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Thanks Paul

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We have lost one of our best footballers ever today, Paul was the one player we had that could take your breath away. His passing, fielding and his point scoring were at the highest levels.. Not too many players win a Sigerson Medal in their first year in college, which he did at Sligo IT and was second top scorer on the day.. His contributions during the bad and good days always singled him out as one of our top players. Thanks for all the memories .

Farney (Monaghan) - Posts: 704 - 18/11/2016 15:18:45    1935374

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Sad day. Paul will no doubt go down as one of the greats of Monaghan football. Ah joy to watch elegant and stylish, could put a ball into a fella lap from 50 yards. Once in generation player. I remember a trip to Ballinascreen in the league in 2003 Monaghan where beaten 5-20 to 7 points with Jap getting every single point and that was the day I knew Paul was going to be special. Great servant under utilised in last few years. Thanks for all the memories

shaggylegend (Monaghan) - Posts: 1819 - 18/11/2016 15:43:30    1935377

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Sublime player down through the years. harshly treated my the management this year, deserved a run against Longford

222 (UK) - Posts: 496 - 18/11/2016 15:47:17    1935378

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Thanks Paul for everything, I'll never forget witnessing that late point in Clones v Galway to secure promotion do Div.1 when a draw looked certain.

MonaghanGlory (Monaghan) - Posts: 645 - 18/11/2016 16:41:34    1935385

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Unbelievable servant right from day 1. I don't remember a better championship debut in my time following Monaghan. Rarely injured, kept himself in good shape all year round, superb role model for any aspiring young player. Definitely under used by current management team in recent years.
He would have a remarkable medal collection at club level as well given he started his club career in Junior football.
Thanks for the memories Jap you will be missed.

CurlyFingers (Monaghan) - Posts: 47 - 18/11/2016 17:56:16    1935399

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What is there to say legend class personified definitely the most gifted county player in my lifetime had it all criminally underused in last few years by management. Memories include a masterclass v a v good Kildare side in clones in 2012 destroyed them even playing out of position. Before McManus came along it was the Finlay freeman show. Serious greats retiring over last few years Tommy Dick and now Jap massive boots to fill for young lads coming on now,

seanie08 (Monaghan) - Posts: 1373 - 18/11/2016 18:22:47    1935402

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One of the most skillful & astute players ever to play with Monaghan, thanks Paul....... if only we could clone him!....... fitting that 2 great Legends bow out in the same month!

Monaghan Exile (Monaghan) - Posts: 371 - 18/11/2016 21:10:16    1935424

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Where to start...Sad to heat that Paul Finlay has called it a day. He is and was a super footballer for Monaghan over the last 14 years. I remember going to a rain sodden Clones in 2003 with not too many Monaghan fans there to see him kick 11 points on his senior debut for Monaghan. His best performance for me was against Tyrone in the u-21 final in 2003 as well. He cleaned none other than Sean Cavanagh and kicked side line balls over the bar from the 21. His point against Longford off the right to get promotion to division one was one of the loudest cheers I ever heard in Clones. Also the score he kicked against Down in first half in 2012 before the collapse was class. Apart from all of that a nice lad who gave it all to Monaghan and Ballybay. Thanks Paul.

T1000 (Monaghan) - Posts: 59 - 18/11/2016 23:49:07    1935435

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Time just fly's by, cant believe Paul's retired,you gave us some brilliant days even when we didnt win you scored some class points from outragous angels and distances which we might never see for along time again........Thanks for them days Paul...........Legend.

hardcore (Monaghan) - Posts: 1345 - 19/11/2016 19:05:54    1935498

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Thanks for the last 14 yrs Paul great servent and totally under used the last 2/3 yrs.. Beyond belief how certain individuals were getting game time ahead of Paul the last 2 yrs.. Owes Monaghan nothing and a lovely down to earth guy.. Never 1 to hog the limelight or run to the papers at every turn around unlike some ex county players.... Enjoy ur well earned retirement and I look forward to seeing you in the colours of ballybay for another few yrs yet...

mick2007 (Monaghan) - Posts: 206 - 19/11/2016 19:07:12    1935499

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Class act in every way

mhunicean_abu (Monaghan) - Posts: 688 - 19/11/2016 22:11:23    1935517

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A class player and a class humble & friendly guy off the field....Enjoy your retirement Paul....and thanks for the memories.

Monagael (Monaghan) - Posts: 96 - 20/11/2016 09:06:13    1935536

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Thanks for the memories Paul. Manys a proud day you gave us in the county jersey. Always a buzz when you got on the ball that something was going to happen. Whether that was a gift-wrapped through ball for Tommy in on goal. Or a side-step to create space for another glorious point on that genuinely unique left foot. Was always a pleasure to watch you in action. Certainly one of our all time greats and a career to treasure. Jap Senior will have been looking down with pride no doubt.

RightFull (Monaghan) - Posts: 68 - 20/11/2016 14:02:03    1935561

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Thank you Paul for all the great memories. So sorry to see you retire. What a player what a legend and a very nice guy.
I also remember that u21 Ulster Final. Some serious scores that we became us to from Paul

Leed (Monaghan) - Posts: 57 - 20/11/2016 19:34:27    1935616

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Replying To Leed:  "Thank you Paul for all the great memories. So sorry to see you retire. What a player what a legend and a very nice guy.
I also remember that u21 Ulster Final. Some serious scores that we became us to from Paul"
Sorry for my typing error. I meant to say some serious scores that we came to expect from Paul

Leed (Monaghan) - Posts: 57 - 20/11/2016 19:42:57    1935618

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I was at that Ulster U21 final that has been mentioned and that was the day the Jap really announced his arrival on the big stage. Tyrone couldn't handle him and he gave a masterclass in high fielding too. A great left boot and used the right to good effect when he was in trouble. A class act.

mickduffy (Monaghan) - Posts: 26 - 21/11/2016 13:36:59    1935748

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