IRISH team were forced to travel in the luggage compartment of a train while FAI officials in first class, according to Eamon Dunphy.
The football pundit has lifted the lid on the shoddy treatment of the boys in green at the hands of the FAI during the 1960s, following on from yesterday's revelations in the Irish Independent about unseemly behaviour involving the soliciting of a Polish girl by one FAI official, now dead.
Extracts from Dunphy's forthcoming autobiography, 'The Rocky Road', which will be published next Tuesday, begin in the Review section of the Irish Independent today.
In it, Dunphy revealed how he was among the Irish players abominably treated on a nightmare train journey from Poland to what was then West Germany.
"About an hour into the journey," Dunphy writes, "the train stopped in the middle of nowhere. There was some kind of cock-up. Some carriages were removed, including the one we were sitting in.
"The Irish party waited trackside while new arrangements were put in place. Finally, we were ushered back on board.
"The mentors and the gentlemen of the press were seated in a comfortable carriage. We were shunted into the wagon containing passengers' luggage. And that was where we stayed for the lengthy journey to Berlin.
"Sitting on suitcases or on the floor, we fell about the place, like drunks at closing time. It was a nightmare journey for players due to face Franz Beckenbauer and his powerful West German team. The Blazers had taken humiliation to a new level."
In another instance displaying the blase attitude of the FAI towards their charges, Dunphy tells the mysterious story of a vanishing gift of 24 cases of expensive Rioja wine intended for the Irish team sent by the Spanish FA .
An unexpected win by Ireland against Czechoslovakia in Prague had enabled Spain to qualify for the 1968 European Championships. The Spanish were not only delighted, but grateful to the Irish team.
"Elated by the stroke of good fortune that enabled them to take their place at the Euro finals, the Spanish Federation sent a message of congratulations to the FAI and 24 cases of good Rioja for the heroes of Prague," Dunphy writes.
"Our next international match was a friendly against Poland in Dublin the following May. Before the game, each Prague hero was presented with a bottle of Rioja. The rest of the Spanish wine remains unaccounted for." Dunphy does not say where the rest of the 24 cases of expensive wine ended up. But he is certain that it did not end up with the players who were supposed to get it.
Meanwhile, Dunphy has also revealed how his children were bullied in the aftermath of his infamous "pen-throwing" incident during Italia '90.
He also told how his parents were hurt by their "monster of a son" who was "going around the country driving everybody crazy".
In an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent – which can also be seen on independent.ie – he denied ever saying that he was ashamed to be Irish following the game with Egypt and said his comments were misconstrued.
Dunphy said he had recently looked back at the footage on YouTube for the purposes of researching his forthcoming autobiography, serialised in the Irish Independent today and online.
"I didn't throw the pen – I dropped the pen on the desk and said whoever sent that team out to play that way should be ashamed of themselves," he explained.
However, the misinterpretation of his comments led to hurtful consequences for his family, including his young children and his parents.
When Ireland subsequently qualified for the knockout stages, "every kid in Ireland ran out on to the street" – among them Dunphy's daughter Colette, then aged seven, wearing her Irish jersey.
"The other kids chased her back into the house," revealed Dunphy.
"That was a consequence, an unintended consequence. It hurt me terribly but it hurt her desperately."
His teenage son, meanwhile was also "bullied" at a disco and "got stuff in school", said Dunphy.