Different generations have produced different types of sports fans. Here, we celebrate the men that were born between the late 50s and mid 60s Here are the classic traits of the sports fan who grew up in the 1970s.
1. More often than not, a Leeds United supporter
2. Never thinks Ireland will beat Wales in Cardiff
Not even during that long spell when we couldn't stop winning there
3. Only watches Wimbledon coverage when its raining and Cliff Richard's voice is fucked. This is because the BBC are forced to show old Bjorn Borg matches.
4. Always harks back to the 'Dalymount Roar'
5. Every funny rugby anecdote they tell involves Moss Keane
Every witticism ever uttered in Irish rugby has at one point been attributed or misattributed to Moss.
6. If they're a Dub, they remember being enthralled when Gaelic football was invented in 1974.
7. Still refers to Russia as the Soviet Union
8. Still refers to Germany as West Germany
9. Their elder brother was prosecuted under 'The Ban'
Played in goal for Teffia Harps in 1968. Was spotted by the local Slashers PRO.
10. Still has a Wooden racquet
Whenever he plays tennis (usually only when on holiday in the south of France), as all the youngsters he takes on will be unfurling their Roger Federer patented, state-of-the-art, Wilson racket, he will unsheathe his little wooden beauty, modeled initially, though he doesn't know it, on the one Chris Evert used to win Wimbledon in 1974.
11. He often quotes and misquotes the Con Houlihan line about Paddy Cullen running back to his goal "like a woman smelling a cake burning in the oven" when Mikey Sheehy chipped him
12. They love all that Kerry-Dublin shite
13. Son is a Manchester United fan
Whether they took the little slip of a lad to this monstrosity of a sporting event says a lot about their moral fibre.
14. Like Liam Hayes, they rather illogically believe that the big two in Connacht are Galway and Roscommon
15. Johnny Giles is their favourite player of all time