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Sunday 11 December 2016

Tributes for a Hoops fan George who timed his run

Shamrock Rovers scored three goals against Galway United at Tallaght Stadium on Friday evening. And the club's supporters also scored in a big way with their heartfelt minute's applause for that great Hoops fan, member and special club supporter, George Byrne.

The Ultras' "R.I.P. Ringo" banner was class as was the carefully selected music programme at the match, a set that included The Beach Boys' Sloop John B. George knew how to time a tackle.

Like in 1993 when Bohs, having limited the damage to a 0-1 loss in Dalymount against Girondins Bordeaux, with Zinedine Zidane in midfield, got tonked 5-0 away. George waited patiently for weeks until we were at some industry lunch and then, when I least expected it, enquired rather too loudly, "How are you enjoying the Bordeaux, Eamon?" I can still hear him chuckling.

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