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Pat Spillane's team of the Century

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Replying To MesAmis:  "On 1st glance Cian O'Sullivan and Kieran Hughes are horribly out of their depth there Mes :)
Breffni39 (Cavan) - Posts:10725 - 14/12/2016 15:47:36


I meant Hub Hughes from Tyrone. Mea culpa! I always liked him as a midfielder though.

At the risk of being a bit Clondalkin about it I'll defend my inclusion of Cian O'Sullivan ;) He's won an All-Ireland at corner back, midfield and now two at centre back. I think he's an excellent and very versatile footballer.

I see that I left out both Matty Forde and Stephen O'Neill which is crazy too but I was just going with the first names that came into my head as that was the point that these things are extremely difficult and subjective. Conor McManus over the last few years surely deserves a mention too."
Still out of his depth haha. This isn't subjective!

Breffni39 (Cavan) - 15/12/2016 11:57:08    1940283

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One of the main reasons the Dubs have won 4 of the last 6 is their strength in depth, their bench has made a huge difference to finals during that time.

I'd only have Cluxton from Dublin in my best 15.

TheWestIsAwake (UK) - 15/12/2016 12:01:25    1940287

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Ah come on man, Kevin Hughes?
TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts:4744 - 15/12/2016 11:35:23


Yeah I always thought he was a very good midfielder. Man of the match in the All-Ireland final if memory serves.

In anyways it's just a throw away list. There are plenty of players that could be included.

With the advent of the qualifiers plus more League games on TV in the last 15 years there have been plenty of players that have impressed over the years.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 15/12/2016 12:17:12    1940293

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OK here goes,
1 S Cluxton
2 M O'Se
3 G Canty
4 T O'Sullivan
5 T O'Se
6 S Moynihan
7 P Jordan
8 D O'Se
9 S Cavanagh
10 P Galvin
11 D O'Sullivan
12 B Dooher
13 C Cooper
14 B Brogan
15 A Brogan
Memorable mention to Joyce/McDonald/Flynn & Stephen O Neill.

westkerry (Kerry) - 15/12/2016 12:34:20    1940300

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I'd agree with those suggesting Barry Owens, as I think that was the outstanding fullback of the last 15 years. If he'd been born in Kerry and less cursed with injuries, he'd have 5-6 all stars instead of the still very impressive 2 that he won with Fermanagh.

I'd also agree with those arguing for Bernard Brogan over Peter Canavan. Canavan would be the first name on my team of the last 25 years, but his prime was 1993-1996. Yes, he was still outstanding in the 00s, but I'd suggest that Brogan would be more deserving in that era.

There are 6-7 names that would be certainties for me, while the rest could be strongly debated. In my opinion, any credible side would feature S.Cluxton, K.McGeeney, K.Lacey, T.O'Se, S.Cavanagh, B.Brogan and C.Cooper. Beyond that, I think that you could reasonably argue the case for 20-30 other outstanding footballers to fill the remaining places.

Thomas Clarke (Tyrone) - 15/12/2016 14:33:13    1940336

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Still out of his depth haha. This isn't subjective!
Breffni39 (Cavan) - Posts:10728 - 15/12/2016 11:57:08


I respect your opinion…………but I'm completely right and you're completely wrong!!!!! ;)

MesAmis (Dublin) - 15/12/2016 15:03:54    1940348

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The only reason why anyone would pick B Brogan ahead of Joyce is because he split the 90's and 00's. Joyce was a superior player to Brogan, Joyce had far more to his game than Brogan does.

Joyce is easily the best player to come out of Connacht the last 30 years.

TheWestIsAwake (UK) - 15/12/2016 17:45:10    1940394

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Cluxton
Mike McCarthy
Darren Faye
Mark O Shea
Lee Keegan
Kieran McGeeney
Tomas O Shea
Darragh O Shea
Sean Cavanagh
Paul Galvin
Michael Donnellan
Paul Flynn
Peter Canavan
Michael Murphy
Colin Cooper

centerfield (Mayo) - 15/12/2016 17:57:39    1940397

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If your picking a number 15 between Bernard or Joyce in their pomp it's Brogan every single time , yes maybe Joyce had more to his game from a passing or dribbling stand point but Bernard was the most lethal Corner Forward of the the last ten years bar Cooper. Joyce was class but after his first 3 years which were outstanding he never hit them same heights again.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - 15/12/2016 20:42:03    1940420

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All that happened to Darren Fay this century was getting absolutely destroyed by Ray Cosgrove in the Leinster Semi in 02. The Kilmacud man danced round Fay all afternoon and the Meath man barely got laid a finger on him.

