Author Topic: Top 10 forwards of past 40 years - a Board poll - Open until 21st April 2017  (Read 4583 times)

rrhf

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What I seen and heard and in no particular order and not just marquee forwards:
Matt Connor
Maurice Fitzgerald
Peter Canavan
Pat Spillane
Brian Dooher
Colm Cooper
Mikey Sheehy
Mickey Linden
Frank Mc Guigan
James Mc Cartan
Diarmuid Connolly
inseparable greats of the game.

This excludes possibly unfairly Declan Browne, Michael Murphy, Greg Blaney and Brian Mc Guigan, Paul Flynn, Larry Tompkins, Brian Stafford, Stevie O Neill and Brogan, Oisin Mc Conville, Stevie Mc Donnell, Paddy Bradley, Colin Corkery, Declan O Sullivan, Johnny Doyle, Nudie Hughes, Eugene Mc Kenna, Graeme Geraghty, Keiran Mc Donald, Conor Mc Manus, Adrian Cush, Eoin Mulligan, Frankie and Dessie Dolan, and Bill Sex for the name.
 
If you think about it many of the great talents were and are incomparable.  They were not robots they learned their own skills and not to a system, we are very lucky in the GAA to have had dozens of Messis and Ronaldos, not just 2.  The sad thing is maybe the development squads are systemising and leveliing off the skill sets. 
Where some miss the point is that we are often protecting the system and not the talent.  We are equalising the field.  My county as guilty as any. There is flair out on those pitches but theres little room for non conformists.  Go compare the excitement of club football to county football, there is none.  Many of these guys were unpredictable enigmatic but their skills practiced on their doorstep, the battered garage doors and their chipped walls, and treeless gardens were their "development squad" and they went on to illuminate the football fields of Ireland in their many unorthodox ways.  The flawed Genius, the incomplete careers, the nasty streak and the wasted opportunities amid moments of pure gold are inseperable from these men. Whilst the debates continue take the IPAD off the kids but put them into the back gardens and give them a wall for their 2 feet and fists and lets grow these games again as we want them. 
   
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AZOffaly

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That's also 11 players.

Champion The Wonder Horse

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Has Brian Dooher even been mentioned. The most effective no 10 in Ireland in the last 20 years.  Incredible workrate and scored some of the best points seen in Croke Park.  double all ireland captain to boot.
Lots of chatty light stuff going on there men but ye know fcuk all about football!

Paul Flynn was / is a more effective #10.

Again, Dooher would rate behind Canavan, Stephen O'Neill and the two McGuigans. It is unlikely that one county would have produced five of the top ten forwards in Ireland and that four of them played in the same forward line.

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That's also 11 players.

Matt Connor I have only watched on Video, but in my part of the world it was said he was the greatest ever with wee Pete as no 2.

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Has Brian Dooher even been mentioned. The most effective no 10 in Ireland in the last 20 years.  Incredible workrate and scored some of the best points seen in Croke Park.  double all ireland captain to boot.
Lots of chatty light stuff going on there men but ye know fcuk all about football!

Paul Flynn was / is a more effective #10.

Again, Dooher would rate behind Canavan, Stephen O'Neill and the two McGuigans. It is unlikely that one county would have produced five of the top ten forwards in Ireland and that four of them played in the same forward line.

Flynn is not better than dooher come on! I accept dooher not in the top 10 but wise up

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Just watch the videos of the 3 all ireland finals, 3semi finals and many quarter finals  Brian Dooher played in.  He was without doubt the most consistent highest performing Tyrone player from 2003 - 2008. 

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Most of the Northern posters on here have at least 50% of the top 10 from their own province.

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Interestingly I used to ask lots of people if they could chose only one from Dooher and ONeill, most people chose Dooher.

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Plenty of posters have McDonald in their top 10 but not Joyce, from memory on here the majority of the Mayo posters on here would have Joyce as the better player.

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Plenty of posters have McDonald in their top 10 but not Joyce, from memory on here the majority of the Mayo posters on here would have Joyce as the better player.

Noticed that myself, county bias maybe but I wouldn't have McDonald anywhere near Joyce in terms of top forwards.
McDonald maybe seems to have become a better player in people's minds since he retired?

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Mcdonald was a special talent, with a unique style which made him a joy to watch. He wasn't the heaviest scorer but some of his kick passes were just brilliant to see.

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Plenty of posters have McDonald in their top 10 but not Joyce, from memory on here the majority of the Mayo posters on here would have Joyce as the better player.

Noticed that myself, county bias maybe but I wouldn't have McDonald anywhere near Joyce in terms of top forwards.
McDonald maybe seems to have become a better player in people's minds since he retired?

Joyce a much better scorer, McDonald a much better footballer.
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Maurice Fitzgerald
Frank McGuigan
Peter Canavan
Oisin McConville
Colm O Rourke
Colin Corkery
Michael Donnellan
Colm Cooper
Greg Blaney
Mike Sheehy

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Plenty of posters have McDonald in their top 10 but not Joyce, from memory on here the majority of the Mayo posters on here would have Joyce as the better player.

Noticed that myself, county bias maybe but I wouldn't have McDonald anywhere near Joyce in terms of top forwards.
McDonald maybe seems to have become a better player in people's minds since he retired?

Joyce a much better scorer, McDonald a much better footballer.

Donnellan > McDonald > Joyce

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Cooper Colm
Donnellan Michael
Fitzgerald Maurice
Canavan Peter
McDonald Ciaran
Cavanagh Sean
Galvin Paul
McDonnell Steven
Brogan Bernard
Doyle Johnny