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Dublin pioneers honoured

The team that were considered the pioneers of the 'Dubs' phenomenon were honoured at a function yesterday.

Every outfield player that started for Dublin in the 1953 National League final came from St Vincent's. Only goalkeeper Tony O'Grady, from the Air Corps club, did not hail from the Marino side.

They even wore Vincent's jerseys on the day -- white with a blue band -- to avoid a colour clash with Cavan, then All-Ireland champions.

Kevin Heffernan, Dessie Ferguson and Jim Crowley were stars of that Dublin team and were present at the Croke Park hotel yesterday for the function organised by the Association of Sports Journalists in Ireland in association with Lucozade Sport.

Dublin beat Cavan by 4-6 to 0-9 in the final but had to wait another five years to add an All-Ireland title, by which time the St Vincent's influence had been diluted.

Dublin star of the 1970s Jimmy Keaveney credited the '53 team with luring many city sports fans away from soccer, insisting: "They were the beginning of 'the Dubs'."

Irish Independent