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Monday 20 October 2014

Routing Royals by 10 is my magic moment

THE first Legend of the Ball for 2013 is former darling of the Hill, Charlie Redmond. The charismatic forward was a central cog of Dublin's success in the nineties, culminating in All-Ireland glory in 1995. He was also a member of the All-Ireland winning squad in 1983 and helped fire Erin's Isle to Dublin titles in 1993 and 1997. Charlie was also honoured with All Star awards for three years in a row, 1994-'96.

GREATEST MOMENT IN A DUBLIN JERSEY?

Obviously '95 would have to be up there, but I think the most pleasing moment for me was beating Meath by 10 points in the Leinster final in '95.

WORST MOMENT IN A DUBLIN JERSEY?

It's hard to say what your worst moment is. When you play any sport you're not going to win every game and if you win enough important games it's good enough. Not being able to pay your mortgage is a bad moment. But I would say you don't have bad moments in sport, you have bad results.

FAVOURITE CLUB MEMORY?

Winning the championships in 1993 and 1997 were fantastic and both equally so. 1993 was the first one ever for the club and it was magnificent and we had a great club team and the strength of the team was the belief we had in the club. Then we lost three in a row and came back in 1997 to win it again, which was equally fulfilling. In all my time playing football, I'd have to say they were the two best days for me.

BIGGEST REGRET?

There's always going to be highs and lows but I think one of the biggest disappointments we had was getting sent off in Thurles (1998 All-Ireland club semi-final against Castlehaven). I should never have been sent off and what I did wasn't even a free. The GAC wouldn't put my appeal to a vote despite having brought a committee together (Redmond subsequently missed the All-Ireland club final, which would have been his last ever match).

TOUGHEST OPPONENT?

I haven't met an easy one! But one of the great competitors was Robbie O'Malley. The battle was always honest and tough and at the end we'd always shake each other's hand.

BEST PLAYER YOU PLAYED WITH?

Tommy Drumm, the captain in 1983. I was only a young lad and he was an inspiration to me. He kept pushing me and he taught me a lot. And it was something I always tried to do when I eventually became a senior player.

IF THERE WAS A TRANSFER MARKET IN YOUR ERA, WHO WOULD YOU HAVE SIGNED?

Different teams came and went over my career but Matt Connor (Offaly) was a player I'd have loved to play with.

CHILDHOOD HERO?

Kenny Dalglish was someone I always admired. Another man I was completely engrossed by was Nick Faldo. He completely changed the way he played golf just so he could win. I didn't particularly like his personality but his single-mindedness of changing his whole game and then winning six majors was very impressive. And one of my main inspirations was Joe Montana, a quarter-back with the San Francisco 49ers. He had a saying, "execute under pressure", and that's something that has lived with me throughout my career.

IS THE GAME BETTER NOW OR WHEN YOU WERE PLAYING? IF SO, WHY?

I think in some ways it's better and some ways it's worse. It can be a more fluid game now, the players have more mobility and they are fitter. But I think the physical aspect has been lost a bit. And that's down to the administration almost looking for a non-contact sport. We have to allow players to show passion and aggression and obviously all within the rules.

IF YOU COULD MAKE ANY CHANGES TO FOOTBALL, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

I would try and implement a second referee. Jack Boothman once said to me that it would make it twice as bad! But I think we need to take some pressure off the one referee. We have seven officials on the field and only one can call a free. We should use the other officials more and alleviate the pressure on referees.

WHAT IS YOUR PET HATE IN THE GAME?

Inconsistencies in the application of the rules, a free one week is not a free the next.

HARDEST THING ABOUT RETIREMENT?

I didn't find it that hard because I maybe stayed on a year or two longer than I should! But going and watching was tough, and seeing silly mistakes that, in all probability, I would have made myself.

HOW DO YOU THINK DUBLIN WILL PERFORM IN THE COMING YEAR?

There's a new manager and so there's a new momentum and drive and that will give the lads a big tonic. Some of them have numerous Leinster titles and all that but this management team have no senior titles. They'll be going in looking at a Leinster title and a national league title as something they can achieve. We weren't too far away again last year even not playing well. I don't think we'll be far away this year.

ADVICE TO GIVE TO YOUNG PLAYERS?

Just keep playing no matter what game you play. Just get involved in sport and get away from those games consoles!

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