The Rebels had won the Munster title for the first time since 1974 when Tadhg Óg Murphy’s goal gave them victory over Kerry in 1983, and they nearly followed that with a win over Dublin in Croke Park.
“I suppose experience was a big factor, it was the first time in nine years that Cork had won Munster. When you’re up by five points you should be making it 10.”
That feelgood factor continued into Sunday, with the large Dublin support in the Blackrock End (or Hill 17, as it was rebranded for the day) helping the visitors.
“Brian Mullins put the penalty in and we were off to a great start. Maybe if I hadn’t caught the ball, the Cork management might have told Jimmy to follow John and Cork might have won. That’s the benefit of hindsight!”
“I had to ask Kevin if it was alright, but he was on a high and just told me not to come back injured!”