Saturday 25 February 2017

Peter Canavan: Meath beat us in an All-Ireland semi-final of blood and bandages

Peter Canavan

John McDermott and Jimmy McGuinness, Meath, contest a high ball during their All-Ireland Football Semi-Final with Tyrone in 1996
John McDermott and Jimmy McGuinness, Meath, contest a high ball during their All-Ireland Football Semi-Final with Tyrone in 1996

WHENEVER Tyrone fans talk about games, the 1996 All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Meath is a much-discussed topic.

Games with blood and bandages tend to have that effect, but the curious thing about it was that there had been absolutely no animosity between the sides before that day.

The basis for Meath’s gameplan originated in a challenge game we played in Brewster Park earlier that summer, around late May.

We destroyed Meath that evening, playing a nice fast brand of football. I would have no doubt that following that game, Meath vowed that if they ever played us again, they could not stand off us and let us play football.

Read Peter Canavan's column in full in tomorrow's Irish Independent

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