Bernard Brogan frustrated by notion Dublin success linked to Croke Park

Bernard Brogan admits he is annoyed by the perception Dublin’s success is intrinsically linked to playing all their championship games in Croke Park.

The footballer of the year candidate is excited about the prospect of Nowlan Park being touted as the venue for the All-Ireland champions’ 2016 Leinster quarter-final against Laois or Wicklow.

Brogan’s record of never having played a championship game outside Croke Park is often used as the statistic to beat Dublin with — he was an unused sub in their last foray out of the county when Dublin beat Longford in Pearse Park nine years ago.

Ireland’s newly-appointed International Rules captain admits it’s a statistic which grates with him.

“Yeah, definitely. I wouldn’t like people to say, ‘Aw, you wouldn’t have had the success you’ve had if you hadn’t played all your games in Croke Park’ because obviously at Croke Park the pitch is immaculate but I think the standard of grounds around the country is quite sharp.

“I don’t think going onto any pitch that the team performance is going to swing that much that you’re going to lose a high percentage of games.

“I think that Croke Park is just as much a level playing field as any other pitch.

“We go around the country four or five times in every National League and play and represent ourselves well and get some great results.

“So I’d hate for people to say we wouldn’t have had the same success if we hadn’t have played all our games in Croke Park.

“We’d play anywhere and if that question is asked of us we’d love to answer it because we want to be seen as a successful team and for the right reasons.”

In his autobiography, Tomás Ó Sé has become the latest figure to criticise Dublin’s home advantage in the championship, describing their “home comforts” as “wrong” and “unfair”.

But Brogan insists he would only love to see the supporters “on tour”.

He said: “The Dubs fans would love to go on the road. We’ll play anywhere we’re put, we just want to play football and to play for Dublin, so if we’re asked to go down the country it’s great.

“I was on the bench the last time we were away in Longford. The sun was splitting the stones in Longford and it was an unreal day.

“We only just got out of jail down there when Mark Vaughan got a goal.

“But I remember talking to people and this conversation always comes up, and they say it was the best day of commerce the town had ever done, the best day’s craic.”

Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner understands former Dublin defender Paul Curran is among a number of candidates who has been interviewed for the position of Tipperary senior football manager.

Curran recently led Clann na Gael to their first Roscommon senior title in 19 years having guided Ballymun Kickhams to an All-Ireland final in 2013.

Curran has been shortlisted along with the likes of outgoing and highly-respected coach Michael McGeehin, who worked with Peter Creedon, and former Limerick manager Liam Kearns who worked with ex-Tipperary manager John Evans in Roscommon this year.


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