Henry Downey solved Kevin Madden’s temperament problem

Kevin Madden admits that he had a problem with his temperament.

The problem was exposed in the notorious 1996 MacRory cup final when the Antrim man lashed out when playing for St Mary’s Magherafelt against their south Derry rivals Maghera.

The game ended in a brawl, and a Maghera victory.

Madden was the focus of the media’s attention in the aftermath when he was caught punching Stephen McGeehan.

In Gaelic Life, he tells the story of that game, and also the advice he received from Derry legend Henry Downey, who gave Madden the most important talk of his career, and one that he would stay with him till he retired from playing.

Read Madden’s story now, of fights with John Morrison, watching a team mate almost die, and why he risked his life to play for Portglenone.

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