If we're talking about the 90s then I'd have Fay in there no doubt but not in this century he was a pale shadow of his former self so much so that he let Cosgrove lead him a merry dance round Croker that faithful day.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 15/12/2016 20:48:46    1940421

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "If your picking a number 15 between Bernard or Joyce in their pomp it's Brogan every single time , yes maybe Joyce had more to his game from a passing or dribbling stand point but Bernard was the most lethal Corner Forward of the the last ten years bar Cooper. Joyce was class but after his first 3 years which were outstanding he never hit them same heights again."
Sorry but there is a big difference between Joyce playing out half of his career on a fading Galway team and Brogan playing out the majority of his on a brilliant Dublin team who smash their way through Leinster every year. Take of the blue glasses. You can still pick Brogan but to say Joyce only played well for 2 or 3 years is laughable.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - 15/12/2016 21:28:53    1940438

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He played well after but nowhere near the same standard. Bernard destroyed teams well before 2011 and to just say he ran amok in Leinster is laughable. Take off your Mayo hatred for Dublin glasses. Bernard Brogan after Gooch is the most lethal corner forward the last ten years.

Joyce was a great player no doubt about it doh, but for number 15 it's Bernard every time.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - 15/12/2016 22:42:36    1940444

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Replying To westkerry:  "OK here goes,
1 S Cluxton
2 M O'Se
3 G Canty
4 T O'Sullivan
5 T O'Se
6 S Moynihan
7 P Jordan
8 D O'Se
9 S Cavanagh
10 P Galvin
11 D O'Sullivan
12 B Dooher
13 C Cooper
14 B Brogan
15 A Brogan
Memorable mention to Joyce/McDonald/Flynn & Stephen O Neill."
West
You honestly believe 8 Kerry players deserve to be in the team? Even the most optimistic Kerry supporter would struggle with this team.

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - 15/12/2016 23:50:08    1940455

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Replying To westkerry:  "OK here goes,
1 S Cluxton
2 M O'Se
3 G Canty
4 T O'Sullivan
5 T O'Se
6 S Moynihan
7 P Jordan
8 D O'Se
9 S Cavanagh
10 P Galvin
11 D O'Sullivan
12 B Dooher
13 C Cooper
14 B Brogan
15 A Brogan
Memorable mention to Joyce/McDonald/Flynn & Stephen O Neill."
West
You honestly believe 8 Kerry players deserve to be in the team? Even the most optimistic Kerry supporter would struggle with this team.

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - 15/12/2016 23:50:09    1940456

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "He played well after but nowhere near the same standard. Bernard destroyed teams well before 2011 and to just say he ran amok in Leinster is laughable. Take off your Mayo hatred for Dublin glasses. Bernard Brogan after Gooch is the most lethal corner forward the last ten years.

Joyce was a great player no doubt about it doh, but for number 15 it's Bernard every time."
Clon
You have a tendency to make a statement then completely row back on it. It's happened twice in this thread.
Anyway this thread is going down hill quickly, people from each county are picking a disproportionate amount of players from their county and it silly. Please take of the glasses!!!!!!

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - 15/12/2016 23:59:33    1940458

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Anyway my team:
Cluxton
2. M O Se
3. ROC
4. McMahon
5. T O Se
6. McGeeney
7. Jordan
8. D O Se
9. Cavanagh
10. Dooher
11. Connolly
12. Declan O Sullivan
13. Cooper
14. Canavan
15. McDonnell

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - 16/12/2016 00:09:56    1940461

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All Spillane is trying to do here is that stupid "Team of the Decade" argument he was drumming on about a few years back. He still has a wasp in his jocks over Tyrone. The fact is that Kerry were beaten by Tyrone in every major game they played in during the 00s. Kerry now have the upper hand over them again and are a scary prospect in the next few seasons but for the noughties Tyrone were the bosses.

Cornerback1977 (Cork) - 16/12/2016 00:19:17    1940462

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Replying To The_Fridge:  "West
You honestly believe 8 Kerry players deserve to be in the team? Even the most optimistic Kerry supporter would struggle with this team."
Yes Fridge I do,
Kerry played in 9 finals from 2000 to 2010.
6 finals in a row including back to back wins in 06/07.
I've 3 players from Tyrone & Dublin which is fair and one Cork man who was the heartbeat of that cork side.

westkerry (Kerry) - 16/12/2016 07:32:17    1940467

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Sorry for the typo I meant 7 finals. It was a long night!

westkerry (Kerry) - 16/12/2016 09:06:48    1940475

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My team for what it's worth. Left out the likes of Moynihan, Joyce and Canavan, who would make the 90's team.

S.Cluxton
M.O'Sé
R.O'Carroll
K.Lacey
T.O'Se
K.McGeeney
P.Jordan
D.O'Se
S.Cavanagh
B.Dooher
D.O'Sullivan
P.Flynn
C.Cooper
M.Murphy
B.Brogan

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - 16/12/2016 09:26:01    1940481

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