It wasn’t quite Leicester winning the Premier League, but it wasn’t far off.
10 years ago a young, ‘cobbled’ together and un-fancied side registered a shock Oscar Traynor win.
Back when players were desperate to be selected to represent their league meaning the contest was surrounded by prestige and keenly contested an Amateur Football League select managed one of the most memorable wins in the Trophies history.
Current Ireland Amateur Gerry Davis put together a squad and with the backing of the AFL board put as professional structure as possible in place. Indeed he tested the young squad with friendly warm ups against Bohemians, Dundalk and Wayside Celtic.
Still the group stages provided difficult moments for his side. After beating the LFL they registered a somewhat impressive win against a very strong AUL select, but lost away to Carlow and just scrapped through the last 16.
However, the select really began to find form in the knock out stages and most certainly came into their own.
The UCL were accounted for 2-0 away before current champions Clare were hit for six by the AFL in the quarters.
The semi final was a thriller against a much fancied AUL side. Alan Talbot now of Killester put the AFL ahead before the AUL hit back scoring twice to go a goal to the good.
The AFL responded brilliantly and strikes from Fran Matthews and Brian Mullingan saw them win the Dublin derby and pull of the biggest shock the competition had seen in quite some time by knocking out the then holders.
Their shock antics were not done there, however!
Up next were a Kilkenny, a side that had won four of the last Oscar Traynor installments, at the Oscar Traynor Centre.
Darragh Joyce gave the AFL the lead before Peader Andrews drew the footballing Kats level and it stayed that way up and until 90 minutes.
A young Stewy Glenn, an FAI Junior Cup winner with Sheriff in recent times, then grabbed the headlines with an extra time winner in a game that Alan Talbot was awarded the Man of the Match gong.
Thus the AFL registered one the tournaments biggest shocks and did so at a time it was publicised and as a result followed better.
The competition also proved a spring board for a number of young talents who went on to achieve a lot more in the game.
Indeed, Glen, Talbot and Matthews eventually joined a small group of players that went on to win the tournament with a two different league selects.
All three won the contest again under the guidance of Davis and Lynch before Matthew and Talbot won it again under Paul O’Brien and Lynch. Indeed Man of the Match Talbot made it four Oscar Traynor wins when he won it again under Boo Kenny and Colin Hawkins.
The Oscar Traynor AFL Final Team was as follows: