Online media (Balls, Sports Joe, The 42 etc)


People won’t always play this possession based football. Certainly during the next keeper’s tenure, who at this stage we assume it to be Comerford, it will revert back to long balls to the middle, or a mixture of both weighted towards long kicks.


Considering Jim gave Savage a decent amount of games in last year’s league I’d be hopeful that he would give Comerford some league time next year (especially as he is no longer involved with the U21s)


Did he start anymore then two games ?


He started three. Cork, Donegal and Roscommon. Playing three out of seven regulation games isn’t bad for the second choice keeper.


Three games in a year!

Amazing he didn’t stay


I would argue 3 games in 12 solid months of training is pretty poor . Why would anyone give up career choices for that ?
It’s not like defence or forwards where if there is an injury you could get a chance .


Oh I agree it’s pretty crappy from an overall point of view and I fully understand why most people would walk away. But sadly three league games is a lot more than some second choice keepers get.

From Comerford’s point of view however I think if he was to get three league games next year (assuming Cluxton stays on) I don’t think that is too bad. He at least knows that time is on his side and he is just putting in the ground work for becoming first choice in a year or two’s time.


Here Savage league stats

Player County Year Games Goals Points Total Clean Sheets Conceded
Savage, Michael Dublin 2008 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010 3 0 0 0 1 -3
2011 2 0 0 0 1 -3
2012 3 0 0 0 0 -3
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 3 0 0 0 1 -3
2017 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 0 0 0 5 -12


Why u assume it would revert back to long balls ?


That’s how it goes, revolutions and cycles etc, what’s in fashion is replaced or remodeled over time to such a degree that it returns back to an original, or previous, state. You see it in football/ soccer now where 3 at the back is in vogue again.

It’s what the doomsayers about Dublin don’t get. Rather than being a Fukayama-like end of history this is a particular epoch that will come to end. It’s the way of the world. Things come and go, like disco and flares.


…and the effects of viagra and laxative binging.

Totally agree with your post BTW. But we sound like ol timers. How long is your beard Tommy?


Yep, it will go at some stage - but it’s not imminent. What is particularly interesting to me is how we are so successful at u21 without any minor success to talk of (and Kerry are the opposite). It suggests to me that we are doing something particularly right in adult football, or the clubs are, but something else is working other then just a one off batch of exceptional footballers.

I wonder (and I don’t know the answer) would we have had this success without Gavin? I suspect not. I think we hit it exceptionally lucky in having one manager come in and clean up everything (Gilroy) and them Gavin comes in to a house in good order and puts his plans into action.


That’s not strictly true

The current u21 winners were beaten by a point at minor level in an all Ireland semi final

Small margins .

Blew a 7 point lead versus Mayo the year before

Pretty sure that team won an all Ireland minor


I totally agree with the small margins theory, it applies in hurling also…But in general Dublin have 5 U21 titles against one Minor - and yes this years U21 team lost a semi by a point as minors, but to a team that were easily beaten in the final. Yet they won the U21 championship with no one coming within 6 or 7 points of them. All of that suggests to me that Dublin make a better fist of developing players after the age of 18 then other counties are doing.


Senior football is a high standard . Even intermediate second teams would wallop half the counties senior teams out there


This is good. Ye wouldn’t get this in Mayo lads!


Is that from the Liffey swim?


Yup, saw it on the tv. Excerpt the singing bit. That wasn’t broadcast for fear of losing more licence payers


Just heard the latest contribution from Alan Brogan ahead of next Sun. If ever there was Dublin player trying to talk Mayo up and Dublin down it’s AB. Great player but not sure what to make of him as pundit. Has had s lot to say thru the Summer most of it as it turns out wrong e.g Meath as next force in football. Lot of Dublin pundits seem to give opinions to get attention rather than around giving decent analysis.


I would say it is still quite hard for him to dissect Dublin’s plan in the media without giving away some inside info so he focuses on the opposition more. When Bernard and some of the elder statesmen in the team move on I think he will be a bit more open.