It was unheard of 20 years ago for 18,000 people to throng Cusack Park, Ennis to see Clare and Tipperary collide in a League game but the Premier's one-point win was only the start of an epic '97 trilogy.
Banner legend Anthony Daly recalls a Jekyll and Hyde spring campaign but that Saturday evening tie was earmarked by their iconic manager Ger Loughnane as they "leathered" each other with "timber flying everywhere".
"All you could hear was the sound of hurleys beating off flesh," Daly says with a smile. "They beat us but we all felt that we came across as the men and them the boys, not that you'd ever describe Declan Ryan or John Leahy or these lads as boys.
"But it seemed like collectively we were getting a bit stronger and that was some lead up into the championship where as fate would have, we'd meet another two times and end up playing in the first back-door All-Ireland final."
Long before their September joust was the small matter of a Munster final, however, with Clare captain Daly recollecting how Loughnane had driven them "demented" that in spite of all their achievements, that great Banner side had never beaten the Premier in a provincial decider.
Nicky English's smile after scoring a late point in their 18-point Munster final "hockeying" in 1993 was employed as a motivator to highlight Tipp's perceived lack of respect for Clare with the two-time All-Ireland-winning manager regularly saying 'do ye want them laughing at ye again?'
The training game the previous week in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney was ferocious and it had Clare ready for whatever would happen in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and they would need to be as Slieve na Mon rang out at the town end with Tipp in charge.
David Forde's goal proved the difference and during his post-match speech, Daly's emotions got the better of him as he uttered the unforgettable words that Clare were "no longer the whipping boys of Munster".
"It was pure emotion, Loughnane had us driven mad that we had to back up the '95 All-Ireland win and this would be the first major statement in it. I suppose that was just bursting out through me at the end of it," Daly says.
"It was basically us saying 'now we're letting ye know we're not going anywhere'. We've only won one since, that was the following year but it all seemed good at the time. Loughnane was driving us on but we were driving ourselves on too."
Daly cringed as he watched the aftermath of Wexford's Leinster final victory over Offaly a week later as Model skipper Rod Guiney remarked “Anthony Daly said last week that Clare were no longer the whipping boys of Munster, well we’re no longer the whipping boys of Leinster!”
Liz Howard, then Tipp PRO and future Camogie Association president, took a swipe at Daly in the programme for a Munster U-21 game asking 'where did this whipping boys come from?' before Loughnane hit back with a letter to the Clare Champion.
It was music to the media's ears.
"Loughnane started it off as something like "Liz, or Libby as we used to call you when you lived in Feakle". She probably hadn't been called Libby since she was 10. He also wrote before the All-Irela