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04th Apr 2017

Judy Murray pays glowing tribute to retiring Gaelic football player

She knows the score

Conan Doherty

Judy Murray knows talent when she sees it.

She raised and trained the world’s number one tennis player. Both of her sons are grand slam champions against all the history and odds of coming from Britain.

She appreciates a good sportsperson performing at the highest level so she’s not out of place at Dublin’s Croke Park stadium.

During last year’s national league final, the Scotswoman sat at headquarters to watch Dublin waltz to a fourth title in succession and she was taken aback by the atmosphere, the athleticism, and the commitment.

She was also taken aback by Kerry footballer Colm Cooper.

An alien from Mars could crash land on earth and know there is something special about the legend, nicknamed ‘Gooch’, after watching just 35 minutes of football and, despite the Kingdom going down in the decider that day, Judy Murray was able to pick out the greatest player of all time from a bunch of 40 footballers.

The two arch enemies – Kerry and Dublin, not Judy and Gooch – will meet again this week in the league final but there will be no Colm Cooper.

The eight-time All-Star has hung up his inter-county boots and his retirement has caused a sea of well-wishes and tributes from some of the best ever in their own sports – like Henry Shefflin and Ronan O’Gara.

But amidst all the farewells and thank yous, there was one person missing. Judy Murray hadn’t given her tuppence worth but she soon rectified that with an absolutely brilliant tweet.

She gets it.

You only need to watch Colm Cooper once to appreciate him forever.