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Title: Retirements
Post by: Maroon Manc on July 09, 2018, 01:50:38 PM
Not sure if we have a thread already for this but couldn't find one.

Donncha O'Connor called it quits over the weekend aged 37, couldn't believe it last year when Cork played Mayo when they said he was 36 whilst giving Cafferkey the run around. He didn't play minor or u21 and didn't make his debut until he 25 and would always have thought he was a bit underrated.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: TheClubman on July 10, 2018, 12:46:23 PM
A very good player. When Cork looked to be handing that final to Down he stepped up (along with Goulding) and did the business. Always showed for the ball and worked hard. Kind of guy you'd love to play with.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on July 10, 2018, 01:49:58 PM
Very talented footballer must have been very frustrating for him to play on so many disorganized and poorly managed Cork teams.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Jayop on July 10, 2018, 03:08:18 PM
Hope he enjoys his retirement and deserves any praise he's been getting and probably a little more. Sad way for a great player to go out a bit like Sean for us last year with a hammering but he'll soon forget about that and remember the All Ireland and the other great days.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Farrandeelin on July 17, 2018, 09:46:14 AM
Barry Moran gone too. Working abroad next year I believe.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Maroon Manc on July 17, 2018, 01:56:40 PM
Barry Moran gone too. Working abroad next year I believe.

Could be the first of a few, that interview with Andy Moran sounded like he's very unsure of the future.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: GalwayBayBoy on July 17, 2018, 05:20:44 PM
Cork's Colm O'Neill has called it a day. Unsurprising given all his injury woes. 3 cruciates.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: trileacman on July 17, 2018, 06:07:22 PM
Cork's Colm O'Neill has called it a day. Unsurprising given all his injury woes. 3 cruciates.
He was an amazing player but Christ he wasn't lucky.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on July 17, 2018, 06:19:28 PM
Barry Moran gone too. Working abroad next year I believe.

Could be the first of a few, that interview with Andy Moran sounded like he's very unsure of the future.
Barry Moran wasn't getting much of look in this year i'd say he took the job overseas with that in mind also. Will be a big surprise if Andy Moran doesn't play for Mayo in 2019
Cork's Colm O'Neill has called it a day. Unsurprising given all his injury woes. 3 cruciates.

Great footballer that had cruel luck with injuries.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Syferus on July 17, 2018, 06:34:55 PM
I don’t think anyone retiring at the age Andy Moran is would be a ‘big surprise’. Looked old this year.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on July 17, 2018, 06:56:01 PM
I don’t think anyone retiring at the age Andy Moran is would be a ‘big surprise’. Looked old this year.
Retiring after regularly starting games this year would be a big surprise it would be less of a surprise if he was seen as bit part player. Did you expect 34 year old to look young? he's still quicker in the mind than most if not all of the Mayo forwards.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Kuwabatake Sanjuro on July 17, 2018, 07:07:56 PM
I thought when the mark came in it would extend Barry Moran's career a few years. They never really got to utilise him the last couple of years.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: J70 on July 17, 2018, 07:36:22 PM
Cork's Colm O'Neill has called it a day. Unsurprising given all his injury woes. 3 cruciates.

Brilliant player. One of the scoring forwards I’ve seen. Either foot, any angle, could win ball.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: regal on July 17, 2018, 11:04:07 PM
O’Connor was a quality footballer who I think got the best out of himself.

O’Neill was just pure quality

Best of luck to both in retirement
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on July 18, 2018, 10:49:44 PM
Barry Moran gone too. Working abroad next year I believe.

Best of luck to big Barry, quality midfielder who had a bad run of injuries. Still, an U21 title, 7 Connachts and a decent number of County titles isn't too shabby even if he missed out on the big one
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Donnellys Hollow on August 11, 2018, 09:08:34 PM
Éamonn Callaghan, Kildare's last link to the Micko era.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on August 12, 2018, 12:11:56 AM
The Galway football supporter! For another year at least.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: mouview on August 12, 2018, 01:02:13 AM
The Galway football supporter! For another year at least.

Ye had your chances and didn't take them. And yes, I was shouting you on everytime.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: FermGael on August 12, 2018, 09:50:54 AM
Ryan McCluskey, the longest serving player in inter-county football, has announced his retirement.

McCluskey first joined the Fermanagh panel for the 2000 Championship campaign and made his debut a few months later in the National League, the last year in which the competition started pre-Christmas.

His Championship debut came against Donegal in May 2001, two weeks before Stephen Cluxton first appeared for Dublin against Longford. The legendary Dublin goalkeeper now becomes the longest serving inter-county footballer.

McCluskey, who turned 37 in June, featured in Fermanagh’s historic run to the 2004 All-Ireland semi-final, which they lost to Mayo after a replay, as well as the 2008 Ulster final, where once again they were beaten at the second time of asking by Armagh.

Fermanagh returned to the provincial final for the first time since this summer, losing heavily to Donegal, though McCluskey didn’t appear in any of their four Championship games.


One of the best players to ever play for Fermanagh.
His early career was played as a corner back ( where he was excellent ) but he played the majority of his club and county career at center half back which was his best position.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: redzone on August 12, 2018, 10:03:50 AM
Did he play right thru all them years or did he miss one due to his soccer commitments with portadown. By all accounts he could of  played in the lower leagues of English soccer he was that good at it. Rory Gallagher wasn't bad at the soccer either. Fermanagh have had some of the best players about over the years
Paddy mcguinnes, Raymond Gallagher, Rory Gallagher, Owens, Mcgrath, Mcclucskey,Paul Brewster
Mccluskey is on the radio today for the first time
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on August 12, 2018, 10:59:32 AM
The Galway football supporter! For another year at least.

Ye had your chances and didn't take them. And yes, I was shouting you on everytime.

And what chances were them. Name one time since 2013 that Mayo were leading coming into the home stretch and you could say they are nearly there now?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on October 26, 2018, 10:36:40 AM
Sligo defender Charlie Harrison has announced his inter-county retirement at the age of 36.

The St John's clubman made his senior debut for the Yeats County in 2006 and won a Connacht SFC medal the following year. He was captain when Sligo reached the provincial final again in 2010 after beating both Mayo and Galway, only to suffer a surprise defeat in the decider to Roscommon. Harrison did, however, have the consolation of becoming only Sligo's fourth-ever All Star recipient that year.

“I’ll miss playing at the highest level, being the best you can be against the best and knowing you can compete," he said in an interview with the Irish Times.

"Come championship time when you’re in your best shape and you’ve worked hard to sharpen your skills and you get to compete against the best players in the country – I’m going to miss that.”

Employed by the GAA as national co-ordinator of the Cúl Camps summer training programme, Harrison will continue to line out at club level.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: AZOffaly on October 26, 2018, 02:03:30 PM
George Hannigan the Tipp footballer also retired recently. A great servant. Always good with his time for the young lads as well. Best of luck George.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tippabu on November 06, 2018, 09:40:05 AM
George Hannigan the Tipp footballer also retired recently. A great servant. Always good with his time for the young lads as well. Best of luck George.

Will be a big loss around the panel, can see in getting back involved at some stage in some other non playing role. Still no word on Philly Austin, would love him to give it another year. That's all we lost from last year and couple of good additions....hopefully 1 or 2 more
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Owen Brannigan on November 26, 2018, 08:51:59 PM
Kevin Dyas - county retirement

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/ (https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: armaghniac on November 27, 2018, 12:46:43 AM
Kevin Dyas - county retirement

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/ (https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/)

Sorry that Dyas was never long enough fit to reach his full potential.
His role in bringing the Abbey to the Hogan cup will be long remembered among educated people.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on November 27, 2018, 09:25:23 AM
Kevin Dyas - county retirement

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/ (https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/)

Sorry that Dyas was never long enough fit to reach his full potential.
His role in bringing the Abbey to the Hogan cup will be long remembered among educated people.
I think that is why the GAA is so special. Local heroes
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rufus T Firefly on November 27, 2018, 09:36:41 AM
Sorry that Dyas was never long enough fit to reach his full potential.

Agreed - but still a class player. Was a leading figure in our Minor Team that beat Down in the 2005 Ulster Final on a scorching day in front of a crowd of over 60,000. That Down team would go on to All Ireland glory.

Kevin was also a leading figure on our team that reached the 2014 All Ireland quarter-final.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: lurganblue on November 27, 2018, 09:45:59 AM
Kevin Dyas - county retirement

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/ (https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/)

Sorry that Dyas was never long enough fit to reach his full potential.
His role in bringing the Abbey to the Hogan cup will be long remembered among educated people.

Did some damage to us in a county semi final and the replay one year when he was just a cub. A shame that potential was never fully realised. I wonder does he regret going to Australia in the end as i believe that was the beginning of his serious injuries.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: toby47 on December 06, 2018, 10:06:01 AM
Mark Lynch has announced his retirement from inter-county football. A brilliant servant to Derry. Played everywhere from 6-15 and in his prime would have got on any team in Ireland. Scored 1-8 in Derry's division 1 win over Dublin in 2014.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rodney trotter on December 06, 2018, 10:33:49 AM
He was a good player to watch, very direct. A similar build to Michael Murphy. Don't think he ever featured on the International Rules squads, which was surprising , as their was players of lesser ability on some of the squads.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: oakleaflad on December 06, 2018, 01:27:40 PM
Mark Lynch was some servant to Derry. Won an All-Ireland minor championship at No.6 as an U-16 in 2002. Played minor and senior championship on the same day in '04. Played like a man possessed the day he kicked 1-08 against Dublin. He won National leagues at Div 1 & 2 but probably deserved more.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: spuds on December 06, 2018, 02:13:03 PM
Best of luck to Mark Lynch in his stepping away from Derry, 1st name would look for whenever they played. Hard to credit still only 32.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dire Ear on December 06, 2018, 03:23:13 PM
Best of luck to Mark Lynch in his stepping away from Derry, 1st name would look for whenever they played. Hard to credit still only 32.
Played the game fair and hard; all the best to him, from a Tyronie.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Joe Mc Nallys Ballsack on December 06, 2018, 09:38:36 PM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: JoG2 on December 06, 2018, 09:47:36 PM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

Send on the statement Joe til I get a read at it. Thanks
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Orchard park on December 06, 2018, 10:05:12 PM
The Future is now the past, shows how old we are getting
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rosnarun on December 06, 2018, 11:27:42 PM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Joe Mc Nallys Ballsack on December 07, 2018, 12:15:31 AM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st

I'd have said ego maybe. I think it's a complete load of bollox . Because ultimately unless you're in the top 5 percent no-one gives a bollox really

Hand the jersey on and move on . Again elitism ..
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: trueblue1234 on December 07, 2018, 08:47:30 AM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st

I'd have said ego maybe. I think it's a complete load of bollox . Because ultimately unless you're in the top 5 percent no-one gives a bollox really

Hand the jersey on and move on . Again elitism ..
People obviously do care, otherwise it wouldn't be mentioned. If you don't care, just ignore. I'd prob avoid going into a thread called retirements in that case though...
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: toby47 on December 07, 2018, 08:57:08 AM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st

I'd have said ego maybe. I think it's a complete load of bollox . Because ultimately unless you're in the top 5 percent no-one gives a bollox really

Hand the jersey on and move on . Again elitism ..
People obviously do care, otherwise it wouldn't be mentioned. If you don't care, just ignore. I'd prob avoid going into a thread called retirements in that case though...


lol
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: spuds on December 07, 2018, 09:16:39 AM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st

I'd have said ego maybe. I think it's a complete load of bollox . Because ultimately unless you're in the top 5 percent no-one gives a bollox really

Hand the jersey on and move on . Again elitism ..
People obviously do care, otherwise it wouldn't be mentioned. If you don't care, just ignore. I'd prob avoid going into a thread called retirements in that case though...

 ;D very good. Think no harm to announce finishing up with county team, saying you are retiring has connotation of being paid but most likely just using same wording as professional sports people. To follow the retiring example it could be said plenty of players were sacked or relieved of their duties.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on December 07, 2018, 09:28:03 AM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st
For supporters the retirement of a favourite player can feel like the end of an era . I felt like that when Padraic Joyce retired.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on December 07, 2018, 10:21:41 AM
Announcing a retirement is also doing the incumbent Intercounty Manager a service. It is making it clear that you are no longer available publicly and clears up the whispers in the background. It also clears up the situation for your club. Some are told they are no longer needed and retirement avoids the hurtful questions of being dropped or no longer needed.

To be fair, not all intercounty players get the chance to announce retirement publicly. A lot are dropped or fade out of panel during their inter-county career.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: mrdeeds on December 07, 2018, 10:47:23 AM
I can't wait for Seanie Johnson to announce his retirement from Cavan again.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dire Ear on December 07, 2018, 11:00:06 AM
Who's retired the most,  or is the answer above?  ;)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Cunny Funt on December 07, 2018, 05:22:16 PM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.
Retirements are not only tied up to a professional game.

Only a few GAA players give statements when they retire. In the main county board PROs announce players retirements and wish them well in their future endeavors and i see no problem with that because over the years they have given great service to their county teams.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: toby47 on March 21, 2019, 09:40:30 AM
Cathal McCarron retired this morning.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: trailer on March 21, 2019, 09:46:22 AM
Cathal McCarron retired this morning.

Saw that. Controversial enough figure I suppose.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: toby47 on March 21, 2019, 09:53:47 AM
Cathal McCarron retired this morning.

Saw that. Controversial enough figure I suppose.

A very good defender aswell
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Aaron Boone on March 21, 2019, 10:43:30 AM
A real boost for Athy. Still a classy player at club level.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dinny Breen on March 21, 2019, 11:42:58 AM
A real boost for Athy. Still a classy player at club level.

If he was available for Athy in the Kildare SFC final last year it might have made the difference, they only lost by 3 points.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Cunny Funt on May 01, 2019, 02:17:20 PM
Paul Flynn great team player at his peak. Decent honours list with 4 All Stars, 5 NFL titles,10 Leinster titles and 6 All Ireland crowns won.

His statement

"After 12 proud years wearing the Dublin jersey I have made the difficult decision to step away from the Dublin football panel. It’s an enormous privilege to play for your county and I feel incredibly lucky and proud that I got to play for Dublin for as long as I have. Dublin football has played a huge part in my life and I will be forever grateful for all that it has given me.

"I was honoured to train and play alongside exceptional teammates week in week out, to have enjoyed the support of extraordinary managers over the years and to have had the support of dedicated, world class backroom teams. I’m grateful for all that they’ve taught me over the years and for the lifelong friendships that I made along the way.

"My football career started and ended with the support of my club, my family and my friends and to them I am eternally grateful.

"Since my back surgery last year I’ve struggled to reach the fitness required for inter county and to reach the standards that I set for myself. While my heart says play on unfortunately my body says it’s time to call it a day.

"I’ve loved every minute of my journey with Dublin football and to have played in front of its dedicated and passionate supporters has allowed me to make memories that I will cherish forever. I move on now with gratitude to the next chapter of my life."
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Wildweasel74 on May 01, 2019, 10:07:39 PM
A real f**king footballer who was a class apart both on and off the field. Why he not stay out the Yr with the Dublin going for 5 in a row is strange, as he be one of the 5 subs coming off the bench bad back or not.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on May 01, 2019, 10:12:10 PM
A real f**king footballer who was a class apart both on and off the field. Why he not stay out the Yr with the Dublin going for 5 in a row is strange, as he be a one of the 5 subs coming off the bench bad back or not.
He has struggled with injuries the last few season and has lost his pace. He went off injured for his club during the week and probably deicided he'd had enough. One of the best players in the country in the early part of the decade and won 4 All Stars in a row.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on May 01, 2019, 10:47:40 PM
He's a class apart. He would have stood out if he played for any other county at any time. He seems to be a decent individual as well because I don't think I ever heard anything negative about him. I wish him well in retirement.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tyrdub on May 02, 2019, 09:06:44 AM
A class act on and off the field, possibly one of the best wing half forwards to have played, great work ethic and could score as well. Managers dream player
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tonto1888 on May 02, 2019, 09:53:41 AM
A fantastic player. A shame we won’t be seeing him come the summer. Has he stopped completely or just stepping away from dublin
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on May 02, 2019, 11:39:38 AM
Another good one departing the County scene.
Best of luck to him.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: GetOverTheBar on May 02, 2019, 12:12:59 PM
He's a class apart. He would have stood out if he played for any other county at any time. He seems to be a decent individual as well because I don't think I ever heard anything negative about him. I wish him well in retirement.

+1
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on May 02, 2019, 02:13:46 PM
Class player, good luck to him in retirement. Injury probably hampered him in the last couple of years but was brilliant in his day
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dinny Breen on May 02, 2019, 02:38:23 PM
Great player. Great attitude.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on May 16, 2019, 02:05:38 PM
Emlyn Mulligan packs in the County game.
The knees he says.
One of Leitrim's finest.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on May 16, 2019, 02:06:45 PM
Emlyn Mulligan packs in the County game.
The knees he says.
One of Leitrim's finest.

Has called time for this summer but i don't think he has retired yet?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on May 16, 2019, 02:48:35 PM
He said he's  "calling it quits" so I think it's goidbye
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on May 16, 2019, 03:46:50 PM
He said he's  "calling it quits" so I think it's goidbye

He has said publicly he hasn't retired yet but will Hyland pick him next year after walking away now? 
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rodney trotter on August 26, 2019, 06:37:55 PM
Andy Moran. Great player.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on August 26, 2019, 07:12:39 PM
Andy Moran. Great player.

At least he retired with national title won last April, small consolation for not winning the senior AI i know. Mayo's best scoring forward from play the last number of years. Probably the smartest player they had in how he could create space to shoot or produce opportunities for others and of course he was a big leader. Big boots to fill, players like him doesn't come along very often.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on August 26, 2019, 07:23:04 PM
He can go back to being a Rossie again now.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Farrandeelin on August 26, 2019, 07:38:18 PM
Thanks for the memories Andy. Pity he didn't get the All Ireland medal he craved.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tubberman on August 26, 2019, 07:54:51 PM
One of the Mayo greats. I remember being at the u21 final v Armagh the week after the 2004 final, he was captain i think?
Had a few quiet years, including being played as a half back by O'Mahony. I was there when he went down in agony in thr q-final v down in 2012 having done his cruciate, and in Pearse Stadium in 2013 when he scored a goal off the bench on his comeback - the Mayo crowd went mental!
He went onto another level in 2016 & 2017, a joy to watch.
He loved playing, you could see that. 
At least he got the POTY and won a national title in Croker this spring.
He gave it everything, fair play to him, could do no more.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Cunny Funt on August 26, 2019, 08:04:11 PM
One of the Mayo greats. I remember being at the u21 final v Armagh the week after the 2004 final, he was captain i think?
Had a few quiet years, including being played as a half back by O'Mahony. I was there when he went down in agony in thr q-final v down in 2012 having done his cruciate, and in Pearse Stadium in 2013 when he scored a goal off the bench on his comeback - the Mayo crows went mental!
He went onto another level in 2016 & 2017, a joy to watch.
He loved playing, you could see that. 
At least he got the POTY and won a national title in Croker this spring.
He gave it everything, fair play to him, could do no more.

The crows are bit mental in Mayo alright.


He was a prime example to many young forwards looking to make a breakthrough that you don't have to be the quickest of strongest to excel. A very clever and skillful footballer as you say he gave his all and could do no more.

I would expect David Clarke,Keith Higgins to follow Andy into retirement. Boyle should stay on for another year.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: omaghjoe on August 26, 2019, 08:20:45 PM
Great footballer. I thought he was finished after his injury in 2012 but the attitude and dedication he displayed has been fantastic to win pity. Great example to us all and unfortunate never to win an AI
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on August 26, 2019, 08:22:26 PM
Best Mayo forward I've ever seen. Some great memories of him including the Donegal game earlier this month.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: henrym14 on August 26, 2019, 09:01:02 PM
Andy Moran one of the greats.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on August 26, 2019, 09:39:40 PM
Thanks for the memories Andy. Pity he didn't get the All Ireland medal he craved.
There were structural reasons behind that.
The future will probably look on now differently.
He lost 5 all Ireland finals but it’s different to say DB .

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: moysider on August 26, 2019, 11:57:55 PM
Thanks for the memories Andy. Pity he didn't get the All Ireland medal he craved.
There were structural reasons behind that.
The future will probably look on now differently.
He lost 5 all Ireland finals but it’s different to say DB .

A bit cryptic there seafóid?
You'll have to break that down for me.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Gold on August 27, 2019, 12:07:50 AM
He shouldn't retire. He should've started v Dublin

Irreplaceable

Shouldn't be let retire
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Captain Obvious on August 27, 2019, 12:56:30 AM
He shouldn't retire. He should've started v Dublin

Irreplaceable

Shouldn't be let retire

I think the last game he started was against Armagh. Given the impact role since then for a reason and why he's decided to retire (mileage on the clock)

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: fearsiuil on August 27, 2019, 01:27:26 AM
He shouldn't retire. He should've started v Dublin

Irreplaceable

Shouldn't be let retire

100%

Had the debate tonight in local and would say he could go on no bother. Most influential Mayo forward of my near enough half century . 

One of all time Mayo greats.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on August 27, 2019, 01:55:42 AM
He shouldn't retire. He should've started v Dublin

Irreplaceable

Shouldn't be let retire

100%

Had the debate tonight in local and would say he could go on no bother. Most influential Mayo forward of my near enough half century . 

One of all time Mayo greats.

He's nearly 36. Running a successful business. Has a young family. Sometimes you have to put your family first.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: fearsiuil on August 27, 2019, 02:13:37 AM
He shouldn't retire. He should've started v Dublin

Irreplaceable

Shouldn't be let retire

100%

Had the debate tonight in local and would say he could go on no bother. Most influential Mayo forward of my near enough half century . 

One of all time Mayo greats.

He's nearly 36. Running a successful business. Has a young family. Sometimes you have to put your family first.
His business thrives on his profile - more power to him. Thought he was underused this championship. 
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on August 27, 2019, 04:58:07 AM
An absolute Mayo stalwart down the years.  I didn't think he would get near the player he turned out to be when he came on the IC scene first.  His hard work and dedication in achieving that would be a great lesson to any young lad starting out today.  I wish him well in his retirement and hope he has a few years left in him to enjoy with his club.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Gold on August 27, 2019, 08:10:52 AM
He shouldn't retire. He should've started v Dublin

Irreplaceable

Shouldn't be let retire

I think the last game he started was against Armagh. Given the impact role since then for a reason and why he's decided to retire (mileage on the clock)

My point about him having to start v Dublin was that there is no point bringing on your goal getter or goal or score maker after the game is gone and your 12 points down. He HAD to start

Very very poor by Horan

Him and Star Donaghey best players to watch for me in recent years... Love a ball winner from ball kicked in early... Electric atmosphere, the football we all love

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Farrandeelin on August 27, 2019, 01:43:19 PM
He can go back to being a Rossie again now.

Can he really? Such scummy comments on stolensheep about him I'm not sure he would.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on August 27, 2019, 01:50:11 PM
He is a Rossie to start with ;)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: TheGreatest on August 27, 2019, 01:51:20 PM
Good player, a servant of 17 years to the cause is to be admired. I am being genuine here, in his prime, would he make the Dublin team in the 6 forwards? Or Kerry or Tyrone forward 6 of the noughties?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Captain Obvious on August 27, 2019, 02:40:52 PM
He shouldn't retire. He should've started v Dublin

Irreplaceable

Shouldn't be let retire

I think the last game he started was against Armagh. Given the impact role since then for a reason and why he's decided to retire (mileage on the clock)

My point about him having to start v Dublin was that there is no point bringing on your goal getter or goal or score maker after the game is gone and your 12 points down. He HAD to start

Very very poor by Horan

Him and Star Donaghey best players to watch for me in recent years... Love a ball winner from ball kicked in early... Electric atmosphere, the football we all love

Mayo tactics 1st half wasn't based on goal creating, scoring or kicking the ball in early. Their focus was on defending in numbers, intensity in the tackle, ball retainment and the majority of their points taking came from long range shooting.

Horan wasn't that poor in that regard, afterall they led Dublin by 2 points and held them to 0-6 in the 1st half.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on August 27, 2019, 02:45:39 PM
Good player, a servent of 17 years to the cause is to my admired. I am being genuine here, in his prime, would he make the Dublin team in the 6 forwards? Or Kerry or Tyrone forward 6 of the noughties?

