- Free kicks off the ground - Good shoulder tackles - Good shoulder tackles not being blown up by an eejit with a whistle - Bad cars in the car park at Clones; in the boot: tea in lucozade bottles, wrapped in teatowels, home made apple tarts - and jump leads - Causing a bomb scare in Botanic train station in Belfast when I left my heavy club bag (full of college books) under a bench in the station when I nipped out to buy a lucozade - Two men trying to outfield each other - No sponsors on the jerseys - Linesmen using hankies as flags - Old engine oil used to mark out the pitch - Spectators with newspapers for umbrellas - The big unskilled boy from the reserves brought on to bust up the play - 'Longer is better' kickouts to nobody - Black football boots with hard toes and screw-in aluminium studs - Headbands
The hum from the crowd starting from the first people that could see him warming up. No man could lift a team or a set of supporters or put fear in the opposition by simply warming up like him. His powers had waned at that stage but what a man to bring on when we were in trouble. The great Willie Joe.
- - No Artane "Boys" Band. - - No Free hand out of team selections with your ticket. - - No Three substituations. - - No official added minutes after 70. - - No official / ref. wired to the moon with ear pieces, mouth pieces, etc. - - No Blood substituations. - - No compulsory Tee for kick out's. - - No guessing what the Ref. blew the whistle for. - - When the name given to a county grounds was thought to be for ever. - - When inter county training was one or two nights a week and playing for - - your club was as required. - - When the shortest distance to the goal was going forward in a straight line. - - When the decided venue for any game was set in stone.