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Hats off to Jack's Army . . . they gave it a great lash


Kathleen Campbell (second from right) with her pals in 1994

Kathleen Campbell (second from right) with her pals in 1994

Kathleen Campbell (second from right) with her pals in 1994

FOOTBALL fever gripped the capital during the heady summer of '94 as Jack Charlton's green army travelled to the USA for their second world cup in a row.

Kathleen Campbell said that two decades on she still talks about that summer fondly with her pals.

The Herald has put the call out for Dublin's favourite summer memories and Kathleen's picture has nabbed the prize.

A photograph taken during one of the world cup games shows the Dubliner and her six friends dressed to the nines to watch the boys in green play.

"It was a great summer for us, we painted all the houses along the road green, white and gold," she remembers.

"We would dress up for all the matches and everyone would come to my house to watch them," the 75-year-old said.


The tournament featured Ray Houghton's famous goal against the Italians in Giants Stadium and the squad suffering in the heat against Mexico in Orlando.

Kathleen says she hasn't given up on having the chance to cheer on Ireland in a big tournament again, despite the fact that we didn't make it to Brazil this summer.

"We look forward to the day that we can get out the green paint again and the hats again," she said. "Every time Ireland scored we would just go mad, we'd be running out and stopping cars.

"There was such a brilliant atmosphere. It was definitely my favourite summer."

Her group of female supporters banded together every time their husbands travelled to watch the games and it quickly became a tradition.

"We weren't going to be left out of all the fun," the Artane native pointed out.

The weather was great for the summer of 1994 she recalled, and it felt as though luck was on their side. But it wasn't to be for Jack's army as they were knocked out by the Dutch.

The picture that sums up one of the happiest summers of her life still hangs on the wall in her Dublin home, and she says that everyone who comes into the house comments on it.