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Kings of September
The Day Offaly Denied Kerry Five in a Row
On the 19th September 1982 Kerry ran out in Croke Park chasing immortality. Victory over Offaly in the All-Ireland football final would secure them five titles in a row, a record certain never to be matched again.
It had taken Offaly six heartbreaking years under manager Eugene McGee to drag themselves up from their lowest ebb, but now they stood on the cusp of a glorious reward.
The result was a classic final that changed lives and dramatically altered the course of gaelic football history.
The Kings of September is an epic story of triumph and loss, joy and tragedy, a story of two teams who illuminated a grim period in Irish life and enthralled a nation.
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'Well worth spending time with.' -- Sunday Business Post * Sunday Business Post * 'Amazing stories, images and anecdotes to keep the reader entertained, informed and genuinely disappointed when the back cover is reached...A must-have for any genuine sport fan's collection' -- Mayo Advertiser 'This is the story of ordinary men who did extraordinary things...this is as good as GAA books get.' -- Mayo News 'This book will be read within a couple of days because you just crave to see what is on the next page.' -- Galway First '(Seamus) Darby, the goal and the era, are afforded the respect they deserve in this compelling work.' -- Irish Examiner * The Irish Examiner * 'With painstaking research, and over 50 interviews, Foley transports you back in time to brilliantly tell for the first time both sides of an unbelievable story' -- Sunday Independent * The Sunday Independent * 'This is a beautiful book and a brilliant piece of journalism.' -- Sunday Times 'Every so often a book comes along, in any genre, that leaves you wishing there was more as you reach the end. This is one of them . . . Great read. Great book.' -- Leinster Express * Leinster Express * 'I don't think I have ever read a better book on Gaelic games' -- Liam Horan - The Horan Stand 'entertaining and exhaustive retelling of the story . . .Not only has Foley brilliantly dissected the ebb and flow of the game almost on a second-by-second basis, but he has also managed to dig up all manner of long-forgotten yarns and ephemera pertaining to the final. Excellent account' -- Sunday Business Post * Sunday Business Post * 'Weaves a story that is as compelling a read from a sporting book as you will find . . . I could not leave the book down.' -- The Sunday Tribune * The Sunday Tribune * 'A wonderfully original take on Offaly's dramatic and last-gasp victory' -- Irish Mail on Sunday * Irish Mail on Sunday * 'It was one of the best All-Ireland finals in recent years. The book gives a great insight into the mindset and tactics of the different people involved in this great occasion. For any GAA fan it is a very good read.' -- Jack O'Shea 'An extraordinary book recalling an extraordinary game. Impossible to come away from Michael Foley's work without a greater understanding of Irish life and brilliant sportswriting.' -- Tom Humphries 'Michael Foley has done an extraordinary job in getting inside the mindsets of the main participants in one of the most dramatic games the GAA has ever seen. This book certainly does justice to one of the greatest occasions in Irish sporting history.' -- Eugene McGee 'Well worth spending time with.' -- Sunday Business Post * Sunday Business Post * 'Every so often a book comes along, in any genre, that leaves you wishing there was more as you reach the end. This is one of them . . . Great read. Great book.' -- Leinster Express * Leinster Express * 'This is a beautiful book and a brilliant piece of journalism.' -- Sunday Times