Other" as a player....

CastleBravo (Meath) - Posts: 1525 - 24/06/2022 14:51:53    2427281

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Replying To Samson55:  "Thought i was buying the official programme for the Wexford v Limerick league final of 1984.
When i opened it there was the Wexford football team that played a week earlier. Can't remember who the other team on that unofficial programme was."
Yeah, my only memory of unofficial programmes dates from around the same era, outside venues like Croke Park and Thurles around the early to mid-80s.

It was commonplace for the unofficial programme for a Leinster Final (for example) to just have the team listed as it started the semi-final, with no effort made to get anything more accurate. And in some cases, like yours, what you got bore absolutely no resemblance to the truth whatsoever.

Anybody claiming that unofficial programmes gave a truer picture of the actual line-out must not remember what they were really like!

Pikeman96 (Wexford) - Posts: 921 - 24/06/2022 15:24:03    2427289

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Replying To CastleBravo:  "My memory of attending GAA games goes back to about 2000, but I can never remember unofficial programmes being sold at matches. I've only heard of them in stories. Plus the fact the programme says "Official Programme" means unofficial ones must have existed at some point....

I have to laugh at lads giving out about dummy teams being a modern thing when in the past you could literally name "A.N. Other" as a player...."
Apart from the bizarre exception noted with 15 A/N.Others it was genuine.
So often times a team might be waiting on a players fitness and name one placeholder. But in general the other 14 would start as named and there was nothing sneaky or cynical about leaving the blank.
When you dig out an old programme and see a team you can be fairly sure that it was the team that started.
What will the point of looking at a programme in 20 years be unless you have had the foresight to scribble the changes at the time of the game...

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 397 - 24/06/2022 16:35:45    2427304

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Replying To anotheralias:  "Apart from the bizarre exception noted with 15 A/N.Others it was genuine.
So often times a team might be waiting on a players fitness and name one placeholder. But in general the other 14 would start as named and there was nothing sneaky or cynical about leaving the blank.
When you dig out an old programme and see a team you can be fairly sure that it was the team that started.
What will the point of looking at a programme in 20 years be unless you have had the foresight to scribble the changes at the time of the game..."
An almost perfect descriptive post.

supersub15 (Carlow) - Posts: 2597 - 25/06/2022 11:33:29    2427361

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