"Ya Dirty Commie" - Ted Walsh's Incredible Description Of How Russians Were Viewed In The '70s

"Ya Dirty Commie" - Ted Walsh's Incredible Description Of How Russians Were Viewed In The '70s

RTÉ's 'Ireland's Greatest Sporting Moments' took to task the 1960s and 1970s of Irish sport last night.

With a panel of Ted Walsh, Brian Kerr and Ger Loughnane, the five shortlisted moments ranged across five different sports; GAA, football, horse-racing, athletics and rugby.

With Munster's 1978 victory over the All Blacks coming out on top on this occasion, a lot of the fun from last night's episode came when the panel turned their attention toward Don Givens' hat-trick against the Soviet Union in 1974.

Naturally a big moment for Kerr, both Walsh and Loughnane seemed to have taken particular relish in beating the "commie" opponents.

Walsh was the first to unleash his "satisfaction" with beating the fancied side:

I'll tell ya what it meant to me, it was more the fact that Russia was coming. At that time, they called themselves the Soviet Union, but they were the Russians.

They were after taking over half the world and we thought they were right 'so and so's'.

The fact they were coming here with tea cosies on their head and big woolly coats on them, like they were communists, and if you wanted to insult a fella then you would tell him "Go way ya dirty Commie".

Where Walsh's issues with the Russians originated who knows, but it got plenty of laughs from the audience and his panelists alike:


At Mass that time, the priest would say at the end of Mass on a Sunday, "Would you say three Hail-Marys so we can convert the Russians?"

The Russians were aliens and the fact they were coming over here to Dalymount Park, ya thought they were going to ate ya.

It would be like the Taliban coming over here to play now.

Next up to target the Russians was the two-time All-Ireland hurling winning manager with Clare, Ger Loughnane.

Toeing a similar line that targets the perceived 'anonymity' of the Communists, he didn't go quite as far as Walsh in his concern:

As regards the Russians, they all looked the same, they all sounded the same, to me they sounded like the product of some mad scientist in Siberia because, they had no flair, no name.

A fairly vociferous take down of a team that had reaching the final of the European Championship two years earlier, this video certainly makes for some interesting viewing.

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