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We were not all part of Jackie's Army

David Kelly


For some, including David Kelly, local was more important than national, and the success of the Charlton era did not mean as much as those people were told it should

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Banners and bananas: ‘Keep Rovers at Milltown’ reads one banner among Ireland supporters during an Italia 90 qualifier. Photo: Simon Bruty/Allsport

Banners and bananas: ‘Keep Rovers at Milltown’ reads one banner among Ireland supporters during an Italia 90 qualifier. Photo: Simon Bruty/Allsport

Banners and bananas: ‘Keep Rovers at Milltown’ reads one banner among Ireland supporters during an Italia 90 qualifier. Photo: Simon Bruty/Allsport

The whole of the moon or a shivery Sunday in an exposed park? This was the dilemma posed to a spotty, sullen 12-year-old from a broken home by the father who had remained there to lend an uncertain hand to parenting.

When children are faced with choices, they loom with an importance far beyond their consequence; at each turn, the decision seems like the weightiest consideration they will ever have to make.


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