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Linden proving age is no barrier by starring for Mayobridge at 56

Former Down ace Mickey Linden (56) may be nearer 60 than 50, yet he retains the same youthful enthusiasm for Gaelic football that he displayed when he was at his peak in the early '90s
Former Down ace Mickey Linden (56) may be nearer 60 than 50, yet he retains the same youthful enthusiasm for Gaelic football that he displayed when he was at his peak in the early '90s
John Campbell

By John Campbell

In an era when players are drifting away from county squads for a variety of reasons, there is one All-Ireland-winning veteran who cannot see enough action.

Former Down ace Mickey Linden (56) may be nearer 60 than 50, yet he retains the same youthful enthusiasm for Gaelic football that he displayed when he was at his peak in the early '90s.

That was when the irrepressible Linden lifted All-Ireland medals with Down in 1991 and 1994 before going on to collect seven senior County Championship medals with his club Mayobridge.

And, to the surprise of no one, Linden was on hand to answer an SOS on Sunday night when he lined out in the 'Bridge side in a Reserve Championship tie against Drumaness.

He turned in a competent display as Mayobridge clinched an emphatic 3-17 to 2-6 victory.

Also helping to hoist the average age of the side was Brendan Coulter, another former Mourne ace of a more recent vintage.

Last year, Linden was still playing outfield for Mayobridge and helped the club win the Reserve Championship which saw him add yet another medal to his collection.

He has no intention of hanging up his boots altogether just yet and officials are delighted that is the case.

Mayobridge dynamo Paul Rooney said: "There's no better man than Mickey to have to call upon. He is a great example to young players."

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