17 signs you're a hardcore Dundalk fan

You’ve got your very own ‘Richie’s Towell’, you love your Fyffes bananas and you remember Tom McNulty’s winner in 1991.

1. You own a Richie Towell….towel. One of the finest pieces of League of Ireland merchandise in recent memory

2. You were there in 1994 when the superbly named but, well, not-so-superb goalkeeper Eddie Van Boxtel (superbly?) saved Eric Cantona’s penalty at Oriel Park

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3. You like to arrive at Oriel Park early on a match-day to enjoy Mickey Duffy’s pre-match mixtape

Tom Jones. Garth Brooks. Mousse T. And this one never fails to get a play.

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4. You know how much of a diamond geezer Keith Ward is

After their recent EA Sports Cup final win, Ward give young supporter Cillian Moran his medal.

Keith Ward

5. You knew, all those years ago, that young blonde lad making waves in the youth team was a future Irish legend in the making

Steve Staunton 19/10/1988 Billy Stickland / INPHO Billy Stickland / INPHO / INPHO

6. You’ve gone and got a seemingly obligatory (if very ill-advised) pre-match tattoo proclaiming your team as ‘League Champions 2014’.

These things never end well, right?

Dundalk Tattoo Twitter / Barry Landy Twitter / Barry Landy / Barry Landy

7. On the last day of the season just two years ago, you were one of the 212 crowd that came through the gates at Oriel Park to watch second from bottom Dundalk (Monaghan finished bottom but had ceased existence halfway through the season) beat Bray 2-1

Only goalkeeper Peter Cherrie remains from the team. Him and a few hardy fans.

A Dundalk fan celebrates their equalizing penalty score INPHO / Morgan Treacy INPHO / Morgan Treacy / Morgan Treacy

8. You know all about club legends like the recently departed Tommy McConville

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9. You’ve tried to replicate THAT Mark Griffin goal in the Louth derby several times to little success

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10. You wouldn’t be all that taken with the refereeing style of Antony Buttimer

Stephen Kenny summed up the feelings of all Dundalk’s supporters at that now infamous Louth derby back in 2013.

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11. In 2012, you set out to Save Your Club

And you did just that.

Dundalk Save Our Club

12. You are one of the many fans to feature in a series of dramatic, slo-mo shots in this promotional video produced by sponsors Fyffes

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13. You remember Twix-gate (as it almost certainly should have been called at the time)

In the 2002/03 season, Dundalk keeper John Connolly was accused of hitting a Shamrock Rovers fan with a half-eaten Twix.

Twix opened

14. You appreciate an excellent, if somewhat terrifying, banner

Dundalk supporters display a banner Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

15. You love nothing more than regaling family and friends with tales of European adventures past

Jim McLaughlin’s side of the early 70s/late 80s enjoyed great success in the old European competitions.

Jim McLaughlin Dundalk FC 14/12/1997 © INPHO / James Meehan © INPHO / James Meehan / James Meehan

16. You know all about Marty Shields, one of the Lilywhite’s most legendary supporters

In 45 years of supporting Dundalk home and away, Marty missed just one game.

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17. You’ve been here before…

23 years ago, Dundalk and Cork City scraped it out in a final day title showdown. That time, the Lilywhites emerged victorious at Turners Cross with this man, Tom McNulty, scoring the winner.

Tom McNulty Dundalk-28/8/1994 © Tom HonanINPHO © Tom HonanINPHO

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