Croker is where everyone wants to play, says Brady
Published 28/05/2015 | 02:30
Longford captain Dermot Brady says his men are under no illusion about the task facing them against Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday but they are looking forward to having a crack at the champions.
Brady is in his 15th season of championship football and has a few jousts with the Dubs under his belt to appreciate what they will face in their Leinster quarter-final.
But the pig farmer from Carrickboy, outside Longford town, says they got a huge boost coming from behind to beat Offaly 0-16 to 0-13 in the opening round.
He would love if Sunday's clash was on in Longford but points out that every player in the country wants to perform at Croke Park.
"We weren't looking beyond the Offaly game so we didn't give it much thought but Croke Park is where everyone wants to be as a player, playing in the biggest stadium in the country.
"Look, it might be a small benefit to Dublin alright because they'd be used to playing there but that's where every player wants to play."
Brady, having made his debut way back in 2001, was on the team when they hosted Dublin in 2006 and recalls it was a special occasion.
"I remember coming down to Longford that morning at half nine and the floods of Dublin supporters getting off the train and I said, 'Jaysus, this is going to be a bigger day than I thought it was'. It was a great occasion, it was a real good sunny day. There was a big buzz around Longford and the only disappointing thing was we didn't get the win."
This is the second year in a row that the Longford Slashers defender has been handed the captaincy by Jack Sheedy and he knows Sunday will be a huge occasion for the former Dublin player.
"He's a great manager, Jack, and he has a bit of an insight to Dublin so it'll be a big one for him if he could turn around and get us a win over them in Croke Park.
"Dublin are one of the best teams in the country. They've got lads on the bench that could be starting on any team. If there's a fella not going great on the day they can bring in somebody else. They're a serious team.
"We have to get up and get on with it and see where it takes us. When we knew we were playing Offaly again we said we weren't going to give up the way we were beaten in the league final.
"I know we went down seven points but we just said to ourselves that day we weren't going to give up until the end, no matter what happened," added the 33-year old.