Shane Peppard, more commonly known as ‘The Green Hulk’, is one supporter who will stand out from the crowd at the Aviva Stadium tonight as the Republic of Ireland enter the final crucial stages of trying to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year.
England and Scotland wins over Slovenia and Slovakia last night, the latter in the dying minutes of the game mean that the dream lives on but only if we secure wins over Moldova and then Wales over the coming days.
As part of #TheCallUp campaign, team sponsors Three spoke to Peppard and got an insight into his preparation for the big games.
He reveals how his son was the original driving force behind his transformation into the Green Hulk. The Dubliner first painted himself head to toe in green in 2015 for the Ireland v Poland game and it’s something that he’s continued to do at every game since. “It’s really about making memories for my children… They’ll look back and say ‘my Da was crazy’…”
His unique look doesn’t come without its share of interesting encounters as Peppard describes the reaction he got from French customs while on his way to Euro 2016. “The customs officer didn’t know what to do. He just laughed and giggled and let us through.” The travelling Irish fans played their part too as he claims, “all the Irish fans were in the background screaming, shouting, laughing and making a joke out of it.”
Speaking about how he and his son go the extra mile to prepare for games, Peppard believes it’s well worth it to see the reaction from his fellow Green Army fans. “It just adds that little extra touch to the games… Most definitely, the Irish fans are better than the rest.”
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