Sunday 21 July 2019

Kiernan's drop goal and Galwey knocking 'English over like bowling pins' - Your favourite memories against England

Mick Galwey, Ireland, tackles England scrum half Kyran Bracken
Mick Galwey, Ireland, tackles England scrum half Kyran Bracken

We asked our readers for their favourite memories from past Ireland v England Six Nations games. The response we had was fantastic, with over 2,000 of you writing in.

The memorable match from 2007 in Croke Park featured highly, but we had some great stories throughout the decades. The predominant feeling is that our readers love getting together with family and friends, at home, in the pub or abroad to watch, to share these great occasions.

Here is a selection of some of your entries.

"There are so many but watching Simon Geoghegan skin Tony Underwood to score in 'Headquarters' in 1994 has to be up there at the top!" Shane, Leinster fan

 "In Croke Park in 2007 when John 'The Bull' Hayes had the tears rolling down his face during the national anthems. Even though he was getting ready to go to war."  - Tony, Munster fan

"The wonderfully silent and emotional atmosphere that fell across Croke Park and Ireland in 2007 as ‘God save the Queen' rang out and John Hayes shed tears for 'Amhràn Na BhFiann' was truly memorable. Followed by Shane Horgan's appropriately placed GAA magic as he soared high in the corner plucking the ball from the air before touching down for a memorable try and contributing to Ireland's demolition of England." – Adrian, Connacht

"I'm going back to 1985 when Ireland played England at Lansdowne Road with the Championship and Triple Crown at stake. Ireland trailed England with ten minutes to go. Ciaran Fitzgerald walked up to his forwards and to quote said, "Where's your f**king pride?". It had the desired effect as Michael Kiernan won the match for Ireland with a drop goal with minutes to go in the game. Oh what an occasion." - Paddy, Munster fan

 "Ireland v England 2011 Six Nations match when Brian O'Driscoll broke the championship try scoring record! Amazing" - Catherine, Leinster fan

"My favourite memory of all the previous Ireland vs England Six Nations matches was at Croke Park on 24th February 2007. It was a hugely emotional occasion since it was the first time a Six Nations match was played there, and the first time 'God Save The Queen' would be heard. Sport and history collided that day.

"I'll never forget the emotion on the face and tears in the eyes of John 'The Bull' Hayes as Ireland's national anthem was being played. His face really summed up the feelings of every Irishman and Irishwoman watching. 

"The result Ireland 43 England 13 befitted such an auspicious occasion and will never be forgotten as a unique result in Ireland's sporting history."- Derek, Leinster fan

"Ginger McLoughlin in 1982 when he not only carried the ball, but most of the English rugby team over the line." – Aileen, Munster fan

"Brian O Driscoll's try in 2009 in Croke Park in a very tight game, he was battered and bruised but managed to seal the win with this try." – Niamh, Munster fan

 "Tommy Bowe, Twickenham 2010. Bursting through to put one down and so snatching victory for Ireland back from the jaws of almost certain defeat." – Ann, Munster fan

 "Mick Galwey going over in the North West corner to beat England. Knocking the English backs over like bowling pins." - Tony, Leinster fan

 "Jacob Stockdale's try was just unbelievable. Thought it was knocked on, then thought it was out of play, but he got it down just before the end line, oh the suspense." – Robert, Leinster fan

 "O'Gara's GAA kick to Shane Horgan for the giant catch try for Ireland. England given a lesson in the arts of cross field sports." – Brian, Leinster fan

 "Being in Croke Park with my Dad and seeing O'Gara ping the crossfield kick for Horgan to score in '07. Cried after the result. Such an emotional day playing them at Croker."  - Tim, Munster fan

 "The late Anthony Foleys soft hands as he popped the ball up to Keith Wood running the perfect line to smash Neil Back and score in a beautiful lineout move." – David, Leinster fan

"She lived alone so I decided to watch it with her. We watched the national anthems and when 'God Save the Queen' was played, she had a tear in her eye. "'imes have changed Gerard'. That realisation was so beautiful, I'll never forget it." - Gerry, Munster fan

 "1985 - Michael Kiernan drop goal to win Triple Crown. I was 19 years of age and had grown up playing rugby. That team were my teenage heroes." - Adrian, Leinster fan

"Crying in a pub in Stockholm as an Erasmus student listening to the National Anthem as Ireland took on England in Croke Park in 2007 - something I was entirely opposed to and 100% changed my mind on during the game!" – Dan, Ulster fan

"Best sporting occasion of my life! I've been to FA Cup finals, All-Ireland hurling finals, Cheltenham Gold Cups, but standing in Hill 16 when Ireland hammered England in Croke Park! THE HAIRS!!!" - John, Munster fan

 "There are many amazing moments against the 'Auld Enemy' but I'm old enough to remember watching Simon Geoghegan's try in 1994 in Twickenham, brilliant team try, superb finish!" - Martin, Munster fan

"In a bit of reverse psychology, Martin Johnson's bulldog antics in 2003 in Lansdowne Road. This is a favourite memory because it will forever fire the need to smash the Tudor Rose. Best motivator ever! Should be played to the players before every match against England!" – Brian, Ulster fan

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