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Gaels Past & Present - Walter Lambert

Walter Lambert looks back at his time in Blue & White

Peter Brannigan (L) presenting Walter Lambert with the Junior 2 League trophy

First memory of the club -

5/6 of us walking down from Dublin Road to De La Salle Field and Joe McNally there with jerseys, ABC Minerals & Crisps (all on his bike) and playing under 12 with Robbie Beatty, Noel Clarke, Davy Matthews etc and other lads when I was only 9. I also remember helping out with club sale of work in Stardust Ballroom on the Ramparts.

Biggest GAA influence -

No doubt about it, my 2 brothers, Michael and Niall.

Worst trainer -

There are a few for this from what I can remember, but Brendan TROT TROT Johnson wouldn’t let too many get away with it. If I have to name one it has to be Ciaran Boyle (Goalkeeper), I don’t ever remember him being there.

Best trainer -

I admired the lads who worked in Dublin and travelled down for training Tuesday & Thursday when there was no motorway. Travelling through Balbriggan, Drogheda etc., leaving Dublin at 5.30pm and probably not getting back until after 12. The likes of Niall, Gerry McDermott, Jarlath McCabe, Andy McCrave and guys who were in college. Great bunch of lads.

Funniest team mates -

Smiler and Henry. Kill you in dressing room.

Favourite pitch -

Knockbridge, scored 2 great goals against Denis McKenna.

Most memorable win -

There are two, Intermediate Final in 91 when we beat the Irelanders and our quarter final win against Stabannon in 92. We were complete underdogs, they were senior champions. It was the August Bank Holiday weekend and there was a wedding that Monday. If Carlsberg did weekends....

Dundalk Gaels 1991 Intermediate championship winners

Favourite sportsperson -

The gifted Maradona, just class.

You’re having a dinner party, three people you would invite -

Leo, Mary Lou & Brian McDonnell to charm the two of them and of course Brenda!

Walter, Brenda and Mojo the dog



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