Tyrone perfected a style of play in 2003 that brought them their first All-Ireland title. Two more followed in the next five years.
Manager Mickey Harte was criticised for inventing ‘puke football’, but any analysis would have shown that it was a game-plan based on manic work rate and defending from the front.
Safety first was the policy and it involved getting men behind the ball, limiting space for the opposition attack.
It’s now the basic template that all top flight Gaelic football managers follow, including Dublin boss Jim Gavin.
The Dubs take on Tyrone in Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final at Croke Park.
Harte remains in charge of the Red Hand County and though the defensive solidity is still there, a new attacking intent also exists – something that hasn’t been lost on Gavin.
"Tyrone have been very impressive," explained the man hoping to lead the Boys in Blue to a fourth Sam Maguire on the bounce.
"Over 10 games they have scored 17 goals, over 160 points, that just shows you that we all know Tyrone are very good defensively, but the attacking threat they have probably doesn't get as much air time as it should.
"They are a very impressive team. There has just been the bounce of a ball between us in the last couple of years and I think it will be no different on Sunday."
In fact, over nine Championship games so far this season Tyrone have registered 16 goals and 154 points for the concession of 6-24.
That’s scoring an average of 22.4 points per game and conceding 15.7 for an average winning margin of just under seven points a match.
And the standard of opposition has been good too. Four of their games were against Division 1 opposition – Monaghan twice, Donegal and Dublin – and there was also an easy win over Roscommon, who won Division 2 this year.
The Dubs beat Tyrone twice this season, 2-13 to 1-11 in the League and 1-14 to 0-14 in the Super 8s – both games in Omagh, and they ended their involvement in last year’s Championship at the semi-final stage with a 12-point win.
Gavin believes that this will have no bearing on Sunday’s rematch, pointing out that the Red Handers lost to Monaghan in the Ulster championship but reversed the result to gain revenge in their recent semi-final.
"I think both teams will learn from it," he noted.
"You saw how Tyrone learnt from their opening defeat against Monaghan back in May. They have learned an awful lot and have built up a serious amount of momentum over the last 10 games.
"I think both teams are learning all the time. It probably is the culture in both sets of players and it all makes for a great game."
Dublin go into this game as overwhelming favourites, having not been beaten in Championship football since 2014. This is nothing new for the Dubs and is no problem for Gavin.
"We've always embraced expectation," he said. "It has always been there whether we have been winning or not. That's a great thing. There is a fantastic support for GAA in Dublin."
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