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Wee are not amused: Meath’s Joe Sheridan scores the controversial goal to deny Louth their first Leinster title since 1957. Photo: Sportsfile

Wee are not amused: Meath’s Joe Sheridan scores the controversial goal to deny Louth their first Leinster title since 1957. Photo: Sportsfile

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Wee are not amused: Meath’s Joe Sheridan scores the controversial goal to deny Louth their first Leinster title since 1957. Photo: Sportsfile

The passing of time hasn't softened Nigel Crawford's position much, if at all. It's 10 years tomorrow since the infamous Leinster football final that descended into chaos as Louth's tilt at ending a 53-year famine evaporated on the back of referee Martin Sludden's decision to allow Joe Sheridan's 'goal' to stand, giving Meath their only title in 19 years and one which they scarcely deserved.

And it's 10 years on Sunday since Crawford and his Meath colleagues convened in Gormanston for an unplanned gathering to distil the events of the previous 24 hours and get a consensus on it. On their shoulders, it seemed, a decision on a replay rested.

It still rankles with the then Meath captain, who played for 13 years between 1998 and 2011, that they found themselves in that position on that Monday night. The decade has brought no revisionism on that front.