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"When Anne Came Down She Thought I Was Pissed And Started Poking Me With Her Foot"

"When Anne Came Down She Thought I Was Pissed And Started Poking Me With Her Foot"
By Conor Neville

Michael Lyster gave an entertaining, wide-ranging interview on this week's edition of the Hard Shoulder, Balls.ie's weekly GAA podcast.

On the pod, he talked about how the Sunday Game has changed since he took over presenting duties in the 1980s, the panelists he's worked with, and his initial scepticism about whether screening live games throughout the championship would catch on.

He also talked about his brush with death last year. The story begins with Lyster realising he left his phone in his friend Vincent Hogan's car (this would be the famous Irish Independent columnist). They had been playing golf. Hogan went back to the house to give it to him.

Vincent came back to the house and I was lying on the ground. He thought I was messing, just lying on the ground and acting the eejit. As you do at midnight, lie in the front hall. But then we realised there was something wrong he called Anne. So Anne came down.  So when she saw me, she thought I was pissed. So she started poking me with her foot.

On the pod, Lyster also talked about:

  • the panelists he's worked with
  • how the game has changed over the years
  • he has a go at guessing the RTE pundit from the quote

Listen to the podcast below:

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Michael was speaking on the fifth episode of this year's Hard Shoulder podcast, a weekly GAA podcast hosted by Meath legends Anthony Moyles and Niall Kelly. The podcast will run for the rest of the season and will feature many more special guests, and scientists [citation needed] believe it will improve your life by somewhere in the region of 84%.

In addition to the big interview, we quiz our guests and discuss some of the big stories to arise from the past week. 

Previous interviewees include Dublin's Bernard Brogan, Kildare forward Johnny Doyle and Wexford's Matty Forde. Listen here.

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Read more: 'I Never Thought Live Games Would Work' - Michael Lyster On RTE Decision That Changed GAA

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