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Swapping sides: Glentoran’s Conor McMenamin and Cliftonville’s Paul O’Neill

Swapping sides: Glentoran’s Conor McMenamin and Cliftonville’s Paul O’Neill

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Call over: Linfield’s Jimmy Callacher celebrates his late winner against Crusaders

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Swapping sides: Glentoran’s Conor McMenamin and Cliftonville’s Paul O’Neill

I took a well-deserved few days off last week safe in the knowledge that, with the exception of the closing of the transfer window, it's usually pretty quiet at the start of February.

The only caveat to that, of course, is the humble groundhog, who is pencilled in to arrive on February 2 each year to poke its head out of its abode of choice and, legend has it, if the sun casts a shadow over him (or her) then we're in for a good spring.

By the looks of things I hope they had the good sense not to set paw out of the house and leave the uncanny ability of continually living each day in the same haphazard way to football's own little groundhog - the IFA.


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