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21 reasons why the 80s were the best sporting decade

The Irish team could be heroes just for one tournament, and other memories.

1. “You cannot be serious” became a thing

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‘SuperBrat’ lived up to his nickname.

2. Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ beat Liverpool to win the FA Cup

(Pic: Bob Dear/AP/Press Association Images).

3. THAT snooker final between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor was played

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Epic doesn’t begin to describe it.

4. Barry McGuigan was sensational

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And he made us all cry with his post-fight interview.

5. ‘Joxer Goes to Stuttgart’ and all the Euro 88 shenanigans enlivened the country

Ray put the ball in the English net (Pic: Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport).

6. And THIS goal happened

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Marco van Genius…

7. Stephen Roche actually won the Tour de France

Martyn Irvine was SO yesterday (Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland)

8. Seamus Darby ruined Kerry’s five-in-a-row dream

And Offaly, yes Offaly, won the All-Ireland (Pic: INPHO).

9. Moustaches were practically mandatory

People didn’t come much cooler than Mark Lawrenson back then (Pic: Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport).

10. The first proper International Rules Test happened

And it wasn’t exactly a diplomatic affair (INPHO/Billy Stickland).

11. Ireland were quite good at rugby

They even won the Triple Crown in the Five Nations for once (Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland).

12. And they weren’t bad at football either

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It was also possibly the most excitement Liam Brady has ever shown.

13. Diego Maradona used all his genius and cunning to pretty much single-handedly defeat England

Yet some England fans remained unimpressed – especially that topless guy with the sunglasses (Pic: Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport).

14. John Treacy exhausted us all

What does he want, a medal? (Pic: INPHO\Allsport)

15. Someone called Michael Jordan started playing basketball

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Did somebody say greatest athlete of all time? (Pic: Eric Risberg/AP/Press Association Images)

16. New Zealand hosted the first-ever Rugby World Cup

And the All Blacks managed to not mess things up, as they invariably did thereafter (Pic: ROSS LAND/AP/Press Association Images).

17. Shamrock Rovers couldn’t stop winning

Despite occasionally fielding zombies (Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland).

18. The greatest hurling goal of all time was scored

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Fentastic!

19. Chris Waddle got the worst haircut ever

What's that on back of his head? Oh right, it's his hair (Phil O'Brien/EMPICS Sport).

20. And as if that wasn't enough, he also released the worst pop single ever

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My ears! My ears!

21. And of course, the fight to end all fights took place

We really didn't think Rocky could pull through this time (Pic via whatculture).

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