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Pat Spillane's team of the Century

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "McMahon for SML

Fenton for midfield

Flynn and Connolly half forwards

Bernard for full forward line"
Fenton ahead of Cavanagh or O'Se? behave yourself

SaffronDon (Antrim) - 13/12/2016 16:11:37    1939931

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These lists are always painful. All about opinion. It ain't a bad team in fairness but at the end of the day who cares what Spillane says? I'd be more inclined to set up a comedy thread on the team picked by Danny Hughes, where to even start with that?

TheFlaker (Mayo) - 13/12/2016 16:15:57    1939932

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Replying To SaffronDon:  "Fenton ahead of Cavanagh or O'Se? behave yourself"
Don't bite!

cavanman47 (Cavan) - 13/12/2016 16:19:24    1939934

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Man Connolly is the greatest footballer to every play the game ffs he's an automatic choice.

Fenton is the poty hasn't lost a game he's started for Dublin he's two all stars he's the most outstanding midfielder I've seen in years , he has it all pace, power , great fielder he's in on goal in nearly every big game he can't be stopped.

Philly McMahon is the best corner back in the game big or small Philly will mark them and always win his battles

clondalkindub (Dublin) - 13/12/2016 16:30:15    1939937

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mmmmuussst nnnnott lettttt Clondakin put me off the Dubs altogether.....

Breffni39 (Cavan) - 13/12/2016 16:55:47    1939948

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Team of the century would go back to 1916. It looks more like the last 30 years, and is made up of All Ireland winners. No Down players from the 60'sfor example.
There are good players in all counties, but they don't get the exposure of the more successful teams.

Some one else could pick a team just as good. It is just Pat'sopinion, with a bias to Kerry.

thelongridge (Offaly) - 13/12/2016 18:34:08    1939962

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Graham Canty is another notable omission. He was incredible for Cork right throughout the 00's.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - 13/12/2016 18:34:44    1939963

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Replying To dubshurling7:  "Murphy is a player that can do great things but he goes out of games for so many long periods you forget he's playing plus he's only on the seen since 09 AlanBrogan has been brilliant since 02 and don't tell me Dooher is a better half forward than Alan ,Connolly or Flynn no way is he, if any other county besides Dublin won 3 All Ireland's do you really believe Spillane wouldn't have one outfield player from that team, it's an insult to Dublin football these will go down as our greatest ever team and players and were the second best county there's ever been yet pat doesn't think we should have one outfield player on his team #joke

clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts:6939 - 17/12/2015 15:08:55 1813350

I am probably one of Connollys biggest fans but I don't think he has done enough yet to be considered. Brian Dooher was a fantastic player he was a different player to Alan Brogan and Connolly. He was a serious link man and a workhorse of the highest order. In my opinion he was the most important player in the Tyrone team even more than Sean Cavanagh was at the time as he did the dirty work and didn't want any plaudits only the success. Flynn had a poor year this year albeit with a very good final but I also would probably just have Dooher ahead of Flynn.
If this team is made in 2020 I would expect Connolly , ROC and Brogan to be in it with Cian O Sullivan, Flynn and James McCarthy not far off"
Excellent mature response. Completely right in what you say. Dooher was so important to the Tyrone team, more so than Flynn, Alan B etc. Now in years to come that could certainly change

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - 13/12/2016 20:55:07    1939981

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Team of the century would go back to 1916. It looks more like the last 30 years, and is made up of All Ireland winners. No Down players from the 60'sfor example.
There are good players in all counties, but they don't get the exposure of the more successful teams.

Some one else could pick a team just as good. It is just Pat'sopinion, with a bias to Kerry."
It's his team of THIS century, as in from 2000 to 2015 when he picked the team, so not much chance of any of the Down team from the 60's making it.

AHP (Dublin) - 13/12/2016 22:15:36    1939997

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I wouldn't have Michael Murphy on it.Talent wise he's brilliant but performance wise he's not up there.He's failed to fulfil his talent with a simlar level of performance.

I's have Flynn on the team for about 4 years he was the most complete footballer in the country , tailed off a bit in the last 2 (although he finished 2015 very well).

