Peter Bills: Micky’s classy greeting stuns dear old Monty
Paris and a France v Ireland match was the setting for one of international rugby’s funniest stories. It also happened to be true.
In 1958, M.A.F. (Micky) English was Ireland’s outside half at the old Colombes stadium. There was a very important guest that day — General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (‘Monty’) of World War 2 fame — and he went into the Irish dressing room before the start to shake hands and wish the boys well.
‘Montgomery of Alamein’ was his preferred phrase when greeting people. Micky English’s retort nearly knocked dear old Monty off his feet.
“English O’Limerick, how’s yerself,” he shot back at the startled General. Class, sheer class.