Saturday 18 November 2017

Brogan brothers sit top of family 'three'

Bernard Brogan lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after the game
Bernard Brogan lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after the game

Michael Verney

After a year of being regularly compared to the great Dublin team of the 1970s, which their father was a part of, the Brogan brothers finally have one up on him.

With defeat of Kerry, the illustrious sporting family are now holders of nine All-Ireland medals, with Bernard and Alan now matching their father's three.

Despite many memorable duels with the Kingdom, the current crop accomplished something no other Dublin side has ever been able to achieve, and this delights Bernard Brogan.

"We're the first Dublin team to beat them three times in a row in the Championship which is great, because I always pit ourselves against the '70s team and say that's our benchmark," said the Player of the Year nominee.

"With my dad's involvement. . . they'll always be remembered and commemorated when we're talking about past great teams, it's great to be on a par with those guys, a special time for Dublin football."

When Cork pipped Dublin by a point in the 2010 semi-final, the lethal corner-forward could never have envisaged the unprecedented success which would soon follow.

"Did I think in the next five years we'd have three All-Irelands? I definitely wouldn't have thought that so we've been really lucky. A really special group of lads came through," he said.

"We toiled, myself and Alan and Barry Cahill and Jayo and Whelo and all these lads that did a lot of years where it wasn't pretty and I'm just delighted to be involved."

On his brother Alan's future, he believes that with a clean bill of health he has much more to offer.

"During the year he was gone and that was it, done. It was his way out, 'One more year and please God we get the All-Ireland'," he said.

"I'd say the way he came off the pitch. . . he would have liked more time and involvement but it was just a fairytale ending. There's positivity in his mind when he thinks of Dublin at the moment."

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