Seeing that his prime was probably two years ago when named footballer of the year and scored 3-24 from play that summer the short answer would be yes.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: The Trap on August 27, 2019, 03:06:20 PM
Always thought Andy Moran was fantastic and loved seeing how he created space for himself even when he lost a bit of space. One of my favourite players. However I was disappointed with how he threw in the towel in his last appearance. I know he was put on too late but he literally didn't try a leg!
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: TheGreatest on August 27, 2019, 03:30:32 PM
Good player, a servent of 17 years to the cause is to my admired. I am being genuine here, in his prime, would he make the Dublin team in the 6 forwards? Or Kerry or Tyrone forward 6 of the noughties?

Seeing that his prime was probably two years ago when named footballer of the year and scored 3-24 from play that summer the short answer would be yes.

I dont think he deserved it that year. There was a bit of a campaign to give it to him.

His average per game was 3.3, O Connor's was 7.5 and Rocks 6.7, Mayo played a lot of games that year against weak opposition. And its not always about the players who score, James McCarthy should of won it.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rodney trotter on August 27, 2019, 03:33:59 PM
The commentators frequently mentioned his age this year, 35,like it was incredible he was playing County football at that age. Bernard Brogan is the same age. Aidan O Mahony and Marc O Se played with Kerry at 36..
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on August 27, 2019, 03:47:23 PM
Good player, a servent of 17 years to the cause is to my admired. I am being genuine here, in his prime, would he make the Dublin team in the 6 forwards? Or Kerry or Tyrone forward 6 of the noughties?

Seeing that his prime was probably two years ago when named footballer of the year and scored 3-24 from play that summer the short answer would be yes.

I dont think he deserved it that year. There was a bit of a campaign to give it to him.

His average per game was 3.3, O Connor's was 7.5 and Rocks 6.7, Mayo played a lot of games that year against weak opposition. And its not always about the players who score, James McCarthy should of won it.

The other two are free takers.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: whitey on August 27, 2019, 03:58:09 PM
The commentators frequently mentioned his age this year, 35,like it was incredible he was playing County football at that age. Bernard Brogan is the same age. Aidan O Mahony and Marc O Se played with Kerry at 36..

How many of them had a torn crucial knee ligament and came back even stronger
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tubberman on August 27, 2019, 04:10:38 PM
Good player, a servent of 17 years to the cause is to my admired. I am being genuine here, in his prime, would he make the Dublin team in the 6 forwards? Or Kerry or Tyrone forward 6 of the noughties?

Seeing that his prime was probably two years ago when named footballer of the year and scored 3-24 from play that summer the short answer would be yes.

I dont think he deserved it that year. There was a bit of a campaign to give it to him.

His average per game was 3.3, O Connor's was 7.5 and Rocks 6.7, Mayo played a lot of games that year against weak opposition. And its not always about the players who score, James McCarthy should of won it.

You can't just say fair play to him, and wish him well in retirement?
You have to try to tarnish what he achieved? 
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on August 27, 2019, 04:13:50 PM
Good player, a servent of 17 years to the cause is to my admired. I am being genuine here, in his prime, would he make the Dublin team in the 6 forwards? Or Kerry or Tyrone forward 6 of the noughties?

Seeing that his prime was probably two years ago when named footballer of the year and scored 3-24 from play that summer the short answer would be yes.

I dont think he deserved it that year. There was a bit of a campaign to give it to him.

His average per game was 3.3, O Connor's was 7.5 and Rocks 6.7, Mayo played a lot of games that year against weak opposition. And its not always about the players who score, James McCarthy should of won it.


I don't know where to start with such a reply. Was a debate about some recent winners but Andy Moran fully deserved his footballer of the year award in 2017.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rodney trotter on August 27, 2019, 04:32:36 PM
The commentators frequently mentioned his age this year, 35,like it was incredible he was playing County football at that age. Bernard Brogan is the same age. Aidan O Mahony and Marc O Se played with Kerry at 36..

How many of them had a torn crucial knee ligament and came back even stronger

 It's not a dig at Moran.
Brogan is back from a cruciate. He isn't starting for Dublin but would be starting for most Counties. Brogan was hardly impressed busting himself to back into shape and Connolly strolls into the panel for the final 2 months of championship ,and was included in the 26 man panel v Mayo, ..
.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on August 27, 2019, 04:46:16 PM
Brogan was apparently injured for that match though.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rodney trotter on August 27, 2019, 04:49:10 PM
Don't recall any mention of him being injured for the Mayo game. He came on the previous week against Tyrone and impressed..
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on August 27, 2019, 04:51:26 PM
He got a big hit end of that Tyrone game(it was accidental by the look of it) which apparently took him out of the Mayo game. I think I read it here  mind you rather than a "reputable" source but wouldn't be surprised as he took a big enough knock.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on August 27, 2019, 05:33:50 PM
Thanks for the memories Andy. Pity he didn't get the All Ireland medal he craved.
There were structural reasons behind that.
The future will probably look on now differently.
He lost 5 all Ireland finals but it’s different to say DB .

A bit cryptic there seafóid?
You'll have to break that down for me.
I think the x in a row all Irelands will come with an asterisk

Other Mayo stalwarts lost serial finals when the team wasn't good enough but
you couldn't say  the last 3 losses lacked quality players .

Gaelic football is currently down a rabbithole managed by the Bodach,
 a very long way from business as usual.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on August 27, 2019, 06:55:04 PM
Don't recall any mention of him being injured for the Mayo game. He came on the previous week against Tyrone and impressed..

Brogan took an elbow to the jaw right at the end of the Tyrone game. It swelled up so much he wasn't considered for the Mayo game.

Moran has done brilliantly to come back from a cruciate injutty at his age to play as long and as successfully as he has. Worrying thing for Mayo is that they tried to move on from him, but they had to keep going back to him even in the last few years. Not only has he been Mayo's best forward but he also has been a real leader in the forwards for them and wil be badly missed for that alone.

I personally thought he was lucky to get POTY in 2017, but the media story was all about Mayo falling short yet again that year so I can see why he got it.  For me James McCarthy was outstanding in both league and championship that year and I think should have won it. Last 15 min of the final he was immense and led Dublin that year.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Sportacus on August 27, 2019, 09:59:49 PM
I wish Andy Moran well.  I saw him three times this year and his movement transformed the Mayo attack when he was on the field.  They will miss him.  Played in 6 All Ireland Finals which is more than most of us ever dreamed of.  I always thought he got hauled ashore a bit too quickly in recent seasons. ( same with Boyle).
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on August 27, 2019, 10:15:38 PM
Class player. Thanks for the memories Andy, enjoy your retirement
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Ball Hopper on August 27, 2019, 10:56:59 PM
Top, Top Player.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Wildweasel74 on August 28, 2019, 12:56:49 AM
One of my favourite Mayo players and yes he made the Kerry and Tyrone teams of yesteryear. Serious player before injury that caused him too loose Lot of pace but his sheer ability made up for that.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tonto1888 on August 28, 2019, 09:25:20 AM
A fantastic player who gave his all. Hope he enjoys his retirement
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on August 28, 2019, 01:58:31 PM
I saw him in sigerson years ago up in Belfast and thought his movement was better than anything I'd ever seen. I was surprised it took him so long to make the breakthrough for Mayo but when he did he was fantastic. He had to be admired for his work rate and intelligence of movement. Without him Mayo wouldn't have had the great teams they have had over the last half a dozen years.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Owen Brannigan on August 28, 2019, 06:32:01 PM
The question is, how does Andy Moran compare with Ciaran McDonnell?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: omaghjoe on August 28, 2019, 06:45:36 PM
The question is, how does Andy Moran compare with Ciaran McDonnell?

In terms off what....
Football style?
haircut?
Football Ability?
Fan adorability?
Personality?
Attitude?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Owen Brannigan on August 28, 2019, 07:09:33 PM
The question is, how does Andy Moran compare with Ciaran McDonnell?

In terms off what....
Football style?
haircut?
Football Ability?
Fan adorability?
Personality?
Attitude?

Where do Mayo people rank these football greats?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: stephenite on August 29, 2019, 01:43:53 AM
The question is, how does Andy Moran compare with Ciaran McDonnell?

In terms off what....
Football style?
haircut?
Football Ability?
Fan adorability?
Personality?
Attitude?

Where do Mayo people rank these football greats?

I'd take Andy every day of the week
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: galwayman on August 29, 2019, 06:06:41 AM
As an inside forward - his movement/runs off the ball were just top class.
Some man to get a yard for himself with clever movement.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: fearsiuil on August 29, 2019, 10:28:13 AM
The question is, how does Andy Moran compare with Ciaran McDonnell?

In terms off what....
Football style?
haircut?
Football Ability?
Fan adorability?
Personality?
Attitude?

Where do Mayo people rank these football greats?

I'd take Andy every day of the week
Ciaran Mc firing passes in to Andy be a nice watch.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Crete Boom on August 29, 2019, 01:07:35 PM
Although I hated him with a passion when he was wearing the maroon of Crossmolina I would have Ciaran Mac just ahead of Andy.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on August 29, 2019, 03:11:40 PM
Has to be Supermac because didn't have high  calibre like Kevin Mac, Cillian or Jason Doc playing beside him. Mayo in his time didn't have the bonus of attacking backs, like Leroy, Chris, Boyler etc. foraging upfield to give a dig out.
Andy had the benefit of playing on better quality teams with a more even spread of talent.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: stephenite on August 30, 2019, 12:57:00 AM
I might be wrong, however I took from the tone of the question from Brannigan was that he's trying trying to elicit whether or not Mayo people valued an enigmatic genius over a more functional player (of undoubted quality) with an amazing work ethic and spectacular attitude.

Mac was a spectacularly gifted player, however he spent time unavailable to Mayo for various reasons. Andy Moran would have been sub-keeper if that was what was asked of him.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on August 30, 2019, 01:09:33 AM
The question is, how does Andy Moran compare with Ciaran McDonnell?

In terms off what....
Football style?
haircut?
Football Ability?
Fan adorability?
Personality?
Attitude?

Where do Mayo people rank these football greats?

I'd take Andy every day of the week
Ciaran Mc firing passes in to Andy be a nice watch.

Were they on the pitch together in the AI Final in 2006?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: whitey on August 30, 2019, 01:21:28 AM
I might be wrong, however I took from the tone of the question from Brannigan was that he's trying trying to elicit whether or not Mayo people valued an enigmatic genius over a more functional player (of undoubted quality) with an amazing work ethic and spectacular attitude.

Mac was a spectacularly gifted player, however he spent time unavailable to Mayo for various reasons. Andy Moran would have been sub-keeper if that was what was asked of him.

Did you ever see Padraig Brogan play in his prime? 
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: J70 on August 30, 2019, 01:46:20 AM
I might be wrong, however I took from the tone of the question from Brannigan was that he's trying trying to elicit whether or not Mayo people valued an enigmatic genius over a more functional player (of undoubted quality) with an amazing work ethic and spectacular attitude.

Mac was a spectacularly gifted player, however he spent time unavailable to Mayo for various reasons. Andy Moran would have been sub-keeper if that was what was asked of him.

Did you ever see Padraig Brogan play in his prime?

I remember the reaction when he came on against Donegal in the '92 semi a couple of months after going back to Mayo! :D
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: stephenite on August 30, 2019, 02:05:12 AM
I might be wrong, however I took from the tone of the question from Brannigan was that he's trying trying to elicit whether or not Mayo people valued an enigmatic genius over a more functional player (of undoubted quality) with an amazing work ethic and spectacular attitude.

Mac was a spectacularly gifted player, however he spent time unavailable to Mayo for various reasons. Andy Moran would have been sub-keeper if that was what was asked of him.

Did you ever see Padraig Brogan play in his prime?

Yes
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: TheGreatest on August 30, 2019, 09:09:22 AM
I went to the off the ball event in St Vincents the other night, i have to say that Andy Moran is a sound man. Well able to talk, some good stories and came accross very well. Honest and genuine and held no grudges or regrets about his playing career. Id say hes good buachaill to go for a few pints with.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on August 30, 2019, 09:50:02 AM
i have to say that Andy Moran is a sound man. Well able to talk, some good stories and came accross very well. Honest and genuine ..... Id say hes good buachaill to go for a few pints with.
Just a normal Roscommon man. ;)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rudi on August 30, 2019, 09:57:42 AM
Andy came across as a choir boy, the sort of lad you would love to see your daughter dating. For me he was a fantastic ambassador for Mayo and gaa in general. He left everything on the pitch, did not fall out with too many people, how anyone would take McDonald (talented, but he knew it) over the dependable Andy is beyond me. He had huge ability to ghost away from defenders, fine player enjoy retirement.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: whitey on August 30, 2019, 01:30:31 PM
I might be wrong, however I took from the tone of the question from Brannigan was that he's trying trying to elicit whether or not Mayo people valued an enigmatic genius over a more functional player (of undoubted quality) with an amazing work ethic and spectacular attitude.

Mac was a spectacularly gifted player, however he spent time unavailable to Mayo for various reasons. Andy Moran would have been sub-keeper if that was what was asked of him.

Did you ever see Padraig Brogan play in his prime?

Yes

How would you rate him compared to Andy or Ciarán Mac?

Unfortunately his “prime” at county level lasted a very short period of time
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Crete Boom on August 30, 2019, 03:21:47 PM
i have to say that Andy Moran is a sound man. Well able to talk, some good stories and came accross very well. Honest and genuine ..... Id say hes good buachaill to go for a few pints with.
Just a normal Roscommon man. ;)

https://youtu.be/bVJIg1wEGd8
Fast forward to 29 mins in the video and Andy confirms he knows what county he is from ;)

"You are on about that game in 2006. Never mind the game itself, the game was brilliant but the atmosphere around it like!! We drove into my town , my town would be the first town going into Mayo!! Okay well we say Mayo so my town is the first town in Mayo!!"
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: JimStynes on August 30, 2019, 08:13:29 PM
Are people really picking Moran over Ciaran McDonald. Jesus Christ, short memories.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rodney trotter on August 30, 2019, 08:56:40 PM
Different type of players.. Not much point comparing them. McDonald was a creative centre forward.. Moran was a ball winner in the full forward line and finisher.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Gold on August 31, 2019, 12:56:48 AM
Good player, a servent of 17 years to the cause is to my admired. I am being genuine here, in his prime, would he make the Dublin team in the 6 forwards? Or Kerry or Tyrone forward 6 of the noughties?

Seeing that his prime was probably two years ago when named footballer of the year and scored 3-24 from play that summer the short answer would be yes.

In his supposed prime 2 years ago the idiot manager brought him off in the last 10 with the game in the balance v Dublin
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Wildweasel74 on August 31, 2019, 01:17:37 AM
People forget McDonalds free taking bck in 97 in the final I doubt
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: maigheo on August 31, 2019, 01:32:44 AM
Good player, a servent of 17 years to the cause is to my admired. I am being genuine here, in his prime, would he make the Dublin team in the 6 forwards? Or Kerry or Tyrone forward 6 of the noughties?

Seeing that his prime was probably two years ago when named footballer of the year and scored 3-24 from play that summer the short answer would be yes.

In his supposed prime 2 years ago the idiot manager brought him off in the last 10 with the game in the balance v Dublin
. The reason Moran went off was because he was injured and if there was a replay would have missed it, but never let the facts get in the way of a good story
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on August 31, 2019, 01:35:00 AM
Good player, a servent of 17 years to the cause is to my admired. I am being genuine here, in his prime, would he make the Dublin team in the 6 forwards? Or Kerry or Tyrone forward 6 of the noughties?

Seeing that his prime was probably two years ago when named footballer of the year and scored 3-24 from play that summer the short answer would be yes.

In his supposed prime 2 years ago the idiot manager brought him off in the last 10 with the game in the balance v Dublin

He had torn his hamstring at that stage. Didn't play any club football in the 2 months afterwards.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Never beat the deeler on September 09, 2019, 09:47:11 PM
Ger Caff just called it a day.

He had  a tough job In a mayo team that played a high line meaning forwards often received the ball in an ocean of space but his timing in the tackle was gifted.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on September 09, 2019, 11:53:35 PM
Best of luck with your retirement Ger. One of the few modern full backs who got zero cover because of the way Mayo played and yet made a decent fist of it.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Cunny Funt on September 10, 2019, 12:14:03 AM
Played his best football for Mayo the first time Horan was manager, one of those players that didn't seem to ever full recovery from they injuries he got. Didn't he play corner back instead of full back the year he won his All-Star?

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Never beat the deeler on September 10, 2019, 05:41:46 AM
Played his best football for Mayo the first time Horan was manager, one of those players that didn't seem to ever full recovery from they injuries he got. Didn't he play corner back instead of full back the year he won his All-Star?

No, he was full back all year in 2012
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Farrandeelin on September 10, 2019, 01:29:42 PM
I've been critical of Ger's performances in the past, but he donned the jersey and did more than I ever did. Best of luck. Who'll be next to go?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on September 10, 2019, 02:27:08 PM
I've been critical of Ger's performances in the past, but he donned the jersey and did more than I ever did. Best of luck. Who'll be next to go?

I'll be surprised if Keith Higgins and David Clarke stay on for another year.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: moysider on September 10, 2019, 02:38:23 PM
Caff wouldn’t have quit if he thought he could get fit enough.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on September 10, 2019, 02:48:30 PM
Ger Caff just called it a day.

He had  a tough job In a mayo team that played a high line meaning forwards often received the ball in an ocean of space but his timing in the tackle was gifted.
I felt his most natural position would have been corner back. I don't think he had the physical aggression/dirt to be an effective full back, especially when he was left isolated so often.
Good luck to him in his retirement. He always gave 100%.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: oliverkelly on September 10, 2019, 03:53:06 PM
Poor Ger was a scapegoat over on the Mayo Gaa blog anytime he played and Mayo lost in recent years.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: moysider on September 10, 2019, 03:58:29 PM
Poor Ger was a scapegoat over on the Mayo Gaa blog anytime he played and Mayo loast in recent years.

Imagine the abuse he would have got if it was him marking Con O Callaghan a few weeks ago.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on October 02, 2019, 04:27:05 PM
Killian Young.

https://www.gaa.ie/news-archive/news/killian-young-retires-from-inter-county-football/?fbclid=IwAR04C4rpWRjQahaZVDtofuTFSV_dbgJ1avxoUX5K3IUfis0lT7xlcBUVelw
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tonto1888 on October 14, 2019, 05:46:02 PM
Charlie Vernon calls it a day with armagh
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: gallsman on October 14, 2019, 08:41:42 PM
Charlie Vernon we the physical prototype for modern footballers. I remember his quads having quads when he was about 18/19.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: GetOverTheBar on October 15, 2019, 09:56:20 AM
Charlie Vernon we the physical prototype for modern footballers. I remember his quads having quads when he was about 18/19.

Always thought he was wasted in Full Back for Armagh, a great player. Great lad too.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tonto1888 on October 24, 2019, 01:08:47 PM
Bernard Brogan has called it a day with Dublin
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: joemamas on October 24, 2019, 01:31:11 PM
Bernard Brogan has called it a day with Dublin

A very good player, wish him well.

Btw will avoid all irish media for the next few days due to the impending OTT lovefest .

Would it be fair to say that a lot of these Dublin/former Dublin players have P.R managers in order to stay relevant even after they retire.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on October 24, 2019, 01:50:07 PM
Bernard Brogan has called it a day with Dublin
7 all Irelands. This was decided by a committee
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dinny Breen on October 24, 2019, 01:58:14 PM
A very good player but not a great player. Has maximised his profile off the pitch, he won't be going away for a while. Thursday morning must be the optimal time to get exposure.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: square_ball on October 24, 2019, 02:09:00 PM
Bernard Brogan has called it a day with Dublin

A very good player, wish him well.

Btw will avoid all irish media for the next few days due to the impending OTT lovefest .

Would it be fair to say that a lot of these Dublin/former Dublin players have P.R managers in order to stay relevant even after they retire.

He has made a lovely tribute video for himself with Lowry, O’Driscoll wishing him well. Or sorry his staff have done it without his knowledge I’m sure.

An excellent player none the less. Always enjoyed watching him play in his peak years.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on October 24, 2019, 02:24:44 PM
Have to say I thought he was class, always seemed like a decent enough fella too

Best of luck in retirement
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on October 24, 2019, 03:02:00 PM
Cracking player. Unmarkable on his day which he had quite a few of for a good few years even when Dublin were a good bit weaker than they are now.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: omaghjoe on October 24, 2019, 03:38:07 PM
Great footballer, thought it was him more than any other single player that brought Dublin into their hyper successful era
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Post by: Rossfan on October 24, 2019, 04:23:57 PM
Best of luck to him on his retirement.
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Post by: Cunny Funt on October 24, 2019, 04:42:45 PM
Happy retirement Bernard, at his peak he was as good as any forward I seen in my lifetime.
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Post by: Rossfan on October 24, 2019, 06:49:09 PM
He's in the Late Late tomorrow night ::)
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Post by: Lar Naparka on October 24, 2019, 07:54:04 PM
Happy retirement Bernard, at his peak he was as good as any forward I seen in my lifetime.
I'd agree with that. In his prime he was a class act and seems to be a helluva nice, unassuming individual. I wish him well in his retirement.
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Post by: Baile Brigín 2 on October 24, 2019, 08:36:24 PM
Bernard Brogan has called it a day with Dublin

Great player, great guy, first to really monetise it.
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Post by: From the Bunker on October 24, 2019, 08:37:48 PM
13 Leinster titles, 7 Al Titles! Some medal haul! A fine player well rewarded for his football skills!
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Post by: heffo on October 25, 2019, 05:36:20 PM
A very good player but not a great player.

They set very high standards for greatness in Kildare.

You must have missed his big game record.

Top class forward
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Post by: thejuice on October 25, 2019, 06:13:18 PM
Last of the startled earwigs??
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Post by: TabClear on October 25, 2019, 06:18:09 PM
Bernard Brogan has called it a day with Dublin

One of the best of the last 15 years. In his prime he was unmarkable
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Post by: Blowitupref on October 25, 2019, 06:25:48 PM
Last of the startled earwigs??

A great term for getting hammered. Andrews,O'Sullivan,Cluxton,Connolly played in that game also.
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Post by: highorlow on October 25, 2019, 11:21:52 PM
Ryan Tub asked the King if the Hill tonight where he would be watching the All Ireland next year.

Beyond hope for the rest of us at this stage.
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Post by: Cunny Funt on November 05, 2019, 11:44:56 AM
Frank McGlynn.
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Post by: J70 on November 05, 2019, 03:31:00 PM
14 years at intercounty senior level. Five Ulsters, one AI, another final.
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Post by: Cunny Funt on November 05, 2019, 05:04:41 PM
14 years at intercounty senior level. Five Ulsters, one AI, another final.

From journalist Kieran Cunningham

Frank McGlynn has no social media accounts. Always wore black boots. Asked for his hobbies in a Q and A in a match programme, he went for darts and cards.
Pre-match meal? Soup with spuds.
Favourite meal? Turkey and ham. With a Club Shandy.
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Post by: From the Bunker on November 05, 2019, 06:20:05 PM
Frank McGlynn - One of the most under-rated players of the last decade.
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Post by: Angelo on November 05, 2019, 06:26:08 PM
Frank McGlynn - One of the most under-rated players of the last decade.

Absolutely, one of the best footballers to play in the last decade. A player who could do it all. In the McGuinness era, he was every bit as important as Lacey or Murphy.
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Post by: Gael85 on November 05, 2019, 06:53:43 PM
Eoghan O'Gara retired. Made a huge contribution to Dublin team over the years.
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Post by: BennyCake on November 05, 2019, 06:56:02 PM
McGlynn had a great engine. No Messing or no aul shite with him. Great servant.
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Post by: heffo on November 06, 2019, 02:05:57 PM
Eoghan O'Gara retired. Made a huge contribution to Dublin team over the years.

His goal v Tyrone in 2010 was a real turning point for Dublin
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Post by: Schkite on November 06, 2019, 04:18:45 PM
McGlynn was always one of my favourites from that Donegal side. Reliable, no nonsense, he popped up at important moments frequently, and as some have said already - there was no aul shite with him. Agree with the sentiment that he's one of the more underrated players of that period, probably mostly due to him not being one for the limelight, but proper GAA folk know his worth.
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Post by: regal on November 06, 2019, 11:37:15 PM
McGlynn was always one of my favourites from that Donegal side. Reliable, no nonsense, he popped up at important moments frequently, and as some have said already - there was no aul shite with him. Agree with the sentiment that he's one of the more underrated players of that period, probably mostly due to him not being one for the limelight, but proper GAA folk know his worth.

