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Paul Kimmage meets Andy Townsend: The loss of his father, Big Jack and the gaining of a treasured possession

July 2020 will be remembered by Andy Townsend as the month when he lost his father and a father figure. He remembers both for the rich lives they lived

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Andy Townsend

Andy Townsend

Andy Townsend

A chunk of my formative years as a sportswriter were spent inside Andy Townsend's head. When we first started working together in 1992 - a ghosted column for The Sunday Tribune - he had just succeeded Mick McCarthy as captain of the football team. In 1994, the column became a book - Andy's Game: The Inside Story of the World Cup. So it's fair to say we go back a while, and that I've always loved him.

Which is not to say that I've ever known him.


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