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21 signs you're a sports fan from Tyrone

Peter The Great, Dennis Taylor’s glasses, Kelly’s Inn and More Power to Your Elbow.

1. You’d be happy to see this man in charge of the Tyrone footballers for a long time to come.

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2. And your heart broke for the Harte family when Michaela Harte tragically passed away in 2011

Harte celebrates with his daughter in 2003. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

3. You’ll never forget this great man

Corman McAnallen lifts the Sam Maguire in 2003. ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

4. There’s so many reasons as to why the Canavan lad is known as Peter The Great (Skip to 2:00)


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And that pass to Sean McLoughlin was clearly airborne in the 1995 Final against Dublin.

5. There was no greater football warrior than Brian Dooher

Brian Dooher races away from Meath’s John McDermott in 1996. © Billy Stickland/INPHO

6. You’ve heard a lot about Frank McGuigan’s legendary 11 points in the 1984 Ulster final


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7. You know Mugsy scored the greatest goal of all time in Croke Park


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8. Opponents weren’t a fan but you loved watching Ricey play for the Red Hands

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9. You enjoyed the battles with Kerry over the years

A minor scuffle in the 2005 All Ireland Final. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

10. Remember how the ref robbed you in the 1986 Final against The Kingdom


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An early penalty awarded against the lads but injuries to Eugene McKenna and John Lynch were also crucial.

11. It made the victories in Croke Park against all the more memorable

Just enough energy to go nuts on the Croker pitch in 2008. ©INPHO/James Crombie

12. You have a soft spot for Manchester United ever since they came to play Omagh Town a year after the Omagh bombing

Alex Ferguson meets Clare Gallagher who lost her sight in both eyes in the bomb explosion. Paul Faith/PA Archive

There is a three-part documentary on the game on YouTube. Here is part one:


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13. You taught Darren Clarke everything he knew as a youngster in Dungannon

Here’s Dazza checking out his drive at Druid’s Glen in 1996. ©Tom Honan/INPHO

14. Wept with him at a successful and emotional Ryder Cup in 2006

15. … and knew he had the game to win The Open in 2011


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16. You still get goosebumps when you recall Willie Anderson going toe-to-toe with the All Blacks’ Haka in 1989


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17. You keep an eye on how this lad is getting on over at Fulham

Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes. (John Walton/EMPICS Sport)

18. Was this magic Dennis Taylor moment really 28 years ago?

Taylor beat Steve Davis to win the Snooker World Championships in 1985. (Dave Muscroft/Press Association Images)

19. Best night spot to celebrate a win is Sally O’Brien’s in Omagh or Quinn’s (if you’re at Croker)

The famous Goochbusters banner on display. (Credit: Sallys of Omagh)

20. Pre-match and post-match refreshments are a must at Kelly’s Inn, along the road at Garvaghey

21. And nothing gets you in the mood for a match than More Power to Your Elbow


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