Award spells success for Bohs ace Dinny
Bohemians striker Daniel 'Dinny' Corcoran had a busy Monday as he collected the Airtricity League Player of the Month award - just two hours before his appearance on the hit Channel 4 show Countdown was aired on TV.
The 30-year-old scored three goals in the opening three games of the season, including the winner in the Dublin derby against rivals Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park.
Bohs are currently sitting second in the table, two points behind their arch rivals, but with a game in hand.
"It's great to win the award," the 30-year-old said after bagging the gong.
"Personal achievements are always good, but more importantly we've had a great start to the season as a team and hopefully we can push on and get more points on the board now.
"I'm feeling good and I had the perfect start to the season personally with the three goals. We also kept three clean sheets in those games, which is nice."
Corcoran ran into a formidable rival on his Countdown appearance and was beaten 97 to 50.
Speaking to the Herald later, Dinny said he has been a long-time fan of the Channel 4 show, revealing he used to watch it with his mother - who sent in an application to appear on the show on her star striker son's behalf.
"I used to watch it as a kid with my mother. She loves it and I'd always watch it with her - she always thought I was very good at it.
"So she went and applied last year and they gave me a date to go over in November so I said 'sure, why not?' That was it, yeah."
The Dubliner, whose mother Noelle hails from Phibsborough, said he kept his appearance a secret and, now it is out, he expects a bit of slagging from his team-mates.
"I kept it quiet for a while anyway, but I'm doomed now. There are a few of us training up in Blanch later. I'll prepare myself," he said.
"Nobody knew it was on, and I was hoping it would stay that way but I didn't know so many people are tuned into Channel 4 at two in the afternoon.
"I actually knew it was on today because they gave me the date when I was over there. It was all planned ahead. They do four or five a day. When they asked me about how the season was going, I had to pretend we were in-season and flying even though it was filmed during the off-season."
Dinny, who was flown over to record the show in Salford and put up in a hotel for a few nights, said he enjoyed the experience, even though he was "hockeyed" by his opponent.
"It was recorded in Salford. They flew of us over, put us up in the hotel for a few nights. It was grand, I enjoyed it but unfortunately I got hockeyed on the show. Your one was quite good."
His defeat won't put him off watching the quiz show in future, though.
"If I'm down in the mother's house, I'd watch it. I enjoy it but I wouldn't have gone for it on my own. She said I should I go on it so I went on," he said.
"She actually is from right beside the stadium there on St Peter's Road. Her father used to drink in the Dalymount bar."