Great stuff Daller, good man for posting all that, lovely to sit back pre-Christmas in these days of plenty, of wine and roses for us, and get all nostalgic about the days of yore. Even if, as Proudy says, those weren’t such days to look fondly upon until after the ultimate glory started to come.
Before I comment further, is it just me (here by the pool in the sticky heat and glaring sun of Vietnam ;-)), or is there a bit missing from the first piece you posted?
Regarding the Mugsy (and I liked him. Like in an older brother to annoying youngfella sense, roish, not a blonde-admirer mincing one :$) goals, Dublin’s defending for the Oscar-winning all-time money-shot, greatest gah moments video one in the first game was embarrassing, you could say it was typical of our soft underbelly at the time, though I admired our approach+still do in hindsight, and fair-play to Chubsy,he took it sweet, great finish.
The goal in the 2nd game was purely down to us chasing the game, lack of discipline at the back, and Paddy Christie being out injured. OK he slotted it well, unchallenged from 6 yards.
Your selective recall of ‘and just didnt react after scoring’ leaves out the fact that Chubsy walked behind the goal, and stood in triumph eye-balling the Hill.
In one sense we could’ve hated him for it, I had mixed feelings at the time, Down’s MCartan+Blaney bellyslides in front of the Hill at the end of the 94 final were still fresh enough (and remain in the bank for some, probably distant day of retribution),but looking back it’s one of the iconic moments of Croker history for me,classic gladiator+Romans stuff, he didn’t rub it in too much, his reaction to such a moment was understandable, and in his action he perfectly defined and encapsulated the significance, the pure intensity of the moment, just on the borderline of triumph Vs vanquished.
For you looking back Daller, and I’d be the first to admit our experiences Vs Tyrone in that era perhaps more than anything helped motivate+shape the changes/improvements from 2010 on, how do you view some of the defining moments of that great period for yourselves? I’d especially like to read your view of 2008, including the Qtr Final of course(pre+post),the semi-final Vs Kerry in 03,and some of your many Armagh clash moments. Call it an early Xmas box to me!
Yeah…the thing to remember about Gaelic Life is that it’s for an ulster readership…with Kevin Cassidy and Brian McGuigan writing. So expect a fair bit of interviews with players from the 00s.
You could be sitting hear in 10 yrs reminiscing about how great Dublin used to be!
2005: I thought Dublin were going to win at one stage. That ulster final replay against Armagh took its toll until the goal from Mugsy changed the game. S O’N was the better player that game and that year…but that goal made Mugsy.
2008: After scraping past w’meath and Dolan’s fluffed chance in Omagh…I thought Dublin would win. Were they favourites? Remember stopping of in a monsoon in Cavan to get diesel and the girl wishing us well to beat the dubs!
Colm McCullagh ran the show that day.
Dublin back then reminded me of Liverpool…great at times but always suspect at the back. 2010 was a throw away.
But Dublin got their payback since 2008. Was in Omagh when BB put the nail in the coffin and helped to relegate Tyrone,…or destroying tyrone in CP etc, etc.
Thing is: you might never see a Dublin side as good as this. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Actually remember Mulligans goal into Hill very clearly. Dublin had come from I think it was 8 points down in second half. As each point went over the noise level grew. We had Tyrone on the rack. A Dublin goal at that point would have buried Tyrone. Think we had it back to one point.
Dublin kick out after Tyrone wide was where it all came crashing down. Cluxton sent kick out to Declan Lally in acres of space out towards Hogan. Instead of attacking the ball Lally stood there and waited. It was his ball all day if he had stepped towards it. Tyrone player nipped in, loads of space ahead of him and Played ball into Mulligan. Mulligan at this point had dragged / pulled OShaughnessy back from getting out to the ball. Should have been free. Mulligan was too strong for him. Ball back of the net & game over. Lally had talent but bit like that Dublin team were short on the mental side in those big games. Should never have lost that ball.