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Back in 1952, pre-match entertainment at Dalymount Park went to a whole new level

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The redevelopment of Dalymount Park has been given a €918,000 government grant. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The redevelopment of Dalymount Park has been given a €918,000 government grant. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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The redevelopment of Dalymount Park has been given a €918,000 government grant. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

In the worst of times, a little humour will always lighten a situation.

1952 was no different. As we battle the effects of coronavirus, Irish people back then had their own crosses to bear.

But a little comedy is always welcome.

This footage from a packed Dalymount Park, filmed by the Pathé news service, covered a 'Stage v Press' charity match "to help the kiddies".

Usually, pre-match entertainment at football matches might focus on the achievements of a schoolboy team, or maybe, an interview with a former player.

Before that, we'll say back in the 1970s and 80s, it might have been a brass band, walking around the field.

But what the hell was this?

Entitled 'Football with the Lid Off' it played to a packed Dalyer.

The 'match' - if you could call it that - took slapstick comedy to a huge audience.

The clip shows Dalymount in its pomp - a time when up to 50,000 spectators could cram into the Phibsborough venue.

'Dalyer' has changed little since those days and is set to be torn down next year as Bohemians and Shelbourne, in conjunction with Dublin City Council, plan to build a brand new stadium in its place.

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