Thursday 14 December 2017

James Lawton: Memories of Henry's cheating hand means moral force is firmly with Irish

James Lawton

James Lawton

Ireland may need something as basic as an extremely hard word from their coach Giovanni Trapattoni in Tallinn tonight. In the meantime, however, they may want to take a charge from something that only a handful of national teams ever experience.

This is a vast swell of support beyond their borders and scattered fans.

In this case it comes from a deeply entrenched and widespread belief in the justice of their cause. It is about the righting of an outrageous wrong -- one that even two years on sticks deeply in the craw of some of the game's most experienced observers.

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