Cathal Dervanby Cathal Dervan
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It’s possible the 37-year-old Welsh winger has a bit of a hamstring problem and needs to rest up ahead of his bid for one more European Cup winners medal, the third in a glittering career.
Or maybe the niggling problem of his recent extra-marital affair with the reality TV star Imogen Thomas kept him away from the glare of the world’s media at the mandatory open training session insisted upon by UEFA ahead of Saturday’s final.
It was, of course, the Windsor Park goal that sent Ireland all the way to the 1994 World Cup finals and that never to be forgotten day against Italy at the Giants Stadium in New Jersey.
A week or so after he silenced the Windsor Park boo boys and sent the Green Army to Manhattan, McLoughlin was in Dublin for the sort of earner so beloved of our leader Jack Charlton.
The former all-star is due to leave for New York shortly after failing to find work at home, but boss Eamonn McEneaney is hoping his top player might change his mind before he’s due to go.
“You live in hope that something might change his mind, although I think he has made up his mind that he is going,” said McEneaney this week.
One of them is actually two, the Grimes twins John and Edward, who trade under the name Jedward and flew the flag for Ireland quite spectacularly at the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend.
They didn’t win the thing in Germany, thankfully, as it would have cost us a fortune as we would have been responsible for hosting the contest next year at a cost of millions.