National - What was the greatest GAA minor team of all time?

I see Balls.ie are searching for the greatest GAA minor team of all time in both football and hurling. They are looking for teams that have produced the most amount of All-Ireland winners at senior level. The 2011/12 Dublin and 1998 Tyrone football and 2006 Tipp hurling teams are up there with the greatest on that basis. Any others?

Worth checking out their twitter page for conversation on the topic.

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Toney (Meath) - Posts:162 - 06/10/2017 15:25:21   2053611

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The current Kerry team are the best i've seen at minor level anyway. Love watching their football, be interesting how many will make the cut at senior level

Hill16Army (Dublin) - Posts:47 - 06/10/2017 15:37:56   2053616

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Definitely the greatest team to not win an All Ireland minor title was the Dublin '11 team, some achievement by Tipperary to beat this side, I've counted 10 players that went on to win senior medals from that Dublin team.
Davy Byrne
Robbie McDaid
Eric Lowdnes
John Small
Emmett O Conghaile
Jack McCaffrey
Ciaran Kilkenny
Cormac Costello
Paul Mannion
Niall Scully

And I think Shane Carty was an unused sub, can't believe that team was beaten.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts:8827 - 06/10/2017 17:04:45   2053632

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "Definitely the greatest team to not win an All Ireland minor title was the Dublin '11 team, some achievement by Tipperary to beat this side, I've counted 10 players that went on to win senior medals from that Dublin team.
Davy Byrne
Robbie McDaid
Eric Lowdnes
John Small
Emmett O Conghaile
Jack McCaffrey
Ciaran Kilkenny
Cormac Costello
Paul Mannion
Niall Scully

And I think Shane Carty was an unused sub, can't believe that team was beaten."
That was a serious tipp team clon, they beat Cork and Kerry as well that year.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts:6012 - 06/10/2017 17:40:58   2053638

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Best minor manger definetly Scargill

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts:4613 - 06/10/2017 18:43:05   2053649

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roscommon2006 team !!!! they lost a challenge well to fermanagh before the connacht championship and afterwards go on to win the All i Ireland beating Mayo..Galway....Armagh...Meath...and Kerry after a replay..epic stuff and never conceded a goal....durely worth a meritable mention!!!

moros (Roscommon) - Posts:596 - 06/10/2017 19:08:00   2053653

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Replying To moros:  "roscommon2006 team !!!! they lost a challenge well to fermanagh before the connacht championship and afterwards go on to win the All i Ireland beating Mayo..Galway....Armagh...Meath...and Kerry after a replay..epic stuff and never conceded a goal....durely worth a meritable mention!!!"
Tipperary not Armagh.That team certainly gave us huge enjoyment.I'll never forget beating Kerry in Ennis in the Final replay.

endgame (Roscommon) - Posts:645 - 06/10/2017 20:29:04   2053661

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Either the 1929 Clare team or the 1934 invincibles from Tipp.

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts:3473 - 06/10/2017 20:39:37   2053662

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The Tyrone 1998 team included Pascal McConnell, Gavin Devlin, Mickey McGee, Kevin Hughes, Cormac McAnallen, Stephen O'Neill, Enda McGinley, Owen Mulligan, Brian McGuigan and Philip Jordan.

But the current Kerry team are the best I've seen.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts:2829 - 06/10/2017 21:43:57   2053673

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "Definitely the greatest team to not win an All Ireland minor title was the Dublin '11 team, some achievement by Tipperary to beat this side, I've counted 10 players that went on to win senior medals from that Dublin team.
Davy Byrne
Robbie McDaid
Eric Lowdnes
John Small
Emmett O Conghaile
Jack McCaffrey
Ciaran Kilkenny
Cormac Costello
Paul Mannion
Niall Scully

And I think Shane Carty was an unused sub, can't believe that team was beaten."
we made an awful mess of that game..should have put them away..great goal to win it

alano12 (Dublin) - Posts:2024 - 06/10/2017 22:03:09   2053676

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Replying To moros:  "roscommon2006 team !!!! they lost a challenge well to fermanagh before the connacht championship and afterwards go on to win the All i Ireland beating Mayo..Galway....Armagh...Meath...and Kerry after a replay..epic stuff and never conceded a goal....durely worth a meritable mention!!!"
not many of that rossie team went on to do a whole lot though

alano12 (Dublin) - Posts:2024 - 06/10/2017 22:03:34   2053677

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Some amount of the 1987 Offaly minors went on to win senior medals afterwards.

