Colourful, charismatic and controversial. Roddy Collins may have enjoyed a stellar football journey as player and manager, but he admits his heart still beats that little bit faster when he walks down the Shore Road.
The Irish League has attracted some big characters down the years, but few of them come close to matching the antics of the jovial Dubliner, who was one of the game's most outspoken and recognisable figures.
Collins has been involved with that many clubs he makes a mockery of the Jack Nicklaus golf gag. And when he went into management, he just kept racking up the miles. He even touched for what he describes as a 'Carlsberg job' when appointed boss of Maltese outfit Floriana back in 2009.
It all began at Bohemians in 1979 and, although he switched clubs regularly - which even took him to England, where he pulled on the shirts of Mansfield Town, Newport County and Cheltenham Town - it wasn't until he was persuaded to try his luck in the Irish League that his football romance blossomed.
"My former Bohemians boss Turlough O'Connor and Tony O'Connell had a big influence on my career," states Collins.
"I played with Turlough on three or four occasions at different clubs.
"He asked if I would be interested in playing up north. It was something I never even thought about. He said Tony was involved with a club - Crusaders.
"Tony took me up for a game. As soon as I walked through the door, I was overwhelmed by the hospitality. The football was crap, but the people were great!
"It reminded me of when I walked into the dressing room at Mansfield Town. A lad came straight over to welcome me - it was John 'Bugsy' Cunningham. We are still unbelievable friends. I'm godfather to his children.
"The same thing happened to me at the Crues. Coming from Dublin, I came from a background that was alien to the Shore Road. I lived in the heart of a nationalist area. I was nervous to a degree because there was quite of bit of civil unrest. But if Tony was safe, I thought it should be okay.
"This big lad on crutches hovered over to me. 'How are you, big man? My name is Kirk, do you want a cup of tea?'
"That was it. Kirk Hunter looked after me the rest of the day. He is still one of my best friends.
"The late Harry Davidson made me so welcome and little Madge the tea lady always had a smile. There were great people at the club like Roy McDonald and Jock Gilmour. When I went up to the Crues, it felt like I was going to my granny's.
"Roy Walker was player/manager, I had no hesitation signing. There are times in life you feel, 'This is for me'. I played with a lot of clubs, but none of them was as enjoyable. It was the happiest period of my football life."
Walker was in the process of building something special at Seaview and, when the Crues defeated Glenavon to win the County Antrim Shield, Collins was on cloud nine.
"I told my wife I'd be straight down after the game," he laughs.
"I didn't get home for two days. It was the best party I'd ever been at. We had a great bunch - Kevin McKeown, Jackie Burrows, Stevie Stewart, Barry Hunter, Michael Cash, Sid Burrows and, of course, big Kirk.
"Tony used to drive Martin Murray and myself up to games. I could write a book about those trips. Tony didn't drink, so he let us have a few beers on the way home.
"His language was dreadful, every other word was 'f'. He used to do the team talk after Roy, he was Mr Motivator. I remember counting 27 'f' words in one team talk - it must have been a world record.
"You had to have special criteria to sit in our car. You had to be half-decent at football, you had to be able to drink your fair share of beer and you had to be able to have a laugh and take criticism because we used to tear each other apart.
"Martin Murray was probably the exception. He was a bit dry, but he was a great player, so we let him away with it - he didn't have to tick all the boxes.
"Roy (Walker) also signed the likes of Robbie Lawlor, Liam Dunne and Derek Carroll. The deal was whatever was said in the car would never leave the car.
"My great memory was the big bath at Seaview. When we started gathering momentum and winning games, we used to sit for ages in the bath with a few beers and sing Elvis Presley's 'The Wonder of You'. That was our anthem.
"We were such a close-knit group, one big family. I invited most of them down to Dublin for the christening of our first son, Roddy junior. I had a marquee erected at the house, there were about 300 guests.
"I made a speech to thank everyone for turning up. I then said I want to sing a special song. Caroline, my wife, thought I was about to be romantic. Instead, I got all the lads up on stage to sing The Wonder of You. It was hilarious."
But it wasn't all back slaps and high fives as Collins confesses.
"I loved playing for the Crues," he adds. "But I remember being dropped a few times. I got into the car one day in Dublin. I was in the front seat for some reason. I hated that because Tony would have you fixing the temperature, turning up the radio, or putting on the wipers - all he did was drive.
"But he tapped me on the knee and said, 'Big man, we are going to give you a rest today'.
"When the car stopped at the lights, I jumped out. He pulled up beside me and shouted, 'Get into the car you lunatic, you'll get a game at some stage'. I kicked his car door, leaving a massive dent in the side of his Merc. He drove off and left me in Dublin.
"The point I was trying to make was I just loved playing for the club. I wasn't being big-headed. I never thought I was too good to be dropped, I was just so disappointed not to play.
"There was another time, we stopped off for something to eat at Newry. Tony said, 'You'll not be starting today'. I told him where to go. I began walking back down the Dublin Road, with no coat or no money. But he came back for me. Instead of kicking the car, I got in. I came on as substitute against Carrick and scored the winner. I ran straight to Tony. You can imagine what I said to him!"
But after two-and-a-half years, Collins received the news he dreaded - there was no new contract.
"I was devastated, but my legs had gone," he admits.
"The writing was on the wall. I was 34. Roy wanted to deliver the news because if it had been Tony, his car would probably have got another kicking.
"But I understood the reasons behind it. Jim Gardiner was there and he was a fit lad. The club was going through a transition period. We were still the Hatchetmen, we didn't fear any team - then all of a sudden we became the God Squad.
"There became a time we didn't know whether to fight or pray. Seriously, it was a great mix. Yes, the boys had their beliefs, but we were all together once we crossed the white line."
Even though age was against him, Collins had no shortage of takers on his release and he duly took up an offer from Nigel Best at Bangor.
Within months, Best moved on to Glenavon and Roddy was offered the manager's job. He was posed with an early dilemma because his brother Steve was due to fight Chris Eubank in Cork in a WBO super-middleweight title bout on a Saturday night in March 1995.
"I had to be in Steve's corner, but it was going to be a problem getting from Bangor to Cork, but I had a brain wave," says Collins.
"I hired a plane form Newtownards airport. I telephoned big Kirk and asked him did he fancy going. I also took Pete Batey, who was with me at Bangor.
"I thought we would be travelling in a modern jet engine plane. When I saw it, I said, 'Oh no, how is that thing going to take off?'
"It was smaller than Tony's car, but we flew down in it.
"Steve won the fight, but I got the train back home!"