Wednesday 24 May 2017

Crowe keeps Cavan flag flying

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

FOOTBALL referee Brian Crowe probably never knew he had so many friends. An oversight in a piece last Thursday, failing to acknowledge that he was the last Cavan man to referee an All-Ireland senior football final (Kerry v Mayo, 2006), drew corrective missives from morning till dusk.

Fair enough, it's a big honour for a referee and Brian did a good job in 2006.

As always in this type of situation, other queries were raised, one of which was whether there is any county that has never produced an All-Ireland senior football referee.

According to the 'Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games', which we'll take as the bible for this exercise, four counties -- Carlow, Derry, Down and Fermanagh -- have yet to have a referee honoured on football's big day. At least in the case of Down and Derry, they have won an All-Ireland title, a joy not experienced by Carlow or Fermanagh. Indeed, Fermanagh have never won an Ulster title.

Irish Independent

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