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

A Brilliant Paul McGrath Story Which Sums Up The Lovely Generosity Of John Giles
By Conor Neville Updated

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.

 

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

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