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The One Missing Medal That Still Drives Bernard Brogan And Paul Galvin

The One Missing Medal That Still Drives Bernard Brogan And Paul Galvin
Daniel Kelly
By Daniel Kelly
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Bernard Brogan has won all there is to win as a Dublin senior footballer, but there is still one title that has eluded him throughout his a career - a Dublin Senior Club Championship.

The St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh star has played in three Dublin Senior Club Championship finals since 2008, ending up on the losing side each time.

Speaking at the King Crisps 'King of the Hill' event earlier this week in Dublin, the 2010 Footballer of the Year said the hope of success at club level drives him on.

We've been unlucky to lose in three finals. We're still chasing, but we're getting old. That's the challenge now.

The club thing is a massive - not regret, but we haven't managed to get over the line... We've had a great team in Plunketts and this year we had another great run, but we got pipped by Castleknock, after beating a good Ballyboden team.

Castleknock won that match in extra-time to book their place in the quarter-finals. Despite the loss, Brogan still remembers a "very sore point" in the final moments of the game in Parnell Park, involving his older brother Alan.

Alan popped the ball out of your man's hand, with the last kick of the game to rob it. It was as fair as you like. There was a free in - draw game. They burned us in extra-time.


The manner of the Castleknock defeat, brought back memories for the 33-year-old of the three defeats in county finals in the past decade.

We were beaten by Brigid's in a final. We should have beaten them. Six points up against Kilmacud in our first final. They got two goals with two high balls kicked in. Vincent's beat us well in the other final.

It was a tough one to take this year because of the circumstances. We had a really good run-in. We trained really hard and were in really good nick.

To have it taken away from you by a decision - I know referees have it really tough. It's not easy to take. It doesn't make it any easier.

Kerry star Paul Galvin joined Plunketts this year. Like Brogan, he has not tasted All-Ireland success at club level. Speaking at the 'King of the Hill' event, he said that was one of the reasons he joined the club.


I basically thought of that All-Ireland club medal. 'If you can win what is probably the best championship in the country, you have a great chance of an All-Ireland club medal'.

I've known the [Brogans] for years, Alan particularly. My motivation to win medals is still there. I'd love to add that All-Ireland club medal to the collection.

Galvin will be 38 at the start of next year's Dublin Championship. He has refused to rule out another chance to win the county title.


I wouldn't say no [to another year] for sure. It's all about age. You got to consider what you bring to the group, and if you can bring enough.

You can listen to the entire 'King of the Hill' show below, where Bernard Brogan, Paul Galvin and Tomás Ó Sé spoke about this year's Championship.




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