Geezer was the first, but dont forget that kerry and donesgal had lads who were able to take summers off from their jobs in ulster bank and were able to “concentrate” entitely on football.
Sean Cavanagh must also have never played alongside a school teacher or third level student at inter-county level.
The excuses given for Mayo’s spend are that they had an under 21 winning team and that the expenses for the lads who work in dublin getting back and forth to mayo for training are massive. Nobody is objecting to the spend, or begrudging them it even if the excuses have plenty of holes in them, but as EmcK likes to say -you cant dispute the facts.
The fact is that Mayo have the same money to spend on their teams as we do, and they dont have to worry about three all ireland hurling teams and ladies GAA (The AIG deal covers all of those, the old Vodafone one which was worth more only covered the mens teams)