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GAA: Delighted Dan earns accolade

By John Campbell

Published 28/11/2007

When Down created history by winning the All Ireland titles in 1960 and '61, Breen Morgan played a key role in attack.

It was as a sharpshooting corner forward that Breen made a generous contribution to Down's stunning dual success.

When he died three years ago, it was decided to perpetuate his memory and thus the 'Spirit of Breen Morgan' trophy was born.

The accolade is handed out by Club Down every year to the player they feel has done most to epitomise the spirit of the Mourne County.

And at the recent Club Down banquet in Newcastle, Dan Gordon became the latest winner of the trophy.

Gordon has been a constant in the Down midfield over recent seasons, having also made an impact on his fleeting appearances at full-forward.

His strength, aerial ability and penchant for scores have made him an invaluable member of Ross Carr's side and he is again expected to play a major role in the 2008 campaign.

Currently training with Down, Gordon has given huge service to St Mary's University College in the past.

"I'm delighted to have been awarded the Breen Morgan trophy. It represents the true spirit of Down football. The players who made the big breakthrough to win those first All Ireland's in 1960 and '61 were true Mourne legends," maintains Dan.

Breen Morgan helped to form that immortal Down attack alongside James McCartan, Paddy Doherty, Tony Hadden, Patsy O'Hagan and Sean O'Neill.

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