David Brady reveals the John Maughan masterstroke that fueled Mayo's 2004 win over Tyrone

"He said 'How dare they, how dare they' and he said it five or six times"

BY Raf Diallo 21:30 Wednesday 3 August 2016, 21:30 3 Aug 2016

David Brady of Mayo and Brian Dooher of Tyrone ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

This weekend, Mayo and Tyrone will do battle for a place in the All-Ireland football semi-finals where Tipperary await.

There's plenty of history between the two counties as ex-Mayo footballer David Brady and Tyrone counterpart Ryan McMenamin relived on Off The Ball.

They were both involved in a 2004 Croke Park quarter-final that ended 0-16 to 1-09 as Mayo knocked the then reigning Sam Maguire holders en route to a place in the final. 

Brady had his shooting boots on that day but also had a running battle with McMenamin and other Tyrone players during the game.

"It was a tough battle but I definitely only came back with a quarter of a jersey," said Brady, before recalling a few of the schmozzles during the match that he found himself involved in and the reason why Mayo were like "raging bulls".

"I've actually asked Peter Canavan and one or two of the Tyrone boys in the past because I remember we had training on the Monday after Tyrone beat Laois fairly comprehensively. But in them days, the draw was done half an hour after the game finished and John Maughan brought us into the dressing room and he said 'How dare they, how dare they' and he said it five or six times and we were saying 'what was he on about?' He says, 'When the draw was made, yesterday, the roar went up in the Tyrone dressing room when they got Mayo.

"By jaysus, we were hell bent on proving [Tyrone wrong]. It was probably a masterstroke from John because we were like raging bulls for the whole week. 

"'The cheer went up in the Tyrone dressing room in Croke Park,' and he said 'I know the man, the steward outside the door and he rang me to tell me this morning the biggest cheer was Tyrone when they got picked Mayo out of the hat for the game seven days later'. But it didn't happen, but it definitely spurred us on.'"


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