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Pat Spillane's team of the Century

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How have I gone back The Fridge?

No bias from me if Tyrone Mayo or Kerry have done what we've done the last six years I'd have their players on the team. For posters not to have Connolly on their team is again laughable.

Look at my all star team this year look at my greatest 15 from a few years back I'm very balanced when it comes to these threads.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - 16/12/2016 10:07:38    1940496

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "How have I gone back The Fridge?

No bias from me if Tyrone Mayo or Kerry have done what we've done the last six years I'd have their players on the team. For posters not to have Connolly on their team is again laughable.

Look at my all star team this year look at my greatest 15 from a few years back I'm very balanced when it comes to these threads."
your laughable. people would be totally justified in leaving Connolly out based on his shyness at the later stages of the championship. Talent wise, no question he is good enough, but performances in big games, not for me. I agree with many in saying you are completely biased towards your own county and fail to recognise the credentials of other top forwards people have chosen.

SaffronDon (Antrim) - 16/12/2016 11:24:29    1940510

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Tell me what games he goes missing in ?

clondalkindub (Dublin) - 16/12/2016 11:46:51    1940517

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "Tell me what games he goes missing in ?"
Tell me one semi final or final that he's been the difference? Bernard and Alan Brogan, yes. Connolly? nope

SaffronDon (Antrim) - 16/12/2016 12:24:27    1940523

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Ok you want one?

Motm versus Kerry in '13 in the classic

Motm versus Donegal in the '14 in our defeat

That's 2 I'll give you more

clondalkindub (Dublin) - 16/12/2016 12:55:31    1940530

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Replying To superdub:  "Have to have John Galvin in midfield. he'd clean out anybody on his day!!"
Completely agree, bit of a joke that he never won an All star. A lot of lads on this thread probably don't even know him even though Darragh O Se even said he was the best midfielder he came up against. Lads too busy waiting for all Ireland semi finals to watch a bit of ball.

gorby580 (Limerick) - 16/12/2016 12:57:32    1940531

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Tell me one semi final or final that he's been the difference? Bernard and Alan Brogan, yes. Connolly? nope
SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts:1076 - 16/12/2016 12:24:27


Man of the Match in the All-Ireland Semi-Final 2013.

Kicked three points and had a very good all round game in this years semi-final. Played well without scoring in the finals of 2011 and 2015 imo. Got through a mountain of work both days.

Even in the replay this year he scored one great point and showed great composure to bury the penalty. Also in the drawn game he set up the second goal with a sensational pass in towards Rock.

He's had more of an impact in these big games than he is sometimes given credit for I think.

I take your overall point but I think it's a little harsh on him to say he goes missing towards the end of the championship. He's an industrious half forward who also is incredibly talented skill wise.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 16/12/2016 13:00:18    1940533

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Replying To gorby580:  "Completely agree, bit of a joke that he never won an All star. A lot of lads on this thread probably don't even know him even though Darragh O Se even said he was the best midfielder he came up against. Lads too busy waiting for all Ireland semi finals to watch a bit of ball."
Should have won All Star in 2010.

Gael85 (Dublin) - 16/12/2016 13:18:48    1940538

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Replying To gorby580:  "Completely agree, bit of a joke that he never won an All star. A lot of lads on this thread probably don't even know him even though Darragh O Se even said he was the best midfielder he came up against. Lads too busy waiting for all Ireland semi finals to watch a bit of ball."
Galvin should have won All Star in 2010.

Gael85 (Dublin) - 16/12/2016 13:18:59    1940539

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Replying To MesAmis:  "Tell me one semi final or final that he's been the difference? Bernard and Alan Brogan, yes. Connolly? nope
SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts:1076 - 16/12/2016 12:24:27


Man of the Match in the All-Ireland Semi-Final 2013.

Kicked three points and had a very good all round game in this years semi-final. Played well without scoring in the finals of 2011 and 2015 imo. Got through a mountain of work both days.

Even in the replay this year he scored one great point and showed great composure to bury the penalty. Also in the drawn game he set up the second goal with a sensational pass in towards Rock.

He's had more of an impact in these big games than he is sometimes given credit for I think.

I take your overall point but I think it's a little harsh on him to say he goes missing towards the end of the championship. He's an industrious half forward who also is incredibly talented skill wise."
My criticism of Connolly is quite a refined one and it was in response to someone who was ridiculing others for not selecting him in the most elite line up of this century. I can see why some have chosen to select him as he is undoubtedly an exceptional talent, but there are fine lines and i think he just falls short for me because i haven't seen him be the difference when its needed most. Alan Brogan was for me a big game player who would make my forward line ahead of Connolly. In two or three years tome who knows, perhaps Connolly will have done enough to convince me.

