The Ban helped 'Ducker'
Brendan Furlong's column last week evoked memories of happier days, when the Intermediate hurling grade was taken seriously and Wexford were the first winners in 1961.
Tommy Hawkins of Ferns St. Aidan's was one of the names mentioned as he lined out in the forwards in that success against London.
And the circumstances behind his participation were outlined by club P.R.O. Colm Lambert in their history book which he penned five years ago.
'Ironically, it was through playing soccer - then an outlawed game under the infamous 'Ban' - that Tommy could qualify for that team at all.
'Playing a soccer match in late 1959 saw him banned from all G.A.A. activity for the year 1960. As Ferns were operating at Senior level at the time, any club appearance at all that year would have deemed him ineligible for the county Intermediate team the following year. But he had to sit out all those club games, and he ended up with an All-Ireland medal as a result. As they say: funny old game.'