Tyrone legend, Sean Cavanagh, has detailed his experience of sitting in the stands in Fitzgerald Stadium during a Kerry game, describing the Kingdom supporters as ‘absolute animals’.
Back in 2003, Páidi Ó Sé was forced to step down from his role as manager after referring to the Kerry support as ‘f*****g animals’.
The Kingdom legend later apologised for his remarks claiming he was referring to Kerry’s supporters demanding the most from their team.
Writing in the Irish Daily Star, Sean Cavanagh, backed up Ó Sé’s sentiments as he regaled a story of sitting in the stands injured as Kerry finally toppled Tyrone in the 2012 Championship.
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“Then you sit in the stand, and you realise Páidi Ó Sé was right. They are absolute animals when the game is on.”
Cavanagh also described the Kerry support as “patronising” to other teams and fans when they are winning while also labelling them as “absolute dogs”.
“It was strange that day (in 2012). Their fans were riled on the terraces. They beat us well. They beat us out the gate, and you thought, ‘Jesus, these guys are absolute dogs’.
“And then I remember as we were leaving the changing room, walking out onto the team bus there were hundreds of Kerry supporters, all clapping us. Either side of us, as we were walking through.
“They were back slapping us, ‘ah youse are great lads’, and all this. To me, it seemed a wee bit patronising.”
Mayo travel to Fitzgerald Stadium this weekend for their opening Super 8s clash with Kerry and Cavanagh reckons that James Horan’s men will be relishing the challenge.
“They (Mayo) will relish going down to Fitzgerald Stadium, as opposed to bowing down to any aristocrat, Kerry football nonsense.”