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15 Footballers you saw in the Flesh

  • 20-02-2023 12:46am
    Registered Users Posts: 18,232 ✭✭✭✭

    Similar to the hurling one. No more than two from any county so it is not the greatest 15 you have seen. Pick as much as possible in position they played Here is my selection

    Stephen Cluxton

    Robbie O'Malley

    Neil McGee

    Keith Higgans

    Martin O Connell

    Kieran McGeeney

    Lee Keegan

    Jack O Shea

    Brian Fenton

    Brian Dooher

    Larry Tomkins

    Peter Cannavan

    David Cliffird

    Matt O Connor

    Padraig Joyce

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,878 ✭✭✭windy shepard henderson

    john o leary dublin

    mick deegan dublin

    Dan gordon Down

    Frankie Griffen Clare

    Sheamus Moynihan Kerry

    Thomas O'Shea kerry

    Paul Carr Dublin

    Jack O'shea Kerry

    Anthoney Molley Donegal

    Pat spillane Kerry

    Micky lindan Down

    anthoney tohil Derry

    James mccarthan Down

    colum cooper kerry

    Mike frank russell Kerry

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,109 ✭✭✭✭castletownman

    Rory Beggan (Monaghan)

    Marc O'Se (Kerry)

    Graham Canty (Cork)

    Karl Lacey (Donegal)

    Lee Keegan (Mayo)

    Kieran McGeeney (Armagh)

    Philip Jordan (Tyrone)

    Brian Fenton (Dublin)

    Anthony Tohill (Derry)

    Michael Donnellan (Galway)

    Michael Murphy (Donegal)

    Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin)

    David Clifford (Kerry)

    Peter Canavan (Tyrone)

    Matty Forde (Wexford)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,427 ✭✭✭MacDanger

    Beggan (Monaghan)

    Lacey (Donegal)

    Fay (Meath)

    K Mortimer (Mayo)

    McCaffrey (Dublin)

    Keegan (Mayo)

    Jordan (Tyrone)

    D O'Se (Kerry)

    Tohill (Derry)

    Giles (Meath)

    Joyce (Galway)

    Con (Dublin)

    Forde (Wexford)

    Clifford (Kerry)

    Canavan (Tyrone)

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,388 ✭✭✭MfMan

    I submit humbly that no-one who saw him in his pomp could omit Michael Donnellan from a list like this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 332 ✭✭Exiled1

    Not far off best I saw

    Martin Furlong (Offaly)

    Paudie O'Shea (Kerry), Darren Fay (Meath), Tony Scullion (Derry)

    Lee Keegan (Mayo), Kieran McGeeney (Armagh), Martin O'Connell (Meath)

    Anthony Tohill (Derry) James McCarthy (Dublin)

    Peter Canavan (Tyrone), Larry Tomkins (Cork/Kildare), Pat Spillane (Kerry)

    Michael Murphy (Donegal), Matt Connor (Offaly), Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin).

    Honourable mentions..... Stephen Cluxton, John O'Keeffe, SM Lockhart, Mikey Sheehy, Darragh O'Shea, Brian Fenton, Mickey Linden, Padraig Joyce, Matty Forde, David Clifford (needs a few more years)...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,125 ✭✭✭crusd

    Cluxton (Dublin)

    Lockhart (Derry) Fay (Meath) Higgins (Mayo)

    Keegan (Mayo) McGeeney (Armagh) O'Connell (Meath)

    Tohill (Derry) Fenton (Dublin)

    Fitzgerald (Kerry) Joyce (Galway) Giles (Meath)

    Cooper (Kerry) Murphy (Donegal) Canavan (Tyrone)

    That side should never miss a free

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,232 ✭✭✭✭Bass Reeves

    It's all subjective to an extent. However you are limited as to who you pick. Pat Spillane was the finest wing forwards ever in Football but I would rate him the thirst best I ever saw with Kerry behind Jacko and David Clifford.

    Donnellan was up against the greatest CF many ever considered. Mick O Dwyer and Pay Spillane rated him in the top ten they had ever seen. He was physically one of the strongest footballers I ever saw and was a superb freetaker and scored freely from play. He was a superb ball carrier as well

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,936 ✭✭✭WesternZulu

    The only thing with Donnellan is that he shone brightly for a short time and that was it. From a longevity perspective he's no where near others.

    I'm going to mention Colin Corkery. I know he doesn't usually come up on lists like this but I saw him in the flesh in 2003 I think against Mayo in a quarter final. He was absolutely immense that day and a joy to watch. A lot faster than what I expected too.

    Ciaran McDonald was something else too; I don't think he has been mentioned. A pleasure to watch, a maverick. There has never been a player like him before or since in terms of his unique skillset.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,388 ✭✭✭MfMan

    Indeed, more's the pity Donnellan suffered so from injury etc. At his peak though he was extraordinary. He was comfortably 2-footed and I've never seen anyone who could carry the ball at pace like him, not even Shane Walsh. One of a very small few players that made everyone hold their breath when in possession.

  • Registered Users Posts: 332 ✭✭Exiled1

    How did I forget Jack O'Shea.... best of them all.

    Sorry Paidi, out you go, Lee Keegan to corner back and McCarthy at 5.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,163 ✭✭✭evolvingtipperary101

    I think Ja Fallon could carry the ball just as well. I think Declan O'Sullivan and Kilkenny were/are stronger runners with the ball. Also, I've never seen a ball as safe in a pair of hands as in Moynihan's. I think Sean Og DePaor was a huge figure on that Galway team. A hell of a player.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,237 ✭✭✭Dunedin

    Donnellan didn’t play centre forward (ja fallon) nor did he take frees (Neil Finnegans was the free taker) or did I pick you up wrongly??

    as much as I’d be a Donnellan fan, hard to disagree with that. At his peak (probably 1998) he was unmarkable but he was playing in a star studded Galway team and Jesus I loved watching them play.

    suppose I have to throw in my 15


    cathal Daly (Offaly)

    darren Fay

    keith Higgins

    lee Keegan


    glen ryan


    Anthony tohill

    michael Donnellan

    peter Canavan



    padraig joyce

    matt Connor

    (Positions a bit like the all stars!!)

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,232 ✭✭✭✭Bass Reeves

    I rated LarryTomkins the best CF I ever saw, Declan O Sullivan and Ciaran Kilkenny both slightly different player would next after him. Tomkins was a monster

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