Monday 24 July 2017

'I didn't go looking for a problem with any of the Tipperary lads but I'm not bitching about it' - Davy Fitzgerald

Davy Fitzgerald and (inset) in the driving seat on recent trip with the Irish Independent's Vincent Hogan
Davy Fitzgerald and (inset) in the driving seat on recent trip with the Irish Independent's Vincent Hogan

Harry Clarke

Why are Davy Fitzgerald, Michael 'Gaz' Collins, James 'Bomber' Hickey, Colm Fitzgerald (Davy's son) and the Irish Independent's Vincent Hogan all in the one car on a six-hour round trip?

Davy is at the wheel while Gaz (78), Bomber (23) and Colm are part of his backroom team. Hogan hitched a lift with the Wexford entourage from Davy's home in Sixmilebridge this week as the five set off for Wexford.

In a unique and brilliant read in today's Irish Independent, Hogan gives a compelling account of the conversation and a colourful insight into the world of Davy Fitzgerald.

DAVY FITZ ON...

MISSING TONIGHT'S GAME

"Listen, I’m disappointed because these are the games you love to be in the thick of," he says. 

"Especially with Brian being on the other side. Like, I thought I might have been done just for encroachment, because I can promise you, I didn’t go looking for a problem with any of the Tipperary lads. I wasn’t even looking at them.

"But, look, I’m not bitching about it. I don’t think you’ve heard any complaints from here. And there won’t be."

WOUNDED CATS

"All I’m hearing is how much Kilkenny are hurt and how they won’t be pushed around when they come down her. But if you think about it that way, sure Wexford have been taking their treatment for a long number of years.

"Look, we know Kilkenny are coming on a mission. Let’s see what happens. If we don’t get them this time, we’ll come back and go again."

MANAGING WEXFORD

"The thing is I need to be doing something. Yes, this is tough. It’s 12 hours out of your day basically. When I was with Waterford, the journey might have been 30-45 minutes shorter.  But I was on my own all the time doing that.

"Some people told me I was off my head coming here, they didn’t seem to see anything in Wexford.  But the hunger for the game in this place is incredible and that carries you a long way."

Read the full interview in today's Irish Independent

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