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Title: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Gael85 on July 04, 2013, 11:48:12 PM
GAA stars who gave up playing soccer to represent their county
Niall Morgan(Tyrone)played with Dungannon
Shane Supple(Dublin)played with Ipswich
Ciaran Lyng(Wexford)played with Leicester
Graham Geraghty had trial with Arsenal,Anthony Tohill had trial with Man Utd
Ryan McCluskey,Rory Gallagher,Shane McCabe(Fermanagh) all played for Portadown
PJ Banville(Wexford)played with Waterford Utd
Cian Mackey(Cavan) played with Monaghan Utd
Martin Reilly(Cavan) played with Burnley
Alan Murphy(Mayo)played with Galway Utd,Shamrock Rovers
Emyln Mulligan)Leitrim)played with Sligo Rovers
Paul Cahallane(Laois)played with Celtic
Eric Bradley(Wexford)played with Waterford Utd
Gary Connaughton(Westmeath)&Shane Curran(Roscommon) both played in goal for Athlone Town
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Syferus on July 05, 2013, 12:52:09 AM
GAA stars who gave up playing soccer to represent their county
Niall Morgan(Tyrone)played with Dungannon
Shane Supple(Dublin)played with Ipswich
Ciaran Lyng(Wexford)played with Leicester
Graham Geraghty had trial with Arsenal,Anthony Tohill had trial with Man Utd
Ryan McCluskey,Rory Gallagher,Shane McCabe(Fermanagh) all played for Portadown
PJ Banville(Wexford)played with Waterford Utd
Cian Mackey(Cavan) played with Monaghan Utd
Martin Reilly(Cavan) played with Burnley
Alan Murphy(Mayo)played with Galway Utd,Shamrock Rovers
Emyln Mulligan)Leitrim)played with Sligo Rovers
Paul Cahallane(Laois)played with Celtic
Eric Bradley(Wexford)played with Waterford Utd
Gary Connaughton(Westmeath)&Shane Curran(Roscommon) both played in goal for Athlone Town

To be fair, Cake always fancied himself a roaming centre-back too.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Never beat the deeler on July 05, 2013, 04:44:52 AM
How many 'gave up' soccer, or did they have it forced on them (at the level mentioned here)?
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: T Fearon on July 05, 2013, 06:39:42 AM
Arsene Wenger regrets bitterly that he didn't have the services of Geraghty to complement his other blond bombshell,Denis Bergkamp.One can only marvel at the sacrifices of the likes Niall Morgan,exchanging the glamour of Dungannon Swifts for the anonymity of Tyrone GAA
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Drummerboy on July 05, 2013, 09:00:31 AM
You forgot the most famous of them all, Kevin Moran (Dublin & Man U & Ireland)
Niall Quinn (Dublin minor hurler)
Shane Long (Tipp Minor hurler)
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: johnneycool on July 05, 2013, 09:03:50 AM
John (BA) Convery, Glasgow Celtic, Portadown and Down hurlers.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: CC1 on July 05, 2013, 09:14:42 AM
Cillian Sheridan (Celtic, Plymouth, CSKA Sofia, St. Johnstone, Kilmarnock) and Cavan minors.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Jinxy on July 05, 2013, 09:30:24 AM
Graham Geraghty
Gaelic football: Meath
Soccer: Kentstown Rovers
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: theticklemister on July 05, 2013, 09:52:37 AM
Tohill actually played with Derry City too
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: nrico2006 on July 05, 2013, 10:19:36 AM
GAA stars who gave up playing soccer to represent their county
Niall Morgan(Tyrone)played with Dungannon
Shane Supple(Dublin)played with Ipswich
Ciaran Lyng(Wexford)played with Leicester
Graham Geraghty had trial with Arsenal,Anthony Tohill had trial with Man Utd
Ryan McCluskey,Rory Gallagher,Shane McCabe(Fermanagh) all played for Portadown
PJ Banville(Wexford)played with Waterford Utd
Cian Mackey(Cavan) played with Monaghan Utd
Martin Reilly(Cavan) played with Burnley
Alan Murphy(Mayo)played with Galway Utd,Shamrock Rovers
Emyln Mulligan)Leitrim)played with Sligo Rovers
Paul Cahallane(Laois)played with Celtic
Eric Bradley(Wexford)played with Waterford Utd
Gary Connaughton(Westmeath)&Shane Curran(Roscommon) both played in goal for Athlone Town

To be fair, Cake always fancied himself a roaming centre-back too.

