Damn straight. But I never got this culture of “ah shure it’s a man’s game and he was just showing frustration”. One or two lads might lash out in frustration once in a one-off defeat but Gormley did what he did, and virtually uncensured, from the start of that game and in many other games. Yis were blessed that night not to get humiliated the way we were in 2008.
Mind you it was the better for us subsequently trying to keep it real in preparation for Donegal. Even then I think we suffered in that semifinal for Tyrone having been such poor oppo in the Qtr.
I wreck the heads of accountants generally , and I was a whingy fecker on the field. I reckon it’s an age thing though - I find myself indicating at junctions now even when there are no other cars around!
I wouldn’t want to mind what anyone who’s not a Dubs supporter says about any of our players, if it’s outside of this forum. That goes on everywhere. People still say Brian Mullins was a thug.
Still, for me that Meath team had the most of the most dirty, sneaky players I’ve seen in a really successful team. The combination of great quality, cleverness/deception, and ruthless brutality that usually only occurs in one or max two players in a given team. Players I can think of who could possibly have been swapped into that Meath defence were Niall Cahalane, Paidi, Gay O’Driscoll, Eamonn Heery (though perhaps he and Cahalane not quite as cute/sneaky as the others), Geeser, Aidan O’Mahony, and Mr. C Gormley. Throw Colm Cavanagh in for good measure. Leroy Keegan too.
The likes of poor Philly wouldn’t quite make the grade of that line-up. Only one forward I can think of would meet of all the criteria to replace anyone in that Meath team - and it’s not Galvin Klein…
Still dirty/hard as fook! Maybe he wasn’t as dirty as one or two of his colleagues, I can’t remember now to be honest.
Sure who said anything about a team of nice guys? I’m just talking about the ultra hard-men who were also some of the best and smartest players of our times, which incidentally Conor G also was, as I defined above.
And that’s why I didn’t include panto villains like Ricey, Philly, Galvin, Francie etc. I’m not even sure Mick Lyons was actually all that dirty now that I come to think of it, more panto perhaps, because of how he looked.
Hasn’t been competitive in a decade…apart from 2010 which they won by scoring a try against the wee County, meath and Kildare I might add have been an embarrassment…sure didn’t Kildare tell us after they were div 1 they were coming for us…itll be a LONG time before either those counties are near good enough to compete which is a shame
Philly was/is never particularly dirty. He does a bit of pulling and dragging, but generally there’s no nasty stuff. Philly has more of an image issue. Rory O’Carroll got away with plenty of similar, but he was nice clean lad from south Dublin. Michael Murphy has got off with a yellow for genuine dirty stuff, but rarely considered a dirty player.