Thursday 14 December 2017

From the stands: McIlroy leaves it late unlike the Doc

Fergus McDonnell, Dermot Gilleece, Seán Ryan and Marie Crowe

WHILE Rory McIlroy got to the church on time -- just about -- his near-miss missed tee-time reminds us once again that sportsmen are at their best on the field of battle, and just because they're good at one thing, you should never assume that they're good at everything.

One elderly scribbler of this parish, whose pre-Google memory banks require no recapitalisation thanks very much, recalled an incident in 1979 when disaster was averted because of Tommy Docherty's adherence to this principle.

The Doc, manager of Manchester United at the time where Irish International Gerry Daly was among his charges, worked on the basis that the only thing a player needed to remember on an away trip was his passport; everything else could be sorted. So with this in mind he insisted that all his players memorise their passport numbers. Just in case.

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