Agree with all of this. Super footballer
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Post by: Rossfan on November 15, 2019, 05:55:24 PM
May or may not be retirements but Ger Brennan and Jamie Malone of Clare taking a break for 2020.
Likewise McAliskey of Tyrone.
Worrying rumours in these parts too :(
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Post by: GalwayBayBoy on November 15, 2019, 06:44:37 PM
May or may not be retirements but Ger Brennan and Jamie Malone of Clare taking a break for 2020.
Likewise McAliskey of Tyrone.
Worrying rumours in these parts too :(

Will make staying in division 2 tough for Clare.
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Post by: seafoid on November 15, 2019, 07:00:04 PM
14 years at intercounty senior level. Five Ulsters, one AI, another final.

From journalist Kieran Cunningham

Frank McGlynn has no social media accounts. Always wore black boots. Asked for his hobbies in a Q and A in a match programme, he went for darts and cards.
Pre-match meal? Soup with spuds.
Favourite meal? Turkey and ham. With a Club Shandy.

https://mobile.twitter.com/RNF36/status/1191729385126191104
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Post by: Schkite on November 27, 2019, 07:19:13 PM
Vinny Corey and Dessie Mone both announced their retirements today, 2 of the all time great servants to Monaghan football.

No surprise really with Banty coming back in, Malachy leaving seemed like a natural point for them both to bow out on too, but that's a serious amount of experience leaving the dressing room. They've been part of the county team since 2003 and 2004 respectively. They owe Monaghan football absolutely nothing and their presence will certainly be missed.


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Post by: under the bar on November 27, 2019, 11:15:54 PM
Vinny Corey and Dessie Mone both announced their retirements today, 2 of the all time great servants to Monaghan football.

No surprise really with Banty coming back in, Malachy leaving seemed like a natural point for them both to bow out on too, but that's a serious amount of experience leaving the dressing room. They've been part of the county team since 2003 and 2004 respectively. They owe Monaghan football absolutely nothing and their presence will certainly be missed.

+1
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Post by: Gael85 on November 30, 2019, 12:29:14 AM
Vinny Corey and Dessie Mone both announced their retirements today, 2 of the all time great servants to Monaghan football.

No surprise really with Banty coming back in, Malachy leaving seemed like a natural point for them both to bow out on too, but that's a serious amount of experience leaving the dressing room. They've been part of the county team since 2003 and 2004 respectively. They owe Monaghan football absolutely nothing and their presence will certainly be missed.

Both played their first and last championship game against Armagh. Corey in 03, Mone 04.

Vinny Corey played 62 championship games scoring 3-8
Dessie Malone played 58 championship games scoring 1-12
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Post by: Rossfan on November 30, 2019, 09:32:33 AM
Best wishes to both.
Great service by both for the Monaghan cause.
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Post by: marty34 on November 30, 2019, 10:44:19 AM
Great servants to the Farney cause - some experience between the two of them.
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Post by: BennyCake on November 30, 2019, 12:57:51 PM
Jim Gavin has stepped down.

He was up a ladder painting.
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Post by: seafoid on November 30, 2019, 01:07:08 PM
https://www.dublingaa.ie/news/jim-gavin-departs-as-dublin-manager
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Post by: RedHand88 on November 30, 2019, 01:13:40 PM
There is light at the end of the tunnel!
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Post by: tonto1888 on November 30, 2019, 01:36:31 PM
Didn’t see that coming. Cluxton next to go?
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Post by: From the Bunker on November 30, 2019, 01:59:08 PM
There is light at the end of the tunnel!


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Post by: From the Bunker on November 30, 2019, 02:03:21 PM
If Pat Gilroy takes over the reigns, It will be business as usual!
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Post by: Blowitupref on November 30, 2019, 02:08:53 PM
Didn’t see that coming. Cluxton next to go?

Was plenty of hints from the players in the media, a bit strange he didn't call quits after the All Ireland final replay. He showed more emotion after that final win than others, clearly it was a goodbye to incredible journey.
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Post by: rodney trotter on November 30, 2019, 02:34:46 PM
Dessie Farrell probaly likely successor. He managed plenty of them at Minor and U21
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Post by: Rossfan on December 19, 2019, 10:47:03 AM
I see Terry Hyland has retired Emlyn Mulligan!
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Post by: Cunny Funt on December 19, 2019, 11:31:59 AM
I see Terry Hyland has retired Emlyn Mulligan!

Seems like Hyland didn't take to kindly to him walking away from the panel last summer. Reading his interview today, he's not retired but knows he won't play for Leitrim again until a new manager is in place.
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Post by: heffo on December 19, 2019, 02:05:16 PM
I see Terry Hyland has retired Emlyn Mulligan!

Seems like Hyland didn't take to kindly to him walking away from the panel last summer. Reading his interview today, he's not retired but knows he won't play for Leitrim again until a new manager is in place.

He announced his retirement then he expected to not contact the manager to make himself available but for the manager to go cap in hand to him?
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Post by: Ethan Tremblay on December 19, 2019, 02:51:14 PM
From reading the HoganStand article, he said he walked away for the sake of his mental health, as he was only back from a serious injury and wasn't on the starting team, don't think he classed it as a retirement. 

Not sure who should be contacting who in this situation? Is it not the managers job to make these enquiries?
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Post by: Cunny Funt on December 19, 2019, 06:57:58 PM
I see Terry Hyland has retired Emlyn Mulligan!

Seems like Hyland didn't take to kindly to him walking away from the panel last summer. Reading his interview today, he's not retired but knows he won't play for Leitrim again until a new manager is in place.

He announced his retirement then he expected to not contact the manager to make himself available but for the manager to go cap in hand to him?

I don't believe he ever did that, just walked away after the provincial championship exit last summer, (that will happen plentyful next summer for players from the "lesser" counties) Going by his recent interview he expected to return for the 2020 season but Hyland has moved on without him.
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Post by: Westside on December 22, 2019, 02:28:51 PM
"As much as my mind wanted me to stay, the knees were starting to give me a lot of trouble. I was having to ice them constantly. Not starting the last day was maybe the push I needed to call it quits. I won’t say I’m retired, but it’ll be good to go back and give the club my full commitment for a while"

Now he's saying the body still feels as good as it ever has... A large ego who looks out for No. 1, his absence will be better for Leitrim in the long term.
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Post by: BennyCake on January 10, 2020, 05:23:42 PM
Cian Mackey retired from Cavan
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Post by: Captain Obvious on January 10, 2020, 05:44:07 PM
Cian Mackey retired from Cavan

Good player, could score some long range points that few other Cavan forwards. Made his debut in 2005? Serious commitment to the cause
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Post by: rodney trotter on January 10, 2020, 06:07:24 PM
A great player.
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Post by: The Hill is Blue on January 10, 2020, 06:10:39 PM
Clucko is staying on  ;)
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Post by: Lar Naparka on January 10, 2020, 10:08:30 PM
Clucko is staying on  ;)
So is Dermo. Glad to see the pair are staying on. Pure class, the pair of them.
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Post by: mrdeeds on January 10, 2020, 10:11:57 PM
Cian Mackey retired from Cavan

Good player, could score some long range points that few other Cavan forwards. Made his debut in 2005? Serious commitment to the cause

Yeah 2005 while still a minor.
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Post by: Itchy on January 11, 2020, 10:26:01 AM
Cian Mackey retired from Cavan

Good player, could score some long range points that few other Cavan forwards. Made his debut in 2005? Serious commitment to the cause

Yeah 2005 while still a minor.

Mixed feeling on this. Grateful for all the great games he played but also a sense of he could've been better went on longer if his discipline and professionalism was better and I think he will regret that when he gets to 40. Sounds harsh but that's how I see it.
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Post by: Captain Obvious on January 28, 2020, 06:20:07 PM
Another 2012 Donegal All Ireland winner retires. Leo McLoone.
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Post by: J70 on January 28, 2020, 07:05:47 PM
Another 2012 Donegal All Ireland winner retires. Leo McLoone.

An underrated player at inter county level, Leo. Often popped up with an important and nicely finished goal, and a very good ball carrier and winner. Rory Gallagher sidelined him one season, and I could never understand why. Was arguably the best performer through the season in the U21 team that lost the 2010 AI to Dublin when Murphy missed the last minute penalty.
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Post by: Cunny Funt on April 26, 2020, 04:02:04 PM
Kieran Fitzgerald announces his retirement, some career he had.

https://m.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/galway-and-corofin-stalwart-kieran-fitzgerald-announces-his-retirement-39157902.html?
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Post by: From the Bunker on April 26, 2020, 06:33:02 PM
Kieran Fitzgerald announces his retirement, some career he had.

https://m.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/galway-and-corofin-stalwart-kieran-fitzgerald-announces-his-retirement-39157902.html?

Yes, and hit with the death of his girlfriend Mairead Meehan (sister of the Meehans Caltra) in 2007.
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Post by: GalwayBayBoy on April 26, 2020, 11:50:06 PM
Kieran Fitzgerald announces his retirement, some career he had.

https://m.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/galway-and-corofin-stalwart-kieran-fitzgerald-announces-his-retirement-39157902.html?

A fantastic (and long) career. And a sound fella to boot.
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Post by: Duine Eile on April 27, 2020, 10:15:14 PM
Kieran Fitzgerald announces his retirement, some career he had.

https://m.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/galway-and-corofin-stalwart-kieran-fitzgerald-announces-his-retirement-39157902.html?

Yes, and hit with the death of his girlfriend Mairead Meehan (sister of the Meehans Caltra) in 2007.

Not sure what place that has here, I don’t think Kieran himself would appreciate comments like that.
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Post by: From the Bunker on April 29, 2020, 12:29:04 AM
Kieran Fitzgerald announces his retirement, some career he had.

https://m.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/galway-and-corofin-stalwart-kieran-fitzgerald-announces-his-retirement-39157902.html?

Yes, and hit with the death of his girlfriend Mairead Meehan (sister of the Meehans Caltra) in 2007.

Not sure what place that has here, I don’t think Kieran himself would appreciate comments like that.

Did not mean any malice. It was not meant in distaste more in an acknowledgement of this strife against struggles in his life. Apologies if offence was caused.  :-[
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Post by: Cunny Funt on July 04, 2020, 03:20:18 PM
Daniel St Ledger has brought the curtain down on his inter-county career with Carlow.
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Post by: Gael85 on July 06, 2020, 06:47:41 PM
Daniel St Ledger has brought the curtain down on his inter-county career with Carlow.

Great servant to Carlow football.  Must of played every position bar goal for his county. Think he originally from Clare.
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Post by: trueblue1234 on September 22, 2020, 10:29:53 PM
Colm Cavanagh. A great player that overcame a lot of negativity within the county to become a fantastic player for Tyrone. A real leader gone from the squad.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on September 22, 2020, 10:36:28 PM
Colm Cavanagh. A great player that overcame a lot of negativity within the county to become a fantastic player for Tyrone. A real leader gone from the squad.

With such a late announcement, you'd be thinking he does not see a AI Championship taking place!
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Post by: Angelo on September 23, 2020, 12:27:45 PM
Colm Cavanagh. A great player that overcame a lot of negativity within the county to become a fantastic player for Tyrone. A real leader gone from the squad.

With such a late announcement, you'd be thinking he does not see a AI Championship taking place!

Struggling with a few injuries I think and a first round knockout game against Donegal probably hastened it.
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Post by: Blowitupref on September 24, 2020, 12:42:45 AM
Peter Kelly (Kildare) has announced his retirement from inter-county football this evening.

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Post by: mouview on September 25, 2020, 10:32:43 PM
Gary Sice 'unretired' for Galway this week.
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Post by: rodney trotter on September 30, 2020, 10:47:55 PM
Diarmuid Connolly
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Post by: Angelo on September 30, 2020, 11:25:22 PM
Connolly was one of the most gifted and complete footballers I've seen play the game but his questionable temperament let him and his team down at times and probably stopped him from being one of the greats.

I wonder would he be held in greater regard if he hadn't been with Dublin, the bottom line is Dublin didn't need Diarmud Connolly to win All Irelands. They were an outstanding team packed with match winners all over the pitch. If Connolly had been at a lesser team where he would have been the go to man, had everything go through him and constantly being tagged by 3 or 4 markers, would we have seen more of him?
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Post by: sid waddell on September 30, 2020, 11:31:49 PM
Diarmuid Connolly
A sad day, a true Dublin folk hero

But his last match was the five in a row, what a way to go out

I retain hope that I might yet get to see him play again for St Vincent's under the lights at a packed Parnell Park some time in the not too distant future - there was a mythical quality about those nights - they always seemed to be nights - everybody was there to see Dermo, and he always seemed to pull something special out of the bag

Gaelic football's Ronnie O'Sullivan
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Post by: Blowitupref on September 30, 2020, 11:40:23 PM
What was his form like for St Vincents this year did it play a part in that retirement?
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Post by: GiveItToTheShooters on October 01, 2020, 12:34:02 AM
Diarmuid Connolly
One of the best players of all time. Sad day for the GAA.
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Post by: sid waddell on October 01, 2020, 12:55:21 AM
What was his form like for St Vincents this year did it play a part in that retirement?
Didn't see much of Vincent's this year but I think he pulled something out of the bag in the last group game which they won to qualify for the quarter-finals, they were beaten fairly comfortably in the quarter-final

Vincent's have been in decline for a good few years, certainly since 2017 at the latest, they were pitiful last year when they scored about 0-4 against Judes in a Dublin quarter-final, Dermo not being quite the force of old was part of that

There were some flashes of the old brilliance when he came back for Dublin last year but at the same time it was obvious he wasn't the same force he had been

Dermo had that gift where he could make you feel things that other players couldn't, you have to go back to early Jayo, Vinnie Murphy, Keith Barr, Kieran Duff etc. for players who could exhilarate you in anything like the same way, he was old school Dublin - being visibly and audibly Dublin, and a certain type of Dub matters in terms of folk hero status - you (generally) have to be Northside, you have to have a swagger about you and if you have a temper and get dirty every now and again it helps

His two points late in the semi-finals against Kerry in 2013 and 2016 were exhilarating, pure poetry, they were mirror images of each other, one from the right, one from the left

I was sitting high up in the Hogan Stand towards the Railway End for the point in 2016, pretty much above where he hit it from, I wouldn't have been anywhere else in the stadium, even the Hill, just to see that point from that angle, I can picture it my mind's eye, that score will go down as one of the greatest Dublin scores ever, it was a glorious release of emotion

And I wouldn't have been anywhere else but where I was on the Hill for his point in 2013, the last few minutes of that semi-final were even better than the final in 2011

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Post by: imtommygunn on October 01, 2020, 07:53:16 AM
Seems quite young to retire at 33 but I suppose the game is like that these days. That performance he gave in the ai club final , against castle bar was it?, has to be one of the best individual performances ever.
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Post by: Tony Baloney on October 01, 2020, 08:08:12 AM
Seems quite young to retire at 33 but I suppose the game is like that these days. That performance he gave in the ai club final , against castle bar was it?, has to be one of the best individual performances ever.
The training and lifestyle for these lads at the top is relentless and he has nothing left to prove so I'm sure he's ready for a break.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on October 01, 2020, 09:31:41 AM
Adrian Marren after 16 years with Sligo.

I thought there might have been a lot more as lads got used to life without 31 hours a week of football/hurling.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: StephenC on October 01, 2020, 11:10:42 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqcEq1hsT6s&ab_channel=PaulByrne

One of the most dangerous acts I've seen on a football pitch. Could easily have broken that mans neck.

Gifted but filthy.
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Post by: Cunny Funt on October 01, 2020, 11:35:57 AM
Seems quite young to retire at 33 but I suppose the game is like that these days. That performance he gave in the ai club final , against castle bar was it?, has to be one of the best individual performances ever.
The training and lifestyle for these lads at the top is relentless and he has nothing left to prove so I'm sure he's ready for a break.

Had a 2 year break away before returning last year. Nothing left to prove and had enough of the country scene.

Plenty of retirements in recent weeks, it seems this winter knock out championship isn't all that appealing. Adrian Marren at his peak was a top forward a happy retirement to him also.
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Post by: rodney trotter on October 01, 2020, 01:24:02 PM
Connolly wasn't part of the panel earlier in the year for the a league. Retirement might have been on his mind a while.
He was a class player but I don't think Gavin needed to bring him back into the panel  late last year.  They were going well without him, he looked off the pace when he came on v Jerry, bar the one pass whether he meant it or not..

Brogan was training hard all year after coming back from a ccruciate and missed out. There was probably other panel members annoyed too.
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Post by: Hound on October 01, 2020, 01:53:29 PM
Connolly wasn't part of the panel earlier in the year for the a league. Retirement might have been on his mind a while.
He was a class player but I don't think Gavin needed to bring him back into the panel  late last year.  They were going well without him, he looked off the pace when he came on v Jerry, bar the one pass whether he meant it or not..

Brogan was training hard all year after coming back from a ccruciate and missed out. There was probably other panel members annoyed too.
Even Bernard briefly mentioned this on the Newstalk podcast recently. Albeit he avoided directly mentioning Diarmuid.

But it's a complete nonsense. Dublin were a little short at half forward / midfield towards the middle/end of the season. An area where Diarmuid could fill in and Bernard couldn't.  It was Bugler and O'Cofaigh Byrne who Connolly usurped, and you'd do well to find more than a handful of Dubs who'd say we should have brought on one of them instead of Dermo when Howard and McCaffrey were taken off in the finals last year

Bernard was up against Costello, KevMac and Paddy Small, and I think can consider himself lucky that Jim decided to put four inside forwards on the bench for the replay

Bernard and Diarmuid play in different positions so were not in direct competition with each other.

Diarmuid was magnificent. Best Dublin outfield player of his era in my opinion (albeit I'd expect Fenton to pass him out in my opinion by the time he's finished). This is worth a look:

https://www.facebook.com/mauricewalshphotography/videos/1127587487362181/
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Post by: Taylor on October 01, 2020, 04:48:26 PM
Connolly wasn't part of the panel earlier in the year for the a league. Retirement might have been on his mind a while.
He was a class player but I don't think Gavin needed to bring him back into the panel  late last year.  They were going well without him, he looked off the pace when he came on v Jerry, bar the one pass whether he meant it or not..

Brogan was training hard all year after coming back from a ccruciate and missed out. There was probably other panel members annoyed too.
Even Bernard briefly mentioned this on the Newstalk podcast recently. Albeit he avoided directly mentioning Diarmuid.

But it's a complete nonsense. Dublin were a little short at half forward / midfield towards the middle/end of the season. An area where Diarmuid could fill in and Bernard couldn't.  It was Bugler and O'Cofaigh Byrne who Connolly usurped, and you'd do well to find more than a handful of Dubs who'd say we should have brought on one of them instead of Dermo when Howard and McCaffrey were taken off in the finals last year

Bernard was up against Costello, KevMac and Paddy Small, and I think can consider himself lucky that Jim decided to put four inside forwards on the bench for the replay

Bernard and Diarmuid play in different positions so were not in direct competition with each other.

Diarmuid was magnificent. Best Dublin outfield player of his era in my opinion (albeit I'd expect Fenton to pass him out in my opinion by the time he's finished). This is worth a look:

https://www.facebook.com/mauricewalshphotography/videos/1127587487362181/

He mentioned him directly in his book
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Post by: Cunny Funt on October 01, 2020, 05:13:56 PM
Connolly wasn't part of the panel earlier in the year for the a league. Retirement might have been on his mind a while.
He was a class player but I don't think Gavin needed to bring him back into the panel  late last year.  They were going well without him, he looked off the pace when he came on v Jerry, bar the one pass whether he meant it or not..

Brogan was training hard all year after coming back from a ccruciate and missed out. There was probably other panel members annoyed too.
Even Bernard briefly mentioned this on the Newstalk podcast recently. Albeit he avoided directly mentioning Diarmuid.

But it's a complete nonsense. Dublin were a little short at half forward / midfield towards the middle/end of the season. An area where Diarmuid could fill in and Bernard couldn't.  It was Bugler and O'Cofaigh Byrne who Connolly usurped, and you'd do well to find more than a handful of Dubs who'd say we should have brought on one of them instead of Dermo when Howard and McCaffrey were taken off in the finals last year

Bernard was up against Costello, KevMac and Paddy Small, and I think can consider himself lucky that Jim decided to put four inside forwards on the bench for the replay

Bernard and Diarmuid play in different positions so were not in direct competition with each other.

Diarmuid was magnificent. Best Dublin outfield player of his era in my opinion (albeit I'd expect Fenton to pass him out in my opinion by the time he's finished). This is worth a look:

https://www.facebook.com/mauricewalshphotography/videos/1127587487362181/

He mentioned him directly in his book

Out of interest what was the direct quote in that book?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rodney trotter on October 01, 2020, 06:26:31 PM
There was a write up in the Sunday Independent with quotes from Brogans book. I thought Hound being a Dub would be aware of that..

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Hound on October 02, 2020, 12:10:35 PM
There was a write up in the Sunday Independent with quotes from Brogans book. I thought Hound being a Dub would be aware of that..
Would never read the Sindo!

Point still stands though that Diarmuid getting recalled had no impact on Bernard, because they play different positions. Bernard cannot play out the field, that’s where Dublin were short, that’s why Connolly was recalled.

I forgot Paddy Andrews being ahead of Brogan too. He could rightly moan that the 2 Paddys, Costello and Kev Mac all got more chances than he did to stake his claim (and O’Gara was behind them all). But managers have to make tough decisions and last year we happened to have a lot of depth in the full forward line,  not to mention that the incumbents Rock, Con and Mannion were always playing well enough to retain their starting positions.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on October 02, 2020, 02:19:34 PM
Connolly wasn't part of the panel earlier in the year for the a league. Retirement might have been on his mind a while.
He was a class player but I don't think Gavin needed to bring him back into the panel  late last year.  They were going well without him, he looked off the pace when he came on v Jerry, bar the one pass whether he meant it or not..

Brogan was training hard all year after coming back from a ccruciate and missed out. There was probably other panel members annoyed too.
Even Bernard briefly mentioned this on the Newstalk podcast recently. Albeit he avoided directly mentioning Diarmuid.

But it's a complete nonsense. Dublin were a little short at half forward / midfield towards the middle/end of the season. An area where Diarmuid could fill in and Bernard couldn't.  It was Bugler and O'Cofaigh Byrne who Connolly usurped, and you'd do well to find more than a handful of Dubs who'd say we should have brought on one of them instead of Dermo when Howard and McCaffrey were taken off in the finals last year

Bernard was up against Costello, KevMac and Paddy Small, and I think can consider himself lucky that Jim decided to put four inside forwards on the bench for the replay

Bernard and Diarmuid play in different positions so were not in direct competition with each other.

Diarmuid was magnificent. Best Dublin outfield player of his era in my opinion (albeit I'd expect Fenton to pass him out in my opinion by the time he's finished). This is worth a look:

https://www.facebook.com/mauricewalshphotography/videos/1127587487362181/

He mentioned him directly in his book

Out of interest what was the direct quote in that book?

Having read Brogan's book his problem for last 2 years was he tried to turn himself into a team player rather than a scorer. When he realised that wasn't working with the management he went back to being a shooter in training near the end of last season and that got him a place on the bench. He didn't have a problem with Dermo coming back.

H knew himself Rock. Mannion & Con were ahead of him and he was competing with the likes of O'Gara, Andrews & Costello for a place on the bench
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: J70 on October 02, 2020, 02:29:58 PM
It was a shit day for the Dubs, but Connolly scored two of the best individual points I've ever seen in the 2014 semi against Donegal, weaving his way through three or four tackles each time before finishing one with his left (first half), the other with his right (second half). Got a couple more nice long range ones in the first half too during that early period when everything the Dubs hit was sailing over.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Manning18 on October 03, 2020, 01:33:06 AM
I loved watching Connolly as much as anyone but it's a bit perverse really that he's getting so much more fanfare for retiring than say his counterpart Bernard Brogan. Yes Connolly was much more talented and easy on the eye but you'd be off your rocker to say he was a better player for Dublin. I'd say he had about 60% worth of Brogans contribution over the years.

