With the majority of inter-county matches remaining behind closed doors, RTÉ GAA analyst Tomás Ó Sé recalls when supporters were very much up close and personal with players.

The GAA has confirmed that 500 spectators will be permitted to attend Allianz League games in Northern Ireland from this weekend, though trial events with spectators will not take place in the 26 counties until late June or early July.

It means the wait for the vast majority of supporters up and down the country will have to wait before returning to GAA grounds.

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Speaking on the RTÉ GAA podcast, the five-time All-Ireland winner with Kerry recalled an incident with a Tyrone fan in Croke Park following an All-Ireland final defeat to the Red Hand.

"I got a clip off a Tyrone fan one day," he said.

"Ryan McMenamin had come up the field and he passed the ball over my head. I knew the game was up and we had lost, so I followed through with an elbow, straight into his head really.

"The whistle went straight away and the fans came on.

"When you lose an All-Ireland you are just standing there, you don't know what to do. You have to stay on for a bit of respect, watch them lifting the cup.

"This guy was coming at me...I was just looking out the corner of my eye. I thought he was celebrating, but as he got closer, you could see the intent in his eyes."

Ó Sé says the man’s size, coupled with the fact he may have had a few drinks onboard, helped in giving him time to react. That and the presence of a Kerry team-mate.

"He drove into me, but...by the time he landed, Paul Galvin was standing beside me and hit him a one-two and we both walked off."

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