Tuesday 20 March 2018

Roche has kit to stay tuned in to all the latest news from native Wexford

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

LONDON'S tight back-room team includes selectors Tony Murphy (from Portarlington, who starred for the Exiles against Galway in 1999) and Cavan's Kevin Downes, who does most of their football coaching.

Strength and conditioning expert Paul Murphy joined this year and doubles up as their match analyst and 'eye in the stand,' while Galen Carroll and Lisa Hand are team physios.

The team boasts moustachioed kit-man Phil Roche who describes himself as "the Leo Griffin of London football."

He is from Glynn-Barntown and is right up to speed with everything going on in Wexford GAA. So, how does he keep so up to date? "South-East radio!" he said. "The kids got me an internet radio last Christmas and I listen to all the matches on it."

Phil's been in London for years, but during the flight home, the players delighted in getting the airline staff to announce "happy 21st birthday to Phil Roche."

Irish Independent

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