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The Team That Mick Built – Part Two: At the table, nobody chastised Roy for arriving without his Wingman. Roy doesn't have a Wingman

Paul Kimmage


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Roy Keane during an Ireland training session at the AUL Grounds in Clonshaugh, Dublin back in August 2001. Photo: Damien Eagers/Sportsfile

Roy Keane during an Ireland training session at the AUL Grounds in Clonshaugh, Dublin back in August 2001. Photo: Damien Eagers/Sportsfile

Roy Keane during an Ireland training session at the AUL Grounds in Clonshaugh, Dublin back in August 2001. Photo: Damien Eagers/Sportsfile

The 20th anniversary of Saipan is approaching. For seven days in May 2002, the country was captivated by an extraordinary row between Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Ireland captain Roy Keane on a small island in the Pacific Ocean, on the eve of the World Cup.

The fall-out of that controversy still reverberates to this day. But before Saipan, there was a qualifying campaign which pitted Ireland in a group with Portugal and Netherlands.


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