Monday 5 December 2016

Vincent Hogan: Faithful until the end

'The bad days are sickening. And I've had enough of them I suppose but I've never felt like walking away, put it that way'

Published 25/06/2011 | 05:00

Johnny Pilkington tells a story against himself about his time playing Fitzgibbon hurling with UCD. After a defeat to UCC, his team-mates seemed dejected as they set about the obligatory process of drowning sorrows. Pilkington, one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, liked to play up to his county's caricature of hard-living dissidents.

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Sitting next to Tipperary's Conal Bonnar, he now felt the need for a re-affirmation of the Offaly way.

"Boys, will ye cop onto yerselves," he announced from a high stool. "I'm after getting beaten by Antrim and Down and Mickey Mouse teams like that. It's a privilege to be beaten by Cork."

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