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Tyrone legend Owen Mulligan reveals the extent of ex-Donegal players drinking blowouts before Jim McGuinness

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Ahead of this week's eagerly anticipated Ulster championship semi-final, Mulligan has spoke of how the Donegal players would go on two or three day benders after a championship match.

In his blog for Paddy Power, the two-time All-Ireland winner has said that some of the Donegal footballers would even make trips to the airport when no where else was serving.

He said: "You’d be living like a monk for a month ahead of a championship game, so you’d have big blowout that Sunday.

"That’s how most teams would’ve done it, but Donegal were different to put it mildly.

"I’m pally with a few of their former lads, so I’ve heard first-hand the kind of madness they’d have been getting up to.

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"Monday Club? They’d have Tuesday and Wednesday clubs with lads missing training and turning up to video sessions half cut.

"They’d be scouring the county for early houses and travelling out to the airport to get a few scoops, when nowhere else was serving."

Mulligan admitted that he was one of the more eccentric members of the Tyrone squad, but the Donegal panel almost had a whole team of them.

He said that Donegal would always compete with Mickey Harte's men until the last quarter of each game before being outclassed.

The All-Star winner believes that until the arrival of Jim McGuinness in 2011, the players didn't believe in themselves and fundamentally had no game plan.

He said: "It was absolutely crazy, but a part of me would’ve loved to have been on that squad.

"We all knew they were fond of the drink and every time we played them it was always a tight game - up until the last 15 minutes when we'd blow them away.

"I genuinely don’t think they believed that they could beat us until Jim McGuinness came along and gave them self-belief, confidence and most importantly a game plan."


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