Wednesday 17 October 2018

Dunphy finally gives RTE back its ball

CALL IT: Eamon Dunphy. Photo: Steve Humphreys
CALL IT: Eamon Dunphy. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

From A Football Man, the autobiography of John Giles which I co-wrote, I quote:

"He was just a 10-year-old kid then and he lived directly across the road from Tolka Park. At Stella Maris, we older lads regarded him as a bloody nuisance because he was always hanging around, running away with the table-tennis ball and generally annoying us.

"I have clear memories of irate table-tennis players dragging this poor little guy across the floor, shoving his face into the ground and demanding to know what he had done with the ball. He refused to be intimidated - in fact, we never got that ball back. When he wasn't disturbing the peace at Stella he was said to be an outstanding young footballer. His name was Eamon Dunphy."

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