I thought GAA was too brutal as a kid, says Dubs hero Cluxton
Published 08/10/2015 | 02:30
Dublin's All-Ireland captain Stephen Cluxton has revealed how he ended up becoming a goalkeeper thanks to the indiscipline of a former school friend.
Cluxton, who originally started off playing a variety of sports, including badminton and soccer, eventually found his way to the GAA pitch.
"I started off as corner-forward because I could kick the ball off the ground. Then I was put corner-back, so it was a slow progression towards the goalkeeper role," he told students at St David's CBS in Artane, where he was a former pupil and is currently a teacher.
"Our goalkeeper got sent off in one game and one of my friends suggested I get in goal. That's how it started really, and I've stayed there ever since."
The Dublin captain said he originally had no intention of playing GAA after watching a particularly feisty match when he was younger.
"I thought to myself, 'I'm never playing that sport, it's too brutal', but that gradually changed," he said.
Cluxton, along with his Dublin team-mates Denis Bastick and Bernard Brogan, visited the students at St David's along with the four trophies the team won in 2015.
The Dubs completed a clean sweep this year, winning the Sam Maguire trophy, the Leinster championship, the O'Byrne Cup and the Allianz Football League title.
Introducing the players to a huge cheer from the students, principal Padraic Kavanagh said they were delighted to have the Dubs - and the trophies - in attendance.