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Great Rivalries: Larger-than-life characters Byrne and Dolan fired title dreams and passions

Ollie Byrne v Pat Dolan

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Mr Shelbourne: Ollie Byrne, here watching a game at Tolka Park in 2006, had many clashes during his time at the Shelbourne helm – none more so than with Pat Dolan when he was manager of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Mr Shelbourne: Ollie Byrne, here watching a game at Tolka Park in 2006, had many clashes during his time at the Shelbourne helm – none more so than with Pat Dolan when he was manager of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Mr Shelbourne: Ollie Byrne, here watching a game at Tolka Park in 2006, had many clashes during his time at the Shelbourne helm – none more so than with Pat Dolan when he was manager of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

How can you narrow down Ollie Byrne's running battles with adversaries to just one?

It's a fair point. The combative streak of the late, great Shelbourne chairman was a central theme running through the League of Ireland across the tail end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century.

There were run-ins with the authorities, rival managers, media, and anybody who stepped in the way of his beloved Shels.