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History Corner - Part 2

13/Nov/2017

In response to last week’s quiz, Sean Doherty was first in with the right answers. The game was against Gortletteragh, the County Champions of 1970 and the game was played in the Grange. Next in the trilogy, was a game played on Sunday March 28 th 1971, in what would now be considered an away game. The game is remembered for activities off the playing field, more so than the quality of football played. The motto was all shoulders to the wheel, but if fact it was limbs lower than the shoulder that became the dominant feature of the game. Our present sponsor played a blinder on
the side line, and umbrellas were used for purposes that they were never intended for. Sure it was a day out for all the family and surely a day not to be forgotten. The Cloone team lined as follows:
Paddy Kelly, Tommy McNamee Pat Beirne, Luke McNamee, kevin Lennon, Peadar Moran, Gerry Moran, Jim McCabe Damian Brennan, Kieran Brennan, Mattie Joe Lennon Bertie Scanlon, Sean Smith, Tommy Derwin( RIP ) Timmy Beirne. Subs used Willie Mitchel for Sean Smith. 
We were really upmarket back then, as we had a meal for the team after the game, which cost £ 17.00. Even before the advent of the GPA or the CPA, weren’t we really extravagant. Now, where was the match played, who were the opposition, and who was the referee? I can name one umpire, who got a serious lecture from the referee about his impartiality.
At that time we seemed to run league games and concerts in tandem, as that night we hosted the Drumreilly players in Doherty’s hall, and the proceeds amounted to £32.00. At least we more than broke even for the day .Now the notes office was in a little of a quandary this week end, as to the name of the play by the Drumreilly play group, but following great and indeed intensive work by our research team we can now reveal that the name of the play was the hilarious Tom Coffey 3 act
comedy “Anyone Can Rob a Bank”. Having spent £ 17.00 on a meal, no doubt the minds of the Cloone officials that evening was seriously focused banking matters and were hoping to get some inspiration from the play. Next week we hope to feature some under age history.