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Christy Toye aka Magnus

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What a brilliant player. Easily forget all he came through to come back and star again for Donegal in recent years. Always felt he was underrated but definitely not outside of Donegal. Hard one to take especially the timing of it but no doubt Christy would still have plenty to offer though not for a full 70 mins. Legend!!!!!

panamasam (Australia) - 10/01/2017 23:54:34    1944749

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A real classy footballer on his day. First time I noticed him was in a qualifier in Croker against Meath one time, maybe 2002 or so? Scored a lovely goal if memory serves.

Played brilliantly when introduced off the bench in 2014 against the Dubs as well as was instrumental to that Donegal team imo.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 11/01/2017 09:36:02    1944767

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Replying To MesAmis:  "A real classy footballer on his day. First time I noticed him was in a qualifier in Croker against Meath one time, maybe 2002 or so? Scored a lovely goal if memory serves.

Played brilliantly when introduced off the bench in 2014 against the Dubs as well as was instrumental to that Donegal team imo."
Yeah he buried a goal into the roof of the net against Meath that day. He was a quality finisher when he got in on goal.
He was some man to move with the ball too. One of those players that seemed quicker with ball in hand than without.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - 11/01/2017 11:26:53    1944792

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a fantastic player big Christy was. There seems to be quite a few Donegal lads calling it quits at the same time, is this just pure coincidence or is there more to it?

SaffronDon (Antrim) - 11/01/2017 11:31:35    1944795

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Ah My fave :)

Jackeen (Dublin) - 11/01/2017 11:42:49    1944798

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Replying To SaffronDon:  "a fantastic player big Christy was. There seems to be quite a few Donegal lads calling it quits at the same time, is this just pure coincidence or is there more to it?"
I think its just coincidence

the 3 lads yesterday are all 35.
McNiallis has personal reason and thats his right.
McLoone knows he somehow doesnt fit into Rorys plans. He has his medals and prefered to opt out. This could be put down to Rory and while Leo is a player I like I probably wouldnt have started him last year either.
Thompson - Now that is a strange one. He played well last year and as far as I know he is back living in Donegal so I dont undertsand this one myself.

Listen everyone in Donegal knew that these players needed to be replaced anyway. Fair enough we would have hoped that they would be experienced subs to bring on but with the way training has gone I imagine its too much

dstuction (Donegal) - 11/01/2017 11:59:57    1944804

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Replying To dstuction:  "I think its just coincidence

the 3 lads yesterday are all 35.
McNiallis has personal reason and thats his right.
McLoone knows he somehow doesnt fit into Rorys plans. He has his medals and prefered to opt out. This could be put down to Rory and while Leo is a player I like I probably wouldnt have started him last year either.
Thompson - Now that is a strange one. He played well last year and as far as I know he is back living in Donegal so I dont undertsand this one myself.

Listen everyone in Donegal knew that these players needed to be replaced anyway. Fair enough we would have hoped that they would be experienced subs to bring on but with the way training has gone I imagine its too much"
yea McNiallis was the one that stuck out for me. I think he's a top player, probably in the prime of his career as well, so it seemed strange that he would opt out, but then I dont know the fella. Ideally as you say you'd want to be introducing new faces this year but have some of the old guard still there as impact subs at the very least. I'm wondering is it too much too soon for some of the younger players to uphold the high standards that Donegal have set over the last number of years.

SaffronDon (Antrim) - 11/01/2017 12:14:29    1944811

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Big loss I think he still has loads to offer as an impact player. We'll miss you Christy, what a man!

JoeSoap (Donegal) - 11/01/2017 12:45:23    1944817

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Replying To dstuction:  "I think its just coincidence

the 3 lads yesterday are all 35.
McNiallis has personal reason and thats his right.
McLoone knows he somehow doesnt fit into Rorys plans. He has his medals and prefered to opt out. This could be put down to Rory and while Leo is a player I like I probably wouldnt have started him last year either.
Thompson - Now that is a strange one. He played well last year and as far as I know he is back living in Donegal so I dont undertsand this one myself.

Listen everyone in Donegal knew that these players needed to be replaced anyway. Fair enough we would have hoped that they would be experienced subs to bring on but with the way training has gone I imagine its too much"
Why wouldnt you have started Leo last year? He was one of our 5 best players

Christy was a brilliant servant, I think he is retiring at the right time. The training and the effort has to take its toll and he can enjoy his achievement. He had his best spell with donegal over the past 4 years. Amazingly consistent player and probably one of the best passers of the ball too. Well done and best wishes

Donegalman (None) - 11/01/2017 12:50:33    1944821

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It looks like a rebuilding job for Donegal this year although it wouldn't be the greatest shock if they won Ulster and made an All Ireland Semi final but just don't see them going any further.

