Some more random observations on the work-in-progress that is the Waterford GAA results archive, now correct back to 1964:
- Waterford once played a match in Tramore, of all places, beating Laois by two points in February 1967. It’s curious how venues like Cappoquin have fallen off the schedule. Presumably this is because the investment, such as it has been, in Walsh Park and Fraher Field, increase the opportunity cost of using venues other than them.
- We beat Laois that day, as we usually do. We’ve beaten them on 19 of our 23 meetings since 1966, losing three and drawing one. This is in marked contrast to our record against Kildare. We played Kildare seven times in the 70’s and barely came out ahead, winning four and losing three. Compare that with our record against Offaly who we played three times, winning twice and drawing once. Offaly won the All-Ireland in 1981. There’s a story to be told about what became of Kildare hurling.
- When snooker player Fergal O’Brien won the 1999 British Open, he felt slightly cheated when a rejigging of the schedule meant he had to defend the trophy a few months later. The Waterford hurlers of 1963 would have sympathised. Having won the National League by beating New York in a replay on the 3rd November, they had to play Dublin in the first round of the 1964 League a week later. They lost. Some honeymoon.