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26th Nov 2022

Roy Keane takes moment on TV to pay tribute to his old team in Cork

Lee Costello

Keane Cobh Ramblers

“They were great days.”

Roy Keane was live on ITV discussing the upcoming Argentina and Mexico World Cup game, but still took a moment to pay tribute to his old club back in Cork.

The former Manchester United star was a part of the panel alongside Gary Neville and Joe Cole, and the conversation turned to Diego Maradona and his performances at the 1986 World Cup.

This led them to looking at pictures of the three pundits back in the ’80s, and the photo used for Keane was him playing for his old team Cobh Ramblers.

A nostalgic Keane was quick to pay tribute to his former side, and how they were so important for his development.

“Brilliant (he said when the photo came up) – I had one year with Cobh Ramblers in the League of Ireland, it was a great education for me.

“They are 100 years old this year, so well done to them, they really helped me in my career, and I’m very grateful to them for that.

“They were great days, I’ve always said I’ve been very lucky in my career, and going to Cobh for a year was brilliant for my development.”

Only Roy Keane could take a conversation about Maradona – and his unbelievable performances in 1986 – and turn it into an opportunity to pay homage to his old club.

Keane made 23 appearances for the Cork side, scored one goal, and impressed scouts from Nottingham Forest well enough for them to take a chance on him.

Managed then by the great Brian Clough, the Irish midfielder starred for the struggling side, before making the big move to Manchester United.

Of course, the rest is history, as he went on to captain the club to unprecedented success, including an incredible treble-winning season in 1999.

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