Summer 2023 - Benchmark

“I remember going to Roger Byrne’s funeral,” says the Cavan man. “It was not at all what I expected.”

    “Do you know who everyone forgets?” says the Dub. “Geoff Bent. He was Roger Byrne’s substitute. Roger Byrne was injured, and shouldn’t have been there, but he went anyway. They were sitting next to each other.”

    “Dave Pegg, he was another one,” says the Cavan man.

    “Liam Whelan,” says the Dub. “Played for Ireland.”

    “Did you ever see them?” asks the Cavan man.

    “No, I was too young. I knew about them though.” …


David A. Wilson, from Whitehead, County Antrim, is the general editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a professor in the History Department and Celtic Studies Program at the University of Toronto. He is a long-standing Manchester United fan.

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