“I’m terribly excited,” he told us before the game. “It’s been a nightmare, my poor wife must have felt the nightmare more than anyone else! I’ve been there all the time.

“I’ve been involved in football all my life, supporting Celtic and Manchester United, so it’s great to go back.”

So, what has been the biggest loss in terms of not going to the match?

“The camaraderie, that’s what you miss,” Paddy added. “You miss all the people you’ve lived with more or less every day of your life.

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