False modesty may be something Jim Gavin can occasionally leave himself open to being accused of, but no such thing is at play when he insists that Kevin Heffernan’s team of the 70s will always hold pride of place in the Dublin football pantheon.
IF IT wasn’t so serious the irony would be delicious. Two legal eagles shooting down a ban, which had been upheld by the GAA’s three main disciplinary arms, largely on the basis that an All-Ireland semi-final means more than most games.
Sunday’s All-Ireland football final was indicative of the summer’s championship; promised much, delivered little. Joe Kernan, Colman Corrigan, John O’Leary and Seamus McEnaney reflect on a disappointing year for football and suggest what corrective surgery must be embarked on ahead of 2016...
Michael Darragh Macauley wasn’t wearing comparisons with the great Dublin teams of the seventies after yesterday’s win over Kerry — ‘we’re nowhere near those boys’ was his take on how the current Dublin team compare with Heffo’s Dubs.
Back in February, Paul Flynn made a daring comment about last season. Despite finishing a distant second to runners-up Donegal in an All-Ireland semi-final, he was adamant about who he felt were the finest outfit in 2014. And he wasn’t talking about Kerry.
Dublin are on the verge of winning their eighth title out of an available nine since Jim Gavin became their general,with another clean sweep of league, Leinster and possibly All-Ireland. We track their scoring and appearance records and crunch the numbers to find some interesting trends.
“The achievements of an organisation are the results of the combined effort of each individual... Individual commitment to a group effort— that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilisation work.” —Vince Lombardi
It’s 2002, late summer. Alan Brogan has been everywhere all championship. His emergence onto a Dublin team swaggering through Leinster under Tommy Lyons has captivated a public drawn in further by his famous dad Bernard and the bridge it builds to the glorious ’70s.
So, what do the All Blacks who departed Auckland airport a few days ago for Rugby World Cup 2015 and the Kerry footballers who will set off for Dublin on Saturday for this year’s All Ireland Football Final have in common?
Cian O’Sullivan may have been helped off the field after Dublin’s semi-final replay victory over Mayo last Sunday, but Jim Gavin was bullish yesterday about the centre-back’s prospects of facing Kerry in the All-Ireland final.