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Thank You Tommy Griffin

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It was expected news that he would retire having been hampered by chronic injuries all during his inter-county career. A hugely underrated footballer who never let Kerry down, and I am convinced that if Pat O' Shea had not inexplicably dropped him for the 2008 Final for whatever crazy logic, then we may have won.

A tough, hard, versatile, gutsy footballer who gave his all for Kerry.

Go raibh míle maith agat Tommy :)

Cute_Kerry_Hoor (Kerry) - Posts: 2518 - 16/01/2012 11:26:30    1094292

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I have often argued and stand by this when saying that Tommy Griffin was the most under rated player in the Current Kerry Panel, I remember 2004, in Limerick when we were in trouble he came on as a sub and partnered Darragh in the middle and steadied things, but even more so in the replay after 20 minutes we ere in serious trouble 1-03 to 0-00 down, he came in to midfield and he won the next 2 or 3 breaking balls but more importantly he broke the first tackle and set up play.

In 2007 against Dublin, Darragh got injured he played for 40 minutes or so until Darragh came back in and that day he was in the top 2-3 mentioned for man of the match, he waas wronged in 2008, was a last minutes choice to man mark Cussen and did so, Why he was dropped for the final against Tyrone who had a natural midfielder (Cavanagh) at full forward still amazes me.

Then full back for the qualifiers in 2009, he was excellant it was just unfortunate injuries plagued him last year.

Fair play Tommy an excellent player that never got the praise he deserved.. thanks

Horsebox77 (Kerry) - Posts: 3395 - 16/01/2012 13:54:40    1094379

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A man for all seasons. Hugely versatile and hard out.
Best wishes on his retirement.

Superglue (Kerry) - Posts: 1237 - 16/01/2012 15:06:03    1094441

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Great player who never left us down in defence and midfield. Was ravaged by injuries over his career and lost out on greater fame for that reason. Thanks Tommy and enjoy your retirement.

Real Kerry Fan (None) - Posts: 2957 - 16/01/2012 15:38:42    1094459

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Yes i agree horsebox he was excellent in '07 when he came on for darragh always thought there was something between those two cause darragh was brought back into that game even though he was injured and they were winning anyway. i agree he should have played in '08 i've no doubt they would have won that game (oops hope mickeylinden is not listening). anyway 5 allirelands is not a bad haul for a dingleman. thank you tommy

chicago09 (Kerry) - Posts: 626 - 16/01/2012 15:43:07    1094462

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Well done to Tommy he's been a credit to this County Club and Family, one of the best lads of this kerry team and thats a fair achievement.

finuge93 (Kerry) - Posts: 166 - 16/01/2012 20:18:04    1094684

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Thanks Tommy, well done................his work in 2009 final despite the early goal by Cork is another example of his never say die attitude.

kerrykerry (Kerry) - Posts: 1769 - 19/01/2012 10:25:51    1096401

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A wholesome player who after conceding first goal of 2009 final went on to play a leading roll in Kerry's victory that day - he was a throwback to the way they played in the sixties. Enjoy your retirement Tommy as it is well deserved.

traleeexile (Kerry) - Posts: 704 - 28/01/2012 21:55:56    1101956

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Replying To Horsebox77:  "I have often argued and stand by this when saying that Tommy Griffin was the most under rated player in the Current Kerry Panel, I remember 2004, in Limerick when we were in trouble he came on as a sub and partnered Darragh in the middle and steadied things, but even more so in the replay after 20 minutes we ere in serious trouble 1-03 to 0-00 down, he came in to midfield and he won the next 2 or 3 breaking balls but more importantly he broke the first tackle and set up play.

In 2007 against Dublin, Darragh got injured he played for 40 minutes or so until Darragh came back in and that day he was in the top 2-3 mentioned for man of the match, he waas wronged in 2008, was a last minutes choice to man mark Cussen and did so, Why he was dropped for the final against Tyrone who had a natural midfielder (Cavanagh) at full forward still amazes me.

Then full back for the qualifiers in 2009, he was excellant it was just unfortunate injuries plagued him last year.

Fair play Tommy an excellent player that never got the praise he deserved.. thanks"
Horse you were talking highly about tommy and maybe him getting involved with with Eamon's senior squad and I remember you posting this back nearly 6 years ago.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 7708 - 21/09/2017 02:25:20    2048851

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Ya I have massive time for Tommy and think he has a role to play asome as selector or coach with Kerry - hopefully sooner rather than later

Horsebox77 (Kerry) - Posts: 3395 - 21/09/2017 10:38:26    2048917

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Replying To Horsebox77:  "Ya I have massive time for Tommy and think he has a role to play asome as selector or coach with Kerry - hopefully sooner rather than later"
Ya tommy is a super coach horse and we're lucky to have him. I felt awful sorry for him in 08 he must have been going through some low when he didn't travel up with the team for the final but he got and took his chance in 09.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 7708 - 21/09/2017 12:48:54    2048971

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