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Dublins Greatest Ever Forward

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Lads I was out with a few Dublin lads in the pub over the weekend and we got chatting about the Kerry V Dublin rivalry etc. I was asked a question of who I thought was Kerrys greatest ever forward. My answer was the Gooch.

I asked the same question back to them. There was a mixed response with answers from Bernard Brogan to Ciaran Duff. Who would ye rate as Dublins greatest ever forward?

aidan64 (Kerry) - Posts: 529 - 06/02/2017 16:47:56    1952867

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Anton O'Toole has to be up there anyway .

superbluedub (Dublin) - Posts: 1762 - 06/02/2017 17:14:06    1952888

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I only go back to the 90s so can't really comment on Jimmy Keveaney, the Panther O'Toole etc.

However in my lifetime our best ever inside forward is without a doubt Bernard Brogan. His record in big games has been sensational and as good as anyone else you could name.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12580 - 06/02/2017 18:35:38    1952931

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For pure finishing i would say Bernard Brogan but for me anyway my top three forwards in my time watching are Dublin's greatest ever half-forward line and possibly one of the best of all time.In order i would say D Connolly,C Kilkenny and P Flynn.

cuederocket (Dublin) - Posts: 5084 - 06/02/2017 19:14:29    1952949

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Big up Anton O Toole , Bernard and Dermo are of same class,

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 5182 - 06/02/2017 19:41:39    1952962

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Playmaking: Diarmuid, Alan B

Full forward: Bernard, Jimmy K.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 2668 - 06/02/2017 20:04:13    1952977

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It's hard to look past Anton O'Toole but so many come close enough to have a debate. The likes of the Brogans, Bobby Doyle, Keavney, Connolly and even Barney Rock. Big shout out for Sherlock who was deadly for a wee lad. Kerrywise, I loved Sheehy, and would put him on a level with the Gooch and Maurice Fitz, not forgetting mouth almighty of course, sorry Pat, nearly you slipped my mind :D

PS. If McManamon wasn't a sub so often over the years, I believe he would also be in the mix.

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7617 - 06/02/2017 22:19:39    1953073

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In another couple of years time it will be dermo connolly without much room for argument, if he keeps up the standard.

He is one of the few Dublin forwards who is a natural footballer and a two footed player.

Tomas O'Se paid him the ultimate backhanded compliment when he said that "the Dubs normally don't produce many players like him"

He has more swagger and confident then the Brogan's combine and he is not afraid to try the unpredictable.

He has a bit of a temper on him as well which only adds to cocktail.

I have seen Dublin club matches where he can score really cheeky points from miles out with the side of the foot.

The crowd normally end up laughing at his audacity and then applaud.

Alan Brogan/Dessie Farrell were natural footballers but none ever came close to the stuff Connolly can do.

gormdubhgorm (Dublin) - Posts: 981 - 06/02/2017 23:18:52    1953102

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Dessie Farrell - For the simple fact that he kicked 0 - 4 in the 1995 Final. 3 with his left into the Canal End and one with his right off Séamus McCallan into the Hill brilliantly set up by a right foot cross kick from Paul Clark. He also set up Jim for a deft left footer into the Canal in the first half. Without this we simply would be Mayo. It would have been '83 to '11 and , therefore, '11 would never have happened. Dessie the greatest forward we ever had based on 70 minutes. Yes it was that crucial.

DonnycarneyChur (Dublin) - Posts: 1 - 07/02/2017 11:33:00    1953215

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Replying To DonnycarneyChur:  "Dessie Farrell - For the simple fact that he kicked 0 - 4 in the 1995 Final. 3 with his left into the Canal End and one with his right off Séamus McCallan into the Hill brilliantly set up by a right foot cross kick from Paul Clark. He also set up Jim for a deft left footer into the Canal in the first half. Without this we simply would be Mayo. It would have been '83 to '11 and , therefore, '11 would never have happened. Dessie the greatest forward we ever had based on 70 minutes. Yes it was that crucial."
Dessie who I loved watching wont get my vote purely because of the injuries , very unfortunate , but still a serious talent

