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Video: Ireland's famous Superman/kitman reveals the pre-match rituals of the Irish players

Published 20/11/2015 | 18:18

Republic of Ireland kitman Dick Redmond became an internet sensation on Monday when he celebrated Ireland's Euro 2016 in the dressing room with the players... dressed as Superman.

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The eccentric Dubliner featured in a video that was released by the FAI on Monday following the 2-0 win over Bosnia and is now a recognisable figure in Martin O'Neill's backroom team.


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Redmond has unique access to the Irish players and has revealed some of the pre-match rituals players go through before going to battle.

"If Robbie's playing I put the armband on him at the very last second before he leaves the dressingroom and he's always call for me to put it on," he said.

"i think it started when I put it on one day and we won the game and ever since then it's like a superstition with him.

Darren Randolph, the body armour he wore on Friday, I had to put a mark on it, get it laundered and give it back to him on Monday. The same piece.

"They all have their rituals, some players sit down and listen to their music while everything is buzzing around them and they get in the zone and it takes off from there.

"Aiden McGeady will have his music on or David Meyler will have his music on. They'd have all the latest music on whereas we'd have the Drifters on.

"It's not the BOOM BOOM BOOM music anymore, it's the latest stuff."

The one drawback from a terrific week for Redmond was the fact that he lost the red cape from his Superman costume in Copper Face Jacks but he's hoping to have it returned.

"I brought in my Superman cape and I had it at the bar and I had a few cups of tea and later I went to put it on for a bit of craic and it was gone," he added.

"We have a Twitter appeal out, so if anybody knows where the cape is, get in touch.

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