SaffronDon (Antrim) - 16/12/2016 13:26:16    1940544

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I don't understand the mind set of people who genuinely get offended or wound up by people's team of the decade, team of the year, All star awards and so on.

What's the big deal ?

Personally, It's all about the Dubs winning games and in turn, titles.

I'd guess the players themselves (not just Dubs) don't care, Most probably aren't even aware that Pat Spillane named his team of the decade, 12 months ago and people are still debating it. If the players couldn't give a toss, why do so many insist on making it anti-Dublin, Anti-whoever thing ? It's not, It's just a 60-odd year old man sharing his opinion.

And its gas, most of the people complaining about it wouldn't take anything Spillane says seriously on the SG, until it comes to something stupid like this then they treat his word like the absolute be all and end all. It seems they same peoples life is caving in around them when they read this stuff.

Seriously, Do people here honestly and truly believe Diarmuid Connolly, Alan Brogan or Bernard Brogan sit at home on these nights infront of the fire, looking at their 4 intercounty All Ireland medals, endless amount of Leinsters, league titles and in diarmuids cause, club honours and think we've won so much, If only I was in Pat Spillane's team of the decade. come on now, seriously lads, will ye get real?

Genuinely comical to read the hysterical reactions on here.

waynoI (Dublin) - 16/12/2016 13:34:41    1940546

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My criticism of Connolly is quite a refined one and it was in response to someone who was ridiculing others for not selecting him in the most elite line up of this century. I can see why some have chosen to select him as he is undoubtedly an exceptional talent, but there are fine lines and i think he just falls short for me because i haven't seen him be the difference when its needed most. Alan Brogan was for me a big game player who would make my forward line ahead of Connolly. In two or three years tome who knows, perhaps Connolly will have done enough to convince me.
SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts:1077 - 16/12/2016 13:26:16


Yeah I understand your argument to be fair and understand it totally in response to Clondalkin's posts!

Should have added that Connolly was Dublin's best player in defeat to Donegal in 2014.

Alan Brogan is an odd one I would've thought that Connolly's big game performances were as good as Alan's. I'm a big fan of both players though. Bernard on the other hand is probably the best big game forward that Dublin have ever produced. Even on days like this year's replay and last years final when he isn't at his best he still chipped in with a few vital scores.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 16/12/2016 13:43:52    1940548

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To be fair Wayneo I don't really think anyone is saying that those players care. I haven't seen any posts stating that in anyways. Not sure what you're getting at.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 16/12/2016 13:45:33    1940549

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Ok I'll give this a go:

Cluxton

Marc
Graham Canty
Tom O'Sullivan

Tomas
Lee Keegan
Philip Jordan

Darragh
Sean Cavanagh

Paul Galvin
Declan O'Sullivan
Brian Dooher

Gooch
Star
B. Brogan

Can't find a place for Michael Murphy but he would be No 1 on the bench.

A bit Kerry heavy but the 2004-20009 team were incredible and IMO the best team we've seen so far this century. Dublin and Tyrone next obviously but in what order and how close I'll leave others to debate.

TheHermit (Kerry) - 16/12/2016 14:18:50    1940553

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Replying To gorby580:  "Completely agree, bit of a joke that he never won an All star. A lot of lads on this thread probably don't even know him even though Darragh O Se even said he was the best midfielder he came up against. Lads too busy waiting for all Ireland semi finals to watch a bit of ball."
Very good call!!!!! Might have to change my team now!!!

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - 16/12/2016 17:17:47    1940579

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Connolly clearly divides opinion hence only the 2 All Stars given the amount of success he's had the last 6 years. He's the most gifted player of his generation but has disappointed me overall with his performances, he still has time on his side to put that right.

TheWestIsAwake (UK) - 16/12/2016 17:56:11    1940586

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Disappointed that there are no Meath players on the team. Unbelievable

crikey (Australia) - 16/12/2016 18:20:16    1940592

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Declan Browne and Matty Forde would have probably been contenders if they were in better teams

centerfield (Mayo) - 16/12/2016 20:31:59    1940604

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Replying To centerfield:  "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"
i missed Moynihan who would be a cert

centerfield (Mayo) - 16/12/2016 20:34:35    1940605

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Replying To TheWestIsAwake:  "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."
can't agree. Donnellon to me was an absolutely phenomenal player would also put Ja Fallon ahead of Joyce

centerfield (Mayo) - 16/12/2016 20:43:53    1940608

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