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Alan Brogan thanks for the memories

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Alan Brogan lifts the Sam Maguire cup in front of Hill 16.

Alan Brogan has called time his Dublin inter-county career. Brogan made his inter-county debut in 2002 and won All-Ireland titles in 2011,2013 and 2015, featuring as a scoring substitute in the latter stages of this years final.

Brogan, who won three All Stars and the Footballer of the Year award in 2011, said: “Today I would like to announce my retirement from inter-county football. 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.”

The St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh clubman won 11 Leinster and three National League titles and played over 70 championship games for the Dubs.

He also represented Ireland against Australia in 2004 in that series which Ireland won.

He added: “In 1995, as a thirteen year old boy I sat in the Lower Hogan Stand and watched in awe as my heroes, led by John O’Leary lifted the Sam Maguire.
“Little did I know then of the great journey that lay ahead of me! Representing Dublin for the last 14 years has given me immense satisfaction and joy, both the good days and the bad.

“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.”

Dublin fans and GAA fans alike will remember Brogan for his consistent performances helping the dubs out on many occasions. As well as winning three All Ireland`s,he has won three national league titles with the dubs, 11 Leinster titles and three all stars awards.

Like many Brogan brought joy to us with his performances and his ability to show class on and off the pitch a role model that myself,forwards and GAA players look up to with his determination to succeed. Before the GAA was widely available on TV here in England,I used to stream the games due to RTÉ being blocked in England just to see Alan Brogan as well as the rest of the Dublin team do their business on the pitch while wearing his heart on his sleeve. Definitely worth the hassle trying to find a stream. Off the pitch he showed his class with fans signing autographs and posing for pictures.

Alan could have retired after last years semi final against Donegal. But decided to stick by his county and go out on a high. Brogan did exactly that scoring his team’s last point of the game in this year’s All-Ireland final, which isn`t the worst way to end your football career . The point which was undoubtedly a sweet moment for Brogan Secured the dubs third All Ireland title in four years to break the Kingdoms hearts.

Alan`s retirement will be a huge loss for Dublin. But the county has young players with the ability to fill Alan`s spot who can become worthy successors of the position on the forward line and also show the same heart and determination Alan showed in the sky and navy.

Thanks for the memories Alan and enjoy your retirement.

The Twitter reaction to Alan Brogan`s retirement 

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