Two more sleeps to Christmas

Friday, 23 December, 2016

“2 More Sleeps”. That’s how John Cummins terms the countdown to Christmas Day at this late stage of the season. Cummins is a “Poetician” and “Dublineez” is his language.

Before turning to poetry, professional football was John’s game but it came to bad end during his days with 1860 Munich, as he told Breffni Cummiskey. Snippet:

“I played football to a fairly high standard. I was over at Arsenal briefly as a kid. Had a trial. Then during my decade living in Germany I played for 1860 Munich. I’d a couple of serious injuries and that was it. On my 21st birthday actually, in 1994. I was on a pre-season thing to Austria. It was before the World Cup. I went up for a header and woke up in hospital. I had been knocked out and fell awkwardly and snapped all my ligaments in my left ankle. That was the guts of a year out. Six months on crutches. I got fucked over by them during that time. 1860 Munich sent me the hospital bill to pay. I couldn’t afford it.”

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