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A Brilliant Paul McGrath Story Which Sums Up The Lovely Generosity Of John Giles

Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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Today, the father figure of Irish football that is John Giles turns 75. With that in mind we thought we'd take a look back on one of our favourite anecdotes to show what a lovely fella he is.

Giles' omission from the RTE panel when Ireland faced Scotland earlier this year upset a hell of a lot of people. Speaking on Off the Ball at the time, Giles' disappointment and borderline hurt was palpable.

He had been an important part of the Ireland match-day since the mid 1980s - and before that he was manager.

And he inspires tremendous loyalty among friends and people he has worked with.

Journalist Eoin Butler recalled a lovely story Paul McGrath told about the generosity of Giles.


McGrath was doing a spot of punditry for RTE sometime in 1999. He was not comfortable and was petrified of freezing. They were discussing Everton who were in the midst of a late season revival thanks to Kevin Campbell's return from Trabzonspor.



Read more: We Quite Possibly Have Seen The Last Of John Giles On RTE Without Even Knowing It


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