All Ireland SFC Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Sunday September 1st 3.30pm

T O’Se said 50/50.

But out of 34k…I’d say maybe 15k Kerry fans.

Whatever the split, there was more Red and White.

Well, there’s the doubt that perhaps Mayo weren’t really as good as we thought they were being at half-time, therefore the great spell of scoring was as much down to their weaknesses as our attack? Keegan just looked to be really the wrong man to have on Con. Though maybe nobody else for them would have done any better.
Everyone is raving about our performance but almost nobody is raving about Kerry’s comeback.
In answer to your question, people can post honestly and get carried away at the same time! Nothing wrong at all with confidence but overconfidence is an issue I believe, if it starts to take hold in a major way.

In terms of moments that change games as you mentioned, I’m thinking more of moments at the end of games where there was nothing in it, such as 2017 when ■■■’s free hit the post and landed best for Fento. That said, Fento reacted the quickest, and very calmly. Next thing we were winning the free that Deano won the match with.
And in 2016 in the replay, Fitz makes a brilliant turnover and clearance, and right at the death CK makes a fantastic fetch in the maelstrom of the midfield. Drawn semi-final game in 15 with Mayo having come back and all the momentum with them, we calmly controlled the ball at the back. And of course, at the very end of the final in 17 there were so many small moments around the field as we held onto possession under the highest pressure imaginable.

I’d prefer if the whole forum was full of pessimists just like in 2011!!


Well if it makes you feel any better…I’m not exactly Mystic Meg.

Reckon my predictions here are 50/50.

Which in a way isn’t bad if I’m predicting either a 3pt or 10pt win!

Ps. Top tip for next season: put your mortgage on Tyrone winning Sam.

I have never been superstitious and I hope I never will be, touch wood.


A friend of mine put it like this - he hopes that history repeats itself in the five in a row and that Kerry lose.

It’s going to be a battle of defences, id prefer a comfy three or four point lead throughout a bit like 2015 where I never felt we were going to lose, but that’s just for the nerves. I’d steel myself for a one pointer. Just a win of any sort. I think we can do it.


If that happens the Dingle Liberation Front will probably try to hack the site and change it :wink:

  • Excuse me, are you the Dingle Liberation Front?

  • F**k off. We’re the Liberation Front of Dingle

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It’s unusual actually how many non Dubs I meet who want to see the 5 in a row. I guess people want to see history in their lifetime. I wanted Kilkenny to do it for the same reason.

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2 more weeks of build up will be excruciating for the aul nervous system

Never forget the week after on here. This place was something else, between lads ecstatic, teary, emotional, drunk or hungover (or all of the above) it was madness in a brilliant way.

Wonder do we have the AI 2011 thread archived, would be great to re-read? Fairly sure it was the old website??

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What a great idea! Yes eight years has gone by in a flash and so so much has happened. We live in a different world too, alls changed, changed utterly as a certain writer said.

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I want Kilkenny to do it, also. And Mannion. And Con. The lot of them.


Question actually, does the 5 in a row count for lads that haven’t played in all 5. So lads like Con etc - did they do the 5 in a row, or is it just an overall thing for the team? Stupid question I know but is this game bigger for the likes of James, Fenton and the many of them that played in 2015?

I didn’t want Kk hurlers to do it, nor Kerry in 82

Always been an underdog man , never liked Kerry or Kilkenny , as I’ve said numerous times cant beat them often enough or by enough , so No was not up for either of them.
Seamus Darby gave me my greatest ever non Dublin GAA moment
Kerry probably one of the very few counties the other 30 counties will find it hard to row in behind, but I’m sure for 70 min,s the majority will endeavour to shout for the green n gold

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I think the 5 in a row is a kind of storm in a tea cup type thing. I think the manner of how Kerry lost that final was far bigger than the record supposedly lost.

Dublin v Kerry in a decider is a huge event in itself. Plus, I think records are for hindsight. This team isn’t done yet by any means. I just want Dublin to win another All Ireland. How many on the trot doesn’t really matter now. Some day future Dublin teams will be measured against this one. But for now imo, it’s all about what’s next and not some record.

Others will obviously see it different. How the players think is probably key. If it means something to them then it is relevant.


For what its worth , i thin this team felt the pressure in 2016 attempting to win back to back all irelands as they were poor in the drawn game against Mayo.


It’s game 8/9 for the chaps this year, they seem to approach games with an American football feel week 1/2 etc as opposed to the mullah phrase drive for 5 and what not

I feel if we can start well
,crucial that we push up on kerry kick outs,
i dont feel they will push up on ours .
Good start and keep the pressure on and i think the result will look after itself .