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Deadly Davy: Davy McDaid (left) is all smiles as he celebrates his first goal against Linfield on Tuesday night

Deadly Davy: Davy McDaid (left) is all smiles as he celebrates his first goal against Linfield on Tuesday night

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Deadly Davy: Davy McDaid (left) is all smiles as he celebrates his first goal against Linfield on Tuesday night

I have checked and, despite exhaustive research, I have no concrete proof that Charles Dickens was a fan of Irish League football.

There are a few pointers in this direction, mainly that he was born in Portsmouth and died in 1870, so he never got the chance to toddle along to Ulsterville to see Linfield lift the first of their 54 league titles in 1891.

And for the main part, the Gibson Cup has remained in Belfast ever since. It has only left the city 10 times - Portadown (4), Glenavon (3) and one apiece for Coleraine, Ards and Derry City - leaving the country cousins looking enviously on.


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