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'If you could...?' to Loobs

July 8 2005

One of our 2005 summer series is a supporters 'If you could', the series continues with Loobs. The bad news he's going to be exactly as he is now in 10 years! Throughout the off season we plan to learn a little bit more about many of our 'Usual Suspects'

If you could............. Loobs - Paul Looby
Relive any 'non-sports related' moment in your life, what would it be and why?

About 20 years ago, back in Ireland, we did a sort of American Wake for a neighbour. A few of the relatives turned up with instruments and what started as a sad occasion, became a fantastic all-nighter. Sadly, a number of the attendees are no longer with us, but we often remembered that night fondly.

Enjoy a 'champagne moment' again in your career which one would it be and why?

There have been plenty, probably one of the funniest with hindsight, was the bolshy marketing director (who wouldn’t take part in the rehearsals) bounding on to the stage at the Runnymede at Egham, missing the back of the stage, falling in a massive way into the set. Part of the set then fell over in a heap of wood and metal and the projector ripped through the screen. Added an interesting vista to the day. Not funny at the time!

Then there was the American executive hiding inside the lectern…with the priceless line from one of my colleagues, ”It’s a thunderstorm, not a bomb, Sir, the audience are still here, waiting.”

Enjoy a 'champagne moment' again in sport which one would it be and why? To try to get away from rugby, there are probably 3. Dennis Taylor winning the World Snooker. I think everybody in Ireland stayed up past midnight to watch that one.

Barry McGuigan winning his first title, the first time I ever got a free drink in a pub!

Tipp winning the Munster hurling final in Killarney over the auld enemy in the replayed game after a 25 year wait. (Not the journey home, though!)

Not be asked one question for the rest of your life what would it be? To the sound of much tapping. Bang” “Is this mic on?” “No, that’s why we’re all sitting here; we’re not actually doing anything!” Give it another smack, they don’t cost anything!!! They’re designed to be smacked anyway.
Be a celebrity for the day who would you be?

None, I wouldn’t like the lack of privacy.

Be a sports star for the day who would it be? Michael Schumacher, I want to find out what 4G is like.
Have dinner with 4 people from the past or present who would they be? Some family, friends and neighbours. We can all relax and get lashed without having to worry about ‘appearances’.
Witness one event from history what would it be?

Assassination of JFK, I’d tell ‘em where the shot came from!

Go back in time and give advice to a 13 year old Paul Looby what would it be? You really CAN achieve whatever you set your mind to, what are you waiting for?
Win any sporting event in the world what would it be?

Any Moto GP race. Just to see Rossi’s dismay.

Try out a new sport what would it be? Er, get my knee and back replaced first!
Have one extravagance what would it be? Own Manchester United, turn Old Trafford into a rugby ground just to really piss them off. My effigies take some time to burn!
Only ever eat one meal again what would it be?

Too many choices, seafood? Pasta? Chinese? Indian? Anything?Just as important would be the company for such a meal

Live anywhere else in the world where would it be? South West France appeals.
Support any other Rugby Club which would it be and why? I don’t think so!
Tell us a claim to fame what would it be?

I don’t really have a claim to fame. I’ve met lots of famous people in my job.

See into the future what do you expect to be doing in 10 years time?

Married (next year), still being me.

Only ever drink one drink again what would it be?


Do any other job other than your current one what would it be?

Something to do with healing

Change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Nothing, I’m perfect as I keep telling ‘er indoors.

Buy one player from past or present to play in London Irish colours who would it be? Sean Fitzpatrick or Richie McCaw. I’d rob the bank for a season ticket.

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