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The Glorious Footage Of Harchester United Vs Shelbourne In The 2001 UEFA Cup Has Resurfaced

The Glorious Footage Of Harchester United Vs Shelbourne In The 2001 UEFA Cup Has Resurfaced
By Mikey Traynor

2001 was an exciting time for Irish football.

Mick McCarthy lead our boys in green past Iran in a playoff to reach the 2002 World Cup, which meant that the national side were riding on a wave of optimism, but the League of Ireland also got a boost from the performance of Shelbourne in the UEFA Cup, where they were so unlucky to lose to Harchester United on penalties with a side that featured a young and ambitious Wes Hoolahan.

Back to reality...

'Dream Team' was a wild football-drama on Sky One, and as it developed a cult following for it's insane storylines and surprisingly memorable characters, it is something that men of a certain age reminisce about on a regular basis.

It was taken off the air, and with no DVD box set and the lack of every good show surfacing online at the time, it ceased to exist. While there are many episodes available on YouTube, the complete set isn't there and some of the very best episodes are missing...

Enter 'KillianM2'.

An Irish YouTuber who has steered us towards many of his extremely enjoyable retro Irish TV clips, Killian is seemingly digitising the country's biggest collection of recorded VHS tapes, as there is a never ending stream of amazing clips going up on his channel regularly.

Now he has blessed us with perhaps the greatest gift yet... The footage of Harchester United vs Shelbourne in the 2001 UEFA Cup.

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Be prepared for a blast of nostalgia as the late Danny Rawsthorne brings his Dragons to Tolka Park.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHlLXHphB6Q

Amazing. Simply amazing.

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Much of the footage was, of course, real, unlike most of their matches, as the players were brought over to Ireland to play a friendly match with the Keith Duffy all-stars (read more about that famous match here) where they presumably filmed the pitch invasion etc.

But looking back, it's bloody hilarious. Dream Team was the stuff of legend, and Harchester United will always be everybody's second favourite Premier League team.

The Dragons would, of course, go on to make the UEFA Cup final that year, only to lose most of the playing staff to a fatal bus crash. They will not be forgotten. Not while we've got heroes like KillianM2 out there.

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SEE ALSO: The Harchester United Players Who Didn't Die - Where Are They Now?

SEE ALSO: Take "The Big Dream Team Quiz" And Test Your Harchester United Knowledge

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