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The night Bob Young was in his cups

Crusaders FC won the Irish Cup 50 years ago next month, when they beat Glentoran 3-1 in the final at Windsor Park. And thereby hangs a tale.

After the match, in April 1967, Sam Casey, who was chairman of the Crues, threw a celebration party in the Brown Horse pub, which he also owned.

Everybody who was anybody in football was there - including officials of the defeated Glens.

The Irish Cup was prominently displayed on a bar in the hostelry. But, as the evening wore on, somebody pointed out the cup was missing. Had it been stolen?

Then, the solution to the mystery suddenly dawned on Malcolm Brodie, sports editor of the Belfast Telegraph, who was a guest at the bash.

Malcolm noticed that Bob Young, another member of the Tele staff and a dedicated Glentoran supporter, was missing - just like the trophy.

A taxi was summoned and a trek made to Bob's home in east Belfast. And there was Bob, snuggled up in bed, with the Irish Cup by his side ...

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