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Exiles host first championship match.

London mauling

The first ever Connacht football championship match to be held outside Ireland took place when Mayo visited London at Ruislip in 1981. Captain Martin Carney scored 1-2 on a day when the Mayomen hit 19 wides in a 3-11 to 1-4 win. Mayo went on to win their first provincial title in 12 years but came up short against Kerry in a semi-final where they failed to score in the second half.