Strange accents

A long way to Paris

19th October, 2014
John O'Shea is mobbed by his Ireland team-mates after equalising against Germany in Gelsenkirchen last Tuesday Picture: Inpho

‘It’s Trapattoni . . . with a Derry accent.” As he spoke the words, Eamon Dunphy could not help looking as happy as a fed cat. Whether this line had occurred to him on the spot, or it was a “Here’s one I made earlier” kind of bon mot, was unclear.

The score between Germany and Ireland was 0-0, and it was only half-time. Not bad against the world champions,...

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