Monday 23 October 2017

'Thanks for the memories' - Dublin fans pay tribute to retired legend Alan Brogan

Alan Brogan, pictured with his son Jamie after the 2013 defeat to Donegal
Alan Brogan, pictured with his son Jamie after the 2013 defeat to Donegal
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Tributes have poured in for Dublin GAA legend Alan Brogan after the decorated forward called time on his inter-county career.

The St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh clubman was part of Jim Gavin's panel that claimed All-Ireland glory in 2015 after they defeated Kerry in Croke Park, his third winners medal in total, and has decided to end his Dublin career after 14 seasons.

The 33-year-old retires with three All-Ireland medals, 11 Leinster titles, three All Stars and the 2011 Player of the Year award where he succeeded his brother Bernard.

Tributes have poured in from right around the country, though appreciation within his native Dublin has been evident for all to see on social media.

"Alan Brogan sits with every great ever to pull on the blue," posted one user on Twitter.

"Alan Brogan was one of the greats of our time. Loved watching that man In full flight. A Dublin legend," added another.

Dublin's Alan Brogan has called time on his Dublin career
Dublin's Alan Brogan has called time on his Dublin career

In a statement released today, Brogan paid tribute to all those who have helped him enjoy such a stellar career.

"Representing Dublin for the last 14 years has given me immense satisfaction and joy, both the good days and the bad," he said.

"I leave behind a wonderfully gifted football team but take with me many great memories, friendships and bonds. I would like to thank all the players that I soldiered with and against, and the managers and mentors who have guided me from an early age when I began the pursuit of my sporting dreams. I would like to pay particular thanks to Tommy Lyons, Pillar Caffrey, Pat Gilroy and Jim Gavin, whose commitment to the Dublin cause was an inspiration to me and my teammates over the years."

The loyal Dublin supporters were also given a special mention by the decorated forward.

"Lastly to the Dublin supporters and Hill 16, thank you for the unwavering support during my time playing in blue. You helped to create some of the greatest sporting occasions this country has ever seen. I have always claimed that you are the greatest fans in the world. Thanks for the memories.

"I am privileged to have represented this great county in over 70 championship games. I will miss the camaraderie in the dressing room, the drive through Fairview on Championship days and not to mention Croke Park with a full house. However, I now look forward to taking my place amongst the Dublin fans and supporting my heroes again for many years to come."

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