Thursday 29 September 2016

Opponents sing praises of 'darling of the Hill'

Michael Verney

Published 16/12/2015 | 02:30

Alan Brogan celebrates after winning his third All Ireland medal following Dublin’s victory over Kerry in September
Alan Brogan celebrates after winning his third All Ireland medal following Dublin’s victory over Kerry in September

Glowing tributes were paid to Alan Brogan after the 33-year-old yesterday called time on a glittering 14-year inter-county career.

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Team-mates who shared many great days with Brogan in front of Hill 16 were quick to acknowledge the exploits of the 2011 Footballer of the Year, widely regarded as one of the best forwards of his generation, while opponents also rushed to sing his praises - underlining the esteem in which he was held.

Having soldiered alongside him in Dublin's forward line during tougher times, Tomás Quinn was one of many who tweeted their memories following the news.

"One of the best players I've played with. Always had space and wanted the ball with game on the line. Great team-mate," Quinn said.

His younger brother Bernard, who he shared three All-Ireland wins with on the field, praised his contribution to the Dubs, he said: "Sad day for Dublin! An inspiration for us all, a true Dublin Legend!"

This year's All-Ireland final man of the match Brian Fenton said he "was so lucky to play with one of the best Dublin forwards ever this year" before calling him an "unbelievable footballer".

Former midfielder Eamon Fennell echoed those sentiments: "A privilege to have soldiered with one of Dublin's best EVER players. A role model to everyone in the game."

Jason Sherlock posted a simple "Thank you Brogser" message with a picture of the two together on the field while 'supersub' Kevin McManamon said he was "privileged to play along side my childhood hero".

Opponents across the country were also glowing in their praise of the St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh attacker.

Kerry defensive duo Marc Ó Sé and Aidan O'Mahony had several jousts with Brogan throughout the years and both hailed his class, on and off the field. "Congrats Alan Brogan. Gave me a few tough days in HQ! Was lucky to play with and against. Deserves all the plaudits. What a career!" Ó Sé said.

O'Mahony added: "Congrats to Alan Brogan on a fantastic career... Darling of the hill and a top man off the pitch, all rounder & one of the best in the game."

Kingdom legend Declan O'Sullivan was quick to praise his talents, he said: "Congrats Alan Brogan on a very special career. A man for every occasion. Huge respect and admiration for you as a player. All the best."

Wexford legend Matty Forde had the unique distinction of playing against Brogan on his county debut in 2002 and was quick to show his appreciation.

He said: "Best wishes to Alan Brogan on his inter county retirement. Some player for club, county, province and country #greatfootballer #greatfella."

Offaly forward Bernard Allen summed up the fitting end to his Dublin days: "Shame to see him go but what a player and what a great career #champion."

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