Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Success is the only yardstick for Brian Dooher

Records fell at Clones on Sunday afternoon as Tyrone dispatched Monaghan with relative ease in retaining the Anglo Celt trophy.

Winning captain Brian Dooher became the first Tyrone player to appear in seven Ulster senior finals and is also the first player from the O’Neill county to get his hands on a sixth provincial winners’ medal.

The Clan na Galel stalwart was typically modest when assessing his most recent achievement.

“I’m not aware of that and I’m not too worried about it”, he said.

“To be honest with you, records aren’t important to me, it’s all about now and the present. I am sure there are boys here behind me that will go on to achieve a lot more than what I have achieved and hopefully they do, it will only be good for Tyrone.

“I’m no different from anybody else and there is no point thinking otherwise.

“You get the honour of going out first and if there is a cup to be lifted you get the honour of that as well but everybody works their socks off.

“A lot of people forget that there are 35 odd men there and they are all doing the same. Number one is the same as number 35 in Mickey’s eyes and everybody else’s eyes and that’s the way it should be.”

Dooher's achievement is remarkable by any standards. Somehow by sheer bloody-mindedness he continues to defy the passing years years despite having to contend with injuries that would have broken the spirit of a lesser man.

He may be 36 next birthday but Captain Courageous like old man river just keeps rolling on making a mockery of those who had doubted his ability to last another Ulster championship.

Now Mickey Harte's men stand a fortnight away from an All Ireland quarter-final and the opportunity to step up their bid for a fourth Sam Maguire under Dooher.

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