16 signs you're a sports fan from Cork

Everyone loves sports fans from the Rebel County, right?

CAN YOU NAME the full forward line from 1973? The sight of Nicky English still makes you nervous? You still try to squeeze into the ‘Pyjama Top’ Cork City jersey? You’re almost there. Here’s 16 more signs you’re a sports nut from Leeside.

16. You grew up hating/fearing the Meath footballers

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Cork’s Shay Fahy and Meath’s Joe Cassells at the centre of this 1989 fracas. The Royals were up there with The Undertaker and the cigire in many houses.

15. And spending Sunday’s with Moses in The Shed

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There was always a big crowd to welcome Ryle Nugent to the Cross.

14. You’ve got in an actual fight defending one Roy Maurice Keane

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And that was often with your brother.

13. You ‘got in with a man’ through the turnstiles at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Some of us still try this one, admittedly.

12. You claim to have nut-megged Colin Healy out in Regional Park once

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And remember that time you saved a Liam Miller penalty?

11. You park your car in the same spot outside Thurles every summer

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Bit of a tailback outside Horse and Jockey.

10. You listen to the Big Red Bench

But they never read your texts about the price of a burger at Pairc Uí Rinn.

9. You used to watch the sports programme on Cork Multi Channel on a Monday night

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8. You’re on first name terms with Sonia, Denis or Roy

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‘Hi Sonia!’

7. Friends from other counties find you obnoxious at times

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Not like Cyril in the Sombrero obviously. But Cork fans have a certain… reputation, right?

6. Case in point… You tell people from Clare that two All-Irelands in the 90s was no big deal; we had a fella won two in a fortnight

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‘Dowtcha Teddy, kid.’

5. Also.. you like to tell Kilkenny people they can’t play football

Way to change the subject, hurling fans.

4. You remember ringing the Echo’s phone-in poll to keep Billy Morgan in the job

Pic: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

3. You remember seeing Dave Barry and cork City on the BBC’s Sportsnight with Des Lynam

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2. You told one of Munster’s kiwis in Reardans, where he was going wrong at the breakdown

Pic: Reardans

1. You know enough of De Banks to get by…

What have we forgotten?

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