Campbell’s Coup, 1982




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For the weekend that’s in it.

Saturday, February 20th, 1982.

The year of the “big snow”, Delorean’s bankruptcy and multiple General Elections..

Scotland travelled to Dublin intent on putting an end to Ireland’s run of unbeaten matches in the 5 Nations Championship.

Awaiting them, however, was a team containing Ciaran Fitzgerald, Mike Kiernan and the Ollie Campbell’s canny right foot.

Ollie remorselessly booted, tapped and dropped-kicked Ireland to its first ‘Tripler’ in 33 years, scoring a then individual record 21 points (in old money).

The following Monday’s Irish Times reported:

“Anguished large Scotsmen deep in alcoholic melancholy littered the streets of Dublin on Saturday night, a sight for bleary Irish eyes.

Any excuse.

(Match Programme: Rugby Relics / Team Pic: Gaelic Art)

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