Johnny Lafferty (Tyrone) - Finn Harps and Dergview.
Colin McCullagh (Tyrone) - Omagh Town.
James McCartan (Down) - Glenavon.
Ryan Henderson (Armagh) - Linfield and DC.
Cunningham (Armagh) - Portadown.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: rodney trotter on July 05, 2013, 10:23:14 AM
Cian Mackey played with Monaghan Utd and was then offered a full time deal by Cork City in 07 but turned it down due to the Gaelic. Spent a season with Armagh City in the Irish League too.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on July 05, 2013, 10:39:10 AM
goldenyears :P
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: rodney trotter on July 05, 2013, 10:53:22 AM
GAA stars who gave up playing soccer to represent their county
Niall Morgan(Tyrone)played with Dungannon
Shane Supple(Dublin)played with Ipswich
Ciaran Lyng(Wexford)played with Leicester

Graham Geraghty had trial with Arsenal,Anthony Tohill had trial with Man Utd
Ryan McCluskey,Rory Gallagher,Shane McCabe(Fermanagh) all played for Portadown
PJ Banville(Wexford)played with Waterford Utd
Cian Mackey(Cavan) played with Monaghan Utd
Martin Reilly(Cavan) played with Burnley
Alan Murphy(Mayo)played with Galway Utd,Shamrock Rovers
Emyln Mulligan)Leitrim)played with Sligo Rovers
Paul Cahallane(Laois)played with Celtic
Eric Bradley(Wexford)played with Waterford Utd
Gary Connaughton(Westmeath)&Shane Curran(Roscommon) both played in goal for Athlone Town

Lyng was with Preston. Brendan Devenny played with Finn Harps, Portadown.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: J70 on July 05, 2013, 10:58:15 AM
Donegal's David Walsh was with Luton Town in his youth.

A few Donegal players have had spells with Finn Harps: Brendan Devenney, Declan Bonner and (I think) Barry McGowan.

Packie Bonner lined out at midfield in the county colours in his youth. Declan Boyle played some intercounty in the early 90s before heading to Celtic and then a long League of Ireland career.

Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: ONeill on July 05, 2013, 11:25:21 AM
Larry Reilly - Barca, Brazil.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on July 05, 2013, 11:27:06 AM
Larry Reilly - Barca, Brazil.

Close this thread now please!
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: thejuice on July 05, 2013, 11:28:31 AM
Don't you mean GAA stars tainted by association with foreign code.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: theticklemister on July 05, 2013, 11:50:51 AM
Niall mcginn, tyrone minor and ex derry city legend now with aberdeen.


Ye dont see many south armagh boys' names up here!!!!!
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Donnellys Hollow on July 05, 2013, 12:01:43 PM
Darran O'Sullivan - Queens Park Rangers
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: bcarrier on July 05, 2013, 12:14:26 PM
 Joey http://gaeliclife.com/2011/10/cunningham-on-breaking-onto-the-armagh-team/

Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: DownFanatic on July 05, 2013, 12:22:02 PM
Paul McComiskey from Down scouted by Blackburn and Leicester around 03/04.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Hardy on July 05, 2013, 12:31:30 PM
Brendan Murphy - goalkeeper for Meath and formerly Wimbledon.
Gary Rogers - goalkeeper for Meath and various (nearly every?) League of Ireland soccer club.
Ger Robinson - forward for Meath and formerly Middlesbrough (reserves).
Darragh McNamara - forward for Meath Juniors and formerly Drogheda United (a.k.a. the dregs).

Xabi Alonso, (Real Madrid and Spain) played football at club level with Kells but never made the grade at county level. He does still shout for Meath, but finds it hard to get to O'Byrne Cup and league matches during the soccer season.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on July 05, 2013, 12:35:44 PM



 :P
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Jinxy on July 05, 2013, 01:19:07 PM
Socrates played Trench Cup for Trinners, I believe.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: T Fearon on July 05, 2013, 02:17:12 PM
My idea of the best ever soccer team (ie comprised of those who had or are having long or reasonably long careers in top flight English or Scottish soccer), with GAA Credentials.


1.Pat Jennings/Packie Bonnar/Shay Given

2. Chris Baird
3. Steve Staunton
4. Kevin Moran
5. Gerry Mc Elhinney

6. Martin O'Neill
7. Neil Lennon
8. Shane Long

9.Niall Quinn
10. Gerry Armstrong
11.Niall Mc Ginn
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on July 05, 2013, 02:21:24 PM
Socrates played Trench Cup for Trinners, I believe.

