Wednesday 25 April 2018

Eugene McGee: Bosses should put up or shut up on new rule

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

When the handpass came into place in the '70s, scores from the hand were legal, much to the delight of a speedy Kerry attack.

Often a player could literally see the colour of the goalkeeper's eyes before sending him the wrong way with a handpass from five yards out. Then handpass scores were banned -- but there was no major outburst of anger from managers.

Mick O'Dwyer got the best referee of the time, Paddy Collins, to come to a training session and explain to these 'backward' Kerry lads about the new handpass. Kerry went on to win another three All-Irelands in jigtime.

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