We're a strange society, we gravitate far more to natural talent than people who max out their ability. I suppose cos the former is more rare
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: JoG2 on October 03, 2020, 11:00:22 AM
Connolly was one of those elite players from other counties you loved seeing on the pitch, like Cooper, Stevie O'Neill, Joyce. Players who could turn a game with an injection of magic. Superb footballer
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: BennyCake on October 03, 2020, 11:13:13 AM
Connolly was one of those elite players from other counties you loved seeing on the pitch, like Cooper, Stevie O'Neill, Joyce. Players who could turn a game with an injection of magic. Superb footballer

Connolly was so overrated. Only thing of note I seen him do was that goal in the club final. I never seen him turn a game the way those others did, especially the first two.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: JoG2 on October 03, 2020, 11:27:20 AM
Connolly was one of those elite players from other counties you loved seeing on the pitch, like Cooper, Stevie O'Neill, Joyce. Players who could turn a game with an injection of magic. Superb footballer

Connolly was so overrated. Only thing of note I seen him do was that goal in the club final. I never seen him turn a game the way those others did, especially the first two.

With some of your fantastical posts on players from different sports down the years Bennycake, I'll stick with my own opinion on Connolly  ;D
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Manning18 on October 03, 2020, 11:30:02 AM
Connolly was one of those elite players from other counties you loved seeing on the pitch, like Cooper, Stevie O'Neill, Joyce. Players who could turn a game with an injection of magic. Superb footballer

Connolly was so overrated. Only thing of note I seen him do was that goal in the club final. I never seen him turn a game the way those others did, especially the first two.

Funny how you specify the first two, considering the latter of that trio had by far the biggest effect on the biggest day of all, 9 points in the second half of an All Ireland final to swing it. Mad how that performance (the highest scoring final performance in modern era) gets forgotten.

Connolly did have a game of that ilk once, the 2011 Quarter final against Tyrone.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on October 03, 2020, 11:39:53 AM
That club final was up there with the best performances I have ever seen in Croke park. In fact it was probably the best I have seen.

Brogan a different beast. He had everything and wasn’t controversial so people talk less about him. He was a machine in his time and had everything - talent, work rate, consistency and discipline. Connolly to be fair probably had the first two but lacked the discipline and probably wasn’t as consistent either. He also could be wound up so could have been perceived a weak link when you’d the likes of the mcgees going at him. Was it him who Eamon was phoning? Mad story.

[edit] https://www.donegaldaily.com/2016/08/27/gaa-star-mcgee-admits-he-regularly-called-dubs-star-to-abuse-him-down-phoneline/ (https://www.donegaldaily.com/2016/08/27/gaa-star-mcgee-admits-he-regularly-called-dubs-star-to-abuse-him-down-phoneline/)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: BennyCake on October 03, 2020, 01:14:03 PM
Connolly was one of those elite players from other counties you loved seeing on the pitch, like Cooper, Stevie O'Neill, Joyce. Players who could turn a game with an injection of magic. Superb footballer

Connolly was so overrated. Only thing of note I seen him do was that goal in the club final. I never seen him turn a game the way those others did, especially the first two.

Funny how you specify the first two, considering the latter of that trio had by far the biggest effect on the biggest day of all, 9 points in the second half of an All Ireland final to swing it. Mad how that performance (the highest scoring final performance in modern era) gets forgotten.

Connolly did have a game of that ilk once, the 2011 Quarter final against Tyrone.

I haven’t forgot Joyce’s AI final tally. A great player he was, but I felt the other two had the ability to thread passes, or take outrageous scores that lifted their team or turn a game.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Manning18 on October 03, 2020, 01:24:31 PM
Connolly was one of those elite players from other counties you loved seeing on the pitch, like Cooper, Stevie O'Neill, Joyce. Players who could turn a game with an injection of magic. Superb footballer

Connolly was so overrated. Only thing of note I seen him do was that goal in the club final. I never seen him turn a game the way those others did, especially the first two.

Funny how you specify the first two, considering the latter of that trio had by far the biggest effect on the biggest day of all, 9 points in the second half of an All Ireland final to swing it. Mad how that performance (the highest scoring final performance in modern era) gets forgotten.

Connolly did have a game of that ilk once, the 2011 Quarter final against Tyrone.

I haven’t forgot Joyce’s AI final tally. A great player he was, but I felt the other two had the ability to thread passes, or take outrageous scores that lifted their team or turn a game.

Jaysus, Joyce played the centre forward 'Quarterback' role long before Cooper did the same and O'Neill was never known as a passer or played outside. They're all greats but O'Neill is a firm third to the other two
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: JoG2 on October 03, 2020, 01:34:09 PM
Connolly was one of those elite players from other counties you loved seeing on the pitch, like Cooper, Stevie O'Neill, Joyce. Players who could turn a game with an injection of magic. Superb footballer

Connolly was so overrated. Only thing of note I seen him do was that goal in the club final. I never seen him turn a game the way those others did, especially the first two.

Funny how you specify the first two, considering the latter of that trio had by far the biggest effect on the biggest day of all, 9 points in the second half of an All Ireland final to swing it. Mad how that performance (the highest scoring final performance in modern era) gets forgotten.

Connolly did have a game of that ilk once, the 2011 Quarter final against Tyrone.

I haven’t forgot Joyce’s AI final tally. A great player he was, but I felt the other two had the ability to thread passes, or take outrageous scores that lifted their team or turn a game.

Pádriac Joyce!
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: An Fhairche Abu on October 03, 2020, 01:46:47 PM
It's gas to see some of the different perceptions that people have of players, it's insane to me that Joyce could be considered as anything else bar an unbelievable passer and distributor of the ball, he'd be country miles ahead of O'Neill on that aspect of the game for me.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on October 03, 2020, 05:51:25 PM
It's gas to see some of the different perceptions that people have of players, it's insane to me that Joyce could be considered as anything else bar an unbelievable passer and distributor of the ball, he'd be country miles ahead of O'Neill on that aspect of the game for me.

O'Neill was an unbelievable passer, had magnificent vision, two footed, he was a natural no 11 but Tyrone had a certain Brian McGuigan there so he was utilised more so inside. He won an All Star at 11 in his debut season for Tyrone.

Joyce was a great player but I think it's ridiculous to say he was a country mile ahead of O'Neill when it came to passing or distribution. O'Neill had few peers in that regard when he played the game.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Manning18 on October 03, 2020, 10:27:56 PM
Trying my best not to upset or diminish anyone from Tyrone, so il say that Peter Canavan is the greatest player I personally (30s) have seen. I thought Sean Cavanagh along with Gooch were the players of the noughties. I'd have Dooher next in Tyrone terms, maybe with Jordan and McGuigan. Only after those would O'Neill and Mugsy feature. O'Neill was exceptional in 05. Out of interest, and conceding that he had his fair share of injuries, how many years did he even consistently start outside of that? 2?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: trueblue1234 on October 03, 2020, 10:51:35 PM
He got 3 all stars but suffered badly with injuries. I personally would have him 2nd only to Canavan in natural ability but was robbed of a few years unfortunately. Doesn’t compare to Joyce for longevity. Both fantastic players. 
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on October 03, 2020, 11:24:21 PM
Trying my best not to upset or diminish anyone from Tyrone, so il say that Peter Canavan is the greatest player I personally (30s) have seen. I thought Sean Cavanagh along with Gooch were the players of the noughties. I'd have Dooher next in Tyrone terms, maybe with Jordan and McGuigan. Only after those would O'Neill and Mugsy feature. O'Neill was exceptional in 05. Out of interest, and conceding that he had his fair share of injuries, how many years did he even consistently start outside of that? 2?

O'Neill and McGuigan were blighted by injuries unfortunately but their ability shone through when they were fit and healthy. I'd say that's a fair summation in terms of Tyrone players.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: smelmoth on October 03, 2020, 11:34:28 PM
Connolly had massive talent. I don’t for 1 moment think his footballing talent was overrated. His discipline was shocking.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?ab_channel=PaulByrne&v=AqcEq1hsT6s/watch?ab_channel=PaulByrne&v=AqcEq1hsT6s

That is horrific. No push. No need. Just the needless drive of the knee into the back of the head of a player on the ground. Real nasty.

Canavan had his own issues. As a Armagh man Dooher would have done plenty of pulling and dragging but never saw him do anything dangerous other than on the scoreboard





Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on October 04, 2020, 12:38:25 AM
Diarmuid Connolly
A sad day, a true Dublin folk hero

But his last match was the five in a row, what a way to go out

I retain hope that I might yet get to see him play again for St Vincent's under the lights at a packed Parnell Park some time in the not too distant future - there was a mythical quality about those nights - they always seemed to be nights - everybody was there to see Dermo, and he always seemed to pull something special out of the bag


Gaelic football's Ronnie O'Sullivan
+1.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tonto1888 on October 04, 2020, 01:02:08 PM
He was a fantastic player. Sad that he has retired

On the ONeill debate, as an armagh man I hated him. As a football fan he was brilliant. Can’t say anymore than rhat
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: An Fhairche Abu on October 04, 2020, 11:34:40 PM
It's gas to see some of the different perceptions that people have of players, it's insane to me that Joyce could be considered as anything else bar an unbelievable passer and distributor of the ball, he'd be country miles ahead of O'Neill on that aspect of the game for me.

O'Neill was an unbelievable passer, had magnificent vision, two footed, he was a natural no 11 but Tyrone had a certain Brian McGuigan there so he was utilised more so inside. He won an All Star at 11 in his debut season for Tyrone.

Joyce was a great player but I think it's ridiculous to say he was a country mile ahead of O'Neill when it came to passing or distribution. O'Neill had few peers in that regard when he played the game.

Country mile may have been too harsh in terms of a description to be fair, I'll withdraw it.
I suppose to me O'Neill (who I do consider a great player) was more of a top class score getter and not a player who immediately springs to my mind as a top class passer and if I was to - again only my subjective opinion - say who I considered superior in that aspect of the game I'd have Joyce ahead. Both great players at the end of the day, unconscious county bias and who you saw more of is going to colour the judgement a bit.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Farrandeelin on October 05, 2020, 08:58:27 AM
He was a fantastic player. Sad that he has retired

On the ONeill debate, as an armagh man I hated him. As a football fan he was brilliant. Can’t say anymore than rhat

Your second paragraph sums up me and Connolly. Pity he didn't quit in 2016.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rufus T Firefly on October 06, 2020, 06:44:34 PM
Interesting discussion. For me Connolly is an all time great who had the ability to change the biggest matches.

I think the comparisons elsewhere on some top players, in terms of their greatness, is really splitting hairs.

I haven’t forgot Joyce’s AI final tally. A great player he was, but I felt the other two had the ability to thread passes, or take outrageous scores that lifted their team or turn a game.

I've two stand out memories of Joyce. One was an All Ireland semi-final against Kildare (I think), in pouring rain, where he stood facing out the field at a Kildare kickout and indicated to the whole team to play the ball to him, such was his unbelievable confidence. I remember thinking the confidence that must have given to the whole Galway side at the time. A winner.

The second was a league game against Armagh in Crossmaglen. He run across the Armagh goal, about thirty yards out and then kicked the ball left footed back over his right shoulder towards the far corner. My immediate reaction was relief at his mis-hit effort for a point, until the ball landed in the hands of a free man on the overlap who scored a goal. It was a moment of genius and to me was as good a pass as I have ever seen.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: bannside on October 06, 2020, 07:09:39 PM
Stevie O Neill the pick of those three. Genius at play.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: An Watcher on October 06, 2020, 07:18:30 PM
Stevie's display when Francie was marking him in croker was as good as I've seen. Think it may have been the drawn ulster final of 05. Hitting points from all angles
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rufus T Firefly on October 06, 2020, 11:06:51 PM
Stevie's display when Francie was marking him in croker was as good as I've seen. Think it may have been the drawn ulster final of 05. Hitting points from all angles

I think you are thinking of the replay, when he scored points into the Canal goal off his right and his left from acute angles. I'm sure Andy Mallon was marking him. I'm open to correction on all of that.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Redhand Santa on October 07, 2020, 07:50:15 AM
Stevie's display when Francie was marking him in croker was as good as I've seen. Think it may have been the drawn ulster final of 05. Hitting points from all angles

I think you are thinking of the replay, when he scored points into the Canal goal off his right and his left from acute angles. I'm sure Andy Mallon was marking him. I'm open to correction on all of that.

It was the first game he destroyed Bellew in. Scored 6 from play or something of him and tortured him all afternoon.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on November 27, 2020, 04:13:35 PM
Paul Kerrigan has retired from inter-county football
The All-Ireland winner, who made his debut in 2008, featured in this year's win over Kerry and was unused sub in the Munster final against Tipperary.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Itchy on November 28, 2020, 10:54:30 AM
Paul Kerrigan has retired from inter-county football
The All-Ireland winner, who made his debut in 2008, featured in this year's win over Kerry and was unused sub in the Munster final against Tipperary.

Thought it very odd a direct runner like him didn't get 15 minutes at least against Tipp. Excellent player in his prime.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on November 28, 2020, 06:23:40 PM
Paul Kerrigan has retired from inter-county football
The All-Ireland winner, who made his debut in 2008, featured in this year's win over Kerry and was unused sub in the Munster final against Tipperary.

Thought it very odd a direct runner like him didn't get 15 minutes at least against Tipp. Excellent player in his prime.

Kerrigan has looked about 2 stone overweight when I've seen him play in the last few years. Suprised he was still on the Cork panel if I'm honest.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on November 28, 2020, 08:05:53 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: sid waddell on November 28, 2020, 08:20:00 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Captain Obvious on November 28, 2020, 08:38:19 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Injury related i presume played a part in that decision.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on November 28, 2020, 08:54:36 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

He could have shown a bit of ambition to win things and declared for Dublin!
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: sid waddell on November 28, 2020, 09:01:26 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

He could have shown a bit of ambition to win things and declared for Dublin!
Think you'll find Kildare have much more of a record of enticing lads from other counties to declare for them with the promise of winning things than Dublin do

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dinny Breen on November 28, 2020, 10:09:18 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

Mate, you're a Dublin fanboy, you know f**k all about club football and even less about Kildare football. Enjoy your asterisk All Ireland's.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on November 28, 2020, 10:19:25 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

Mate, you're a Dublin fanboy, you know f**k all about club football and even less about Kildare football. Enjoy your asterisk All Ireland's.

Indeed. Kildare would never go down the road of importing players to play for the county. Seanie Johnston for example is a proud Kildare man and no doubt had a few quiet drinks at home last weekend to celebrate when Kildare won the Christy Ring cup. His first outing in Kildare was for his club's hurling side after all
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: sid waddell on November 28, 2020, 10:22:43 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

Mate, you're a Dublin fanboy, you know f**k all about club football and even less about Kildare football. Enjoy your asterisk All Ireland's.

Indeed. Kildare would never go down the road of importing players to play for the county. Seanie Johnston for example is a proud Kildare man and no doubt had a few quiet drinks at home last weekend to celebrate when Kildare won the Christy Ring cup. His first outing in Kildare was for his club's hurling side after all
All about the club in Kildare

Coill Dubh, just for example, would never let themselves be used by the Kildare senior football team to give 30 seconds of action to a lad who never held a hurley in his life just so his inter-county football transfer could be validated

Noting like that would ever happen in Kildare
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on November 28, 2020, 10:23:28 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

He could have shown a bit of ambition to win things and declared for Dublin!
Think you'll find Kildare have much more of a record of enticing lads from other counties to declare for them with the promise of winning things than Dublin do

Some counties entice lads from other counties. Some counties entice extra money that could go to other counties. Both seek to gain advantage. But who gets to gain more advantage?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on November 28, 2020, 10:31:30 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

He could have shown a bit of ambition to win things and declared for Dublin!
Think you'll find Kildare have much more of a record of enticing lads from other counties to declare for them with the promise of winning things than Dublin do

Some counties entice lads from other counties. Some counties entice extra money that could go to other counties. Both seek to gain advantage. But who gets to gain more advantage?

Shame on any county who would try to take money from another county!!! That's a serious allegation. If you can prove that you should go to Croke Park and the media with it. That's a disgrace
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Donnellys Hollow on November 28, 2020, 10:32:53 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

Of all the Kildare players who could accused of being soft or lacking resolve, Moolick is the probably among the least likely to be in that category.

He has been playing senior football since 2010. Recovered from an ACL midway through his career. Won a Leinster u21 as captain and had a far more productive senior career than many of his teammates from that group despite not being blessed with their natural athleticism or talent. He never sulked when more mobile players were picked ahead of him and always played his way back into the fold. If we had a few more who had the same character and commitment, we would be in a better place.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on November 28, 2020, 11:24:43 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

He could have shown a bit of ambition to win things and declared for Dublin!
Think you'll find Kildare have much more of a record of enticing lads from other counties to declare for them with the promise of winning things than Dublin do

Some counties entice lads from other counties. Some counties entice extra money that could go to other counties. Both seek to gain advantage. But who gets to gain more advantage?

Shame on any county who would try to take money from another county!!! That's a serious allegation. If you can prove that you should go to Croke Park and the media with it. That's a disgrace

Yes, Shame on any county who would try to take money from another county! That is a serious allegation. Why would you say that?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: sid waddell on November 29, 2020, 12:09:03 AM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

Of all the Kildare players who could accused of being soft or lacking resolve, Moolick is the probably among the least likely to be in that category.

He has been playing senior football since 2010. Recovered from an ACL midway through his career. Won a Leinster u21 as captain and had a far more productive senior career than many of his teammates from that group despite not being blessed with their natural athleticism or talent. He never sulked when more mobile players were picked ahead of him and always played his way back into the fold. If we had a few more who had the same character and commitment, we would be in a better place.
More power to Moolick, I have zero problem with him, it's an amateur game and neither he nor anybody else is under any obligation to give up his time

However I note that you say that "if we had a few more who had the same character and commitment, we would be in a better place"

That would strongly imply that a lot of Kildare players aren't trying hard enough for the team to be successful - and I thought you hated when people say that

There are two narratives here and only one can be true:

i) Kildare are trying hard enough, they are doing all they can, the narrative they aren't trying hard enough is a grievous insult - how dare anybody say Kildare are not trying hard enough

ii) Kildare are not trying hard enough

Which is it?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Donnellys Hollow on November 29, 2020, 01:05:59 AM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

Of all the Kildare players who could accused of being soft or lacking resolve, Moolick is the probably among the least likely to be in that category.

He has been playing senior football since 2010. Recovered from an ACL midway through his career. Won a Leinster u21 as captain and had a far more productive senior career than many of his teammates from that group despite not being blessed with their natural athleticism or talent. He never sulked when more mobile players were picked ahead of him and always played his way back into the fold. If we had a few more who had the same character and commitment, we would be in a better place.
More power to Moolick, I have zero problem with him, it's an amateur game and neither he nor anybody else is under any obligation to give up his time

However I note that you say that "if we had a few more who had the same character and commitment, we would be in a better place"

That would strongly imply that a lot of Kildare players aren't trying hard enough for the team to be successful - and I thought you hated when people say that

There are two narratives here and only one can be true:

i) Kildare are trying hard enough, they are doing all they can, the narrative they aren't trying hard enough is a grievous insult - how dare anybody say Kildare are not trying hard enough

ii) Kildare are not trying hard enough

Which is it?

You asserted that Tommy Moolick's retirement from inter-county football is "demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere".

That is well wide of the mark in this instance.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on November 29, 2020, 01:17:24 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

He could have shown a bit of ambition to win things and declared for Dublin!
Think you'll find Kildare have much more of a record of enticing lads from other counties to declare for them with the promise of winning things than Dublin do

Some counties entice lads from other counties. Some counties entice extra money that could go to other counties. Both seek to gain advantage. But who gets to gain more advantage?

Shame on any county who would try to take money from another county!!! That's a serious allegation. If you can prove that you should go to Croke Park and the media with it. That's a disgrace

Yes, Shame on any county who would try to take money from another county! That is a serious allegation. Why would you say that?

Oh so you're just inferring Counties are enticing money from other counties. So its not actually happening and this is one of those urban myths spread by bitter people like the dublin footballers don't have real jobs
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on November 29, 2020, 02:23:10 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

He could have shown a bit of ambition to win things and declared for Dublin!
Think you'll find Kildare have much more of a record of enticing lads from other counties to declare for them with the promise of winning things than Dublin do

Some counties entice lads from other counties. Some counties entice extra money that could go to other counties. Both seek to gain advantage. But who gets to gain more advantage?

Shame on any county who would try to take money from another county!!! That's a serious allegation. If you can prove that you should go to Croke Park and the media with it. That's a disgrace

Yes, Shame on any county who would try to take money from another county! That is a serious allegation. Why would you say that?

Oh so you're just inferring Counties are enticing money from other counties. So its not actually happening and this is one of those urban myths spread by bitter people like the dublin footballers don't have real jobs

I'm inferring some counties entice extra money that could go to other counties.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: mup on November 29, 2020, 02:27:37 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

Mate, you're a Dublin fanboy, you know f**k all about club football and even less about Kildare football. Enjoy your asterisk All Ireland's.

Indeed. Kildare would never go down the road of importing players to play for the county. Seanie Johnston for example is a proud Kildare man and no doubt had a few quiet drinks at home last weekend to celebrate when Kildare won the Christy Ring cup. His first outing in Kildare was for his club's hurling side after all

Sure its not like Dublin ever imported anyone. Wasnt the club scene awash with imported players for years. All for money.

Throwing stones from inside the glasshouse again.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on November 29, 2020, 06:26:27 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

Mate, you're a Dublin fanboy, you know f**k all about club football and even less about Kildare football. Enjoy your asterisk All Ireland's.

Indeed. Kildare would never go down the road of importing players to play for the county. Seanie Johnston for example is a proud Kildare man and no doubt had a few quiet drinks at home last weekend to celebrate when Kildare won the Christy Ring cup. His first outing in Kildare was for his club's hurling side after all

Sure its not like Dublin ever imported anyone. Wasnt the club scene awash with imported players for years. All for money.

Throwing stones from inside the glasshouse again.

I didn't see any posts claiming Dublin never imported players from outside the county to play for them. Please point them out.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: mup on November 29, 2020, 06:45:50 PM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

Mate, you're a Dublin fanboy, you know f**k all about club football and even less about Kildare football. Enjoy your asterisk All Ireland's.

Indeed. Kildare would never go down the road of importing players to play for the county. Seanie Johnston for example is a proud Kildare man and no doubt had a few quiet drinks at home last weekend to celebrate when Kildare won the Christy Ring cup. His first outing in Kildare was for his club's hurling side after all

Sure its not like Dublin ever imported anyone. Wasnt the club scene awash with imported players for years. All for money.

Throwing stones from inside the glasshouse again.

I didn't see any posts claiming Dublin never imported players from outside the county to play for them. Please point them out.

While I didnt go through this thread with a fine tooth comb I didn't see anyone claim Kildare didn't either. And If they did bigger fool them.

But you Dubs cant be pontificating from the pulpit on inter county transfers.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on November 30, 2020, 08:44:21 AM
Tommy Moolick of Kildare .
Young enough I think probably doesn't see any point being from a Leinster County.
Moolick is around 27/28

Lads are entitled to use their time however they wish and more power to him but it's demonstrative of why Kildare get nowhere - inter-county level is too difficult, so they quit

Mate, you're a Dublin fanboy, you know f**k all about club football and even less about Kildare football. Enjoy your asterisk All Ireland's.

Indeed. Kildare would never go down the road of importing players to play for the county. Seanie Johnston for example is a proud Kildare man and no doubt had a few quiet drinks at home last weekend to celebrate when Kildare won the Christy Ring cup. His first outing in Kildare was for his club's hurling side after all

Paddy Quinn was on the Dublin panel under Jim Gavin.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Gael85 on December 01, 2020, 09:45:27 PM
Gordon Kelly  Clare has retired. Great servant to Clare football.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on December 06, 2020, 07:13:10 PM
Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash has called it a day.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: BennyCake on December 06, 2020, 07:27:38 PM
Great keeper. Great image.


Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on December 08, 2020, 01:07:16 AM
Cork dual star Aidan Walsh calls time on county career.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on December 08, 2020, 09:20:26 AM
Cork dual star Aidan Walsh calls time on county career.

Will he rejoin footballers? Christopher Joyce and Conor Lehane dropped as well.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Cunny Funt on January 02, 2021, 05:35:01 PM
Donie Shine forced to retire from club football aged 31 due to ongoing injuries. Man of the match in the All Ireland minior final replay in 2006 and was a key player in landing senior and U21 Connacht titles for Roscommon in 2010.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 02, 2021, 07:57:14 PM
Farewell Donie and enjoy retirement.
You gave us some mighty days but injuries reduced your effectiveness far too soon.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 02, 2021, 08:18:13 PM
Farewell Donie and enjoy retirement.
You gave us some mighty days but injuries reduced your effectiveness far too soon.

There was huge expectation put on his shoulders early on his career.


Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rodney trotter on January 03, 2021, 02:03:41 PM
Donie Vaughan announced his retirement.. Maybe the first of a few with Mayo.
Jonathan Lyne Kerry retired recently too. He scored 2 great points against Mayo, in All Ireland Semi replay in 14 down in Limerick
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 03, 2021, 02:19:09 PM
Donal Vaughan great servant to Mayo unfortunately will be remembered for the red card in 2017 final.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 03, 2021, 07:11:19 PM
Donal Vaughan great servant to Mayo unfortunately will be remembered for the red card in 2017 final.

A lapse of concentration, took a lot of pressure off of Joe McQuillan's decision sending off Small.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on January 03, 2021, 08:56:11 PM
Donal Vaughan great servant to Mayo unfortunately will be remembered for the red card in 2017 final.

A lapse of concentration, took a lot of pressure off of Joe McQuillan's decision sending off Small.

Small was always going for a 2nd yellow. Moment of madness that cost Mayo the All Ireland
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Mayo Border on January 03, 2021, 09:08:41 PM
Donal Vaughan great servant to Mayo unfortunately will be remembered for the red card in 2017 final.

A lapse of concentration, took a lot of pressure off of Joe McQuillan's decision sending off Small.

Small was always going for a 2nd yellow. Moment of madness that cost Mayo the All Ireland
No guarantee of that. Had Vaughan not reacted,  its not certain at all that McQuillan would have given Small a second yellow. An easy decision was handed to him.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 03, 2021, 09:21:27 PM
Donal Vaughan great servant to Mayo unfortunately will be remembered for the red card in 2017 final.

A lapse of concentration, took a lot of pressure off of Joe McQuillan's decision sending off Small.

Small was always going for a 2nd yellow. Moment of madness that cost Mayo the All Ireland
No guarantee of that. Had Vaughan not reacted,  its not certain at all that McQuillan would have given Small a second yellow. An easy decision was handed to him.

Small was going, it was nailed on - he had to. In that kind of situation you suspect the referee will look for a way to even it up down the line and Vaughan presented him with the perfect opportunity.

I don't think Vaughan would have walked if McQuillan wasn't about to send off Small. You'd see worse scuffles get just a yellow card routinely. It was idiotic from Vaughan, mad rush of blood to the head in that situation. It's kind of like when you get a softish free in front of the posts and some clown reacts and allows the referee the perfect chance to reverse that decision.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: sid waddell on January 03, 2021, 10:18:40 PM
Donal Vaughan great servant to Mayo unfortunately will be remembered for the red card in 2017 final.

A lapse of concentration, took a lot of pressure off of Joe McQuillan's decision sending off Small.

Small was always going for a 2nd yellow. Moment of madness that cost Mayo the All Ireland
No guarantee of that. Had Vaughan not reacted,  its not certain at all that McQuillan would have given Small a second yellow. An easy decision was handed to him.
Small was definitely going, it was a frontal charge to the chest

Personally I thought Vaughan's sending off was soft enough, it was incredibly stupid on his part to give the referee the excuse but it was hardly a striking action, Small was cute enough to go down, he knew he score

He was a good versatile player, very good to fill a hole anywhere between full back and midfield
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Mayo Border on January 03, 2021, 10:39:57 PM
I respectfully disagree. Small may not have been given a second yellow. Big game-  All Ireland final.  Refs had previously omitted to issue cards to Dublin players in big games. John McCarthy hit to the head of the same Donal Vaughan in 2016 replay. No card. Vaughan had to leave the field which had a significant impact on the game. John Small hand trip on Andy Moran same game. Play waved on. No black card. Same again 2020 final Fitzsimons hit to Keegan's chest. Should have been at least yellow and a 14 yard free. Play waved on. Many other incidents. Dublin players know this unwritten rule exists.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: sid waddell on January 03, 2021, 10:45:41 PM
I respectfully disagree. Small may not have been given a second yellow. Big game-  All Ireland final.  Refs had previously omitted to issue cards to Dublin players in big games. John McCarthy hit to the head of the same Donal Vaughan in 2016 replay. No card. Vaughan had to leave the field which had a significant impact on the game. John Small hand trip on Andy Moran same game. Play waved on. No black card. Same again 2020 final Fitzsimons hit to Keegan's chest. Should have been at least yellow and a 14 yard free. Play waved on. Many other incidents. Dublin players know this unwritten rule exists.
James McCarthy on Vaughan in 2016 was incidental, it wasn't intentional

Small was definitely going, McQuillan was already coming in with his notebook in hand
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 03, 2021, 10:51:55 PM
Making a big decision against Dublin has become hugely pressurised for Referees in these big games. There has also been some crazy phantom frees like the one in 2017 where two Dublin players ran into each other and won a free just before half time.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Mayo Border on January 03, 2021, 10:55:28 PM


Small was definitely going, McQuillan was already coming in with his notebook in hand
Bullshyte Sid. Vaughn's reaction on Small was immediately after Small poleaxed Colm Boyle. It was instantaneous. No ref's notebook. McQuillan was delighted as it took him out of tomorrow's headlines.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: sid waddell on January 03, 2021, 10:55:35 PM
Making a big decision against Dublin has become hugely pressurised for Referees in these big games. There has also been some crazy phantom frees like the one in 2017 where two Dublin players ran into each other and won a free just before half time.
The real big decision that went against Mayo in 2017 was the penalty one on Keegan, which should been given as a penalty, not an ordinary free

If O'Connor had slotted it they would have been four points up not two after 62/63 minutes, the Mayo crowd would have been going buck ape and it would have been very difficult indeed for Dublin to come back
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: sid waddell on January 03, 2021, 10:57:34 PM

Bullshyte Sid. Vaughn's reaction on Small was immediately after Small poleaxed Colm Boyle. It was instantaneous. No ref's notebook. McQuillan was delighted as it took him out of tomorrow's headlines.
I watched it a minute ago

McQuillan was coming in, Vaughan did it just as McQuillan came into camera shot, he already had his notebook out

Small was going whatever happened, he had already been booked
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on January 03, 2021, 11:03:06 PM

Bullshyte Sid. Vaughn's reaction on Small was immediately after Small poleaxed Colm Boyle. It was instantaneous. No ref's notebook. McQuillan was delighted as it took him out of tomorrow's headlines.
I watched it a minute ago

McQuillan was coming in, Vaughan did it just as McQuillan came into camera shot, he already had his notebook out

Small was going whatever happened, he had already been booked

Absolutely. Small was gone. Aidan O'Shea tries to stop Vaughan as he can see what's about to happen but he can't get there in time. Even as Small is going off he's looking at the ref not to complain but praying Vaughan is going to walk as well
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 03, 2021, 11:05:25 PM
Making a big decision against Dublin has become hugely pressurised for Referees in these big games. There has also been some crazy phantom frees like the one in 2017 where two Dublin players ran into each other and won a free just before half time.
The real big decision that went against Mayo in 2017 was the penalty one on Keegan, which should been given as a penalty, not an ordinary free

If O'Connor had slotted it they would have been four points up not two after 62/63 minutes, the Mayo crowd would have been going buck ape and it would have been very difficult indeed for Dublin to come back

When you get a free for nothing! Not a Mayo player in sight, in a tight game, you know it's your day. You need to get them breaks on the big day! And it's not often you get those in an away fixture. This is all water under the bridge, means little or nothing. Won't have to be worrying about those calls anymore!
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 04, 2021, 12:39:03 AM
Making a big decision against Dublin has become hugely pressurised for Referees in these big games. There has also been some crazy phantom frees like the one in 2017 where two Dublin players ran into each other and won a free just before half time.
The real big decision that went against Mayo in 2017 was the penalty one on Keegan, which should been given as a penalty, not an ordinary free

If O'Connor had slotted it they would have been four points up not two after 62/63 minutes, the Mayo crowd would have been going buck ape and it would have been very difficult indeed for Dublin to come back

When you get a free for nothing! Not a Mayo player in sight, in a tight game, you know it's your day. You need to get them breaks on the big day! And it's not often you get those in an away fixture. This is all water under the bridge, means little or nothing. Won't have to be worrying about those calls anymore!

To be fair Dublin Joe gave Mayo a handy free to put them ahead  . Cillian O'Connor hit the post
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 04, 2021, 01:01:17 AM
Making a big decision against Dublin has become hugely pressurised for Referees in these big games. There has also been some crazy phantom frees like the one in 2017 where two Dublin players ran into each other and won a free just before half time.
The real big decision that went against Mayo in 2017 was the penalty one on Keegan, which should been given as a penalty, not an ordinary free

If O'Connor had slotted it they would have been four points up not two after 62/63 minutes, the Mayo crowd would have been going buck ape and it would have been very difficult indeed for Dublin to come back

When you get a free for nothing! Not a Mayo player in sight, in a tight game, you know it's your day. You need to get them breaks on the big day! And it's not often you get those in an away fixture. This is all water under the bridge, means little or nothing. Won't have to be worrying about those calls anymore!

To be fair Dublin Joe gave Mayo a handy free to put them ahead  . Cillian O'Connor hit the post

Fitzsimmons held COC arm as far as i can remember.  There was 6 minutes left after COC's attempt. People forget Connolly and Bernard Brogan missed great chances in between COC missed free and Rocks winning point.

Nobody talks of COC's good point from play to level the game coming into the home stretch.

Nobody talks Brogan and Connollys misses and about their character because Dublin won.

Thems the breaks, Dublin the better team on all occasions - the scoreboard does not lie.

There is no chance of us having those disappointments anymore. It's almost a relief.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 04, 2021, 10:24:12 AM
I respectfully disagree. Small may not have been given a second yellow. Big game-  All Ireland final.  Refs had previously omitted to issue cards to Dublin players in big games. John McCarthy hit to the head of the same Donal Vaughan in 2016 replay. No card. Vaughan had to leave the field which had a significant impact on the game. John Small hand trip on Andy Moran same game. Play waved on. No black card. Same again 2020 final Fitzsimons hit to Keegan's chest. Should have been at least yellow and a 14 yard free. Play waved on. Many other incidents. Dublin players know this unwritten rule exists.

It was a certain red card. I think everyone knew Small was off, the referee was motioning over to him and Vaughan gave the referee the option to even things up which he took gleefully.

Small had to go, it would be scandalous if he didn't. Vaughan's was a lot more of a grey area, I firmly believe that there is no way that the ref would have sent Vaughan off had he not just sent off a Dublin player.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 04, 2021, 11:10:58 AM
I respectfully disagree. Small may not have been given a second yellow. Big game-  All Ireland final.  Refs had previously omitted to issue cards to Dublin players in big games. John McCarthy hit to the head of the same Donal Vaughan in 2016 replay. No card. Vaughan had to leave the field which had a significant impact on the game. John Small hand trip on Andy Moran same game. Play waved on. No black card. Same again 2020 final Fitzsimons hit to Keegan's chest. Should have been at least yellow and a 14 yard free. Play waved on. Many other incidents. Dublin players know this unwritten rule exists.

It was a certain red card. I think everyone knew Small was off, the referee was motioning over to him and Vaughan gave the referee the option to even things up which he took gleefully.

Small had to go, it would be scandalous if he didn't. Vaughan's was a lot more of a grey area, I firmly believe that there is no way that the ref would have sent Vaughan off had he not just sent off a Dublin player.

100%
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: GetOverTheBar on January 04, 2021, 11:23:39 AM
Was always a great fan of the 'old' Mayo guard. Donie Vaughan certainly was one of those.

Hopefully history remembers him for the great player he was. Something about those Mayo lads, that spirit they had after all the set backs is special.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on January 04, 2021, 12:19:39 PM
David Clarke retired too!  :(
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Crete Boom on January 04, 2021, 01:18:52 PM
David Clarke retired too!  :(

Sad to see Clarkie go, probably our greatest ever keeper and it is no accident that Ger Caff and Brendan Harrison won their All Stars with Clarkie between the sticks. I am not as worried about his inevitable exit as I was a couple of years ago because I think the likes of Luke Jennings, Matthew Flanagan and Colm Reape should insure there isn't much drop off in goalkeeping for Mayo over the next 5 to 10 years.
At least we won't have to be bored to death about the flight/trajectory of his kickouts anymore from the anit Clarke faction in Knockmore Mayo!! ;D
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 04, 2021, 01:20:43 PM
Making a big decision against Dublin has become hugely pressurised for Referees in these big games. There has also been some crazy phantom frees like the one in 2017 where two Dublin players ran into each other and won a free just before half time.
The real big decision that went against Mayo in 2017 was the penalty one on Keegan, which should been given as a penalty, not an ordinary free

If O'Connor had slotted it they would have been four points up not two after 62/63 minutes, the Mayo crowd would have been going buck ape and it would have been very difficult indeed for Dublin to come back

When you get a free for nothing! Not a Mayo player in sight, in a tight game, you know it's your day. You need to get them breaks on the big day! And it's not often you get those in an away fixture. This is all water under the bridge, means little or nothing. Won't have to be worrying about those calls anymore!

To be fair Dublin Joe gave Mayo a handy free to put them ahead  . Cillian O'Connor hit the post

Fitzsimmons held COC arm as far as i can remember.  There was 6 minutes left after COC's attempt. People forget Connolly and Bernard Brogan missed great chances in between COC missed free and Rocks winning point.

Nobody talks of COC's good point from play to level the game coming into the home stretch.

Nobody talks Brogan and Connollys misses and about their character because Dublin won.

Thems the breaks, Dublin the better team on all occasions - the scoreboard does not lie.

There is no chance of us having those disappointments anymore. It's almost a relief.

If I was a Mayo fan the most contentious one for me was the drawn final.

Cluxton took a short kickout for the final piece of the game and the Dublin defender clearly picked it up off the ground. Think Evan Regan fouled him directly after and injured himself but it should have been a tapover free to win the game with the last kick of the game. The ref blew the final whistle then.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 04, 2021, 02:36:19 PM
David Clarke retired too!  :(

The best goalie from last 20 years. Major mistake by O'Shea dropping him for 2016 All Ireland replay
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 04, 2021, 02:57:10 PM
David Clarke retired too!  :(

The best goalie from last 20 years. Major mistake by O'Shea dropping him for 2016 All Ireland replay

Yes, James made huge mistake picking his fellow Club colleague.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on January 04, 2021, 04:05:02 PM
David Clarke retired too!  :(

That's a surprise, first choice all year and had a few more years left I think. Best of luck to him a fantastic servant for Mayo.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 04, 2021, 06:07:26 PM
Graham Reilly retired now. I thought he went last year.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 04, 2021, 07:11:19 PM
And Larry?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 04, 2021, 07:19:47 PM
David Clarke retired too!  :(

That's a surprise, first choice all year and had a few more years left I think. Best of luck to him a fantastic servant for Mayo.

He's 37! And Mayo are in transition. I was surprised he stayed on this year.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 04, 2021, 07:23:30 PM
2 Kerrymen, Jonathan Lyne and Brian Kelly.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on January 04, 2021, 08:03:43 PM
David Clarke retired too!  :(

That's a surprise, first choice all year and had a few more years left I think. Best of luck to him a fantastic servant for Mayo.

He's 37! And Mayo are in transition. I was surprised he stayed on this year.
Younger than Cluxton and players that normally hang up their county boots are the ones that get little or no game time.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on January 04, 2021, 08:12:01 PM
I thought Clarke might stay on since it's only a 6 month season this year.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 04, 2021, 08:14:47 PM
David Clarke retired too!  :(

That's a surprise, first choice all year and had a few more years left I think. Best of luck to him a fantastic servant for Mayo.

He's 37! And Mayo are in transition. I was surprised he stayed on this year.
Younger than Cluxton and players that normally hang up their county boots are the ones that get little or no game time.

Do you think Cluxton has a chance of winning an AI this year?
Do you think Clarke would have a chance of winning an AI this year?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on January 04, 2021, 08:21:48 PM
David Clarke retired too!  :(

Sad to see Clarkie go, probably our greatest ever keeper and it is no accident that Ger Caff and Brendan Harrison won their All Stars with Clarkie between the sticks. I am not as worried about his inevitable exit as I was a couple of years ago because I think the likes of Luke Jennings, Matthew Flanagan and Colm Reape should insure there isn't much drop off in goalkeeping for Mayo over the next 5 to 10 years.
At least we won't have to be bored to death about the flight/trajectory of his kickouts anymore from the anit Clarke faction in Knockmore Mayo!! ;D

For all the giving out people did about us not blooding a new goalkeeper, Clarke and Hennelly were clearly the top 2 in the county for the last decade. As you say, I'd be more optimistic about the younger goalkeepers around currently. Between Reape, Flanagan, Jennings and possibly Conor O'Malley who is finished up with Peterborough. Surely we can make one of them into a top keeper.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Crete Boom on January 04, 2021, 10:25:42 PM
David Clarke retired too!  :(

Sad to see Clarkie go, probably our greatest ever keeper and it is no accident that Ger Caff and Brendan Harrison won their All Stars with Clarkie between the sticks. I am not as worried about his inevitable exit as I was a couple of years ago because I think the likes of Luke Jennings, Matthew Flanagan and Colm Reape should insure there isn't much drop off in goalkeeping for Mayo over the next 5 to 10 years.
At least we won't have to be bored to death about the flight/trajectory of his kickouts anymore from the anit Clarke faction in Knockmore Mayo!! ;D

For all the giving out people did about us not blooding a new goalkeeper, Clarke and Hennelly were clearly the top 2 in the county for the last decade. As you say, I'd be more optimistic about the younger goalkeepers around currently. Between Reape, Flanagan, Jennings and possibly Conor O'Malley who is finished up with Peterborough. Surely we can make one of them into a top keeper.

I alwas thought Rory Byrne and Brian Walsh looked every bit as good as Hennelly in club football and Clarkie when fit was a level above all of them. Hennelly had plenty of talent probably as much as Clarkie but he was too inconsistent and always seemed to fold under pressure in big games leading to fatal mistakes which cost games. Hennelly is terrible under the high ball and too many times easily beaten at his near post and really his potential rather than performance kept him in the county squad this long.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on January 04, 2021, 10:33:25 PM
I thought Clarke might stay on since it's only a 6 month season this year.

Yes another reason for why I find it strange he's called time on his county career.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: GalwayBayBoy on January 05, 2021, 12:01:05 AM
I thought Clarke might stay on since it's only a 6 month season this year.

Yes another reason for why I find it strange he's called time on his county career.

Sometimes you've just had enough. Christy Ring packed it in before a county semi-final. Potentially only two games to go and decided he was finished one morning and that was it.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on January 05, 2021, 12:11:33 AM
I thought Clarke might stay on since it's only a 6 month season this year.

Yes another reason for why I find it strange he's called time on his county career.
HE's a married man so I presume he has family commitments to consider as well.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on January 05, 2021, 12:26:08 AM
I thought Clarke might stay on since it's only a 6 month season this year.

Yes another reason for why I find it strange he's called time on his county career.
HE's a married man so I presume he has family commitments to consider as well.

That's fair enough of course. Just with the way things are now, there aren't many family activities to do!
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Never beat the deeler on January 05, 2021, 01:31:03 AM
I thought Clarke might stay on since it's only a 6 month season this year.

Yes another reason for why I find it strange he's called time on his county career.
HE's a married man so I presume he has family commitments to consider as well.

That's fair enough of course. Just with the way things are now, there aren't many family activities to do!

do you only spend time with your kids when you can go places ?!  ;D
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on January 05, 2021, 01:40:30 AM
I thought Clarke might stay on since it's only a 6 month season this year.

Yes another reason for why I find it strange he's called time on his county career.
HE's a married man so I presume he has family commitments to consider as well.

That's fair enough of course. Just with the way things are now, there aren't many family activities to do!

do you only spend time with your kids when you can go places ?!  ;D
It's not the kids who'd worry me, their mother could be a different matter!
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on January 05, 2021, 12:14:15 PM
Tom Parsons now too.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on January 05, 2021, 12:22:37 PM
Tom Parsons now too.
That's not surprising,
I expect that more will follow. I can't see Boyler, Keith Higgins or Seamie O'Shea hanging around either.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 05, 2021, 01:07:27 PM
Indeed.
They've won Connachts and NFLs and reached AI Finals.
That's as good as it gets for Inter County players now (1 exception of course)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Halfquarter on January 05, 2021, 02:01:35 PM
Graham Reilly retired now. I thought he went last year.

Maybe he retires every year. 😀
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on January 05, 2021, 02:02:46 PM
Reilly was a good one. One of few meath players of the current era who'd have got on the teams of the late 90s. (or possibly late 80s too).
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on January 05, 2021, 03:51:59 PM
Thanks to Vaughan, Clarke & Parsons for some great days out. It's a pity that they retire without landing the big one but they had more good days out that bad ones

I'd expect Seamie could also go, Higgins & Boyler might give it another year
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on January 05, 2021, 04:48:19 PM
Indeed.
They've won Connachts and NFLs and reached AI Finals.
That's as good as it gets for Inter County players now (1 exception of course)
Football is so weird now.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on January 05, 2021, 08:19:46 PM
Tom Parsons now too.
3 starts he had for Mayo in 2020. 1 in the FBD and 2 in the NFL. His only appearance in the championship was as a late sub against Tipperary. Lucky to be back playing at all after that truly awful injury he got.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: RedHand88 on January 05, 2021, 08:24:06 PM
Tom Parsons now too.

Sad to see this one. He was a fantastic footballer.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Silver hill on January 05, 2021, 08:44:03 PM
Always thought Vaughan was completely overrated as a footballer. Probably cost mayo an all Ireland with a crazy tackle on Small in 2017. Slow around the pitch and slow in thought as well. Unforgivable that he left his home club,  ballinrobe, to seek greater glory with Castlebar. Karma that he can’t even get on the mitchels side. I did note that neither club were thanked in his eulogy. 10 miles up the road, why would you bother?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Sportacus on January 05, 2021, 08:48:13 PM
Always thought Vaughan was completely overrated as a footballer. Probably cost mayo an all Ireland with a crazy tackle on Small in 2017. Slow around the pitch and slow in thought as well. Unforgivable that he left his home club,  ballinrobe, to seek greater glory with Castlebar. Karma that he can’t even get on the mitchels side. I did note that neither club were thanked in his eulogy. 10 miles up the road, why would you bother?
Bitter social media negativity to get your new year off to a great start.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Silver hill on January 05, 2021, 11:03:28 PM
Always thought Vaughan was completely overrated as a footballer. Probably cost mayo an all Ireland with a crazy tackle on Small in 2017. Slow around the pitch and slow in thought as well. Unforgivable that he left his home club,  ballinrobe, to seek greater glory with Castlebar. Karma that he can’t even get on the mitchels side. I did note that neither club were thanked in his eulogy. 10 miles up the road, why would you bother?
Bitter social media negativity to get your new year off to a great start.

Nah. Not really No skin in the game, just thought it was really poor form leaving a club that had nurtured him to chase bigger prizes with Castlebar.
And gave an opinion (rightly or wrongly), that he was overrated. An observation on a discussion board, I think that’s allowed these days
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: weareros on January 06, 2021, 12:25:03 AM
I thought Clarke might stay on since it's only a 6 month season this year.

Yes another reason for why I find it strange he's called time on his county career.

Mind you the poor lad puts up with a lot of negative scrutiny, not just the head cases online but the amount of coverage to his kick outs was over the top, especially when he has done his main job so well for over a decade or so. At least he went out with no one able to say he had a bad kick out in the All-Ireland final.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 06, 2021, 12:57:20 AM
Tom Parsons. Some man to come back from that injury.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 06, 2021, 12:58:23 AM
Always thought Vaughan was completely overrated as a footballer. Probably cost mayo an all Ireland with a crazy tackle on Small in 2017. Slow around the pitch and slow in thought as well. Unforgivable that he left his home club,  ballinrobe, to seek greater glory with Castlebar. Karma that he can’t even get on the mitchels side. I did note that neither club were thanked in his eulogy. 10 miles up the road, why would you bother?

A bit OTT?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 06, 2021, 01:01:35 AM
Shane Enright Kerry retired.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Taylor on January 06, 2021, 08:20:56 AM
With it going to be a condensed season and with the Mayo lads having given so much service, if they had thought for one second they could win the holy grail this year, I dont believe they would have retired.

