Fantastic series this. Larry Tompkins and Brian Lohan featured in two of the most recent episodes, both teak tough bastards.
Never realised Tompkins had torn his hamstring in the 1988 drawn final V Meath, and yet he went on to convert several frees taken off the ground. He went over to Old Trafford where he spent the next two weeks receiving physio from then United physio, Jim McGregor. The United players thought he was mad, but couldn’t believe that as an amateur sportsman he was in better shape than they were…Mind you, given that McGrath, Whiteside and Robson were among the United squad, perhaps it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise.
He also did his cruciate in the 1990 final, but played on and helped Cork to victory. His treatment by by Kildare was fucking shocking and he was forced to borrow the price of his plane ticket back to New York after the county board refused to pay for it following their Leinster championship defeat to Meath.
As for Lohan…What a fucking player, and another man who played on with a torn hamstring in an All Ireland final. You almost get the feeling watching it that he remembers the ones that got away more often than the ones they won, especially the 2005 AI semi final defeat to Cork, where the disappointment is still clearly palpable. If only his auld lad had had stayed at home in Galway…
N.B. Most of these shows are to be found on youtube, though neither of these episodes appear to have been uploaded yet.