Captains fantastic: Cluxton makes record-equalling appearance with Cavanagh one behind

Stephen Cluxton and Sean Cavanagh skippered Dublin and Tyrone to provincial glory today.

STEPHEN CLUXTON AND Sean Cavanagh captained Dublin and Tyrone to provincial titles in Leinster and Ulster respectively today.

It was Dublin’s seventh Leinster crown in succession, while Tyrone put together back-to-back Ulsters for the first time since 2010.

It was a significant day for both men as Cluxton moved up to 88 appearances in the All-Ireland SFC, leaving him level on terms with retired Kerry brothers Marc and Tomás Ó Sé.

Cavanagh moved to within one of that all-time appearance record with 87 appearances.

Cluxton made a crucial save in the early stages of the second-half against Kildare, while Cavanagh posted two points during the Red Hand’s success against Down.

It’s a remarkable achievement for two players who’ve been central figures for two of Gaelic football’s major powerhouses since 2000. They’ve picked up plenty of silverware on the way.

At 35, Cluxton lifted his 11 major trophy as Dublin skipper today. He’s now won 13 Leinster titles, four All-Irelands and five All-Stars during his illustrious career.

Cavanagh is a year younger than the Dublin stopper and has lifted the All-Ireland three times, won six Ulster crowns and five All-Stars.

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