If the above is true and the second best team in the land dont believe they can win Sam then what hope for the lesser counties?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tubberman on January 06, 2021, 09:59:06 AM
As per Edwin McGreal on Twitter:

The number of current players with All-Ireland medals outside Dublin is now down to 14, from 17 last month, following the three Kerry retirements. So not even enough to pull a team together.

https://twitter.com/edmcgreal/status/1346754909824286722 (https://twitter.com/edmcgreal/status/1346754909824286722)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 06, 2021, 11:14:57 AM
Players from Counties 2 to 5 in the rankings now realising they're only there to see who gets the role of token opposition on AI Final day.
Hello Tom Ryan, Hello Central Council, Hello 31 County Boards.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on January 06, 2021, 11:19:43 AM
Séamie O'Shea
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Laois Rising on January 06, 2021, 01:29:20 PM
As per Edwin McGreal on Twitter:

The number of current players with All-Ireland medals outside Dublin is now down to 14, from 17 last month, following the three Kerry retirements. So not even enough to pull a team together.

https://twitter.com/edmcgreal/status/1346754909824286722 (https://twitter.com/edmcgreal/status/1346754909824286722)

And only one active player in Leinster with a Leinster championship medal and that is a 38 year old Ross Munnelly who incredibly looks like they will be still be there come 2021. His commitment is all the more commendable considering Laois have not had a team that is capable of matching Dublin since McNulty was manager.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 06, 2021, 01:54:24 PM
As per Edwin McGreal on Twitter:

The number of current players with All-Ireland medals outside Dublin is now down to 14, from 17 last month, following the three Kerry retirements. So not even enough to pull a team together.

https://twitter.com/edmcgreal/status/1346754909824286722 (https://twitter.com/edmcgreal/status/1346754909824286722)

And only one active player in Leinster with a Leinster championship medal and that is a 38 year old Ross Munnelly who incredibly looks like they will be still be there come 2021. His commitment is all the more commendable considering Laois have not had a team that is capable of matching Dublin since McNulty was manager.

Correct Munnelly is lone survivor after Meath Graham Reilly retired
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on January 06, 2021, 02:47:18 PM
Seamus O'Shea today.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on January 06, 2021, 03:35:00 PM
Best of luck in retirement Seamie, top quality midfielder. I remember watching himself and Parsons in the U21 semi final (05 maybe?) against Kerry and they were brilliant
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on January 06, 2021, 05:25:55 PM
Best of luck in retirement Seamie, top quality midfielder. I remember watching himself and Parsons in the U21 semi final (05 maybe?) against Kerry and they were brilliant
Can't see Zippy hanging on much longer either.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: square_ball on January 06, 2021, 10:21:08 PM
Who’s turn is it to retire in Mayo tomorrow? Higgins on Thursday and Boyle on Friday?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: WhoDat on January 07, 2021, 12:52:07 AM
any truth that lee keegan is walking away from the game
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 07, 2021, 11:56:19 AM
Gareth Bradshaw Galway retired.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 07, 2021, 11:56:49 AM
Gareth Bradshaw of Galway.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on January 07, 2021, 04:34:38 PM
Gareth Bradshaw of Galway.

Gareth Bradshaw statement

After 14 years playing with Galway, I’d like to announce my retirement from inter-county football. A huge thank you to my parents and family, my partner Sarah-Jane, friends and teammates who supported me over the years. It was a huge honour to play football for my county. Thanks
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: An Fhairche Abu on January 07, 2021, 04:45:35 PM
Best of luck to Gareth in his IC retirement, 14 years is a long time to put into the county game especially when his peak years coincided with a time where Galway football was simply just not in a good place so he never got much national recognition but he was a more than decent player at his best, I can distinctly recall Keith Duggan highlighting him out as a "Rolls Royce" of a half back in a match report but again hard to stand out everyday when the standard of your county is so poor compared to Dublin, Kerry and Mayo teams at the top of the sport.
No more than the rest of the Galway team he had a really bad day out in 2013 but manged to bounce back from that to have some fine performances in his later career.

Modest success in terms of titles at IC level like anyone else that's played for Galway during the past 15 years but glad to see that he got the big reward at club level in 2020 by playing on the first Moycullen team to secure the Frank Fox particularly as he missed out on the Intermediate All Ireland that Moycullen won in 2008.

Few more Galway players that have opted out this year include Ian Burke, Adrian Varley and Gary Sice but who knows if they are permanent retirements (Sice obviously aside who surely will not be seen at Senior again - in retrospect it was a crazy decision by PJ to bring him back in the first place all truth be told).
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: GalwayBayBoy on January 07, 2021, 07:28:11 PM
Best of luck to Gareth in his IC retirement, 14 years is a long time to put into the county game especially when his peak years coincided with a time where Galway football was simply just not in a good place so he never got much national recognition but he was a more than decent player at his best, I can distinctly recall Keith Duggan highlighting him out as a "Rolls Royce" of a half back in a match report but again hard to stand out everyday when the standard of your county is so poor compared to Dublin, Kerry and Mayo teams at the top of the sport.
No more than the rest of the Galway team he had a really bad day out in 2013 but manged to bounce back from that to have some fine performances in his later career.

Modest success in terms of titles at IC level like anyone else that's played for Galway during the past 15 years but glad to see that he got the big reward at club level in 2020 by playing on the first Moycullen team to secure the Frank Fox particularly as he missed out on the Intermediate All Ireland that Moycullen won in 2008.

Few more Galway players that have opted out this year include Ian Burke, Adrian Varley and Gary Sice but who knows if they are permanent retirements (Sice obviously aside who surely will not be seen at Senior again - in retrospect it was a crazy decision by PJ to bring him back in the first place all truth be told).

I was slightly shocked today when I read Bradshaw had only 3 Connacht medals. Any man who played 14 years for Galway you would normally expect to be laden down with Connacht medals at the very least. Guess it goes to show how much of a rut Galway were in especially in the late 00's all through the first half of the 10's. And have also lost a few finals in recent years even though they improved on what went before.

Heard a few players have pulled out alright. Never a good sign. Although I think Ian Burke is a stockbroker or something in Dublin so has quite a high pressure financial job so maybe he just felt he couldn't commit again so soon.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on January 07, 2021, 07:35:55 PM
Best of luck to Gareth in his IC retirement, 14 years is a long time to put into the county game especially when his peak years coincided with a time where Galway football was simply just not in a good place so he never got much national recognition but he was a more than decent player at his best, I can distinctly recall Keith Duggan highlighting him out as a "Rolls Royce" of a half back in a match report but again hard to stand out everyday when the standard of your county is so poor compared to Dublin, Kerry and Mayo teams at the top of the sport.
No more than the rest of the Galway team he had a really bad day out in 2013 but manged to bounce back from that to have some fine performances in his later career.

Modest success in terms of titles at IC level like anyone else that's played for Galway during the past 15 years but glad to see that he got the big reward at club level in 2020 by playing on the first Moycullen team to secure the Frank Fox particularly as he missed out on the Intermediate All Ireland that Moycullen won in 2008.

Few more Galway players that have opted out this year include Ian Burke, Adrian Varley and Gary Sice but who knows if they are permanent retirements (Sice obviously aside who surely will not be seen at Senior again - in retrospect it was a crazy decision by PJ to bring him back in the first place all truth be told).

I was slightly shocked today when I read Bradshaw had only 3 Connacht medals. Any man who played 14 years for Galway you would normally expect to be laden down with Connacht medals at the very least. Guess it goes to show how much of a rut Galway were in especially in the late 00's all through the first half of the 10's. And have also lost a few finals in recent years even though they improved on what went before.

Heard a few players have pulled out alright. Never a good sign. Although I think Ian Burke is a stockbroker or something in Dublin so has quite a high pressure financial job so maybe he just felt he couldn't commit again so soon.

It does, 2016 was Galways first Connacht title for 8 years hard to see the current crop going that long without a provincial title.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: galwayman on January 07, 2021, 08:15:38 PM
Brads was a great servant to us in relatively lean times.
I always felt he was very underrated outside the county - and sometimes within!
You could tell watching him with the Galway minors that he was a senior player in the making.
He just had it.
I’m sad to see him go as feel guys like him and Gary O Donnell could still contribute hugely from the bench.
But best wishes to him in retirement.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Captain Obvious on January 07, 2021, 08:39:45 PM
Kyle Coney Tyrone.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tubberman on January 07, 2021, 10:19:56 PM
Kyle Coney Tyrone.

A great minor
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Silver hill on January 07, 2021, 10:45:24 PM
Kyle Coney Tyrone.

A great minor

Sometimes more of an insult than a compliment?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 08, 2021, 12:09:19 PM
Anthony Cunningham has confirmed that there are no retirements from the Ros panel.
Fair play to the 2 "senior citizens" Cathal Cregg and Conor Devaney giving it another year.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 08, 2021, 12:57:08 PM
Anthony Cunningham has confirmed that there are no retirements from the Ros panel.
Fair play to the 2 "senior citizens" Cathal Cregg and Conor Devaney giving it another year.

Rossfan shoehorning two Roscommon players into a retirement thread when they are not retiring.

What a narcissist.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: twohands!!! on January 08, 2021, 02:06:09 PM
Kyle Coney Tyrone.

A great minor

Sometimes more of an insult than a compliment?

Yeah the longer it's said about a player the worse it becomes.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Captain Obvious on January 08, 2021, 07:55:05 PM

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Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: WhoDat on January 09, 2021, 09:46:24 PM
got the impression from shane enright's announcement that he wasn't seeing eye to eye with keane.

some dublin players to walk before the month's over? philly mcmahon maybe?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 10, 2021, 03:12:26 AM
got the impression from shane enright's announcement that he wasn't seeing eye to eye with keane.

some dublin players to walk before the month's over? philly mcmahon maybe?


With the short season, I can't see many Dublin players retiring unless they are pushed!
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 10, 2021, 10:15:06 AM
got the impression from shane enright's announcement that he wasn't seeing eye to eye with keane.

some dublin players to walk before the month's over? philly mcmahon maybe?

Enright was a poor enough player all things told and Kerry have better defensive options now.

Him and Ian Burke are by far the worst All Star awards over the past decade.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: smort on January 10, 2021, 11:40:47 AM
Burke almost got that All Star for his club performances
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 10, 2021, 12:11:42 PM
got the impression from shane enright's announcement that he wasn't seeing eye to eye with keane.

some dublin players to walk before the month's over? philly mcmahon maybe?


With the short season, I can't see many Dublin players retiring unless they are pushed!
With the new split season will they only get their goodies for 7 months of the year?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: inroundthesquare on January 10, 2021, 12:58:27 PM
Burke almost got that All Star for his club performances

That he got one and Shane Walsh hasn't just shows how bizarre some All Star selections are
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 10, 2021, 03:54:10 PM
Donnacha Walsh 2015 - another phantom All Star!
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 10, 2021, 04:00:52 PM
I hear a certain individual has cascaded inter-county players who have not won an All Ireland medal for announcing their retirement publically.
Only All Ireland winners it seems are only worthy of this privilege.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 10, 2021, 05:23:11 PM
Donnacha Walsh 2015 - another phantom All Star!

I thought Walsh was an extremely underrated player for Kerry and was a far superior footballer to Galvin.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tubberman on January 10, 2021, 06:03:42 PM
I hear a certain individual has cascaded inter-county players who have not won an All Ireland medal for announcing their retirement publically.
Only All Ireland winners it seems are only worthy of this privilege.

castigated?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Cunny Funt on January 10, 2021, 06:08:28 PM
I hear a certain individual has cascaded inter-county players who have not won an All Ireland medal for announcing their retirement publically.
Only All Ireland winners it seems are only worthy of this privilege.

Let me guess Joe Brolly is at it again?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: galwayman on January 10, 2021, 09:21:02 PM
Burke almost got that All Star for his club performances
Shane Walsh was infinitely better than Burke in 2018. Could not believe he didn’t get one and Burke did.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 11, 2021, 12:27:57 AM
I hear a certain individual has cascaded inter-county players who have not won an All Ireland medal for announcing their retirement publically.
Only All Ireland winners it seems are only worthy of this privilege.

Let me guess Joe Brolly is at it again?

He has got huge attention from articles of retaliation from local newspapers. Do they not know that writing such articles only keep his profile in the lime light. Exactly what he craves. Ignoring him is the solution. He is a nobody when the attention vanishes.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on January 11, 2021, 01:53:30 AM
I hear a certain individual has cascaded inter-county players who have not won an All Ireland medal for announcing their retirement publically.
Only All Ireland winners it seems are only worthy of this privilege.

Let me guess Joe Brolly is at it again?

He has got huge attention from articles of retaliation from local newspapers. Do they not know that writing such articles only keep his profile in the lime light. Exactly what he craves. Ignoring him is the solution. He is a nobody when the attention vanishes.
Brolly is and always was a bollox as fa as I am concerned.
This has nothing to do with his aversion to all things Mayo but goes back to the last time Tommy Freeman played in an Ulster final for Monaghan.
Tommy injuuredd his hand in the leadup to the game and was a doubtful starter until the last minute. He played with his hand heavily strapped. He is a roofer by trade annd it seems he drove a Hilti nail through his palm.
Brolly from start to finish could resist poking fun at Tommy and his awkwardness as Brolly saw it.
He tried to get O'Rourke and Lyster to share in the fun but both to their credit didn't respond to his smart arse remarks.
As a player, he was a showboarder of the worst type. He made an art form out of running along the sideline, blowing kisses to his fans every time he scored.
I am no fan of his.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: WhoDat on January 11, 2021, 10:38:57 AM
brolly is barely welcome in his own county, don't know why people entertain him elsewhere. a loudmouth and a bully of the worst kind
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 11, 2021, 10:54:42 AM
brolly is barely welcome in his own county, don't know why people entertain him elsewhere. a loudmouth and a bully of the worst kind

Getting dropped from RTE has been a huge blow to his profile and he knows it.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 11, 2021, 11:17:24 AM
It's the nastiness and vindictiveness that is the worst thing about Brolly.

Fabricating stories so that we can exercise personal grudges through the public eye takes a real bit of spitefulness. When he was running his grudge with McGeeney through other people was the time I lost complete respect for him. He has had some sort of midlife crisis, think he said on some podcast last year or the year before that he no longer has/had a relationship with his parents which was before his father passed away. You'd hope some of his close friends would be able to take him aside sometime about the level of bitterness he goes on with.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: marty34 on January 11, 2021, 12:40:39 PM
Donnacha Walsh 2015 - another phantom All Star!

I thought Walsh was an extremely underrated player for Kerry and was a far superior footballer to Galvin.

I agree.  I thought he was excellent - very underated.

Didn't court the media probably and kept a low profile but an important cog in Kerry's team at that time.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: greatpoint on January 11, 2021, 02:24:31 PM
Why are Mayo supporters so concerned with what Joe Brolly says? There's a performative love-in towards them from essentially everyone else in the media nearly ever year, despite their recurring failures when it counts. With their sensitivity, are they implicitly acknowledging that he does in fact have a point?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on January 11, 2021, 03:12:42 PM
Why are Mayo supporters so concerned with what Joe Brolly says? There's a performative love-in towards them from essentially everyone else in the media nearly ever year, despite their recurring failures when it counts. With their sensitivity, are they implicitly acknowledging that he does in fact have a point?

What point is he trying to make?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: WhoDat on January 11, 2021, 03:27:02 PM
nah he doesn't have a point. he has done identical crusades against other players and counties in the past. like i say, he's barely welcome in his own county. his own family don't speak to him on account of behaviour in his personal life. he's a nasty individual and that's the absolute truth.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rosnarun on January 11, 2021, 03:39:56 PM
Why are Mayo supporters so concerned with what Joe Brolly says? There's a performative love-in towards them from essentially everyone else in the media nearly ever year, despite their recurring failures when it counts. With their sensitivity, are they implicitly acknowledging that he does in fact have a point?
because he very publicly impinges the character of several of the finest Mayo players who have given everything to the mayo cause .  this is done as part of a personal vendetta nothing to do with football aided and abetted for years by the RTE sunday game and the independent newspapers the most powerful media in the country
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tyrdub on January 14, 2021, 10:35:10 AM
Paddy Andrews, 7 All Irelands, not a bad haul. Always thought he was underrated. Hard to believe he started off as a corner back
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: heffo on January 14, 2021, 10:41:47 AM
Hard to believe he started off as a corner back

He didn't, he was always a forward and made his debut under Pillar at 1/2 forward.

Gilroy tried him in his first year at corner back along with Bastick @ full back
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: smort on January 14, 2021, 10:49:52 AM
Did he actually play corner back? There was a Peadar Andrews who played in defence
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: heffo on January 14, 2021, 10:56:04 AM
Did he actually play corner back? There was a Peadar Andrews who played in defence

Yeah played all 2008 at Corner back starting with the game v Tyrone under lights in the league.

His older brother Peadar played half back apart from that time v Meath in 99 I think when Carr put him on Ollie Murphy at corner back and got roasted
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tyrdub on January 14, 2021, 11:28:46 AM
Hard to believe he started off as a corner back

He didn't, he was always a forward and made his debut under Pillar at 1/2 forward.

Gilroy tried him in his first year at corner back along with Bastick @ full back

ok then  ::)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Halfquarter on January 14, 2021, 12:51:26 PM
Why are Mayo supporters so concerned with what Joe Brolly says? There's a performative love-in towards them from essentially everyone else in the media nearly ever year, despite their recurring failures when it counts. With their sensitivity, are they implicitly acknowledging that he does in fact have a point?
because he very publicly impinges the character of several of the finest Mayo players who have given everything to the mayo cause .  this is done as part of a personal vendetta nothing to do with football aided and abetted for years by the RTE sunday game and the independent newspapers the most powerful media in the country

At the same time he is afraid of his life to pass a negative comment on anything connected to the Dubs.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on January 14, 2021, 03:20:21 PM
Hard to believe he started off as a corner back

He didn't, he was always a forward and made his debut under Pillar at 1/2 forward.

Gilroy tried him in his first year at corner back along with Bastick @ full back

It was in the Sigersen cup that his manager (can't remember who it was) decided to convert him from a forward to a corner back. Gilroy went with it then as well. Experiment didn't work out too well for Dublin or Paddy.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: shark on January 14, 2021, 04:53:10 PM
Hard to believe he started off as a corner back

He didn't, he was always a forward and made his debut under Pillar at 1/2 forward.

Gilroy tried him in his first year at corner back along with Bastick @ full back

It was in the Sigersen cup that his manager (can't remember who it was) decided to convert him from a forward to a corner back. Gilroy went with it then as well. Experiment didn't work out too well for Dublin or Paddy.

Well it worked out fine for him at DCU as I think he captain them to win one, from corner back. Guess the manager was Niall Moyna.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: sid waddell on January 14, 2021, 04:55:18 PM
Hard to believe he started off as a corner back

He didn't, he was always a forward and made his debut under Pillar at 1/2 forward.

Gilroy tried him in his first year at corner back along with Bastick @ full back

It was in the Sigersen cup that his manager (can't remember who it was) decided to convert him from a forward to a corner back. Gilroy went with it then as well. Experiment didn't work out too well for Dublin or Paddy.

I think he scored an own goal in a Sigerson match as a corner back

My recollection of the startled earwigs match is that Andrews was one of the most startled of them all, Brigid's club campaign in 2011 revitalised him

It took him quite a while to recover and he wasn't seen much if at all in a Dublin jersey again until 2013

2015/16 was his peak - the Mayo replay in 2015 he was very good and he steadied Dublin a lot when coming on as a first half sub in the drawn 2016 final

Solid player rather a great but those are players that great teams need
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 14, 2021, 06:15:29 PM
Hard to believe he started off as a corner back

He didn't, he was always a forward and made his debut under Pillar at 1/2 forward.

Gilroy tried him in his first year at corner back along with Bastick @ full back

It was in the Sigersen cup that his manager (can't remember who it was) decided to convert him from a forward to a corner back. Gilroy went with it then as well. Experiment didn't work out too well for Dublin or Paddy.

I think he scored an own goal in a Sigerson match as a corner back

My recollection of the startled earwigs match is that Andrews was one of the most startled of them all, Brigid's club campaign in 2011 revitalised him

It took him quite a while to recover and he wasn't seen much if at all in a Dublin jersey again until 2013

2015/16 was his peak - the Mayo replay in 2015 he was very good and he steadied Dublin a lot when coming on as a first half sub in the drawn 2016 final

Solid player rather a great but those are players that great teams need

Vaughan was marking him in this game. Vaughan had to get help getting his Bib off after the the warm up. His Shoulder was fecked and he could hardly raise one of his arms. Pure madness starting him? If I seen that, I'm sure the Dublin sideline noticed. Andrews had high ball after high ball kicked to him. Vaughan spent the game shadowing him and protecting his injury. Think Vaughan was replaced just before half time.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Gael85 on January 14, 2021, 07:29:46 PM
Vaughan was marking Kilkenny.  Higgins was on Paddy.  Cafferkey was switched over after Paddy kicked 2 points.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Gael85 on January 14, 2021, 07:35:39 PM
Paddy Andrews, 7 All Irelands, not a bad haul. Always thought he was underrated. Hard to believe he started off as a corner back

Great servant to Dublin football.  Played vital role in Mayo/Kerry games in 2015. Kicked 2 big points in 2016 final drawn final.  Injuries hampered his contribution in recent years.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: greatpoint on January 14, 2021, 08:24:41 PM
Why are Mayo supporters so concerned with what Joe Brolly says? There's a performative love-in towards them from essentially everyone else in the media nearly ever year, despite their recurring failures when it counts. With their sensitivity, are they implicitly acknowledging that he does in fact have a point?

What point is he trying to make?

Possibly that there's something psychological behind Mayo's repeated All-Ireland losses over the past 30 or so years. I'm not sure though, you'd have to ask those who get worked up about it.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tubberman on January 14, 2021, 08:53:27 PM
Why are Mayo supporters so concerned with what Joe Brolly says? There's a performative love-in towards them from essentially everyone else in the media nearly ever year, despite their recurring failures when it counts. With their sensitivity, are they implicitly acknowledging that he does in fact have a point?

What point is he trying to make?

Possibly that there's something psychological behind Mayo's repeated All-Ireland losses over the past 30 or so years. I'm not sure though, you'd have to ask those who get worked up about it.

Its a personal thing with him, and he makes personal attacks at Mayo players. There's no actual analysis of football matches.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on January 14, 2021, 09:25:42 PM
Why are Mayo supporters so concerned with what Joe Brolly says? There's a performative love-in towards them from essentially everyone else in the media nearly ever year, despite their recurring failures when it counts. With their sensitivity, are they implicitly acknowledging that he does in fact have a point?

What point is he trying to make?

Possibly that there's something psychological behind Mayo's repeated All-Ireland losses over the past 30 or so years. I'm not sure though, you'd have to ask those who get worked up about it.

So you don't know what Brolly is talking about either. He harps on about celebrity culture, sponsored cars etc but never actually says anything meaningful. You could also use those as reasons why Donegal and Kerry flopped last year.

The reality is Dublin are better than us in almost every position and that's why we lost the final. I wonder will Brolly write an article taking the piss out of paddy Andrews' retirement statement this weekend?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on January 15, 2021, 08:28:47 AM
The oul’ memory iis a bit flaky, never was great at the best of times, and I don’t recall the game in which Mayo last beat Dublin very well. But, IIRC, Mayo had to dig in to hold on and just scraped it.
In the aftermath, Brolly cut loose and called Horan everything in a farmyard except a pet lamb. Mayo, sez he, were the most cynical team ever known to man. They were pulling and dragging off the ball, running across free takers and using just about every dark art in the Mayo ever since and he can got town at times. Allll reason is left behind when he writes  anything about Mayo.
Remember the end of the ‘16 final?
The little s.o.b has plenty to say about Lee Keegan trying to obstruct Dean Rock but sweet FA about Costello kicking the ball off David Clarke’s tee or the Dublin players dragging and obstructing the Mayo lads while waiting for Clarke’s kickout.
I don’t see any point in talking about the little bollox.
It’s none of his business if a Mayo player announces his retirement or not.  So he won no All Irelan medals? So what? It doesn’t mean a lot to most people outside of Mayo and hardly merits a mention in the national media but it is of interest to most Mayo folks and we don’t give two flying fucks about Brolly and his bile.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Maroon Manc on January 15, 2021, 02:20:23 PM
Surprised to see Chris Barrett retiring
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on January 15, 2021, 02:55:18 PM
Barrett will be a big loss. We haven't many options for the full back line now.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 15, 2021, 03:01:09 PM
Barrett was outstanding against Tyrone in the 2013 semi final.

Tyrone started off very brightly though losing O'Neill and Harte early with injuries was a big blow and were 4/5 points up. Mayo gradually began to dominate in the middle as the first half wore on but couldn't kick the ball over the bar. Think Barrett came forward with two magnificent points to keep Mayo in touch near the end of the first half when misses were really sapping confidence for Mayo who then kicked on another gear in the second half.

