Thursday 14 December 2017

Italia 90: at last Paddy got the breaks

We see it as a lucky time, but also a time when we started borrowing money just to enjoy ourselves, writes Declan Lynch

‎Illustration by Jim Cogan
‎Illustration by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

There was something wonderfully benign about the presence of Jack Charlton at the Aviva Stadium last Sunday, 25 years after Italia 90, bestowing his greeting on the crowd, reminding some of us that the gift he had brought was quite mysterious.

Jack had not brought any great technical advances to Ireland, if anything he had made the team less technical than they would otherwise have been. He had charisma, but then quite a few managers have charisma for a while.

No, it seems to me that the one thing Jack brought above all else, was a thing we thought we had already, but didn't really. He brought us a bit of luck.

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