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FIVE MINUTES WITH… Alan Boal

Name: Alan Boal

Age: (Very) late 20s!

Occupation: Teacher

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Team: Rathmullan Celtic

If you were throwing a party and you could invite anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you ask around? Gerry cinnamon to give us a live rendition of the Rathmullan anthem.

Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?
Never many BIG victories, but the Beachcomber is always good for a spread of food.

What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on? The old Ballyraine pitch wasn’t hectic, definitely a game of two halves

Which character in any film are you most like?

Cameron Diaz – Bad Teacher I’d say, or Kevin Spacey from 21

Any odd items in your kit bag? Few boxes of half eaten Jaffa cakes and enough sock tape for the team.

Who’s the biggest joker in the team you play for? The two men at the helm- Dixie and Gerry!

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

James McCahill usually has a few Lookers floating about from time to time. Also Chris Kemp has a lovely baker!

Who is the worst/best trainer? Best – Gavin O’Donnell and Eoin Sheridan
Worst – Reggie usually has a few things on the go. JD was always good for a week’s training then he quickly comes up with excuses so new clubs beware!

Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?
Eddy Moore – he has a lot to look at.

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus?

Best – Mark Wilson usually go over the Sunday service. Ryan Connolly makes you feel good about yourself!
Worst – Enda sheridan and Cormac as a double team can be tough work in the morning!

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Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include? Best – Shaun Gallagher, for a keeper he is easily the fittest there!
Worst – Reggie again. Pre-match meal of a pack of John Player and a bottle of Bulmers.

Toughest opponent you have faced?
Big Sean Houston from that Fanad youth team could motor. Also Greg Magee was some man to spread play!

Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent? Worst- hate the usual nonsense of there’s not enough talking on the pitch as an excuse when losing.

Best manager you’ve ever played under?
Anyone giving up their free time but a special mention to Charlie Davis and Geordie Tom who took us everywhere about Ulster- couldn’t have done enough for us.

Best ever performance?
Still waiting to have a few magic moments!

One to forget? Play-off last year v Drumkeen

Sporting ambition? Climb up the badminton leagues!

When you were playing in the back garden, who did you pretend to be?

Roberto Baggio and Gabriel Batistuta – Football Italia on Channel 4 was the show to watch.

If you were in charge of transfers, who’d be in and who’d be out of the team?
In – Duncan Patterson as a good squad player and also the two Doran brothers (JP and Kevin). Out- James Gallagher- must be costing the club a fortune in physio bills!

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