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Five minutes with – Antrim’s Patrick McAleer

Name: The Swan
Age: 23
Occupation: Teacher


Teams played for:

All Saints / Antrim

If you were throwing a party and you could invite anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you ask around?

Matthew McConaughey and Ballymena wild child Peter “Fanta Pants” McReynolds.

Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?

All Saints – We usually go to the Slemish Bar
Antrim – Alibi was a hotspot but the new venue seems to be the Beehive for the boys.

If you weren’t playing GAA what would you be at?

Lording over the Ballymena Saturday Morning Soccer League (division 3)

What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?

St Louis Grammar Schools pitch – complete bog on a rainy day

Which character in any film are you most like?

Neil from the Inbetweeners I’m told, but I see myself as a young Tom Cruise.

Any odd items in your kit bag?

A pair of goggles that Chris Kerr randomly gave me at the start of the year.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?


Who’s the biggest joker in the teams you play for?

All Saints – Emmet McAlister
Antrim – The Murray Brothers are mad

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

Don’t know about team mates, but the whole of the Antrim management team are punching above their weight…

Who is the worst trainer?

CJ is a king at bluffing.

Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?

Paddy McBride loves a tense to “get in the zone”.

Who’s the best/worst person to share a room with on away trips?

Matthew Fitzpatrick is good but he hit me a slap one night, still denies it to this day…..

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus?

I’m a lone wolf on the bus.

Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include?

Mark Sweeney loves the Lean in 15.
Sean Pat Donnelly loves the fizzy drinks.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

A Greens’ Pizza got the better of me just last week.

Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?

Die Dog or Shite the Licence – Hugh Killough

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

Current Club and county managers are brilliant but Paddy Tally was a different level for me.

Best ever performance?

Ulster Club Intermediate vs Drumgoon 2011

One to forget?

Vs Longford this year.

When you were playing in the back garden, who did you pretend to be?

Sean Cavanagh

If there was a transfer market who’d be in and who’d be out of the team?

In – Kieran McGeary and Nial McParland
Out – Stephen Beatty 100 per cent


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