Five Minutes With

Five minutes with Armagh’s Patrick Burns


Patrick Burns






Teams played for:

Forkhill, Abbey CBS, Queen’s, Armagh

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

Jamie Oliver to get the food sorted.
Joe Molloy and Kevin Kilbane from Off The Ball, would have brilliant sports craic.

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

Used to head for the Bot after a Queen’s game. Now lads mainly go to Brubakers after a big game.

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

Played a bit of soccer back in the day so probably that.

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

Phelim Brady’s in Armagh. Wasn’t much more than half the size of a normal pitch.

Which character in any film are you most like?

I’d like to say Christopher Nolan in Batman but I’d be lying. I’ve been told Dale from Step Brothers is probably more realistic.

Any odd items in your kit bag?

A wrench for changing studs.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

I’m not picky with boots.
Usually wear Murphy’s gloves.

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

Forkhill – Marcus McKeown sees himself as a bit of a comedian.
Armagh – Eamon McGeown has been known to ring a few radio stations impersonating lads on the team.

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

I’m doing pretty well in that department. Let’s just say football has done wonders for some lads though *Paul Hughes *

Who is the worst trainer?

Paul Hughes likes to get back just in time for the session before a match. Miraculous body he has.

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

We need a bigger mirror for our boys, the list’s too long!

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

Aaron McKay is the worst. Brings the Playstation so everyone is in his until all hours. Aidan Forker would be good. Early night and coffee in the morning.

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

Worst – Aaron McKay.
Best – Charlie Vernon has great stories.

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

Worst – in Forkhill, my younger brother Finbar. Lives on sweets!
Best – Aidan Forker or Stephen Sheridan.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

Lee Chin in a university match.

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

Charlie Vernon on Croke Park – “it seems great lads. But for one team, it’s a butcher’s yard. Make sure we’re the ones doing the butchering.”

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

Dad taught me plenty. Learning a lot now under Kieran McGeeney as well.
And Paddy McQuade and Sherman Hall in Forkhill helped me a lot when I was younger.

Best ever performance?

Against Fermanagh in the Ulster Minor semi-final in 2011.

One to forget?

Against St Colman’s in 2010.

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

Kieran McGeeney and Paul McGrane.

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

Aaron McKay and Jemar Hall out, they’re painful to travel to training with.
Bring in Conor McManus.

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