Sunday 11 December 2016

Dubs' extra man Stephen now pitching for a job

Published 24/09/2011 | 05:00

DUBLIN footballer Eamon Fennell signs the tracksuit top that Stephen Molloy
'borrowed' on Sunday before joining his heroes in their All-Ireland final
celebrations on the pitch at Croke Park.
DUBLIN footballer Eamon Fennell signs the tracksuit top that Stephen Molloy 'borrowed' on Sunday before joining his heroes in their All-Ireland final celebrations on the pitch at Croke Park.

THE true blue Dublin fan who sneaked on to the pitch following his team's All-Ireland victory hopes the publicity will help him to find a job.

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Stephen Molloy (27) said his new fame might help him to appear in ads -- such as for team sponsors Vodafone.

Before appearing on the 'Late Late Show' with the team last night, Dublin substitute Eamon Fennell met Stephen and signed the tracksuit top that he used to get on to the pitch, as revealed in the Irish Independent yesterday.

"I can't take it back off him now, it's his jacket," Fennell said.

Mr Molloy was sitting with friends in the Hogan Stand just as goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton was taking the final crucial free. He then hopped over a nearby barrier into where the substitutes were sitting. He saw midfielder Fennell's discarded tracksuit top and put it on before running on to the pitch at the final whistle with the rest of the players, where he was repeatedly photographed with them.

Mr Molloy, a father-of-one, from Summerhill in the north inner city, has been unemployed for some time having worked as a barman in local pubs.

But since he managed to get on to the pitch his phone has been ringing non-stop with requests for interviews.

"It's madness, I'm just sitting here now and I have a headache from talking to everyone" Mr Molloy said.

"I've become a local hero, not like a superhero, but everyone is coming up to me like a celebrity saying they saw me.

"If Dublin doesn't win for another 16 years I'm screwed, I'll be in all the team pictures on the walls of all the pubs for that time," he added.

Mr Molloy is single and has a two-year-old daughter Lucy. "Hopefully something will come along, but I haven't received any offers for work yet.

"I haven't had a call from Vodafone yet, I could be in their ads," he said.

He was the only fan out of 82,300 who got on to the field after the final whistle blew.

Irish Independent

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