Had a few outstanding games against Dublin too.

Brilliant, brilliant footballer.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on January 15, 2021, 03:08:29 PM
Massive loss to see him retiring, he was the only natural FB we had this year. Surprised that he didn't stay on for the short year that's coming up

Great servant to Mayo, good luck in your retirement Chris
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: GetOverTheBar on January 15, 2021, 03:12:24 PM
Barrett, another warrior gone for Mayo. Very 'underrated' player. Most people didn't really rank him until 2017ish I suppose.

Great player.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on January 15, 2021, 04:46:32 PM
Great defender. I'm a little surprised Barrett hasn't stayed on for at least another year when you consider he was starter for the last 4 championship games in a row and was still performing well.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on January 15, 2021, 05:57:25 PM
In one of those Dublin games , they have all blurred into one for me, he gave the best display of tackling I have ever seen.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 15, 2021, 05:58:37 PM
Good decision by Barrett. Leaves at the top of his game. Nothing worse than seeing a player fade away.

I expect a few more to retirements to follow.

There are now only a few players left for the likes of Brolly left to insult, belittle and look at with disdain.

The present Mayo squad is now only a shadow of the 2013-17 group. There are still enough surviving big names for him to continue this charade for a year or two.

Getting to an AI final this year was a bit of a fluke and I expect us to fade in the next couple of years.

Being out of the lime light will mean Brolly will have to get a new set of players to pick on!

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: galwayman on January 15, 2021, 06:08:58 PM
In one of those Dublin games , they have all blurred into one for me, he gave the best display of tackling I have ever seen.
The 2017 final.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: greatpoint on January 15, 2021, 06:18:15 PM
Why are Mayo supporters so concerned with what Joe Brolly says? There's a performative love-in towards them from essentially everyone else in the media nearly ever year, despite their recurring failures when it counts. With their sensitivity, are they implicitly acknowledging that he does in fact have a point?

What point is he trying to make?

Possibly that there's something psychological behind Mayo's repeated All-Ireland losses over the past 30 or so years. I'm not sure though, you'd have to ask those who get worked up about it.

So you don't know what Brolly is talking about either. He harps on about celebrity culture, sponsored cars etc but never actually says anything meaningful. You could also use those as reasons why Donegal and Kerry flopped last year.

The reality is Dublin are better than us in almost every position and that's why we lost the final. I wonder will Brolly write an article taking the piss out of paddy Andrews' retirement statement this weekend?

Donegal and Kerry have both won All-Irelands in the last decade though, and I don't remember either of them ever receiving praise for losing a final.

In terms of Paddy Andrews, he won 7 All-Irelands so is at the opposite end of the spectrum to the Mayo players. I think that's part of Brolly's point.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Crete Boom on January 15, 2021, 07:10:52 PM
Why are Mayo supporters so concerned with what Joe Brolly says? There's a performative love-in towards them from essentially everyone else in the media nearly ever year, despite their recurring failures when it counts. With their sensitivity, are they implicitly acknowledging that he does in fact have a point?

What point is he trying to make?

Possibly that there's something psychological behind Mayo's repeated All-Ireland losses over the past 30 or so years. I'm not sure though, you'd have to ask those who get worked up about it.

He doesn't really make any point apart from personal jabs at certain players that mainly stem from a massive  personal conflict of interest after the 2015 managers heave. The rest of the time he makes general insults at players same as the general insults of Colm Cooper and Sean Cavanagh that are obvious reflections of his own major character flaws.
Whethter he ever has a point at all is tough to tell, maybe the odd time he might hit on something but it is akin to a stopped clock being right twice a day.
He treats Tyrone and now Jimmy McGuinness with the eame level of disdain and the only reason he picks on Mayo more frequently is the conflict of interest that I mentioned above.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Crete Boom on January 15, 2021, 07:11:51 PM
Good luck to Chris Barrett in retirement, another warrior for us especially in recent finals.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: MayoBuck on January 15, 2021, 07:22:07 PM
Donegal and Kerry have both won All-Irelands in the last decade though, and I don't remember either of them ever receiving praise for losing a final.

In terms of Paddy Andrews, he won 7 All-Irelands so is at the opposite end of the spectrum to the Mayo players. I think that's part of Brolly's point.

What praise have Mayo got that Kerry didn't get after the 2019 finals? Donegal got huge praise after beating Dublin in 2014, even though they didn't win the final.

If that's Brolly's point, the obvious thing to ask is why do you need to win all Ireland's to announce you won't be playing intercounty football after 10+ years. Also why does it grate on him now and not when other players did it in previous years. We all know the answer to that of course.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: galwayman on January 15, 2021, 07:52:06 PM
Brolly is a shock jock much like George Hook was in the rugby.
Say something controversial to stay somewhat relevant.
Everybody knows it. Ignoring is the best solution.
Honestly I don’t know why anyone would ever get bothered about what he says.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on January 15, 2021, 11:26:27 PM
I hadn't expected Chris to go and I'm afraid Zippy could be next and Jason Doc could be considering his options and maybe Kevin Mac also.
I've spoken my mind about Brolly and I won't mention the little bollox again except to say that if you compared Brolly to a jackass it would be a deadly insult and an apology would be called for.
I mean jackasses do have their standards, ya know.
There may be others, apart from him whom I won't mention again who think players who haven't won AI medals should nog announce their retirements. That is to misunderstand the bond between Mao fans and their players. IMO, we couldn't think more of them if  had won 7 in a row, never mind 6.

Having gotten that off my chest, I can't help but wonder what James Horan is planning to do this year. No doubt he has a serious unit on his hands and going with youth is his best option.
Still, if he had introduced some of the boys of the old brigade instead of the placements he did send in against Dublin, they would have given a better account of themselves.
The result would probably have ben the same but the result would have ben closer, IMO, anyway.
However, that is alll yesterday's news. It will be interesting to see how things go in this years league.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: restorepride on January 15, 2021, 11:34:18 PM
Brolly is a shock jock much like George Hook was in the rugby.
Say something controversial to stay somewhat relevant.
Everybody knows it. Ignoring is the best solution.
Honestly I don’t know why anyone would ever get bothered about what he says.
I agree.  Joe was born in Dungiven but went to boarding school in Armagh.  Nothing wrong with that.  However he was never 'one of the lads' so craves acceptance as 'one of the lads'.   His career path obviously took him away from being 'one of the lads' or a 'sur', as locally known in Dungiven.  An intelligent man but his emotional intelligence is questionable.  Very impulsive - take the kidney donation for example.   Anyhow when he resorts to criticise (sometimes personally) to analyse, then he is just playing to the audience. Same as his playing days with the blowing kisses.  You probably could have a good night's craic in his company - but once a year would do you!   
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: grounded on January 18, 2021, 08:31:48 PM
In one of those Dublin games , they have all blurred into one for me, he gave the best display of tackling I have ever seen.
The 2017 final.

Yes he was fantastic in that game. A top player.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dire Ear on January 19, 2021, 12:41:13 PM
Brolly is a shock jock much like George Hook was in the rugby.
Say something controversial to stay somewhat relevant.
Everybody knows it. Ignoring is the best solution.
Honestly I don’t know why anyone would ever get bothered about what he says.
100%,   ignore is the best policy
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 21, 2021, 09:47:25 AM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tyrdub on January 21, 2021, 09:49:10 AM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: screenexile on January 21, 2021, 09:56:52 AM
IS this retirement thing just a list of lads who haven't been invited back on to their respective county panels?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 21, 2021, 10:57:37 AM
No.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Mayo Border on January 21, 2021, 02:21:43 PM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: TheGreatest on January 21, 2021, 02:56:36 PM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

Former footballer of the year.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on January 21, 2021, 04:06:01 PM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer


Former footballer of the year.
And one helluva nice guy.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tonto1888 on January 21, 2021, 04:50:25 PM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

He was a fantastic footballer
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: In hiding on January 21, 2021, 05:04:24 PM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

He was a fantastic footballer
He was effective.  I wouldn't class him as fantastic but he did what Dublin wanted for a few years
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 21, 2021, 08:25:25 PM
Dublin's Paul Mannion not committing this year I believe.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: TheGreatest on January 22, 2021, 07:06:02 AM
Dublin's Paul Mannion not committing this year I believe.

A few gaps appearing for this year. A good few squad players are gone now. For me Mannion was a starter, played excellent when he came on in the final. Big loss.

Time to bring Archer into the frame and maybe Costello can hold down a starting birth.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on January 22, 2021, 09:20:42 AM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.
There'll be a table quiz question in future years. Name the footballer whose nickname was also the name of a recreational drug.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 22, 2021, 03:32:43 PM
Dublin's Paul Mannion not committing this year I believe.

A few gaps appearing for this year. A good few squad players are gone now. For me Mannion was a starter, played excellent when he came on in the final. Big loss.

Time to bring Archer into the frame and maybe Costello can hold down a starting birth.

Dublin will miss what he brought for the last quarter of a game.  Last year all of Dublins games were in the melting pot at that stage.  ;)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: whitey on January 22, 2021, 05:34:41 PM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer


Former footballer of the year.
And one helluva nice guy.

Do you know him?

I felt like he always got away with murder when he played against us....eg the time he pick clotheslined Cillian then slammed him to the ground
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 23, 2021, 12:34:39 PM
Mannion is the only Dublin retiree who played any sort of prominent role in the Championship and that was off the bench.

He'll be a loss for them but always seemed to lack consistency for me.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: In hiding on January 23, 2021, 03:50:59 PM
Mannion is the only Dublin retiree who played any sort of prominent role in the Championship and that was off the bench.

He'll be a loss for them but always seemed to lack consistency for me.
Strange statement about a 3 time all star.
Looks like you have a poor knowledge of footballers or you are looking for a reaction
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: toby47 on January 23, 2021, 05:17:47 PM
Keith Higgins retired. Mayo decimated
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 23, 2021, 05:29:34 PM
Was to be expected.
Leroy next?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 23, 2021, 06:00:26 PM
Right time for Zippy to go. No game time in the AI final I'd say helped make his mind up.

Boyle, Keegan, Doherty next.

Aido, Hennelly and McLoughlin not far behind.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: joemamas on January 23, 2021, 06:17:51 PM
Right time for Zippy to go. No game time in the AI final I'd say helped make his mind up.

Boyle, Keegan, Doherty next.

Aido, Hennelly and McLoughlin not far behind.

Why speculate on somebody retirement date.
Really stupid and inconsiderate.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 23, 2021, 06:22:54 PM
Mannion is the only Dublin retiree who played any sort of prominent role in the Championship and that was off the bench.

He'll be a loss for them but always seemed to lack consistency for me.
Strange statement about a 3 time all star.
Looks like you have a poor knowledge of footballers or you are looking for a reaction

Mannion  wouldn't be considered a top forward like the great Darren McCurry.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 23, 2021, 06:24:20 PM
Right time for Zippy to go. No game time in the AI final I'd say helped make his mind up.

Boyle, Keegan, Doherty next.

Aido, Hennelly and McLoughlin not far behind.

Why speculate on somebody retirement date.
Really stupid and inconsiderate.

+1. All great servant to Mayo  gaa.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 23, 2021, 06:27:47 PM
Right time for Zippy to go. No game time in the AI final I'd say helped make his mind up.

Boyle, Keegan, Doherty next.

Aido, Hennelly and McLoughlin not far behind.

Why speculate on somebody retirement date.
Really stupid and inconsiderate.

These guys know their own mind and where they are at. A comment on a forum means little or nothing to them. And if it does they are better off retired.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on January 23, 2021, 06:35:56 PM
Right time for Zippy to go. No game time in the AI final I'd say helped make his mind up.

Boyle, Keegan, Doherty next.

Aido, Hennelly and McLoughlin not far behind.

No starts only 4 appearances off the bench for Higgins in 2020. Right time to hang up his county boots, if one was to pick Mayos best team of the the last 30 years Higgins would be on it.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 23, 2021, 06:39:08 PM
Wonder will Zippy return to his first love - Hurling?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tonto1888 on January 23, 2021, 06:41:49 PM
Mannion is the only Dublin retiree who played any sort of prominent role in the Championship and that was off the bench.

He'll be a loss for them but always seemed to lack consistency for me.
Strange statement about a 3 time all star.
Looks like you have a poor knowledge of footballers or you are looking for a reaction

He’s always looking for a reaction
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on January 23, 2021, 07:20:21 PM
Mannion is the only Dublin retiree who played any sort of prominent role in the Championship and that was off the bench.

He'll be a loss for them but always seemed to lack consistency for me.
Strange statement about a 3 time all star.
Looks like you have a poor knowledge of footballers or you are looking for a reaction

Best to turn on ignore for that poster.

Mannion will be missed by Dublin. He has had injury issues the last year or so. He was flying in the club championship until he injured his ankle and with the shortened season missed alot of football and never got up to full speed.

Last season he was a one man highlight reel for some of the points he kicked. He was lethal for example against Mayo and the replay against Kerry
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on January 23, 2021, 07:43:58 PM
Wonder will Zippy return to his first love - Hurling?
Lost 5 all Irelands. Most losses were structural though
 
Is DB the county record holder in that event still ?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 23, 2021, 08:03:13 PM
Wonder will Zippy return to his first love - Hurling?
Lost 5 all Irelands. Most losses were structural though
 
Is DB the county record holder in that event still ?

DB only played in 3 or less finals. AFAIK.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: galwayman on January 23, 2021, 08:55:15 PM
Started the 2 finals in 96.
Missed 97 through injury.
Came on as sub in 04 & 06.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: fearsiuil on January 24, 2021, 09:47:52 AM
Right time for Zippy to go. No game time in the AI final I'd say helped make his mind up.

Boyle, Keegan, Doherty next.

Aido, Hennelly and McLoughlin not far behind.

Why speculate on somebody retirement date.
Really stupid and inconsiderate.

+1. All great servant to Mayo  gaa.
Agree 100%.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: fearsiuil on January 24, 2021, 10:04:14 AM
Started the 2 finals in 96.
Missed 97 through injury.
Came on as sub in 04 & 06.

David Brady also lost 1999 club final to Crossmaglen.
Played in 1995 under 21 final and replay, Kerry won the 2nd day.
Winning the 2005 club final was undoubtedly a sweet one.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: joemamas on January 24, 2021, 05:52:35 PM
Right time for Zippy to go. No game time in the AI final I'd say helped make his mind up.

Boyle, Keegan, Doherty next.

Aido, Hennelly and McLoughlin not far behind.



+1. All great servant to Mayo  gaa.
Agree 100%.


Keith Higgins was a truly incredible footballer. Rarely gave up possession, aside from defending he was also an great attacking back.
I have recently been watching a bunch of Mayo games from the last ten years. his contribution was really immense.
Good luck to him.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on January 24, 2021, 07:56:18 PM
I always wondered why he wasn’t played at wing half back.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tubberman on January 24, 2021, 08:05:34 PM
I always wondered why he wasn’t played at wing half back.

It's where he would have been best suited, but we were lacking corner backs and he was a better corner back than the other options unfortunately.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 24, 2021, 08:09:01 PM
I always wondered why he wasn’t played at wing half back.

He played Center Half forward for us for most of 2013. What ever was wrong with Tom Cuniffe he could not last more than a half at corner back covering Keiths Position at corner back.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 24, 2021, 09:04:14 PM
I always wondered why he wasn’t played at wing half back.

Would make great centre/wing back. Donegal done similar switching Karl Lacey though he was probably a better player defensively to play at 6.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 24, 2021, 09:58:00 PM
Higgins for me was the complete GAA athlete..

Never had a bad game, seemed like a really nice guy to boot, an accomplished hurler with his club and county. A rare breed
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rudi on January 24, 2021, 10:39:19 PM
Fantastic player, lightening fast, superb skills. Mayo of late have produced legendary defenders. Higgins was one of the best.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on January 25, 2021, 08:33:40 AM
6 ultra experienced Mayo players have retired. Mayo have to replace them and experience takes years. It will be experience of serial losses.
The Dubs have players on tap. They don't retire 6 players at the same time. They do it on a drip feed basis. The new players win all the time.

Mayo are number 2

It's not sport

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rosnarun on January 25, 2021, 09:35:43 AM
6 ultra experienced Mayo players have retired. Mayo have to replace them and experience takes years. It will be experience of serial losses.
The Dubs have players on tap. They don't retire 6 players at the same time. They do it on a drip feed basis. The new players win all the time.

Mayo are number 2

It's not sport






6 ultra experienced Mayo players have retired. Mayo have to replace them and experience takes years. It will be experience of serial losses.
The Dubs have players on tap. They don't retire 6 players at the same time. They do it on a drip feed basis. The new players win all the time.

Mayo are number 2

It's not sport




most counties rely on one or two good underage teams to go Well and what were seeing in Mayo is the other end of that strategy.
but im confident we have a similar batch coming through after all only Barrett and Clarke re likely starters of the retiring bunch and we do have a
quality replacement for clarke who oftern kept him out at the height of his career . and several choices for Barrett such as his Clubmate Eoin o Donoghue  .
That's why getting to Lasts  years finasl was so pleasing.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on January 25, 2021, 10:43:47 AM
Sad to see Keith retire without the big one but a fine career nonetheless and will go down as one of our all time greats. Good luck in retirement
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: 6th sam on January 25, 2021, 06:18:13 PM
Sad to see Keith retire without the big one but a fine career nonetheless and will go down as one of our all time greats. Good luck in retirement

Best defender of his generation in my opinion. The bite and sharpness qualities necessary for hurling , Gabe him an extra edge on the football field. Brilliant to watch .
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 25, 2021, 09:19:45 PM
Sad to see Keith retire without the big one but a fine career nonetheless and will go down as one of our all time greats. Good luck in retirement

Best defender of his generation in my opinion. The bite and sharpness qualities necessary for hurling , Gabe him an extra edge on the football field. Brilliant to watch .

I don't know. He was very good but wasn't considered the tightest   of markers.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 25, 2021, 09:21:43 PM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

If Aidan O'Shea had his work rate Mayo won have 2/3 All Irelands the last decade.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 25, 2021, 10:17:39 PM
Sad to see Keith retire without the big one but a fine career nonetheless and will go down as one of our all time greats. Good luck in retirement

Best defender of his generation in my opinion. The bite and sharpness qualities necessary for hurling , Gabe him an extra edge on the football field. Brilliant to watch .

I don't know. He was very good but wasn't considered the tightest   of markers.

Would agree with this, great player and probably wasted at corner back.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: restorepride on January 26, 2021, 12:09:35 AM
Fantastic player, lightening fast, superb skills. Mayo of late have produced legendary defenders. Higgins was one of the best.
Agree - outstanding.  One of my favourite players.  Maigh Eo abú!
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 26, 2021, 12:16:12 AM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

If Aidan O'Shea had his work rate Mayo won have 2/3 All Irelands the last decade.

Yeah Aido not putting more of a shift really made the difference.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Itchy on January 26, 2021, 09:00:07 AM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

If Aidan O'Shea had his work rate Mayo won have 2/3 All Irelands the last decade.

Yeah Aido not putting more of a shift really made the difference.

I am not sure about whether Aidan O Shea could be said to not have the work rate but the athleticism is probably why he came up short when he met McCauley in Croke Park. The sight of McCauley running him around the pitch was something to behold.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rosnarun on January 26, 2021, 10:24:55 AM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

If Aidan O'Shea had his work rate Mayo won have 2/3 All Irelands the last decade.

Yeah Aido not putting more of a shift really made the difference.

I am not sure about whether Aidan O Shea could be said to not have the work rate but the athleticism is probably why he came up short when he met McCauley in Croke Park. The sight of McCauley running him around the pitch was something to behold.

Are yes mad MDMa was nowhere near the footballer  and I have never seen Aidan Want for Athleticism  or Effort or football ability.
he is why mayo got where they are to suggest hes a liability in anyway is silly.
Ive always said he is the one truly irreplaceable player mayo Have 
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 26, 2021, 10:30:14 AM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

If Aidan O'Shea had his work rate Mayo won have 2/3 All Irelands the last decade.

Yeah Aido not putting more of a shift really made the difference.

My point is you don't win with 15 footballers.  Lads bring other attributes to the table
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Angelo on January 26, 2021, 11:24:21 AM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

If Aidan O'Shea had his work rate Mayo won have 2/3 All Irelands the last decade.

Yeah Aido not putting more of a shift really made the difference.

I am not sure about whether Aidan O Shea could be said to not have the work rate but the athleticism is probably why he came up short when he met McCauley in Croke Park. The sight of McCauley running him around the pitch was something to behold.

Are yes mad MDMa was nowhere near the footballer  and I have never seen Aidan Want for Athleticism  or Effort or football ability.
he is why mayo got where they are to suggest hes a liability in anyway is silly.
Ive always said he is the one truly irreplaceable player mayo Have

O'Shea gets caught out badly in the athelticism stakes in big games. I think successive Mayo management teams have been very confused how to best utilise him and O'Shea has very, very limited footballing ability.

He is a battering ram of  a footballer who will draw frees and be a handful for teams but he hasn't developed one bit on the football side of the game since he broke through as a minor. He still routinely does idiotic things on the football pitch. Wasn't it Kieran Shannon who criticised him for refusing to work on his right foot when he was involved with Mayo?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: reillycavan on January 26, 2021, 11:54:07 AM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

If Aidan O'Shea had his work rate Mayo won have 2/3 All Irelands the last decade.

Yeah Aido not putting more of a shift really made the difference.

I am not sure about whether Aidan O Shea could be said to not have the work rate but the athleticism is probably why he came up short when he met McCauley in Croke Park. The sight of McCauley running him around the pitch was something to behold.

Are yes mad MDMa was nowhere near the footballer  and I have never seen Aidan Want for Athleticism  or Effort or football ability.
he is why mayo got where they are to suggest hes a liability in anyway is silly.
Ive always said he is the one truly irreplaceable player mayo Have

O'Shea gets caught out badly in the athelticism stakes in big games. I think successive Mayo management teams have been very confused how to best utilise him and O'Shea has very, very limited footballing ability.

He is a battering ram of  a footballer who will draw frees and be a handful for teams but he hasn't developed one bit on the football side of the game since he broke through as a minor. He still routinely does idiotic things on the football pitch. Wasn't it Kieran Shannon who criticised him for refusing to work on his right foot when he was involved with Mayo?

Have to agree with this. When you look back to 08 minor against ye O'Shea got MOTM the first day? I think he kicked 3 points too. He was a threat from play and able to kick frees.   Now he barely  scores. If the right ball is kicked into keep him at 14. He takes too much out of ball out the park.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on January 28, 2021, 06:41:51 PM
Gary Brennan, Clare.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Cunny Funt on January 28, 2021, 06:47:54 PM
Gary Brennan, Clare.

Great player huge loss to Clare who have punched above their weight in recent years
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: FermGael on January 29, 2021, 11:05:27 AM
Gary Brennan, Clare.

Great player. 
Remember a few years ago he came on  in Brewster park after  having played in an All Ireland club hurling semi final or final the day before
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on January 30, 2021, 10:03:28 PM
"I got a text today from one of the Dublin guys.  It's stuff like that that kicks home the whole thing of, as much as want to try & beat these guys, there is that mutual respect there -they're going through the same thing year in, year out.'' - Keith Higgins


https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2021/0128/1193728-keith-higgins-i-feel-lucky-to-have-had-so-long-at-it/?fbclid=IwAR0gU3HRyF84lXUyVD1aJ9Nd3VatM2gYYoYkqT23Xvu3I0-7CPGnbYSbslQ (https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2021/0128/1193728-keith-higgins-i-feel-lucky-to-have-had-so-long-at-it/?fbclid=IwAR0gU3HRyF84lXUyVD1aJ9Nd3VatM2gYYoYkqT23Xvu3I0-7CPGnbYSbslQ)

From 2011 on Dublin players were not going through the same thing year in, year out (as Mayo players). Mentally you have to think Dublin players were in a better place. You'd imagine all those semi-final and final loses took their tole!
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Itchy on January 30, 2021, 10:56:07 PM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

If Aidan O'Shea had his work rate Mayo won have 2/3 All Irelands the last decade.

Yeah Aido not putting more of a shift really made the difference.

I am not sure about whether Aidan O Shea could be said to not have the work rate but the athleticism is probably why he came up short when he met McCauley in Croke Park. The sight of McCauley running him around the pitch was something to behold.

