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This Could Only Happen In GAA Or Any Other Sport

This Could Only Happen In GAA Or Any Other Sport
Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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A blanket ban has been placed on 'Junior B' stories in this office.

We are barred from using the phrase in headlines, unless it is done with satiric intent - see the incredible tale of Paddy, the Perth based construction worker who flew home to Carlow/Longford/Westmeath to play for 'Bally Geals' in 'That's So Junior B: The Most Junior B Story That Ever Junior B'ed'.

Junior B stories done up in an 'sure, isn't it only, gas?' fashion earn the author a stern reprimand.

One of the classic tropes of the Junior B story is the whole father and son playing together business. A cliche of the genre, there can scarcely be a junior b team in the country that don't include a father and son in the starting line-up.

However, the Galway senior football championship (yes, SENIOR!!) has provided a father and son storyline that differs from most.


Val Daly, Galway's star forward back in the 1980s and early 1990s, is currently managing Salthill-Knocknacarra, the All-Ireland champions in 2006 and one of Galway's strongest clubs (in the modern era, at least, if not historically).

Tomorrow, they face Mountbellew-Moylough in the championship semi-final. Daly is a Mountbellew legend himself, winning a county title back in 1986.


And his two sons, Michael and John will feature tomorrow, naturally being part of their native Mountbellew squad.

Daly must plot the downfall of his own offspring.

Honestly, this could only happen in the GAA... well, except for Harry and Jamie Redknapp...


Read more: Gary Neville Sounding An Alarm Roy Keane Already Flagged Eight Years Ago




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