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Noel Hunt Recalls Story Of Scrapping With His Brother In An Underage Hurling Match

Noel Hunt Recalls Story Of Scrapping With His Brother In An Underage Hurling Match
By Gavin O'Callaghan

Noel Hunt was the guest on this week's edition of the Football Show, and in a lengthy interview, he touched on a vast number of topics, including his disillusion with the end of his international career after a fall-out over his claiming the equaliser in Bari, Phil Brown not keeping his eye on the ball at Southend, what makes a good football agent, and how Didier Drogba is to blame for his missing out on a move to Chicago. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or your android app of choice, just search Football Show from Balls.ie. Alternatively, you can listen below. 

His rivalry with his brother Stephen naturally came up, and while they played together with Ireland, Ipswich, and Reading, the Hunt brothers did make their own little bit of history by facing off against each other in a football league clash between Coventry and Southend in January last year.

Noel recalled the game on this week's show:

It's funny, he wouldn't speak to me before the game. He's an idiot, he is. [Laughs]. Very few words spoken before the game.

But I remember him a good kick in the backside during the game, and he he wasn't happy with it, not one bit. But it was a lovely moment in history for us, the Hunt family . We had played together for so many years, so this was the first football match we had played against each other.

That 'football' clarification is important, as they had faced off once before: in an underage hurling match in Waterford. That, however, did not go particularly well...


Stephen half remembers it. We played against each other in a hurling match, a hurling friendly. I was about 12 and Stephen would have been 14 at the time. Both of us got sent off in the game for fighting each other and our Dad was the referee!

That jut sums it up, sure look we had a great time growing up.

You can listen to the full interview on this week's podcast.


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