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 5182 - 07/02/2017 12:54:04    1953250

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Replying To realdub:  "It's hard to look past Anton O'Toole but so many come close enough to have a debate. The likes of the Brogans, Bobby Doyle, Keavney, Connolly and even Barney Rock. Big shout out for Sherlock who was deadly for a wee lad. Kerrywise, I loved Sheehy, and would put him on a level with the Gooch and Maurice Fitz, not forgetting mouth almighty of course, sorry Pat, nearly you slipped my mind :D

PS. If McManamon wasn't a sub so often over the years, I believe he would also be in the mix."
Jayo wasn't able to kick points in early in his time in the Dublin jersey so I think that rules it out of the debate?

Although much later on he did become a more all-rounded player and a good link man.

gormdubhgorm (Dublin) - Posts: 981 - 07/02/2017 12:58:59    1953252

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Replying To gormdubhgorm:  "Jayo wasn't able to kick points in early in his time in the Dublin jersey so I think that rules it out of the debate?

Although much later on he did become a more all-rounded player and a good link man."
It was his attitude I loved most, no harder working player.

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7617 - 07/02/2017 21:54:21    1953457

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I revered Jayo growing up. He may not of been Dublin's greatest ever player but he was definitely my favourite ever player to play for Dublin. I was a young fella when he burst onto the scene in 1995. It was Jayomania across the city that summer! The goal with with his sock against Laois and his sensational goal v Cork in the semi-final. He reinvented himself later in his career and became a really smart player imo.

In many ways he was the ultimate 'darling of the Hill'. Our best ever forward? No, but one of our favourite sons? Yes!

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12580 - 08/02/2017 08:25:40    1953524

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One word attached to jayo was his intelligence. He had one of the best football brain of any forward on a pitch I have seen and very unselfish, always did what he thought was best for the team.

hill16no1man (Dublin) - Posts: 12665 - 08/02/2017 10:04:53    1953542

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For me Bernard Brogan is Dublin's greatest ever forward.


Diarmud Connolly for me is Dublin's greatest ever footballer.

And Clondalkin is Dublin's greatest ever suburb.


And Sutton is the worst sorry Hill.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts: 9862 - 08/02/2017 14:31:41    1953643

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "For me Bernard Brogan is Dublin's greatest ever forward.


Diarmud Connolly for me is Dublin's greatest ever footballer.

And Clondalkin is Dublin's greatest ever suburb.


And Sutton is the worst sorry Hill."
Hahahahaha I'm not Sutton you mad thing

hill16no1man (Dublin) - Posts: 12665 - 08/02/2017 19:40:28    1953770

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Only going back to 1990 which Is my earliest memory of following Dublin Charlie, Dessie were good. But in my opinion Bernard Brogan has been the best forward in my time. Connolly was the most gifted footballer in the same time period.

jacktheDub (Dublin) - Posts: 807 - 08/02/2017 22:03:58    1953829

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Its only recently Dublin have had a glut of top class forwards. During the 70s there were really no forwards who could kick long range points. Looking back at the 95 final Dessie Farrell stood out as a class forward. I'm not slagging off the rest they all did their job and worked themselves to the bone. Before that Vinny Murphy had great raw talent. Bernard Brogan is All Ireland royalty he's always produced on the big occasions and if he was around in the 90s they'd probably have won a few more.

theduke66 (Dublin) - Posts: 310 - 08/02/2017 22:31:11    1953839

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As an outsider I'd say Bernard Brogan, is it fair to say he was a late developer as it wasn't until 2010 when aged 26 that he really began to shine. He's shown brilliant levels of consistency and has always stood up on the big day and delivered for Dublin. Did he have injury problems when he was younger?

Connolly is blessed with more natural ability and may well succeed Brogan in the years to come but he still has work to do on that front.

TheWestIsAwake (UK) - Posts: 529 - 09/02/2017 11:22:05    1953920

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am going to dublin matches for 35 years, bernard brogan is the best dublin forward i saw, but connelly is only one good year behind him now

Stmunnsriver (Wexford) - Posts: 1679 - 09/02/2017 12:55:07    1953964

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