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Pele, The Kaiser with our own guitar legend

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

ON the eve of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, local man and well known musician, Mickey Doran recalled the morning that he met soccer superstars Franz Beckenbauer and Pele in Vancouver.
The year was 1977 and the New York Cosmos stars were in town for a match. The Hilton Showband, whom Mickey played with for 45 years, were on a tour of the USA and Canada. Mickey, an avid football fan, took himself off to the the ground to see what he could see on the morning after the game. He could not have imagined that his speculative dander would work out so well.
There, he met Steve Hunt, ex-Coventry and Cosmos player about to board the coach.
“I explained to Steve Hunt, that I was an Irish musician and that I would love a photograph with some of the players. He told me that Pele and Beckenbauer were still down on the field. I asked him would he come down with me to see them and good enough of him, he agreed," he said.
Mickey cautiously approached The Kaiser and the Brazilian legend, who were kicking a ball about and asked them would they mind if he got a picture?
“ I held my two hands up like a goalkeeper and said 'Pat Jennings, Northern Ireland, number one!' The two boys stopped in recognition and were happy to pose with me. I got two individual photographs.
The photographs, however, were not the only mementos that the popular guitarist came away with to remember the meeting with two of football's most enduring icon's.
“Afterwards, just as the coach was leaving, Steve Hunt then handed me an LP. He said 'there is a souvenir for you.' It was the soundtrack to the motion picture of Pele's life. I think that it may be a bit of a collector's item now," he said.
“They were both very nice and very down to earth fellas and ready to stop to talk. They were world stars at that time," said Mickey.
Asked for his tip for this year's tournament, Mickey, who will be 75-years-old on June 17, finds it difficult to look beyond either Pele or Beckenbauer's country men.
“ It is hard to know but I think Brazil or possibly Germany will win it. Brazil have, after all, won it five times," he said.
“So maybe Brazil for the World Cup and Down for the All-Ireland!" he quipped

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