1987: J. Troy, B. Whelahan, D. Geoghegan, B. Hennessy, Johnny Dooley, J. Errity, A. Cahill, J. Pilkington, T. Dooley, S. Morkam, B. Dooley, K. Egan, T. Moylan, J. Troy, D. Pilkington

shoulderghost (Limerick) - Posts:729 - 07/10/2017 08:08:00   2053693

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Replying To shoulderghost:  "Some amount of the 1987 Offaly minors went on to win senior medals afterwards.

1987: J. Troy, B. Whelahan, D. Geoghegan, B. Hennessy, Johnny Dooley, J. Errity, A. Cahill, J. Pilkington, T. Dooley, S. Morkam, B. Dooley, K. Egan, T. Moylan, J. Troy, D. Pilkington"
That's an exceptional return and is quite unusual.A lot of minors including outstanding ones don't make it at senior.

endgame (Roscommon) - Posts:645 - 07/10/2017 09:41:47   2053700

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Replying To alano12:  "not many of that rossie team went on to do a whole lot though"
many went on to get to All Ireland u 21 finals....get several promotions to eventually reach div one...win two provincial titles...reach all Ireland qfs....we all don't have the resources of the Jack's

moros (Roscommon) - Posts:596 - 07/10/2017 09:53:08   2053701

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "Definitely the greatest team to not win an All Ireland minor title was the Dublin '11 team, some achievement by Tipperary to beat this side, I've counted 10 players that went on to win senior medals from that Dublin team.
Davy Byrne
Robbie McDaid
Eric Lowdnes
John Small
Emmett O Conghaile
Jack McCaffrey
Ciaran Kilkenny
Cormac Costello
Paul Mannion
Niall Scully

And I think Shane Carty was an unused sub, can't believe that team was beaten."
The 1994 Galway minor team that lost the AI final to Kerry would have to be considered for the title of best never to win.

They had Padraic Joyce, Michael Donnellan, Paul Clancy, Derek Savage, John Divilly, Declan Meehan & Tomas Meehan. And they also had a full-forward called John Concannon, who was easily the best of the lot of them at that age.

Thomas Clarke (Tyrone) - Posts:936 - 07/10/2017 12:29:37   2053713

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One of the best may have been Cork minor in 67,68,69 and there was at least one guy playing (Martin Doherty) who played both hurling and football who has at least 11 titles including minor, u21 and senior- (they won the minor hurling in 67,69,70 & 71 and runners up in 68 with dual players ) (u21 football 70, 71 and u21 hurling 68,69,70 & 71) now someone may correct me on that.

browncows (Meath) - Posts:1591 - 07/10/2017 13:29:49   2053724

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Replying To Thomas Clarke:  "The 1994 Galway minor team that lost the AI final to Kerry would have to be considered for the title of best never to win.

They had Padraic Joyce, Michael Donnellan, Paul Clancy, Derek Savage, John Divilly, Declan Meehan & Tomas Meehan. And they also had a full-forward called John Concannon, who was easily the best of the lot of them at that age."
Scan Concannon was actually the best player on that star studded Galway minor team. Which is saying something looking at the other names on the team. He just never followed through unfortunately.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts:1421 - 08/10/2017 03:00:50   2053812

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Replying To moros:  "many went on to get to All Ireland u 21 finals....get several promotions to eventually reach div one...win two provincial titles...reach all Ireland qfs....we all don't have the resources of the Jack's"
dont recall any of that team getting to an u21 final...a different team lost to us in a couple of u21 finals alright..dont be going in with the cheap resources line...they werent much of a side at senior level..just a fact

alano12 (Dublin) - Posts:2024 - 08/10/2017 10:58:09   2053834

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Replying To alano12:  "dont recall any of that team getting to an u21 final...a different team lost to us in a couple of u21 finals alright..dont be going in with the cheap resources line...they werent much of a side at senior level..just a fact"
Ros got to the U21 Finals in 2012 and 2014 both against Dublin and the 06 Minors were too old for those.Some 06 Minors did win senior Connacht medals including two members of this year's team Conor Devaney and Fintan Cregg.

endgame (Roscommon) - Posts:645 - 08/10/2017 11:10:32   2053835

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Kilkenny 2002/2003.

Full of lads that have 5,6,7,8 All-Irelands at senior level, Leinster's and leagues to boost too. Did the business at U21, and the Ballyhale and Village lads would have AI club medals as well as senior, not to mention the lads other clubs who would have intermediate and junior club AI's.

Richie Power, Michael Rice, Eoin Larkin, John Tennyson, John Dalton, Cha Fitzpatrick, Michael Fennelly to name just a few. Plenty too that were subs on the AI winning sides. In the 10 seasons from 2006 to 2015, Kilkenny won 8 AI's, 8 Leinsters, and 5 Leagues. Most of them lads would have played a big role in that success.

dblackandamber (Kilkenny) - Posts:87 - 09/10/2017 17:23:32   2054217

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