Bernard Brogan? Really? Run this poll in 10 years and Brogan wouldn't even be mentioned, never mind make the top 25. Connolly either.
Canavan topping the poll by a large margin is the really mad thing. Provincial bias at its finest imho.
Brogan made it onto a lot of lists near the end and only 3% separates him from the next 13 players, while Canavan has a greater margin than that over Fitzgerald and Gooch, both nearly universally regarded as the best forwards of their respective generations.
Its hard to make yourself consistently look like a clown on this thing but you do manage it.
Do you not look at the votes and recognition canavan gets in all quarters and just think to yourself if you don't genuinely think he should be there and think i really do not have a clue. because thats what everyone else thinks!
Canavan played in a time without a dozen cameras watching you and got battered every game from the age of 18 of course he stepped over the lines at times.
Pity roscommon didnt have a bit more backbone or they might be relevant now
You seem a bit upset. Nasty stuff.
I ranked Canavan the fourth best forward I've ever seen ffs.
It's just very obvious that the two Kerry lads were something special, and for me Michael Donnellan's once in a generation gifts - bringing Galway to two AI titles and three finals, the same as Canavan did but in a far more condensed time-frame - puts him above the Tyrone man too.
And whatever way you cut it, Fitzgerald and Cooper are generally the two mentioned when talking about the greatest forwards in the last 20-30 years. This forum by its make-up has an Ulster bias so pointing out that is entirely fair game when it comes to judging these results.
You were saying in this thread a few minutes ago that it was hard to bring yourself to claiming Lee Keegan was the best footballer in the country because he was a Mayo man.
How do you square that off with claiming Canavan only gathered that rank on here because of an Ulster bias? Do you think a lot of Ulster counties would take pleasure in giving a Tyrone man, and an absolute scourge to their counties at that?
There's a deep rooted conflict ion you've created for yourself there.
You also note that Fiztgerald and Cooper are generally regarded as the two greatest of the past 20-30 years? By who, those with a free state bias?
The bottom line is with Cooper anyway, despite all what his cheerleaders may say, that he does not have reference points in his career of coming to his side's rescue in the really, really big games and dragging him over the line and there were plenty of times when Kerry needed this in his career. It's grand having all the talent Gooch unquestionably had but what use is it when he couldn't turn it on when needed. He's lucky he played in such a talented side, he's blessed Donaghy came on the scene when he did, history will say he lost more All Ireland's than he won and the only victories he had were against Cork and Mayo sides who were terrified at the sight of the Kerry green and gold jerseys. In 2004, 2006 and 2007 you got the impression Mayo and Cork were beaten from the first few minutes, psychologically they didn't have it.
When you have the all the skill and talent Gooch had, then it's easy to play when all the parameters allow you to play. It is when they turn and the odds are against you that you will find the true worth of that player.