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‘A nation holds its breath’.

EAMON DUNPHY RECKONS that Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni doesn’t respect our footballing heritage. Let’s see what we’ve got.

This much we all know:

13. Jack’s lines in Put Em Under Pressure

‘We’ve got a team… we’ve got a team… we’ve got a team to beat.’

12. Like politics and religion, it’s not advisable to mention Saipan in mixed company

11. Charlie O’Leary was the best kitman in the world

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And Mick Byrne could cure anything with his magic sponge

10. The cat is in the sack and/or box

Whatever that means.

9. This is how you say thanks in the Far East

God bless, Duffer.

8. George Hamilton’s speech before that peno

A nation holds its breath…

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7. That Kevin Moran & Quinner played for the Dubs and Shane Long for Tipp

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6. Some nights it’s okey-doke for Bill to wear a hat like this


5. And Dunphy to put this on

4. Andy Reid is a misunderstood genius

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3. Pope John Paul II loved us…


2. That we all dream of a team of Gary Breens

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1. That we’re the best fans in the world.*

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Why? Just cos we say so.

*That’s right isn’t it? I read it somewhere, I’m sure.

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