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Paul Galvin on Colm Cooper testimonial: "I don't see why he's been criticised in the manner that he has been"

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08:14 13 Oct 2017


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These days, it's Dublin at the top of the inter-county football scene.

But back in the 2000s, it was Kerry and also Tyrone leading the way at All Ireland level.

Paul Galvin was part of that strong Kerry era in that decade and joining Ger for a chat about this year's Championship.

For him, Dublin's rise to dominance can be viewed as a positive rather than looked at from a negative perspective.  

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"People are talking about the Dublin problem and it's not a problem for me. I think it's brilliant. I think it's great and I think teams have to come out now and try and out-think them and out-do them," he said, adding his belief that the game needs people like former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, now a soccer coach in China, to tackle the challenge of catching the Dubs.

But he also had confidence how the peak Kerry side of his time between 2004 and 2009 would fare against this current Dublin crop.   

"I think our '04 team would have been a very interesting game because our '04 team, even though our '09 team was probably a better football team but the Kerry '04 team was a steely team with the likes of Johnny Crowley. I would like to see the Dublin full back line try and mess around with Johnny Crowley," he said.

"I think William Kirby would have been a handful for a lot of the guys around the middle of the field, Liam Hassett in his prime would have been a tough draw for them."

He added that he'd be "confident" in regards to how they'd fare in a direct match-up.

"If you want to ask me who'd win, we'd beat them. I would say that. I would say the '04 team would and I think the '09 team would," said Galvin.  

On the best team of all time though, he went further back in time to the Kerry of the late '70s and early '80s: "I'd probably have to say the Kerry four in a row team probably for me."

 

Paul Galvin and Colm Cooper celebrate after the 2009 All Ireland final ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Earlier this week, his former Kerry team-mate Colm Cooper joined Joe in studio to talk about his autobiography and addressed the debate that has swirled in regards to his upcoming testimonial dinner - the first for a GAA player.

Galvin discussed the testimonial dinner issue and backed Cooper.

"I felt reading, I know Paraic Duffy made some statements yesterday on it and I'm not sure...listen, he's done a great job and the GAA's in great health and nobody can fault how he has managed his role and his position. I'm not sure he realises how his comments came off yesterday. I just thought they were quite mealy-mouthed and quite small to say that we can't have a situation where an individual profits from the GAA and where clubs don't profit. That doesn't seem right to me," said Galvin.

"At the end of the day, [Cooper] is giving some money to his club anyway as it turns out. But it doesn't change anything for me. I'm going along. I support him fully. I don't see why he's been criticised in the manner that he has been."

Galvin continued: "You've got to realise the Gooch is a tough guy and he's got a tough mentality. He's smart as well so he's able to see the wood from the trees and deal with criticism".       


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