Wednesday 17 July 2019

'One All-Ireland medal Joe, no-one gives a shi*e!' – Pat Spillane jokes over relationship with Joe Brolly

Sunday Game pundits Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane
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Pat Spillane admitted on The Late Late Show last night that while fellow pundit Joe Brolly can drive him "bananas", he is "marvellous" and a "remarkable" man.

The pair are two of the country's most outspoken pundits, with Brolly in particular no stranger to ruffling feathers. His recent suggestions that modern-day GAA players are in fact "indentured slaves" and that the enjoyment has gone from the game has been debated at length and thrown into question the professional standards applied by amateur athletes.

The Sunday Game analysts can often be found at loggerheads on our television screens, but Spillane did admit that the Derry native is a "remarkable" man, citing his continued work with raising awareness surrounding kidney donation.

Brolly has campaigned for anew opt-out system for organ transplants could transform the lives of Cystic fibrosis sufferers and has admitted he still finds it difficult to accept that his own organ donation to friend Shane Finnegan failed two years ago.

“He is a remarkable man but he would drive you bananas, absolutely bananas," Spillane told Ryan Tubridy.

"One week he could be on a crusade about something and you would argue against him. The following week his crusade would be the exact opposite. He’s had more conversions on the road to Damascus than St. Paul."

"If I said to Joe ‘up’, Joe has to automatically say ‘down’. If I said to Joe now ‘that’s Ryan Tubridy’, Joe would say ‘no it’s Brendan ‘O Connor’.”

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Spillane retired from inter-county football in 1991 as one of only five players to have ever won eight All-Ireland medals. An integral part of what is widely considered to be the greatest team ever seen, the forward also claimed 11 Munster titles and nine All Stars.

Brolly for his part was part of the 1993 Derry side that defeated Cork in the 1993 All-Ireland Final. His two Ulster titles and two All Stars, not surprisingly does not compare favourably to Spillane's incredible haul.

The Kerry native joked that the single Sam Maguire success is an easy stick to beat Brolly with.

"Sometimes I just annoy him. Just before he starts going, I’d whisper to him ‘one All-Ireland medal Joe. No-one gives a shi*e’."

"And that bothers Joe. If there was an argument about football in a pub in Kerry and a fella with one all-Ireland medal tried to get involved, they wouldn’t even listen to him. There would be lads with three or four in there.”

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