Who knows what 2002 would have brought if we had Keane?
Published 11/06/2014 | 02:30
WE couldn't possibly do a World Cup memories page without mentioning the war.
There's no doubt Roy Keane leaving the World Cup in May 2002 was the most controversial incident ever to happen in Irish sport.
The debate on where to lay the blame divided the nation. Families were split, friends fell out and Tommy Gorman told the nation kids were depressed.
The most frustrating part of the whole episode, though, is what might have been if Keane had stayed.
However, the driving force behind qualification was Roy, who was, in my opinion, the best midfielder in the world at the time.
Could we have beaten Spain, South Korea and a relatively poor German team to reach the final with Roy on board? Probably not, but sadly we'll never know.
* Text Gate ... Last week I incorrectly said the Limerick county chairman showed Shane Dowling an abusive text, when, in fact, it was his club chairman. Apologies if it caused offence.