Tuesday 6 December 2016

Vincent Hogan: Triumphant Tipp borrow Cody's winning template

Published 06/09/2010 | 05:00

Out of the autumn gauze came new champions then, history's press too much even for Kilkenny. The world has turned on its head since Tipperary last stood top of hurling's pile.

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Their last All-Ireland win arrived two days before terrorists reduced New York skyscrapers to a pile of rancid dust. We didn't know that we were living on a powder-keg planet.

Back then, too, Brian Cody answered to the name of an ordinary man. His team got cuffed around the ears in one of that year's semi-finals and there would have been those in Kilkenny who thought, maybe, he was a manager who should be sent to ruthless school.

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