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Retro Clip: Bohs Defender Gives Wes Hoolahan A Warm Welcome To Winter Football In 2002

By Mikey Traynor
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Irish YouTube guru KillianM2 has once again had a deep search through his pile of old VHS recordings of Irish telly to unearth another gem for us.

This blast from the past not only reminded us of the old school TV3 logo, and the fact that they used to show League of Ireland football, but it offered up a truly beautiful moment.

League of Ireland football in the winter can be a difficult proposition as the pitches can quickly descend into a mud bath, but while players like 20-year-old Wes Hoolahan can use their quick feet to avoid covering themselves in muck, players like Simon Webb of Bohs are of the mind to not let them off.


A warm welcome to senior football in the winter for young Wes.

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What is so beautiful is the way that Wes just takes it. As a kid in his second season, it's just not worth the effort of taking exception to the divilment of Webb, so instead he just wipes it on his comically oversized jersey. As was the style at the time.

In that moment it probably felt like the adoration of a nation and scoring for his country at a major tournament was a million miles away.


So lucky that the camera caught it, so lucky that KillianM2 found it.

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