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19 signs you're a hardcore Shamrock Rovers fan

We celebrate one of Ireland’s most renowned and revered football clubs.

1. If you score a volley during 5-aside, you celebrate by shouting “What a screamer…Man Alive” in honour of Pat Sullivan’s goal away to Partizan Belgrade in the 2011 Europa League

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2. When you talk about ‘the Bohs game,’ you mean the one where Gary Twigg scored in the 88th and 89th minute as Rovers came from behind to win the first-ever derby against them in Tallaght

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3. You have nightmares about being 4-1 up against Bohs in Santry in 2001 only to lose 6-4

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4. The most enjoyable Rovers defeat you ever witnessed was in White Hart Lane against Spurs in the Europa League 2011 when Stephen Rice put the Hoops 1-0 up in the second half 

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5. When you think about the Shamrock Rovers side who won six cups in a row in the 1960s, you hear Philip Greene ‘and white’ in your head

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6. You may have got grass on your shoes on 25 October 2011 while celebrating Dean Kelly’s late league-winning goal

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7. You know Shamrock Rovers once played Brazil and also played Gino Brazil


Shamrock Rovers XI – an all-Ireland team took on Brazil in 1973

All Ireland Shamrock Rovers X1 Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

(Back row (L-R) Miah Denehy, David Craig, Paddy Mulligan, Martin O’Neill, Allan Hunter and Liam O’Kane. Front Row(L-R) Bryan Hamilton, Pat Jennings, Johnny Giles, Don Givens, Terry Conroy and Mick Martin recreate the team photo from the ‘All Ireland Shamrock Rovers X1 who played Brazil on July 3rd 1973)

8. This Pat McCourt goal is in your all-time top 3 goals

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9. You saw Cristiano Ronaldo make his debut for Real Madrid in Tallaght

Cristiano Ronaldo meets rovers players before the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

10. You like your SRFC Ultras displays large and bright

The Shamrock Rovers 'Ultras' Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

A Shamrock Rovers banner Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

11. You’ve never been wetter at a game or saw a better free kick than Del Piero’s in Juventus 1-0 win against Rovers in the 2010 Europa League qualifier

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12. You’ve spent many a night debating whether the club was formed in 1901 or 1899

Rovers fans commemerate the 25th anniversary of the last game at Glenmalure Park Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

13. Your favourite superhero is Hooperman

Shamrock Rovers mascot 'Hooperman' Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

14. You never forgave Tony Grant for moving from Rovers to Bohs — he got the Luis Figo-style pig’s head treatment at the next derby

Pig's Head 16/4/2004 Source: INPHO

15. If you are under 40, you think this is the best guy to ever pull on the green and white hooped shirt

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16. And if you are over 40, Pat Byrne is your all-time favourite

Pat Byrne Source: © Billy Stickland/INPHO

17. This is your least favourite Shamrock Rovers chairman — Louis Kilcoyne, the man who sold Milltown

Louis Kilcoyne Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

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18. You thought the good times were back when the Hoops won the league in 1993/94, but you wouldn’t see Rovers win the league again for 16 years

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19. This fan footage of Stephen O’Donnell’s winning penalty in the 2011 Europa League playoff away to Partizan Belgrade brings a tear to your eye

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