Are you sure? ;) (http://ucdhiddenhistory.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/1-ucd-legends-debunked-socrates/)
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Jinxy on July 05, 2013, 02:49:54 PM
I know it's bullsh*t!  >:(
p.s Edward Carson played Fitzgibbon Cup for Carlow IT.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Onlooker on July 05, 2013, 03:30:38 PM
My idea of the best ever soccer team (ie comprised of those who had or are having long or reasonably long careers in top flight English or Scottish soccer), with GAA Credentials.


1.Pat Jennings/Packie Bonnar/Shay Given

2. Chris Baird
3. Steve Staunton
4. Kevin Moran
5. Gerry Mc Elhinney

6. Martin O'Neill
7. Neil Lennon
8. Shane Long

9.Niall Quinn
10. Gerry Armstrong
11.Niall Mc Ginn
Surely, Con Martin would be in the back 4.  Val Harris won an All Ireland with Dublin before playing for Liverpool and Ireland.  Both have stronger credentials than a few of your team/
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: johnneycool on July 05, 2013, 03:59:15 PM
Seamus Coleman would be on that team, even Denis Irwin as well, he played U-14 hurling for Cork,
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: heffo on July 05, 2013, 04:08:57 PM
I know it's bullsh*t!  >:(
p.s Edward Carson played Fitzgibbon Cup for Carlow IT.

Trench Cup with Royal college of surgeons
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: All of a Sludden on July 05, 2013, 06:09:23 PM
Chris Baird is a GAA man?
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: rodney trotter on July 05, 2013, 06:15:22 PM
Darran O'Sullivan - Queens Park Rangers

Think O' Sullivan was only with QPR up to u12 level. That's when the family moved back to Kerry.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: bennydorano on July 05, 2013, 07:06:14 PM
Gerard 'houly' Houlihan played  for Monaghan  Town/Utd?, Sligo Rovers, some others  too I think.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Throw ball on July 05, 2013, 07:17:50 PM
Gerard 'houly' Houlihan played  for Monaghan  Town/Utd?, Sligo Rovers, some others  too I think.

I remember Houlie playing for Ards ( I think). In an interview he said he was only playing the soccer to keep himself fit for GAA. Or so I was told. Did not stay there long funny enough.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: T Fearon on July 05, 2013, 10:09:21 PM
Houlie skipped an FAI Cup Final appearance and winners medal with Sligo Rovers in the early 90s to play for Armagh in the first round of the Ulster Championship.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: imtommygunn on July 05, 2013, 10:14:37 PM
Chris Baird played for rasharkin. I think he moved to england before he was old enough for senior.

Joey cunningham armagh.

Michael o'neill bound to have played. I think mal donaghy was a st galls man and jim magilton sarsfields.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Leo on July 05, 2013, 10:19:54 PM
Socrates played Trench Cup for Trinners, I believe.

Are you sure? ;) (http://ucdhiddenhistory.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/1-ucd-legends-debunked-socrates/)
#To bracket Bonner & Given with Jennings (world legend) betrays a curiously Irish myopic view of things. Quite simply different class.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: Estimator on July 05, 2013, 10:46:57 PM
Terry McFlynn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_McFlynn)
This guy has made a good career for himself. Played for the Swa' and St Pat's Maghera.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: T Fearon on July 05, 2013, 10:49:02 PM
I bracketed them as any one of the three could be goalkeeper on this mythical team.It was not a comment or otherwise on the respective merits of the three as goalkeepers.Jennings was clearly a class above the other two in that regard.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: From the Bunker on July 05, 2013, 11:00:17 PM
God you have to love the '90's the decade where Graham Geraghty, Anthony Tohill and Jason Sherlock got Trials with English Soccer Clubs. We were told that the clubs could not get over the fitness of these specimens who were amateurs. They were fitter than the professionals over there.  All newspaper stuff. The lads got a trial like hundreds of other up and coming lads, were not good enough to make it like hundreds of other up and coming lads and went back home. No shame in that, just not the big deal that a trial often is spun as. Still you hear it after a GAA player uses some sort of soccer 'Skill' 'Oh you know he had trials with QPR'.
Title: Re: GAA stars with soccer credentials
Post by: The Worker on July 06, 2013, 05:25:25 PM
Marc Wilson played for st marys aghagallon, co. Antrim.