"The most decorated club player ever in Derry" - Tom Scullion RIP

February 12, 2021

The late Tom Scullion (second from right) with (l-r) Phil Stuart, Patsy Mulholland, Paul McCann (RIP) and Jim McKeever following Derry's 1987 Ulster SFC win at Clones. Pic via Derry GAA (@Doiregaa) on Twitter.

The death has taken place of Tom Scullion, the former Derry Ulster SFC winning player and manager.

Aged 81 and hailing from the Bellaghy club, Tom won an Ulster SFC title with Derry in 1958, before going on to manage the team and bringing the Anglo Celt Cup back to the Oak Leaf County again in 1987. He was also part of the first QUB side to win the Sigerson Cup in 1958.

A former vice chairman of Derry GAA, Scullion enjoyed unprecedented success at club level, helping the Wolfe Tones to a record twelve county senior football championships between 1965 and 1972. He captained Bellaghy to four of those championship wins, including a three-in a-row, and in 1972, reached the pinnacle of his playing career, when Bellaghy lifted the All-Ireland club SFC title.

Derry GAA has remembered Tom Scullion as a "legend of club and county" and a "truly great man."

"Derry GAA are saddened to learn of the death of Tom Scullion, a legend of club and county," they tweeted.

"Holder of twelve Derry Senior Football Championships with Wolfe Tones, Bellaghy, Tom won Ulster championships with Derry as both a player (1958) and manager (1987)."

The Bellaghy club also said it was saddened by Tom's passing and described him as the "most decorated club player ever in Derry." 

"Outside of football he taught in and was principal of St Mary’s PS Bellaghy and an active loyal volunteer within the parish," a club statement reads.

"The most decorated club player ever in Derry, Tom led a generation of players through one of Bellaghy’s most successful periods on the field. Holder of an incredible 12 Derry SFC championship medals between 1956-1972. He also managed the senior team in 1975.

"A true gentleman, born winner and will be sorely missed by all in the parish. Our sympathies go out to his wife Sheena, children and wider Scullion family. Ar dheis go raibh anam."


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