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The Real Reason The Crossbar Snapped In The 1992 Connacht Final

The Real Reason The Crossbar Snapped In The 1992 Connacht Final
By Conor Neville
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For nearly 24 years, Roscommon corner back Enon Gavin has alone borne the responsibility for snapping the McHale Park crossbar in two during the 1992 Connacht Final.

Anthony Finnerty took a shot, Gay Sheerin saved it. The ball ricocheted off the goalkeeper's leg, looped up in the air, dropped on top of the crossbar and bounced over for a point. Fat Larry with the score and they all count.


In a gallant bid to prevent a score, Gavin flung himself into the Rossie's goalmouth. In making sure at least that the ball didn't nestle in the net, he swung off the crossbar, snapping it in the middle.

But now another man has come forward to claim responsibility for turning the attention of the producers of A Question of Sport towards the Connacht Football Championship.


Donal Hughes, the man behind the golf humour blog 'Golf Central Daily', was in goal for the Mayo minors that day. In common with many goalkeepers, he had a habit of swinging off the crossbar when the ball sailed over. At one stage, he felt it crack and give way slightly.

The linesman fired off a volley in his direction telling him to stop hanging out of it.


There are lessons here for all of Irish society. They ignored the warnings and in the senior game disaster struck.

Here's how Hughes described the incident.

I'm afraid it's all my fault that crossbar cracked. I played in goal for Mayo in the Minor game and had a habit of hanging off the crossbar when a ball went over. During the game I grabbed the bar, it cracked and dropped a bit. The linesman shouted at me something to the effect of "let go of that f**king thing before you pull it down altogether."

They checked the bar at half time with the ref and he reckoned it would be ok. It wasn't! The video shows what happened in the senior game after. A crossbar from the training pitch at the side was brought in to replace it!

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