Bank Holiday MOANday

by louthandproud on June 2, 2014

in County

I want to get this off my chest early in the week so I can fully enjoy the build up to the big game.

So My Bank holiday Moanday is an oldie and it is a moan about the robbery from 11th June 2000.
The last time we played Kildare in Croke Park.


Its a picture essay of sorts, enjoy!

We had just won the national league Division 2 and we had Stephen Melia too!


We had talented young guns. Really Talented ones.
Stano, Christy Grimes and Peter McGinnity


The momentum was on our side going into the game.
Then through the leadership of Nicky ‘Butcher’ Malone and Aidan O’Neill (remember him!?)
We found ourselves 11-9 up with 10 minutes to go!


but, big Willie McCreevey had other idea’s.
Having been fouled well outside the box and winning a penalty that never was.
(Thanks to referee Brian Crowe  Wanker!)

Padraig Graven Duly obliged. firing past Colm Nally.

That burst our momentum and The wheels came firing off!
iconic picture in so many ways
The end of an era and the beginning of another.
Sub on the day Colin Kelly being sent off while a youthful JP Rooney looks on and actually rubbing his hands!

We lost 1-12 to 0-12 No Back door then either.
(Simon Gerrard distraught. What a Player he was!)

To make it worse, they went on to win Leinster!


My Moan is not just that penalty that never was, sure, it broke us, we were in a winning position and who knows where that momentum would have taken us we could have went on further instead my moan is the missed opportunity thanks to a woeful decision by a woeful referee!


Thanks for reading and loads to come over the next few days so stay tuned.

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Darren Ó Shiadhail June 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

Datta boy Eoin! Datta boy!

Didn’t make that match, listened to it on the radio. Had the ould LC to study for.

Too many “hard luck” stories for Louth over the years….losing to Offaly in Navan was another gutt wrencher after hammering them a couple of years before that at the same venue. You make you’re own luck though.

Hog was indeed a tremendous talent. They were good Louth teams mid 90s early 00s that never realised full potential.

Aidan Halpin June 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I thought it was John Finn who was “fouled” on the 20 metre line and “earned” the penalty

Eoin McDonnell June 2, 2014 at 11:38 am

Aidan ‘Hog’ O’Neill, as good a player as I ever seen growing up…6ft 3 or 4, extremely athletic and superbly accurate…ran the show in the League semi final v Westmeath but didn’t play the Final in Croker with the death of his father if I remember correct? Seen him giving a master class many a time in midfield for Roche against the best Blues, Stabannon and Pats had to offer…could do with a current day presence like him in midfield to give Paddy a helping hand. Hog should’ve been playing another 3/4years but that’s life.

Simon Gerrard another super servant for the WEE county.

louthman June 2, 2014 at 11:08 am

I remember that day well. Another heartbreaking end to our championship but the time in Navan was worse when we kicked about 20 sides and they beat us by a point.

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