Saturday 24 February 2018

'I was kind of glad Pillar held me back alright!' - Alan Brogan on the Battle of Omagh

5 February 2006; Dublin's Alan Brogan confronts Tyrone's Michael McGee while Tyrone doctor Seamus Cassidy and Dublin manager Paul Caffrey intervene. Allianz National Football League, Division 1A, Round 1, Tyrone v Dublin, Healy Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
5 February 2006; Dublin's Alan Brogan confronts Tyrone's Michael McGee while Tyrone doctor Seamus Cassidy and Dublin manager Paul Caffrey intervene. Allianz National Football League, Division 1A, Round 1, Tyrone v Dublin, Healy Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
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Dublin and Tyrone are set for a war at Croke Park in this Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final but they will have to go a long way to reach the scenes that descended on Omagh in the 2006 National League.

A few months after a two-match back-and-forth All-Ireland quarter-final saga that Tyrone emerged from, the teams locked horns again in an ill-tempered clash at Healy Park.

Alan Brogan was sent off after picking up a second yellow card, after which a huge brawl erupted, with punches flying in one of the biggest GAA melees seen in recent times.

 

Brogan was hauled off the pitch by then Dublin manager Paul 'Pillar' Caffrey, with the All Star forward straining against his manager's grip trying to run back into the thick of the action.

Speaking about the incident on The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast, Brogan admitted now that Caffrey was probably right to stop him from re-joining the fray.

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"I was kind of glad he held me back alright!," he laughed

"I took a yellow card and it was my second one so I got a red.

"It was one of those games. We were sick of losing to Tyrone at that stage, they had beaten us a couple of times before that and they were the one team we couldn't get off our back at all.

"I think there is that bit of needle from ten years ago that might spill into this game [on Sunday]. This Tyrone team has probably been waiting to play this Dublin team as well."

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