It was late August 1968 when the slopes of the Irvinestown St Molaise grounds were heaving with people ahead of the Fermanagh county final, as they watched the Coa Pipe Band lead the teams around the field on a fine, sunny day.
When the money men finished their tallying up that evening, they put the attendance at over 3,000 - a record for the time - who witnessed Ederney St Joseph's win their first ever Championship by beating Newtownbutler 3-7 to 2-6.
The winning team wasn't so much backboned as stuffed with McGraths. Colm was at corner-back, Anthony at centre-back, Sean at midfield, Tom at right-half-forward and Ciaran and Brendan were corner-forwards. The first sub pressed into action? Leonard McGrath. Seven brothers.
Last year, the team reunited a year after the 50th anniversary of their feat. The club were opening a new pitch and stand and the team were presented with pictures of that fine day just a few miles down the road.
Anthony's son Marty kept an eye on them from a respectful distance.
"We did a wee video of them talking and I took a lot of enjoyment of watching my father and uncles and all the team-mates having a chat," he explained.
"When you see the video, you see the twinkle in their eyes, reminiscing about what they achieved. They have one Championship and a hell of a lot of clubs have a lot more, but that one Championship means the same to the teams that have 10."
Come tomorrow, Marty McGrath will have his third crack at a county title, having been beaten in two previous attempts by Enniskillen Gaels (2006) and Derrygonnelly Harps (2018).
When he takes to the Brewster Park pitch, there will be a sense that time is running out. This campaign has taken his career into its 25th year and fourth different decade.
It's Harps that Ederney are up against. They are 1/4 on, chasing their sixth consecutive title. Their record inspires awe and indeed they should have taken down All-Ireland finalists Kilcoo when they met in the Ulster Club campaign in the Athletic Grounds last winter.
They say it's all about the journey. If so, McGrath's has been quixotic and strenuous with the occasional glimpse into the light that keeps him coming back.
Along the way he picked up an All-Star and played in an All-Ireland semi-final replay in 2004. He captained his county to an Ulster final replay as Fermanagh managed to throw away a first ever provincial title against Armagh in 2008. He played for Ireland, and between that and All-Stars he has toured Australia, San Francisco and Hong Kong.
The game might have been good to him, but along the way he has had to overcome more than most.
There was an irregular heartbeat issue that caused him to feel dizzy in games and required an operation. He fractured his skull in an accident with a digger bucket in 2007. He carried himself through that mental summer of 2008, playing with testicular cancer.
In one horrendous week in 2012, his brother-in-law Brian Óg Maguire, his sometimes midfield partner for Fermanagh, was killed in an industrial accident a few days before Roisín and Marty became parents for the first time to little Dan.
What's kept him going was his immense desire for football. Like many over lockdown, however, he questioned it.
"I didn't miss it. What I did miss was the camaraderie, the craic that you would have at training. When we got back training in small groups I enjoyed it, I enjoyed the intensity of training and the physicality of it," he explained.
"Through lockdown I didn't miss it because it wasn't on but I knew if it had have been on and I wasn't at it, I would have missed it."
Working as a sales rep for Quinn Building Products, he has plenty of time to think between his calls and it struck him recently that he was in his 25th season playing senior football. A quarter of a century since he watched St Joseph's being beaten in the Championship by Derrygonnelly as a 14-year-old, the following week former Donegal manager Tom Conaghan was telling him he could play in the next few league games.
Worries about how he might stand up to the physicality were parked. He had older brothers on the pitch and a few Ulster Junior boxing titles at home.
"I know I was in corner forward, at that time I could score, but we would have been playing in Division Two and Three," he recalled.
"I was out training with them that year, but I was only a cub. The following year, we didn't do too well and we ended up going down on the last day of the season. Those are my memories of the senior team, I played a bit of junior football and then made my way up to senior football."
The McGrath name still resonates now as it did 52 years ago. They are a formidable breed. In 1977, his uncle Tom set the world record for running coast to coast in America, New York to San Francisco, the day after he was married by his brother, Fr Sean, making it in 53 days and seven minutes.
His uncle Leonard still sponsors the team jerseys they will wear tomorrow. Uncle Sean has two twin boys, Niall and Ryan, on the present team. They are one of those families that simply sustains a club.
"I like the fact that - and this is the same for Ederney and many other clubs all over - GAA is the main focus of the parish. It's a big emphasis for the parish that the GAA teams do well. They see what it brings to a lot of people," he said.
"When you are younger, you pass no remarks because you are there to play football and you don't see what happens. Even when I played for the county team in 2004, you didn't appreciate what it meant to the young people in the county.
"You see now, now that I have youngsters of my own, how they talk about the football."
And how they can talk. After the semi-final win over Teemore, match commentator Ger Treacy was summing up the game when a group of Ederney youngsters surrounded him. He asked them to name their man of the match and they all said Marty McGrath.
They were all his nephews and son, the aforementioned Dan.
"It is all about what you bring to the parish. Us doing well, training hard to try and win a Championship, has young people picking up football and sport from that. It's more important than anything else," he said.
He won't have togged out for the final session last night.
In the very last session before the '06 and '18 finals, he managed to injure his quad muscle. As a result, he turned up for duty heavily strapped and good for nothing. He won't get caught out a third time, not at the age of 39.
"You would love an old head on a young body. That hasn't changed, to be fair," he said.
"I would love to be able to walk away with a Championship medal, I would have loved to have won an Ulster title with Fermanagh.
"But you still have your dreams and ambitions. That doesn't seem to change, people still have their ambitions. People who have achieved their targets, I don't know if they find it easy to walk away.
"Some day that door is going to open if you keep hitting it and you just hope that you are still there when it does spring open."
He'll knock hard.