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Nomination For The Terry Phelan Hall Of Fame - Kevin 'Crash Ball' Maggs

Declan Johnston
By Declan Johnston
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The Terry Phelan Hall of Fame is the place where dreams of sporting mediocrity come true. It is where the oft forgotten everyman heroes of sport are remembered and revered - the athletes who never wrote their names in the parthenon of sporting greatness nor inspired a YouTube cult of reverence through their comic ineptitude.

Since our last induction into the Hall of Fame Terry Phelan, Tony Yeboah and Terry McHugh have been discussing how ginger nuts are a truly underrated biscuit over a glass or two of happiness facilitator, dressed in their Terry Phelan Hall of Fame sashes and ceremonial robes in a corner of Balls.ie towers.

This week's proposed inductee is Kevin Maggs. Kevin earned seventy caps for Ireland during one of their most successful periods in recent history but frequently played Robin to BOD's Batman, often being harshly written off as a 'bosh merchant'. A true veteran of the pre-professionalism era, Kevin worked in a civil engineering firm moving kerbstones before going full-time in rugby. He now coaches Moseley Rugby Club in England.

So why should he be inducted?

Nobody has ever actually seen a picture of Kevin Maggs' face - only hundreds of photos of the top of his head exist, as he crashes through to make yet another two yards. The Kevin Maggs crash ball was the staple move of Irish rugby at every level, from the full international test side to any u-13 schools side for most of the late 1990s.

Maggs Ulster



We really weren't joking - we have a photo of Kevin Maggs crash balling against every side in international rugby.







For all that though, he was capable of the odd moment of fleet footed genius.



Kevin Maggs was also one of the toughest guys in an Ireland squad that contained The Claw, Malcolm O'Kelly and Keith Wood.



The man knew how to celebrate. Here he is showing BOD how it's done after beating world champions England in 2004.



He was born and grew up in Bristol, qualifying to play for Ireland through his grandfather. Despite his strong West Country accent, he never had trouble being understood. We'll let you decide what Kevin is saying here.



Send your nominations for the Terry Phelan Hall of Fame to [email protected]

Pictures: Matt Browne, Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE.







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