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How the eagerly anticipated jaunt to Poland became a p**s up as trouble loomed for the FAI


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There was mostly misery on the pitch for Irish supporters in Poland, however, there was plenty of enjoyment nevertheless. Photo: Sportsfile

There was mostly misery on the pitch for Irish supporters in Poland, however, there was plenty of enjoyment nevertheless. Photo: Sportsfile

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There was mostly misery on the pitch for Irish supporters in Poland, however, there was plenty of enjoyment nevertheless. Photo: Sportsfile

It is the only major tournament Ireland played in where the enduring images have nothing to do with football.

If 1988 and 1994 are Houghton goals, 1990 is the Romania shoot-out, and 2002 and 2016 are the late Robbie Keane and Robbie Brady strikes to prompt pandemonium, then what is Euro 2012?

A p**s-up, basically. The eagerly anticipated jaunt to Poland became an exercise in drinking to forget.