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17 signs you're a sports fan from... Down

Football, fashion icons, surfing and survival skills. Each one a certainty to identify a Mourneful soul.

1. If your name is McCartan, Linden or Carr, the pressure is on to deliver silverware


2. And you’re the only county who actually hope to draw Kerry in the Championship

Benny knows the score against the Kingdom, it’s 5-0. ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

3. When you were a toddler in Donaghdee, you dared a young Bear Grylls to eat something disgusting

He did, and he never looked back since. Mark J. Terrill/AP/Press Association Images

4. You know (at least) one person who went to watch the Great Sean O’Neill and co. lift Sam in ’61

Well, with a record 90,565 crammed into Croker to see Offaly beaten, your chances are half decent.

YouTube credit: Aidan Mallon

5. You taught Craig Gilroy how to spin out of a tackle on the streets of Bangor before he went away to Belfast

6. You joined your county in grief after the death of Nevin Spence

Spence in action with Ballynahinch in 2009, evading Gilroy who crossed the border to play his AIL games with Dungannon. ©INPHO/Presseye/Angus Bicker

7. You were forced to learn this song off before spending a penny of your communion money

YouTube credit: Bryansford Gael

8. Long before Gerry Kelly came along with his washing machine, you spotted this swing stance at the Pitch & Putt up the road

YouTube credit: Rory McIlroy

9. You’ve never understood all the hype around Armagh and their one All Ireland

‘We’ve won it five times…’

Brendan Grant has Ronan Clarke just where he wants him now ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

10. You’re a a multi-talented bunch

Conor Deegan is a divil for the golf… ©INPHO

… And award-winning farmer, Lions captain and a surfer extraordinaire? Stop it, Rory. You’re showing up the mortals. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

11. Throughout the 90′s, Pete McGrath was your fashion icon

Tracksuit over regular clothes and socks over tracksuit. Got it.

The meticulous McGrath even made sure the balls went in the bag in the right order.

©INPHO/Tom Honan

12. You know the barbershop where ‘The Pat Jennings’ haircut was invented

©INPHO/Billy Stickland

13. You’re part of a tough breed, capable of inflicting serious injury…

Like that time Peter McPartland knocked Ray Wood out of the 1957 FA Cup Final. Accidental, we’re sure…

The broken cheekbone comes at the 7 minute mark.

YouTube credit: G1S1W

14. … and yet, possess some of the smoothest skills imaginable

15. Not just in football

YouTube credit: mattconlhotmailcom

16. The smaller the ball, the better

YouTube credit: pgatour

17. Don’t play coy, you know your county possess the coolest jerseys in the country

Black and white, black and yellow… whatever.

Liam Austin 1991 ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

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