No more shadow boxing – football’s elite can no longer be accused of treating pre-season tournaments like dirt

The late Eugene McGee was a man of many talents, but pulling punches was never one of them.

Eighteen years after guiding Offaly to the most famous SFC All-Ireland victory of all time, McGee had the pleasure of hailing his native Longford for winning the O’Byrne Cup in 2000, all after a famous derby fiery local with Westmeath.