IT WAS A surreal moment of anti-climax in Eamonn Deacy Park: the game was over, St Patrick’s Athletic were officially League Cup champions for 2015, only no-one was celebrating at the referee’s final whistle.
WITH IRELAND ON the brink of securing a historic Grand Slam in Twickenham later today and a third Six Nations title in five years already achieved, having a local hero like Keith Earls as the face of your business is an absolute dream, admits Marie Curtin.
“We know how dangerous the Irish are”, said Germany manager Joachim Löw during his pre-game press conference in Dublin. It is October 2015 and his World Champions are to be the supporting cast in one of the great nights in Irish football.
HERE’S ONE FOR YOU: who is the only player to take the field opposite Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires, play in the Nou Camp the day Gary Lineker scored a brace on his Barcelona debut and feature in sides from Belgium and Germany all the way to Canada and Japan?
ASK ZINEDINE ZIDANE his memories of playing against Bohemian Football Club and the Real Madrid manager would probably smile at you shyly, shuffle his feet a bit and attempt some modest answer that the Irish defend so hard and play with such selfless heart and passion.
A COFFIN STOOD stiff and isolated in the bowels of the Nou Camp as 11 Irishmen shuffled past in quiet disbelief.
AFTER 18 YEARS wearing kits supplied by a range of different manufacturers, Cork City will once again sport the famous three stripes of adidas as they aim to defend their SSE Airtricity League title in 2018.