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Adventures with Jack Charlton, Bob Hope and The Three Tenors - Remembering when the nation held its breath

In an extract from his new book, George Hamilton recalls time spent with Jack Charlton during the 1994 World Cup in the US — and a night to remember in Los Angeles

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RTÉ commentator George Hamilton. Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

RTÉ commentator George Hamilton. Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Jack Charlton in the States in 1994. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Jack Charlton in the States in 1994. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

The Three Tenors — Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti. Photo: Robert Daemmrich/Getty Images

The Three Tenors — Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti. Photo: Robert Daemmrich/Getty Images

'The Nation Holds Its Breath' by George Hamilton

'The Nation Holds Its Breath' by George Hamilton

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RTÉ commentator George Hamilton. Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

We shared a wonderful interlude with Jack Charlton at the end of the group stage of USA 94.

His team had lost to Mexico in Orlando, but back in New Jersey, they had drawn with Norway and that put them into the last 16. Second to Mexico in the table, they would meet the winners of the section that comprised Belgium, Morocco, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia. The final matches in that group were on the day after Ireland secured qualification.


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