Vincent Hogan: Rebel footballers must bury losing mentality to emerge from hurling’s long shadow
Published 15/09/2010 | 05:00
To understand the place Cork footballers hold in the broad affections of their people, maybe the 2002 strike offers a revealing starting point.
For they were tugged, essentially, kicking and screaming to the picket-line, their appetite for conflict compromised by a terrible slaughter endured in that year's All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry. If the hurlers did not blink an eye about going to war with their own County Board, the footballers all but needed counselling.
Curiously, they had embraced the Gaelic Players' Association from the beginning, but not in anything but the most abstract, superficial way. It was a modest sub that they were content to pay in return for a T-shirt and the receipt of regular newsletters.