Everyone loves to hate Tyrone, but they don’t care

Surrounded by close football rivals, the county remains unloved – North and South

Tyrone celebrate Niall Sludden’s late goal which proved pivotal in the semi-final defeat of Monaghan at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tyrone celebrate Niall Sludden’s late goal which proved pivotal in the semi-final defeat of Monaghan at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

TYR-ONE, Tyrone: is anyone deep-down surprised that it falls to the Red Hand to make a fierce last stand against a Dublin team that has been declared unstoppable?

Has any football county been more obstinate or single-minded? Has any GAA-land experienced anything like the breadth of tragedy and brilliance and defiance as Tyrone has?

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