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Cluxton or Cullen? Bernard Snr or Jnr? Who makes the cut in a tale of two Dublins?

Colm O'Rourke



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Stephen Cluxton, arguably the greatest goalkeeper of all time, leads his men on All-Ireland final day

Stephen Cluxton, arguably the greatest goalkeeper of all time, leads his men on All-Ireland final day

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Stephen Cluxton, arguably the greatest goalkeeper of all time, leads his men on All-Ireland final day

This is the long day's journey into night. It may take a while but games will resume, people will argue, laugh and complain about such trivial things as football, or maybe such important things as football. Our games measure the temperature of the nation during the year and when they return we will think even more of them. A bad county match, a brilliant junior B club game and even more so a group of under 10s going at it... these scenes colour our lives.

Now we are left with thinking, wondering, hoping. This week I am indulging in what I normally condemn as a useless exercise, choosing between teams of past and present, in this case the Dublin teams of the 1970s and the present crew. Throw them all together and pick the best.

It is 46 years since the Dubs of that era brought football back, if not from the dead in the city, but close to it. In the early '70s Dublin were a bit of a joke. They were not feared by anyone in Leinster and were beaten regularly by counties who are now close to the bottom of the pile. There was no glamour in being a Dublin player then. It did not get you a job interview or a nice girlfriend because nobody heard of you. In fact, it was not mentioned in polite conversation as it carried no weight.