Tuesday 21 November 2017

'He would have loved to manage the Dubs'

Bernard Brogan Snr talks to Marie Crowe about his on-field rival and off-field friend

One of the great aspects of Páidí ó Sé's life was the rivalry between Kerry and Dublin. He remembered those days fondly and often made reference to them in his columns. Yesterday, one of his great adversaries – Bernard Brogan Snr – shared some of the experiences he had with the great Kerry footballer.

"He was a tough opponent; he took no prisoners without being dirty," recalled Brogan.

"He was a hard man to play against, both strong and fast. He started his football career as a forward for the U-21s and from then on he was a wing-back or corner-back. He could play anywhere – I even marked him in midfield one year."

Off the field they met often and Páidí sometimes spoke of the Dublin manager's job.

"Páidí would have loved to have gotten the chance to manage Dublin. He thought that they should have been doing much better.

"He would have loved an opportunity like that, it was different. He had great friends here too, from politicians to footballers."

Brogan met him a few weeks back when Páidí was in the city seeking sponsors for his football competition. He was all dressed up and on route to some important meetings. He was larger than life; everyone knew of him. He had a presence about him – you'd always see him coming.

"He'd a great passion for football, on and off the field. It was his whole life and he did a lot for the game. He'll be missed."

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