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‘If he didn’t take Dooley down at the first time of asking then a fate worse than a fate worse than death awaited him’. Wade Dooley in action against Ireland in their 1985 Lansdowne clash

‘If he didn’t take Dooley down at the first time of asking then a fate worse than a fate worse than death awaited him’. Wade Dooley in action against Ireland in their 1985 Lansdowne clash

Jimmy McCoy

Jimmy McCoy

Rory Underwood

Rory Underwood

Dean Richards and Paul Ackford

Dean Richards and Paul Ackford

Nigel Carr

Nigel Carr

David Irwin

David Irwin

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‘If he didn’t take Dooley down at the first time of asking then a fate worse than a fate worse than death awaited him’. Wade Dooley in action against Ireland in their 1985 Lansdowne clash

Anyone who was alive in 1976 will remember the great summer of that year. It went on forever. That oppressive heat and continuous blue sky for a 12-year-old meant trips to the seaside and being AWOL from dawn until dusk.

It is Wednesday, July 21, 1976. My father is going to walk the dog after breakfast. Any takers? The highlights from the third day's action at the Montreal Olympics takes precedence. You can walk the dog anytime .


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