Saturday 24 March 2018

'For years I thought of breaking your jaw' - Joe Brolly reveals tense encounter with an angry Stephen Cluxton

Joe Brolly's latest Sunday Independent column tackles the role of the goalkeeper in Gaelic football.

The position has become increasingly vital in the modern game, with netminders now expected to launch attacks from deep with pinpoint kickouts, as well as keeping the ball out of the net.

Nobody has done more to evolve the position than Stephen Cluxton, the Dublin goalkeeper who collected his fourth All-Ireland medal last weekend.

Brolly explores the kind of personality and attitude needed to thrive at the position, reminiscing about his former team-mate Damien McCusker, while revealing an interesting encounter he had with Cluxton.

Dublin's curent captain was infamously sent off in a qualifier defeat to Armagh in 2003, and in the post-match analysis, Brolly was highly critical of Cluxton's rashness, which didn't go unnoticed by the five-time All Star.

"I said on the TV afterwards that Cluxton should be ashamed of himself and his conduct was a disgrace and he'd thrown the game away, which he had," Brolly said.

"About eight or nine years later, I bumped into him at an event in Dublin where he was with his team-mates. I went to shake his hand and he said, 'Before you do that, I want to tell you that for years I thought of breaking your jaw. I will never forgive you for what you said.' That's a goalie. No bullshit."

Read Joe Brolly's full column on from 5.30pm.

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