Day 210 Plunkett and Paddy (Photo A Day 2012)

This is Plunkett “Oz” McCallan and Paddy Linden. On the Monday evening as we set out on the trip around Ireland on the 32-32-32 penalty kick challenge in aid of the Simon Communities Big Plunkett “Oz” McCallan was asked who was his sporting hero. Without hesitation he said Paddy Linden from Monaghan was the man who inspired him to became a goalkeeper. Paddy Linden a native of Ballybay with whom he won a Monaghan senior football championship medal and went on to establish himself as one of Monaghan’s best goalkeepers ever. He was on the Monaghan team that won the Ulster senior football championship in 1979 and was again between the sticks in 1985 and 1988 having in the process recovered from a serious car accident that threatened to end his career. His ultimate honour was an All Star award in 1988. Well “Oz” got to meet his hero on Friday 27th July when we arrived at Ballybay GAC to take the Monaghan penalty. The man who Plunkett looked up to was now looking up at him.

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