TheWestIsAwake (UK) - 11/01/2017 12:56:33    1944827

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Quality footballer, probably a bit underrated in my opinion. Saw him in the Sigerson many moons ago for Sligo IT and he stood out a mile. Pace to burn and fantastic movement. He put in some stint in the Donegal jersey, thats a man thats earned his retirement!

WestsideWarrior (Galway) - 11/01/2017 16:31:02    1944910

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Replying To panamasam:  "What a brilliant player. Easily forget all he came through to come back and star again for Donegal in recent years. Always felt he was underrated but definitely not outside of Donegal. Hard one to take especially the timing of it but no doubt Christy would still have plenty to offer though not for a full 70 mins. Legend!!!!!"
Love Toyes lazy style - makes it look easy - but classy player.

IrishGael3 (USA) - 11/01/2017 18:04:49    1944934

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Yeah he buried a goal into the roof of the net against Meath that day. He was a quality finisher when he got in on goal.
He was some man to move with the ball too. One of those players that seemed quicker with ball in hand than without."
Excellent player but I always thought that it was his finishing that let him down??

Brolly (Monaghan) - 11/01/2017 19:04:23    1944942

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Of all the players who have called it quits this year Christy is the one I will miss the most.

A fabulous guy who came through a serious medical condition who played many great games but he will remain forever in Donegal hearts as the man who came on when things looked dead & gone against Dublin in 2014 & turned the tide.

Thanks Christy.

MuckrossHead (Donegal) - 11/01/2017 19:31:25    1944951

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Replying To Brolly:  "Excellent player but I always thought that it was his finishing that let him down??"
Not at all, he was a great guy to score vital points as soon as he put his foot on the pitch or set one up, or better still, get a goal as soon as he arrived on the pitch. The last couple of seasons he was one of our best playmakers.

Donegalman (None) - 11/01/2017 20:20:55    1944965

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Replying To Brolly:  "Excellent player but I always thought that it was his finishing that let him down??"
Maybe his shot selection for points let him down at times. But in one on one situations when through on goal Christy was your man every time.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - 12/01/2017 09:29:40    1945068

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what a loss Christy is (with all respect to the other two boys, Rory got his day, Walsh was always a solid man to have on your team and stood into the fold without any fuss, done his job well and there was no more word about it)
Christy deserves a special word though. he was a beautifully relaxed player who just oozed calm. He wasn't just calm and collected in any old game. think of the biggest games since 2011, v Kildare- 2011, v Mayo- 2012, v Dublin- 2014 and Tyrone 2016. he came to within a whisker last year (as someone else said) of being the hero again. what about those powerful runs in 2014 against Dublin that single handedly lifted Donegal of the turf and dragged them back into the game. His pace and balance on the ball under pressure was outstanding. You could argue he was the catalyst to Donegals great era, after his vital goal and point against a very experienced Kildare team in 2011. I wonder did he mean that pass into murphy though............

theweanling (Cavan) - 12/01/2017 09:44:56    1945072

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Replying To theweanling:  "what a loss Christy is (with all respect to the other two boys, Rory got his day, Walsh was always a solid man to have on your team and stood into the fold without any fuss, done his job well and there was no more word about it)
Christy deserves a special word though. he was a beautifully relaxed player who just oozed calm. He wasn't just calm and collected in any old game. think of the biggest games since 2011, v Kildare- 2011, v Mayo- 2012, v Dublin- 2014 and Tyrone 2016. he came to within a whisker last year (as someone else said) of being the hero again. what about those powerful runs in 2014 against Dublin that single handedly lifted Donegal of the turf and dragged them back into the game. His pace and balance on the ball under pressure was outstanding. You could argue he was the catalyst to Donegals great era, after his vital goal and point against a very experienced Kildare team in 2011. I wonder did he mean that pass into murphy though............"
Definitely was going for his point that day against kildare.

Donegalman (None) - 12/01/2017 10:38:29    1945096

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One of my favourite players ever to pull on the Donegal jersey.

Best of Luck Christy with whatever you do and thanks for the memories.

InishowenMan (Donegal) - 12/01/2017 14:20:36    1945175

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He was genuinely classs

kevdog (Westmeath) - 12/01/2017 19:42:09    1945282

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