Monday 28 May 2018

Who just missed out?

Denis Irwin
Denis Irwin
Anthony Daly
Mick Kinane

Denis Irwin's haul of medals is astonishing, and worth listing: 7 Premier Leagues, 1 Champions League, 3 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, 1 Cup Winners' Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 4 Charity Shields.

He was an unflappable defender who had no difficulty attacking either, as his 33 goals in 529 appearances for Manchester United shows.

Alex Ferguson said once: "At Highbury in one game he had a bad pass back in the last minute and Bergkamp came in and scored. After the game the press said 'you must be disappointed in that pass back. I said, well, one mistake in 10 years isn't bad. He was an unbelievable player."

Mick Kinane's career as a top Flat jockey spanned over three decades. In the twilight of his time in the saddle, the Tipperary man's partnership in 2009 with Sea The Stars was the stuff of legend as the pair dominated the season, with six Group One wins in six months: the 2000 Guineas, the Derby, the Eclipse Stakes, the International Stakes, the Irish Champions Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. "In sport you've just got to go out and do it," he once said. And that's what he did.

"There has been a missing person in Clare for 81 long years . . . well today that person has been found alive and well, and that person's name is Liam MacCarthy." Anthony Daly's speech on All-Ireland final day in 1995. Daly, arguably, did as much as any man to help find him.

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