I can remember a time, in the not-too-distant past, when the Dublin football team were a curiosity. They had turned into something of a novelty act, whose supporters would fill Croke Park a few times each year, but more for the craic than out of any serious expectations of winning.
Tommy Lyons’ time as Dublin manager couldn’t be more removed from Jim Gavin’s tenure. But the Mayo native is in a good place to comment on the brilliance of a man he introduced to inter-county management.
Keeping in line with the most predictable provincial championships in recent times, tomorrow is shaping up to be a nice day for a white wedding. An arranged marriage, that is, at Dublin’s behest. Appropriately, apart from wearing blue they have something old, something new and something borrowed.
Jim Gavin has played down his role in guiding Dublin to Allianz League and Leinster honours and an All-Ireland SFC final appearance this year, insisting that the free-flowing game-plan they adopt is 'inherited from the Dublin teams that have gone before us'.