There has been much talk of conspiracy and mind games in the run up to Saturday’s All Ireland Football Final replay.
Naturally enough there is still a split in the popular media mind at least between the arrogant urban dubs and the poor downtrodden country heroes of Mayo.
Sport for Business member SportsCarver, who produce the leading free to download game Fans Vs Fans, can now reveal that there is an us against them split outside of Dublin and today we can reveal a number on that.
Two out of every three fans outside Dublin supported Mayo in the build-up to the first All-Ireland clash between the teams on 18th September.
The contrasting maps above show which Counties provided the greatest support.
It may be no surprise given the number of red and green flags flying in the capital that even in Dublin some 25% of fans were supporting Steven Rochford’s men of the West.
GAA fans played ‘Fans Vs Fans Gaelic Football’ in the build-up to the drawn All-Ireland Final and struck more than 75,000 virtual frees for their favourite team.
As a result of the data this generated SportsCarver have been able to share with us that:
- The best Dublin supporters are from the catchment area around St. Brigid’s GAA club
- Outside of their own county boundaries the greatest supporters of the Mayo team come from Galway.
- Outside of Dublin County the greatest support for the Dubs is from Cork fans.
- Kerry GAA fans expressed their support for Mayo in greater numbers but there were pockets of support in the County for their long-time rivals Dublin. The O’Shea effect is clearly stronger than the Brogan effect in their ancestral kingdom
The company has run the game on 64 Championship matches this season and is also working with the Guinness Pro12 on activations around the rugby season.
With the growth of eSports and the massive importance of digital content for fan engagement, this is an area that is likely to generate massive interest in the years to come.
Join us at One Zero – The Global Sports and technology event debuting in Dublin’s RDS on Friday October 21st where there will be insight and discussion from some of the world’s leading experts in eSports and Fan Engagement as well as keynote appearances in front of a live audience from golfer Shane Lowry, Sir Clive Woodward and Lance Armstrong.