Saturday 3 December 2016

Show-stoppers display a crucial quality – they know how to win ugly

Published 29/04/2013 | 05:00

The league is a wicked child, prone to bad manners, idle promise and bare-faced lies. For Jim Gavin, the bonus of Dublin's first win in 20 years will be the folly it exposed then of a spring that left so many tossing petals at his feet.

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He's been depicted as some kind of war-time Barnum, determined to inject light into drab, militaristic lives.

His team went to Croke Park yesterday, hailed as a repudiation of the idea that Gaelic football today must be a jumble of highbrow systems directed by extremist coaches for whom spontaneity is a plague. Dublin, the flapping circus posters declared, were taking the game to a new place.

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