Are yes mad MDMa was nowhere near the footballer  and I have never seen Aidan Want for Athleticism  or Effort or football ability.
he is why mayo got where they are to suggest hes a liability in anyway is silly.
Ive always said he is the one truly irreplaceable player mayo Have

I never said he wasn't a good footballer or that he didn't try but you'd have to be blind if you think in the big games his lack of athletic ability hasn't cost mayo. Its why he's been moved out of the middle often.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on February 02, 2021, 12:00:12 PM
Tomás Clancy Cork due to injury problems.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on May 11, 2021, 01:12:48 AM
Sligo footballer Neil Ewing after 13 years of inter-county service.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: SCFC on May 11, 2021, 10:27:29 AM
James Loughrey, Cork (via Antrim) is retired too.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on June 20, 2021, 02:49:32 PM
Ciarán Sheehan Cork.

An All-Ireland winner with the Rebels in 2010, the 30-year-old has been plagued by knee cartilage injuries and has been advised by medics to step back from top-level football.

"My knee has got to the point where competing at inter-county level intensity is no longer an option as the long-term health of the knee is at high risk if I continue to play at that level,"
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Maroon Manc on June 22, 2021, 08:50:33 AM
Ciarán Sheehan Cork.

An All-Ireland winner with the Rebels in 2010, the 30-year-old has been plagued by knee cartilage injuries and has been advised by medics to step back from top-level football.

"My knee has got to the point where competing at inter-county level intensity is no longer an option as the long-term health of the knee is at high risk if I continue to play at that level,"

Did he any injury issues before he went to Australia? It appears to be a regular occurrence when they come back, Cillian McDaid another one who can't stay fit.

Some talent by the way.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on June 27, 2021, 04:33:23 PM
Cian O'Sullivan retires as 'body simply can't' go on

https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2021/0627/1231654-cian-osullivan-retires-as-body-simply-cant-go-on/ (https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2021/0627/1231654-cian-osullivan-retires-as-body-simply-cant-go-on/)


How will Dublin cope with such a loss?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: laoislad on July 28, 2021, 01:44:03 PM
Joe Canning.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: RedHand88 on July 29, 2021, 10:08:23 AM
MD McAuley joining the retired ranks.

1 word - Warrior
Glad you didn't use the word- Footballer

If Aidan O'Shea had his work rate Mayo won have 2/3 All Irelands the last decade.

Yeah Aido not putting more of a shift really made the difference.

I am not sure about whether Aidan O Shea could be said to not have the work rate but the athleticism is probably why he came up short when he met McCauley in Croke Park. The sight of McCauley running him around the pitch was something to behold.

Are yes mad MDMa was nowhere near the footballer  and I have never seen Aidan Want for Athleticism  or Effort or football ability.
he is why mayo got where they are to suggest hes a liability in anyway is silly.
Ive always said he is the one truly irreplaceable player mayo Have

O'Shea gets caught out badly in the athelticism stakes in big games. I think successive Mayo management teams have been very confused how to best utilise him and O'Shea has very, very limited footballing ability.

He is a battering ram of  a footballer who will draw frees and be a handful for teams but he hasn't developed one bit on the football side of the game since he broke through as a minor. He still routinely does idiotic things on the football pitch. Wasn't it Kieran Shannon who criticised him for refusing to work on his right foot when he was involved with Mayo?

Remember when they put him at full back against Donaghy?  :P
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rrhf on July 29, 2021, 11:32:20 AM
O She is another one of these players you can play anywhere but really play nowhere for too long.. That is not a criticism - he has never truly owned a role. However to say he is not one of the best Footballing characters of the last 10 years in the game and dosent deserve to win an all ireland medal is crazy. Like the O Connors, Keegan and others, Mayo deserve to be winning the All Ireland this year, and I for one will be cheering them on to their destiny.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on October 16, 2021, 11:11:56 PM
Johnny Duane Galway.

Turns 30 on Monday, made his senior debut against Mayo in the semi-finals of the Connacht championship in 2011 – the same year he won an All-Ireland U21 title after the Tribesmen defeated Cavan at Croke Park.

He captain Galway minors in 2008 and also represented New York in the Connacht SFC in 2016. Two years later, the St James clubman would be back in the maroon of Galway as they captured the JJ Nestor Cup after defeating the Rossies at Dr Hyde Park.

His last appearance for his county came against Mayo in this year’s Connacht final at Croke Park, where he came on as a late substitute.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on October 18, 2021, 05:57:40 PM
Kerry's Tommy Walsh has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

Won two All-Ireland senior medals in 2007 and 2009, All-Ireland U21 winner in 2008. Played AFL with St Kilda and Sydney Swans before returning to Kerry senior ranks.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on October 18, 2021, 07:55:39 PM
Kerry's Tommy Walsh has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

Won two All-Ireland senior medals in 2007 and 2009, All-Ireland U21 winner in 2008. Played AFL with St Kilda and Sydney Swans before returning to Kerry senior ranks.

Never recovered from his horror injury of tearing three hamstring tendons from a bone with Sydney Swans down under. 
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: yellowcard on October 19, 2021, 02:35:22 PM
Kerry's Tommy Walsh has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

Won two All-Ireland senior medals in 2007 and 2009, All-Ireland U21 winner in 2008. Played AFL with St Kilda and Sydney Swans before returning to Kerry senior ranks.

Never recovered from his horror injury of tearing three hamstring tendons from a bone with Sydney Swans down under.

Was a very good gaelic footballer before he left for Oz but like a lot of players before him, never got near those levels again upon his return. Both the injury and the demands of the AFL probably had a big part in that since his game was largely built on pace and power.   
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Harold Disgracey on October 20, 2021, 01:36:29 PM
A native of this parish!

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/gaafootball/2021/10/19/news/cumiskey-2482394/?fbclid=IwAR1VRrXpEJL4EojwshCPi9J2hzKYsp9qaZFeYjrYQ-9jX43glRFTSFBgj_0
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on October 20, 2021, 01:42:40 PM
A native of this parish!

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/gaafootball/2021/10/19/news/cumiskey-2482394/?fbclid=IwAR1VRrXpEJL4EojwshCPi9J2hzKYsp9qaZFeYjrYQ-9jX43glRFTSFBgj_0

Third time lucky  ;D
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Milltown Row2 on October 20, 2021, 02:40:17 PM
A native of this parish!

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/gaafootball/2021/10/19/news/cumiskey-2482394/?fbclid=IwAR1VRrXpEJL4EojwshCPi9J2hzKYsp9qaZFeYjrYQ-9jX43glRFTSFBgj_0

Third time lucky  ;D

I wish I was 45, be still playing lol.. Man child  ;)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Hoof Hearted on October 20, 2021, 02:53:17 PM
I never made 35 !! Fair play to ye
Happy retirement, your achillies won't know what's wrong now
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Smokin Joe on October 20, 2021, 03:25:40 PM
BCB, can you tell us who everyone in that Irish News picture is?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on October 21, 2021, 01:22:29 AM
A native of this parish!

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/gaafootball/2021/10/19/news/cumiskey-2482394/?fbclid=IwAR1VRrXpEJL4EojwshCPi9J2hzKYsp9qaZFeYjrYQ-9jX43glRFTSFBgj_0

Third time lucky  ;D

Congrats a chara, fair dues!  :)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: stephenite on October 21, 2021, 03:18:36 AM
A native of this parish!

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/gaafootball/2021/10/19/news/cumiskey-2482394/?fbclid=IwAR1VRrXpEJL4EojwshCPi9J2hzKYsp9qaZFeYjrYQ-9jX43glRFTSFBgj_0

Third time lucky  ;D

Every couple of years you somehow manage to remind me of Mosney, p***k  ;)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on October 21, 2021, 08:42:11 AM
A native of this parish!

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/gaafootball/2021/10/19/news/cumiskey-2482394/?fbclid=IwAR1VRrXpEJL4EojwshCPi9J2hzKYsp9qaZFeYjrYQ-9jX43glRFTSFBgj_0

Third time lucky  ;D

Every couple of years you somehow manage to remind me of Mosney, p***k  ;)

And I’ll continue to do so ;D
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tyroneman on October 21, 2021, 11:35:56 PM
What was the ‘come on the wangers’ line about from BT?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Duine Eile on October 26, 2021, 12:26:37 PM
Gary O’Donnell the latest Galway player to hang up his boots. Never the most spectacular player but was always a steady influence on the lads around him and good for a score or 2.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: An Fhairche Abu on October 26, 2021, 05:29:36 PM
Very dedicated player for many years, a great servant to Galway football.
Will be interesting to see the make up of the panel for 2022.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on October 26, 2021, 05:40:14 PM
Gary O’Donnell the latest Galway player to hang up his boots. Never the most spectacular player but was always a steady influence on the lads around him and good for a score or 2.
A disappointing decade for Galway footballers. They never got the formula right. First decade since 1900 that they didn't get to a final.
Medals are often about timing.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on October 26, 2021, 06:12:52 PM



Gary O’Donnell the latest Galway player to hang up his boots. Never the most spectacular player but was always a steady influence on the lads around him and good for a score or 2.
A disappointing decade for Galway footballers. They never got the formula right. First decade since 1900 that they didn't get to a final.
Medals are often about timing.
The start of decade Galway was relegated to Div 2 and would stay there for 6 years.  2009 to 2015 no Connacht title won and shipped some embarrassing defeats in those years.

Under Kevin Walsh some decent progress was made, promoted back to Div 1 and league final appearance in the first year back, led Galway to a couple of Connacht titles and a first All-Ireland semi final for 17 years.

That progress hasn't been built on and have gone backwards now, 3 Connacht finals lost and two of them was became of 2nd half collapses and have fallen back to Division 2. The main question is Padraic Joyce the right manager to bring Galway forward?  Loads of underage talent to work from the U17s reached back to back All-Ireland finals in 2018/19 and the U20s won the All Ireland in 2020 though they'll need top of the range strength and conditioning to get the best of of them at senior level.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: An Fhairche Abu on October 26, 2021, 06:14:14 PM
Hopefully I'm wrong but have never been as pessimistic about Galway football at Senior IC level, we're going nowhere.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: joemamas on October 26, 2021, 08:20:44 PM
Hopefully I'm wrong but have never been as pessimistic about Galway football at Senior IC level, we're going nowhere.

Interesting comment, as you have always been very honest in your comments.
Not sure I would be that pessimistic.
Galway were 5pts up at half-time in connaught final, If Galway had gotten one or two points at beginning of second half it could have been a different story.
Not saying they would have gone much farther, but made Mayo look very uncomfortable in first half.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: An Fhairche Abu on October 28, 2021, 01:15:49 PM
It's not this year in isolation, you look at counties that are having success, there are competent county boards in place who put the structures in place for that success. Sure money helps but would a multimillionaire with money to pump into Galway GAA be confident where that money was going to end up or what it would be used for? Not too long since Pat McDonagh was looking for the receipts.
The massive increase in club match revenue across the board once they had to go all ticket after the audit was incredible it was such a leap, a total scandal really and not much made of it.

I'm sure hurling folk will say otherwise and I appreciate that it's probably the bigger game in the county but, when you look at the Loughgeorge situation what was a football only facility and is now shared, where the source of all the debt that Galway have right now came from in the first place, football in the county has been rode sideways by hurling side. That's not to excuse the football board at all because there is loads that could be done at that end. The current football panel and management, are they as top level as they should be? I look at the Mayo and Kerry games after the lockdowns, these are laughing stock performances. The early form of league 2020 was a mirage, everything since has been awful, Mayo weren't even that really good in the CF and still absolutely coasted home, at one stage near the end a Mayo player tapped over a point rather than bothering to stick the goal it was so well in hand. Once Shane Walsh was no longer a factor to cause a bit of chaos with individual brilliance as in the first half, Galway had nothing, fitness looked suspect, how is that even possible these days given the levels the competition are at?

Others are way better informed than me, maybe I'm talking shite but to an average punter the whole thing looks brutal bad, cannot afford to be a two bob operation at any level to have success these days, Galway are as two bob as it gets at the minute.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Duine Eile on October 28, 2021, 08:23:59 PM
It's not this year in isolation, you look at counties that are having success, there are competent county boards in place who put the structures in place for that success. Sure money helps but would a multimillionaire with money to pump into Galway GAA be confident where that money was going to end up or what it would be used for? Not too long since Pat McDonagh was looking for the receipts.
The massive increase in club match revenue across the board once they had to go all ticket after the audit was incredible it was such a leap, a total scandal really and not much made of it.

I'm sure hurling folk will say otherwise and I appreciate that it's probably the bigger game in the county but, when you look at the Loughgeorge situation what was a football only facility and is now shared, where the source of all the debt that Galway have right now came from in the first place, football in the county has been rode sideways by hurling side. That's not to excuse the football board at all because there is loads that could be done at that end. The current football panel and management, are they as top level as they should be? I look at the Mayo and Kerry games after the lockdowns, these are laughing stock performances. The early form of league 2020 was a mirage, everything since has been awful, Mayo weren't even that really good in the CF and still absolutely coasted home, at one stage near the end a Mayo player tapped over a point rather than bothering to stick the goal it was so well in hand. Once Shane Walsh was no longer a factor to cause a bit of chaos with individual brilliance as in the first half, Galway had nothing, fitness looked suspect, how is that even possible these days given the levels the competition are at?

Others are way better informed than me, maybe I'm talking shite but to an average punter the whole thing looks brutal bad, cannot afford to be a two bob operation at any level to have success these days, Galway are as two bob as it gets at the minute.

I used to think we were a bit paranoid in the football part of the county regarding the hurlers getting preferential treatment/funding/resources lately but having heard Paul Bellew, the hurling board chairman doing the rounds on the airwaves the last couple of days I think it’s fair to say football is a poor relation in Galway now. He couldn’t say enough about all the funding and resources going into the hurlers along with at least 9 people involved in the S and C of all the teams coming up through the ranks, I think that’s in addition to Lucas K who has a paid S and C role. As usual, the football board is mute when it comes to these things.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: galwayman on October 29, 2021, 08:52:46 AM
Hopefully I'm wrong but have never been as pessimistic about Galway football at Senior IC level, we're going nowhere.
I would have to say I agree with that unfortunately.
All the abuse Kevin Walsh got and look at us now two years on.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: mouview on October 29, 2021, 08:08:27 PM
Hopefully I'm wrong but have never been as pessimistic about Galway football at Senior IC level, we're going nowhere.
I would have to say I agree with that unfortunately.
All the abuse Kevin Walsh got and look at us now two years on.

Time to move on from Walsh nostalgia, his reign was no success by any metric. As poor as PJ may be, I'd like to see him dealing with a full deck as in a completely fit squad, (this basically means John Daly). We badly need a proper CHB and HB line, Dylan Wall/McHugh/ANOther isn't good enough. Build from there.

As pessimistic as you may be, if it's any consolation, I don't think we're going to get any worse. There should now within a season or two be a better cohort coming through when the successful U-20 team is raided. McLoughlin from Moycullen is a good prospect, while Dessie Conneely should get another look in. Salthill's Evan Murphy can be 'languid' they say but is worth a chance, he has good ability. Can never understand why Eoin Finnerty doesn't get a sustained run; not the quickest but always a handful for a FB, and is miles ahead of the likes of Brannigan. Caherlistrane's Jonathan McGrath never fails to impress when I see him play and should be a real good 'un when he fills out fully. The green shoots are starting to appear, just a bit more patience required.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on October 30, 2021, 05:19:32 PM
Hopefully I'm wrong but have never been as pessimistic about Galway football at Senior IC level, we're going nowhere.
I would have to say I agree with that unfortunately.
All the abuse Kevin Walsh got and look at us now two years on.

Time to move on from Walsh nostalgia, his reign was no success by any metric. As poor as PJ may be, I'd like to see him dealing with a full deck as in a completely fit squad, (this basically means John Daly). We badly need a proper CHB and HB line, Dylan Wall/McHugh/ANOther isn't good enough. Build from there.

As pessimistic as you may be, if it's any consolation, I don't think we're going to get any worse. There should now within a season or two be a better cohort coming through when the successful U-20 team is raided. McLoughlin from Moycullen is a good prospect, while Dessie Conneely should get another look in. Salthill's Evan Murphy can be 'languid' they say but is worth a chance, he has good ability. Can never understand why Eoin Finnerty doesn't get a sustained run; not the quickest but always a handful for a FB, and is miles ahead of the likes of Brannigan. Caherlistrane's Jonathan McGrath never fails to impress when I see him play and should be a real good 'un when he fills out fully. The green shoots are starting to appear, just a bit more patience required.
That sounds similar to 2011 for the hurlers.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Cunny Funt on November 23, 2021, 12:47:33 PM
What a warrior Colm Boyle was.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: whitey on November 23, 2021, 01:11:21 PM
What a warrior Colm Boyle was.

That rattle he hit Comer will live long in my memory
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Gael85 on November 23, 2021, 08:25:33 PM
Brian Fox Tipperary retired. Played football with Tipp since 08.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: imtommygunn on November 23, 2021, 08:43:28 PM
Boyle was one tough boy.

Brian fox was a good footballer too and not a bit soft either.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: grounded on November 23, 2021, 09:41:18 PM
What a warrior Colm Boyle was.

Yep a cracking player. Gave his all.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on November 24, 2021, 11:25:05 AM
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/mayo-s-colm-boyle-announces-intercounty-retirement-1.4736323

The Davitts halfback won four All Stars in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 - a Mayo record alongside Lee Keegan and Keith Higgins.

He was on the losing side in five All-Ireland finals, but missed the 2020 and 2021 defeats.

He did however win an Under-21 All-Ireland in 2006.

Boyle’s departure from the intercounty scene means only Lee Keegan, Kevin McLoughlin, Cillian O’Connor, Aidan O’Shea and Jason Doherty remain from the Mayo side beaten in the 2012 All-Ireland final.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on November 24, 2021, 11:33:11 AM
Joey Holden and Colin Fennelly, both Kilkenny
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Gael85 on November 24, 2021, 12:16:40 PM
Paul Broderick and Shane Redmond Carlow both retired.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: JoG2 on November 24, 2021, 12:19:21 PM
What a warrior Colm Boyle was.

Yep a cracking player. Gave his all.

One of great half backs in modern football, serious player
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Champion The Wonder Horse on November 24, 2021, 10:52:50 PM
O She is another one of these players you can play anywhere but really play nowhere for too long.. That is not a criticism - he has never truly owned a role. However to say he is not one of the best Footballing characters of the last 10 years in the game and dosent deserve to win an all ireland medal is crazy. Like the O Connors, Keegan and others, Mayo deserve to be winning the All Ireland this year, and I for one will be cheering them on to their destiny.

I hope you weren’t too disappointed.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on November 25, 2021, 07:28:24 AM
O She is another one of these players you can play anywhere but really play nowhere for too long.. That is not a criticism - he has never truly owned a role. However to say he is not one of the best Footballing characters of the last 10 years in the game and dosent deserve to win an all ireland medal is crazy. Like the O Connors, Keegan and others, Mayo deserve to be winning the All Ireland this year, and I for one will be cheering them on to their destiny.

I hope you weren’t too disappointed.

 ;D
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Farrandeelin on November 25, 2021, 07:29:04 AM
It's a hard one to take. Boyle typified the resilience of the team for the last 10 years. Why he wasn't brought on in the final this year I'll never know.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on November 25, 2021, 07:47:10 AM
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/ciar%C3%A1n-murphy-born-on-the-right-side-of-the-border-for-mayo-colm-boyle-will-be-missed-1.4737466

Ciarán Murphy: Born on the right side of the border for Mayo, Colm Boyle will be missed
A thunderous footballer, the Devitts clubman hails from a curious part of the GAA world
about an hour ago
 
Ciaran Murphy

 
 
Colm Boyle has retired, and another great from the last decade of football is gone. He leaves with four All Star awards, a record for Mayo which he shares with Lee Keegan and Keith Higgins.
He was a thunderous footballer, a man who played with the sort of ferocity that defined this Mayo team. He might not have been their greatest player, but he might just have been the most perfect iteration of what a James Horan-era Mayo player was. He was, put simply, a great bit of stuff.
Since the news was announced in the Mayo News earlier this week, glowing testimonies will have rung in his ears, similar in some respects to those that greeted the retirements of some of his storied teammates - men like Tom Parsons, David Clarke, Donal Vaughan, Chris Barrett and Seamie O’Shea who all stepped away within days of each other last January.
But this one hits differently for me, because Boyle grew up just a few miles from where I grew up, on opposite sides of the Galway-Mayo border.
The border between the counties couldn’t have a more spectacular western-most starting point, on either side of beautiful Killary Harbour. Leenane looks across at Aasleigh and the mountains around Delphi, and as the border moves east, along the Loughs Nafooey, Mask and Corrib, it moves into the rather more understated visual charms of the footballing heartlands of south Mayo and north-east Galway.

And that’s where the border issue becomes personally fraught. Boyle grew up in Ballindine, which along with Irishtown, is the home of Davitts GAA Club, named after Michael Davitt, the founder of the Land League. And if Davitt was not a man to back down from a fight, then the club that bears his name does him no disservice.


I remember playing one or two challenge games at under-12 level against them, or maybe younger, but playing them in adult football seemed to be off-limits. There was obviously something about the arrival of puberty which necessitated we be kept apart - an excess of testosterone across the board perhaps. I tried to find out from the village elders if there was one incident in particular that led to our tribes being separated like this, but a veil of silence fell and I hastily dropped the matter.
It might have had something to do with a certain long-standing tradition in the vicinity on the evening of Galway/Mayo games. If Galway won, we in Milltown would send our most diplomatically-sensitive emissaries to Ballindine and Irishtown, in a spirit of friendship and comity of course, to discuss the game with the locals.
If Mayo won, the favour would be zestily returned in the opposite direction. Keeping the lines of communication open was deemed very important, at least on Connacht final night.
Complications

It being the GAA, there were complications. Ballindine lies flush up against the Galway border. Milltown lies five miles inside the county. So if your nearest school was in Ballindine or Irishtown, then it stood to reason that you would attend that school, and, in time, perhaps play football for the local club with your school friends. . . even if your house was actually in Co Galway.
So there are isolated tales of All-Ireland-winning underage Mayo footballers (not Colm Boyle, I hasten to add) who were actually born and lived in the county of Galway. That may not make sense geographically, but it is at least intellectually consistent.
More baffling to the naked eye is the Gael, born and living on the Galway side of the border, who is a rabid supporter of Davitts, a club lest we forget affiliated to the Mayo county board, but who then also shouts for Galway, against Mayo.

One such individual was so vocal in his celebrations of Galway’s 1998 All-Ireland win that his jawing precipitated a mass walk-out from a pub in Irishtown that night and the local publican, it is said, had to retire to his bed, heartsick at this affront to his sensibilities. The man in question, who was so raucously rejoicing in Galway’s win, had been a manager of the Davitts senior team, and his son had even worn the Green and Red with distinction. The mind truly boggles.


And lest you think that such petty border squabbles are of no concern to you, this controversy goes all the way to the top. Sabina Higgins, wife of our current President, has similarly divided loyalties. I quote here directly from the President’s official website - “Sabina Coyne, now Higgins, was born. . . on the Galway-Mayo border and went to school in Ballindine and Claremorris, Co Mayo.”
Any reasonable person would be inclined to infer from this that she is a Mayo woman. But we in Milltown know different. Mrs Higgins, you can no longer run from this. Even now, for the good of the country, admit the error of your ways, return to the fold.

If there was a way for us to claim Boyle as one of our own, we would - but there has hardly ever been a player whose pride in his native county was more plainly, obviously seen. He will be missed.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: shark on November 25, 2021, 09:04:01 AM
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/ciar%C3%A1n-murphy-born-on-the-right-side-of-the-border-for-mayo-colm-boyle-will-be-missed-1.4737466

Ciarán Murphy: Born on the right side of the border for Mayo, Colm Boyle will be missed
A thunderous footballer, the Devitts clubman hails from a curious part of the GAA world
about an hour ago
 



I know a family who live on the Galway side of that divide. A significant minority of the family members are maniacal Mayo supporters. The Milltown people I know speak about Ballindine as if it's on another planet entirely. I find it all very amusing.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on November 27, 2021, 01:34:01 AM
Eoin Cadogan put in some shift in both codes for Cork
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: grounded on November 27, 2021, 08:17:23 AM
Joey Holden and Colin Fennelly, both Kilkenny

31 and 32 respectively. You'd imagine that for such quality players they would have a few years left.  Four AI's each. Good luck to them.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on November 27, 2021, 10:17:44 AM
Rob Kearney