Wednesday 17 January 2018

'That's probably Alan's last match now' - Bernard Brogan Snr expects Dubs veteran to retire

Alan Brogan and his son Jamie celebrate after Dublin defeated Kerry in the All Ireland Football Final at Croke Park.
Alan Brogan and his son Jamie celebrate after Dublin defeated Kerry in the All Ireland Football Final at Croke Park.

Ryan Nugent and Robin Schiller

THE entire Brogan family were in celebration mode last night as the Dublin brothers put Kerry to the sword in what could be Alan's last game for the county.

Immediate family, cousins, aunts and uncles of the two forwards were at Croke Park to see both Bernard and Alan score vital points in Dublin's All-Ireland final victory.

The pair drew level with their father Bernard Snr on three All-Ireland titles, but he told the Herald that he expects his eldest son to hang up his inter-county boots on a high.

Alan, who has played for the Dubs since 2002, made a cameo appearance late on and hit a crucial point when his side were under pressure.

"It was a great match and I think they deserved to win it," said Bernard Snr. "It was great for them, I'm pleased for them. That's probably Alan's last match now, but Bernard might have a few more left in him yet, hopefully."

He said that Dublin almost threw the game away towards the end when a Stephen Cluxton pass fell to Kieran Donaghy.

"It was almost a disaster, they should never have gone back there, and we didn't need to go back."

However, Mr Brogan, whose wife Marie Keane Stack hails from Kerry, said they were relieved their sons came out on top.

"The nerves are good now, the match is over and we have the cup," he said.

Speaking at the Gibson Hotel where the celebrations were in full swing last night, Bernard junior said he was looking forward to slagging his father about the same medal collection.

"It was phenomenal, it's been a very long year but now I've my third All-Ireland medal so I'm level with my dad who has three as well. We have a bit of craic about it in the house, a bit of competition.

"Any day you win an All-Ireland is phenomenal, it was a tough day in wet conditions and it wasn't pretty football but we just went for it and wanted it a lot more, so we went after it," Bernard said.

He paid credit to all Dublin supporters who roared the team on.

"Their influence is massive, we wanted to get that bit of energy when Kerry were coming at us and when we needed that surge, they got behind us and cheered us on," he said.


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