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 The 1977 All-Ireland winning Dublin team, back row, left to right, Kevin Moran, Anton O'Toole, Seán Doherty, Jimmy Keaveney, Paddy Cullen, Tommy Drumm, John McCarthy, Bernard Brogan, Bobby Doyle. Front row, left to right, Brian Mullins, Pat O'Neill, Tony Hanahoe, David Hickey, Robbie Kelleher, Gay O'Driscoll. Picture credit: Connolly Collection  / SPORTSFILE

The 1977 All-Ireland winning Dublin team, back row, left to right, Kevin Moran, Anton O'Toole, Seán Doherty, Jimmy Keaveney, Paddy Cullen, Tommy Drumm, John McCarthy, Bernard Brogan, Bobby Doyle. Front row, left to right, Brian Mullins, Pat O'Neill, Tony Hanahoe, David Hickey, Robbie Kelleher, Gay O'Driscoll. Picture credit: Connolly Collection / SPORTSFILE

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The 1977 All-Ireland winning Dublin team, back row, left to right, Kevin Moran, Anton O'Toole, Seán Doherty, Jimmy Keaveney, Paddy Cullen, Tommy Drumm, John McCarthy, Bernard Brogan, Bobby Doyle. Front row, left to right, Brian Mullins, Pat O'Neill, Tony Hanahoe, David Hickey, Robbie Kelleher, Gay O'Driscoll. Picture credit: Connolly Collection / SPORTSFILE

SEÁN DOHERTY was a colossus of Dublin football throughout the 70s. A classy, high-fielding full-back, he captained the Dubs to All-Ireland glory in 1974 and was protecting the square again as the Dubs climbed to the top of the mountain again in 1976 and 1977.

His honours list doesn't end there. With six Leinster Championships (1974-79), two National Leagues (1976 and 1978) and an All Star in 1974, Seán is one of the most decorated men in the county. He was also a selector in 1989 when Dublin won the Leinster SFC.

BEST MOMENT FOR DUBLIN?

It would have to be lifting the Sam Maguire as captain in 1974. I suppose that was the ultimate. Myself and Jimmy Keaveney were working as stewards on Hill 16 in 1973 when Cork won the All-Ireland SFC against Galway. After it, we hung about and watched Billy Morgan lifting the Sam Maguire, and I said to Jimmy "wouldn't it be great to be up there?" He turned to me and said "come on out of that and we'll go have a pint to cut out that day dreaming!" Little did we know we'd be up there a year later.

MOST MEMORABLE GAME YOU PLAYED IN?

I'd say my finest hour was when we played Cork in the 1974 semi-final. That year, RTÉ decided to send their cameras to the horse show in the RDS rather than the All-Ireland semi-final! But from reading about it afterwards and obviously playing, it could almost go down as a better game than the famous semi-final with Kerry in 1977. But there's very little on TV record – none I think – on tape. I've never seen it anyway. I marked Ray Cummins that day and I think that's where I earned my All Star. But Cork had a really good team that day and we managed to get through them.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

I was captain in 1975 again and we lost the All-Ireland final to Kerry. That was a big disappointment. But we bounced back and Tony Hanahoe was captain then in 1976 when we won it again.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CLUB MEMORIES?

With the Ballyboden Wanderers team in 1968, we won the Junior Championship and I was captain of that team and I got the chance to be captain again in 1971 when we won the Intermediate Championship in an amalgamation with St Enda's club. The club hasn't looked back since that thankfully.

TOUGHEST OPPONENT?

'The Bomber' (Eoin Liston, Kerry) made life a bit difficult for me in my later years. He had no mercy! I suppose we were getting on at that stage and had been at it for a long time.

BEST PLAYER YOU PLAYED WITH?

When Kevin Moran decided to go to Manchester United I missed him badly. He gave me a lot of cover. He was an excellent player.

BIGGEST INFLUENCE?

One was Pierce Murray from Ballyboden Wanderers – he was huge for me. Kevin Heffernan was just colossal when I moved in with the county.

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON PREDICTIONS OF DUBLIN DOMINATION?

Every game and every year is different. There's no guarantee you'll win the next game.

You can meet a team who benefits by mistakes from referees or just meet 15 guys who are just not going to be beaten no matter how good you are. In my time, Kerry came out in 1975 with a bunch of young lads and just tore us apart. There are just no guarantees whatsoever. Don't forget Dublin have only won four All-Irelands post-1977.

IF YOU WERE TO PICK A PLAYER FROM A DIFFERENT ERA WHO YOU WOULD LIKE TO PLAY ALONGSIDE, WHO WOULD IT BE?

I'd go with (current Dublin senior footballer) Jack McCaffrey. I think he's a super player altogether.

He actually reminds me of Kevin Moran a bit. He has such pace, confidence and vision – a great player.


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