Bernard wants more additions to Brogan family trophy cabinet

The Brogan family are undoubtedly a football-mad household and Bernard junior, fresh from his two-goal tally in yesterday's All-Ireland final win, is already targeting a third Celtic Cross medal to match his dad's haul.

Bernard wants more additions to Brogan family trophy cabinet

The Brogan family are undoubtedly a football-mad household and Bernard junior, fresh from his two-goal tally in yesterday's All-Ireland final win, is already targeting a third Celtic Cross medal to match his dad's haul.

Bernard Brogan senior was an All-Ireland winner with the Dubs in 1974, 1976 and 1977, a standout moment in that third Championship-winning campaign being his superb semi-final goal against Kerry.

Two years ago, three of Bernard's sons - Alan, Bernard and Paul - were on the Dublin panel that lifted the Sam Maguire Cup for the first time since 1995.

Title number two followed for Bernard yesterday, with Alan an unused substitute.

Bernard junior played a pivotal role in the capital's latest All-Ireland triumph, palming home a goal in each half against Mayo and also chipping in with three points.

Brogan, the 2010 Footballer of the Year, finished the Championship as Dublin's leading scorer (3-19) and recaptured his best form when it mattered most in the last-eight against Cork, Kerry and Mayo.

Giving his reaction to yesterday's victory, the 29-year-old said: "It's very special, I'm delighted.

"Obviously, it's nice to get a goal in the All-Ireland final but it's about winning medals and that's the second one there. I've one more to go to catch my dad, that's the next one!

"The lads are flying all year, they didn't need me earlier on. I was carrying a few knocks during the end of the league and into the Championship and trying to get it right.

"I was tightly marked but that's just the way it went. I didn't get massive scores but today I just got a bit of luck and got a couple of balls passed across, and that's it.

"If you're in the right position, you might get some scores. That's part and parcel, on any other day someone else would do it but I'm delighted to do my bit for my team."

Brogan was one of the elder statesmen on Dublin's final-winning side which had an average age of just under 25 and included U-21 players Jack McCaffrey (19), Ciaran Kilkenny (20) and Paul Mannion (20).

Goalkeeper and captain Stephen Cluxton was the only 30-something.

Brogan is forecasting a bright future for the Metropolitans if they can maintain their development as a team, stating: "The age profile is very young and the lads who came in and made a difference all year, the Ciaran Kilkennys, the Jack McCaffreys, the Paul Mannions, these lads have been brilliant all year.

"And they're still very young, people don't think about that when they're looking at them, and the pressure they are under.

"They're 19 and 20 years of age and have 10 years of football ahead of them, so please God there will be many more All-Irelands."

Two All-Ireland senior successes in three years with a conveyor belt of young talent coming through suggests that Dublin have the potential to continue to feature on September Sundays in the coming years.

But their current manager Jim Gavin, who won Allianz League, Leinster and All-Ireland honours in his first season in charge, is keen to keep a lid on expectation levels.

"There's no guarantees," he said.

"Just look at the U-21 campaign this year. Kildare look very strong, Longford look strong, Carlow look very strong. It's great for Leinster. There's a lot of good work being done, I see it myself," he explained.

"The most important thing is that kids are playing sport. The GAA has a big job on its hands trying to claim the hearts and minds of kids in Dublin.

"You have the culture as well, there's lots of outdoor activities that kids can get into.

"So there is no dominance by any one county in Gaelic games. Kerry had their dominance and Tyrone had theirs and I don't remember anyone asking for their counties to be split.

"We've won this year but the minute the referee blows the final whistle, that's when the 2013 season ends.

"I know from speaking to other managers, they're already setting themselves up for the 2014 Championship. We're probably behind now already."

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