Over many years, Noel Gallagher has proven he is incapable of giving a boring interview. And he was in fine form when talking to the Irish Examiner.
Gallagher, who in addition to his other activities, is the most famous Manchester City fan in the world, a title he jointly holds with 'our kid', and was naturally asked about soccer and the jewel in the national crown that is hurling.
After admitting he enjoys watching hurling on TV (despite previously calling it 'gang war with sticks'), Gallagher swiftly moved on to the big ball game.
The Gallagher boys are classic products of the Irish community in Manchester and Noel spoke about playing Gaelic football as a teenager.
There’s a picture of me somewhere scoring a point (in Croke Park). I haven’t seen the picture for years. I was in a Gaelic football team in Manchester, and we were a great team too. All the Irish social clubs that were attached to the churches all had Gaelic football teams.
It is believed he scored the point against Kilmacud sometime in 1983 though he cannot recall which end it was scored into.
Gallagher told Joe Dermody that he played for a side called Oisin CLG and they were Lancashire champions many times throughout his youth. They won at U12s, U14s, U16s and U18s. Sadly he was lost to the Lancashire footballers in later years.
I played soccer as well. And then I gave up both when I discovered marijuana.
He'd have been some player only the marijuana got him.
Here's a photo posted by the Facebook page 'Rare Irish Stuff' showing Noel posing for the St. Oisin's team photo in Croker.
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