WATCH: Paul McGrath's scarcely believable Italia '90 story sums up Jack Charlton's Ireland perfectly 5 years ago

WATCH: Paul McGrath's scarcely believable Italia '90 story sums up Jack Charlton's Ireland perfectly

Paul McGrath is 57.

Let that sink in. He is a grandfather who has battled back from alcoholism and openly admits to the odd lapse, even now.

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Yet watching him on the Late Late Show on Friday night you could not help but marvel at how well he looks for a man nearing his seventh decade on this planet.

Especially when he spent quite a lot of it abusing his body, physically (those knees) and chemically.

 

McGrath spoke to Ryan Tubridy at length about his dependency on alcohol, and how a recent (knee) injury set him back and forced him to re-evaluate his addiction issues.

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However, before that, being Paul McGrath he shared a magnificent story from the eve of Ireland's World Cup quarter-final against hosts Italy in 1990.

Anyone who has ever played a game of spoons will already know where this is heading, but this also involves the Italian police, Ronnie Whelan, large ladles, Ray Houghton, a sadistic John Aldridge, kegs of Guinness and Jack Charlton allowing the team to break the rules on the eve of a very important match.

How else would you prepare for the biggest match of your life?

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All clips via The Late Late Show