Monday, June 13, 2016

Following Ireland #COYBIG #202

I can't remember when I first went to see (the Republic of) Ireland play in an international football game. I have an FAI history book which lists all Ireland's fixtures - when I look through the fixtures I know I was definitely at the famous 2-1 win over The Netherlands at Lansdowne Road in a World Cup qualifier on 30th September 1980 (Mark Lawrenson scored the winner), though I might have been at the 2-0 win over Switzerland on April 30th that year. I have been at many Ireland games since, though the high prices now charged at the Aviva for games is a deterrent, especially when you get Giles/Brady/Dunphy on the telly. 

I have only been to one Ireland away game which was against Portugal in the old Stadium of Light in Lisbon during a downpour on 15th November 1995. Ireland were thumped 3-0, but I did buy an Ireland jersey for the occasion which I still have 21 years later. It's time to put it on again today as Ireland begin another Euro Finals with a game against Sweden. On a good day we can beat anyone (ask Germany), so let's hope the Boys in Green can give us all something to shout about. I think their biggest task will be to keep Zlatan's mouth shut.

If Christy doesn't get you in the mood for Euro 2016 - nothing will...

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