Rare footage has emerged of Kilkenny manager Brian Cody showing him back in his playing days selecting hurleys before the 1982 All-Ireland final.
The James Stephens man captained Kilkenny from full-back on the day in question, with the Cats defeating Cork on a scoreline of 3-18 to 1-13, which saw Cody picking up his second Celtic Cross.
The video shows the now iconic manager entering ‘The Star Hurley’, run by the Dowling family in Kilkenny, with the man who has guided his county to eleven All-Ireland titles testing out samples, commenting on the quality of grain and timber and joking that the hurls chosen would be lucky.
It seems that the ones he chose were indeed very lucky as two goals from Christy Heffernan were enough to see off the Rebels and secure a 22nd All-Ireland title for the Cats. Cody also picked up an All-Star in the year in question.
Despite Kilkenny exiting the championship in the qualifiers in 2017, few would bet against Cody’s ability to bring glory back to the county once more before he decides to call it a day. Often the Cats have been written off, but the conveyor belt has kept on rolling.
Cody is now regarded as the greatest manager of all time, and worthy of that reputation.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena