MORE MAGIC FROM MICKEY
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
DOWN and Mayobridge legend Mickey Linden insists that there are still a few games left in him yet.
Gaelic football fans will be happy to hear from the man himself that, at 50-years-old, Mickey Linden is not finished with football yet contrary to recent rumours.
Linden made it clear the rumours didn't come from him, telling the Democrat when asked if he was retiring: "So I read in the papers - no, I'll probably still don the boots again, no I'm not retiring. I'll see how the legs hold out, so you never know. I'm not guaranteeing anything but I'm not saying anything now."
And Linden showed when he scored a magnificent point late in the Reserve Championship Final where Mayobridge lost out to Kilkoo that there's life in those legs yet.
A true legend, Linden doesn't look anywhere near 50 years of age and on the field there's many a man half his age would wish to possess the speed and guile that this double All-Ireland medallist, twice Ulster Final winner, seven time County Senior Club title winner, and former All-Star and Texaco player of the year still does.
He was sprung off the bench against Darragh Cross during this Championship campaign and scored four points.
He was introduced in the second half again in the semi-final against Rostrevor and shared four points with veteran teammate Robbie Coulter. Linden was on the starting line-up in the programme for this final, but the years naturally have taken their toll somewhat and, as expected, he came on after the break.
This was not the game nor the result that Linden would want to finish his playing career with.
A man down shortly after his introduction meant for few scoring opportunities and much of the action took place at the opposite end of the field.
“We were fighting against it when we had a man sent off, we really were up against it," said Linden.
“They had their homework done and once we were a man down they dropped a couple of players back and blocked off any chance we had of getting goals - that's all they had to do. They exploited the spaces we had up front and they got a few goals, so I suppose they were the better team on the night."
Linden still has plenty to offer his club and he belies his age every time he takes to the field.
Experience and expertise such as his is a rare and precious commodity. So Mayobridge will hope that those legs do hold out and he does indeed don the boots again next season.
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