Cluxton becomes first goalkeeper to win Footballer of the Year

November 01, 2019

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire Cup. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

Stephen Cluxton has become the first goalkeeper to win the Footballer of the Year award since its inception in 1995.

Dublin's five-in-a-row winning captain made another piece of history at the PwC GAA/GPA All-Stars banquet this evening. Cluxton also claimed his sixth All-Star accolade and heads a group of eight Dublin players on this year's team.

The Parnells clubman, who turns 38 next month, was chosen for the top individual prize ahead of his team-mates Jack McCaffrey and Con O'Callaghan.

Regarded as one of the greatest players gaelic football has ever seen, Cluxton's Dublin career so far has been remarkable.

He is the most successful All-Ireland SFC captain having skippered his county to Sam Maguire Cup glory on six different occasions, including the five-in-a-row.

In June, he became the first player in the GAA to make 100 senior championship appearances.

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