You could arguably have Connolly ahead of Murphy as well.

uibhfhaili1986 (Offaly) - 13/12/2016 22:18:11    1939999

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Pat must be down a bob or two with Kerry in the doldrums.

Controversy > relevance.

TheUsername (Dublin) - 13/12/2016 22:43:34    1940006

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "McMahon for SML

Fenton for midfield

Flynn and Connolly half forwards

Bernard for full forward line"
What has Bernard done in the last 12 months> If he wants on the team he would be better dropping the last 12 months.

gotmilk (Fermanagh) - 13/12/2016 23:49:48    1940015

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "Man Connolly is the greatest footballer to every play the game ffs he's an automatic choice.

Fenton is the poty hasn't lost a game he's started for Dublin he's two all stars he's the most outstanding midfielder I've seen in years , he has it all pace, power , great fielder he's in on goal in nearly every big game he can't be stopped.

Philly McMahon is the best corner back in the game big or small Philly will mark them and always win his battles"
Isn't keegan poty?

I like the dubs but you are really putting me off them.

gotmilk (Fermanagh) - 13/12/2016 23:51:31    1940017

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One Dublin player on the team says it all.

Donegalman (None) - 14/12/2016 02:59:07    1940020

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Got milk I couldn't give a rats plus the team is picked from 2000 onwards not the last 12 months.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - 14/12/2016 10:21:11    1940031

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It's very hard to pick teams like this. I mean you'd imagine that Tomás Ó Sé is a shoe in at right half back but then you look at Lee Keegan's performances over the last few years and it is very hard to leave him out. That's just one example in one position.

Anyone could pick at least 2, maybe even 3 or 4, teams that would be almost equally as good as each other.

Anyone getting their nose out of joint over this type of thing needs to calm down. It's like the annual All-Star debates.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 14/12/2016 10:35:51    1940033

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "Got milk I couldn't give a rats plus the team is picked from 2000 onwards not the last 12 months."
exactly...so why is Fenton in there?

and Connolly is not an automatic choice by far. Yes he has the talent, but he is yet to deliver a major performance in an AI final, perhaps even a semi final, which is why he has never won player of the year. When a younger generation look back on AI finals from this Dublin team I don't think many will be convinced that he was one of the greats from what we've seen so far. The Brogan's would be quicker on my team than Connolly any day of the week.

SaffronDon (Antrim) - 14/12/2016 10:41:15    1940036

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "Got milk I couldn't give a rats plus the team is picked from 2000 onwards not the last 12 months."
I think he was referring to your claim of Fenton being POTY so leave the rats posteriors alone. Its still a little early to put some of these players on pedestals but they do have the potential to do what Kilkenny have in the hurling so we'll see. Regarding Fentons attribute of being through on goal nearly every game that doesn't add a lot to the scoreboard, its like saying his jersey is always lovely and clean when he comes off, irrelevant.

Anyway enjoy the Christmas holidays I suspect you've started early, roll on 2017.

duckula20 (Antrim) - 14/12/2016 11:01:16    1940040

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "Got milk I couldn't give a rats plus the team is picked from 2000 onwards not the last 12 months."
Well why did you say over the last 12 months Bernard has done enough to warrant a place on the team. I can go get the post for you if you wish. If you don't give a rats about the last 12 months then don't bring it up.

gotmilk (Fermanagh) - 14/12/2016 11:09:29    1940042

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Nostalgia might be playing a part here as well. The 2000's were a golden period for football IMO. You had two outstanding teams in Tyrone and Kerry, and a clutch of very good teams all capable of winning Sam like Armagh, Galway, Meath, Cork etc. battling it out at various times. It was fascinating looking back on it. It's nowhere near as competitive now, partly because Dublin have raised the bar a notch, and partly because all of the above have fallen away a bit for various reasons.

You would imagine that given Dublin's recent achievements they are worth 3-4 places minimum, but looking at Spillane's team, there really was some magnificent players around in the 00's. Who get's picked where is down to opinion (and usually bias) after that. Nobody is right or wrong, and it's not worth getting upset over.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - 14/12/2016 11:12:22    1940043

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