Monday 5 December 2016

Páidí Ó Sé, Maurice Fitz, World Cup boots and 'siring women' - Paul Galvin recalls his first trial for Kerry

Published 28/04/2015 | 21:20

Paul Galvin in action for Kerry in the 2005 All-Ireland semi-final
Paul Galvin in action for Kerry in the 2005 All-Ireland semi-final

Paul Galvin's autobiography was one of the reads of 2014 and the Kerry footballer has posted one particularly entertaining passage on his Instagram account today.

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'In My Own Words' gave a candid insight into one of the most gifted, yet controversial footballers, of his generation.

The four-time All-Ireland winner announced earlier this year he was reversing his decision to come out of retirement, though how big a role he will play for Eamonn Fitzmaurice's side remains to be see.

On his Instagram account today Galvin posted a story on his first trial for Kerry (Gavin had already made his Kerry debut in a League game against Leitrim earlier that year) under the watchful eye of the Kerry manager and it makes for entertaining reading.

Here is the passage in question.

"The classic World Cups (Adidas boots)," he writes. "I remember I wore them on my first trial for Kerry under Paidi during the hot summer of 02. I was 20.

"I landed into the dressing room and cleared Maurice Fitz off the massage table cos two glutes were like cap nuts from the night before.

"Says I to the female physio; "I'm flat out siring young ones around town therefore my two glutes are tighter than the nuts on a hubcap, will you stick an elbow in 'em an loosen' em out like a good woman until out go out an kick points all round me?"

The classic World Cups. I remember I wore them on my 1st trial for KY under Paidi during the hot summer of 02. I was 20. I landed into the dressing room & cleared Maurice Fitz off the massage table cos two glutes were like cap nuts from the night before. Says I to the female physio "I'm flat out siring young ones around town therefore my two glutes are tighter than the nuts on a hubcap, will you stick an elbow in em an loosen em out like a good woman til out go out an kick points all round me." I remember Fitzy staring at me as he stood on one leg next to the table. Says I with a wink "tight glutes, can't shoot Fitzy bah." Though he looked terribly pissed off about something I could tell he enjoyed that line. I moseyed out loose as a goose in my WCs anyway & spent 10 minutes practicing chip ups on the run in front of Paidi until we were about to start the warm up when as I was flying full-pelt into my last chip up my studs caught the turf &sent me into a runfall before capsizing on head over tits. It was the perfect start in a way as Paidi got to see something of my determination in that little cameo. It's was a good 10metres before I eventually succumbed to the inevitable fall though in my mind it was far from inevitable. With each step I fought bravely to regain equilibrium until eventually I did the smart thing & ploughed into Fitzy as he was walking out. That arrested my fall of course. Pure cute. With that I let out a string of f*cks & lassoed the World Cups up into the stand as I went back into the dressing room for my Copas just so Paidi was clear that it was the boots that caused my fall and no lack of skill. I got the graze on my knee patched up before returning halfway thru the session. Luckily enough i kicked 1 point from 7 attempts on goal on the night before pulling up with what I think was dehydration. I got my post-session rub down anyway & waited in the car park for Paidi so i could order another pair of Copas to replace the World Cups i lassoed over the stand. Somehow I didn't make the panel in 02. There's a lesson for us all in that. The World Cups are classics but they'd make a fool of you in summer. Be careful out there lads. #chipups

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"I remember Fitzy staring at me as he stood on one leg next to the table. Says I with a wink: "tight glutes, can't shoot Fitzy bah."

Though he looked terribly pissed off about something I could tell he enjoyed that line. I moseyed out loose as a goose in my WCs anyway and spent 10 minutes practicing chip ups on the run in front of Páidí until we were about to start the warm up when,  as I was flying full-pelt into my last chip up, my studs caught the turf and sent me into a run-fall before capsizing on head over tits.

"It was the perfect start in a way as Páidí got to see something of my determination in that little cameo. It's was a good 10 metres before I eventually succumbed to the inevitable fall though in my mind it was far from inevitable.

"With each step I fought bravely to regain equilibrium until eventually I did the smart thing and ploughed into Fitzy as he was walking out.

"That arrested my fall of course. Pure cute.

"With that I let out a string of f*cks and lassoed the World Cups up into the stand as I went back into the dressing room for my Copas just so Páidí was clear that it was the boots that caused my fall and no lack of skill.

"I got the graze on my knee patched up before returning halfway thru the session. Luckily enough I kicked one point from seven attempts on goal on the night before pulling up with what I think was dehydration.

"I got my post-session rub down anyway and waited in the car park for Páidí so I could order another pair of Copas to replace the World Cups I lassoed over the stand.

"Somehow I didn't make the panel in 02. There's a lesson for us all in that. The World Cups are classics but they'd make a fool of you in summer.

"Be careful out there lads. #chipups"

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