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GAA Discussion / Re: Derry 1993 - 25 years on
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:14:53 PM »
After the disappointment of ’91 and ’92, I was hoping for something better in ’93. The stepping stones of the previous years defeats to Down after a replay and Donegal in the Ulster final were there. At the time there seemed to be a decent level of optimism in the county.  I was only 14 at the time, but listening to people who had attended games for many years, this was the year that they were actually going to do something.  There was excellent mix of youth from the ’89 & ’90 minor teams plus Scullion, McGilligan, Gormley, etc.

I was lucky enough to get to all Derry’s championship games that year. We managed to win the whole thing playing fewer games (5) in the Championship than Armagh (6), and they only reached the Ulster Semi-Final (3 draws – Fermanagh, Tyrone and Donegal).

We played Down in the Marshes.  Tohill was awesome, Burnsy scored an excellent volley, Cassidy scored 3 or 4 super points from play.  I think it was John Kelly that was sent off for Down, attempting to box a couple of Derry players.  Tommy Sugrue reffed the game, the first time a non-Ulster man took charge of an Ulster Championship match.

The semi-final against Monaghan in Casement never really sparked to life, Derry were poor in the first half, but Brolly and McCormick injected a bit of life into the game in the second half and we ran out easy winners in the end.  That game was the beginning of the end of Danny Quinn’s inter county career, he was subsequently dropped for the Ulster Final.  He made a comeback in the AISF, but didn't make it to half time.

The Ulster Final was a mud-bath, should never have been played.  Tyrone won the minor game – I think Dooher and Cavlan were playing that day.  Johnny McBride broke his leg in that match.  The senior final was arm wrestle in the conditions.  Memorable points from Cassidy and Tohill’s free, plus the superb block by Scullion.  Manus Boyle got the line late in the game.  The pitch was an absolute mess in the aftermath of that. The defeat in the previous years final was forgotten.

The All-Ireland Semi-Final was unreal.  It was my first time in the Canal End.  I’d been to Croke Park previously for the NFL semi final and Final in ’92, both times in the Hogan Stand.  Derry got off to an excellent start, but then the Dubs took over. Danny Quinn got the shepherds crook before half time as Vinnie Murphy was running riot.  A solitary Dub fan was close to our position in the Canal and he was doing some slabbering about the Dubs – suffice to say he disappeared in the second half.
It was an excellent comeback – the half back line supplied 4 points in the second half, Downey with 2, Coleman 1 and McGurk with his famous winner.  Brolly was immense that second half, a lot of ball was kicked in that direction and he had the pace to get out in front and win it.  On the pitch after the game was mental – I think that people were more emotional after the semi final than the final – Not sure why.. maybe the relief of actually living to see the county get to the All-Ireland Final.  It was 35 years since our first appearance in ’58.
Strangely, I think Charlie Redmond was given MoTM by the Sunday Game that evening.

I remember all the talk of hunting for tickets in the weeks before the match, and how difficult they would be to get.  It actually wasn’t the case for myself. The evening the club were giving out tickets, I walked in as an U14 playing member of the club, I give my name and was handed a ticket for the Hill.  I doubt if U14 club players in Dublin and Tyrone will be able to do that for this years final.

As we headed towards the Hill, my younger brother dropped his ticket and it blew away in the wind, thankfully it was stopped by a set of railings as we all raced after it.  Though, from the crowds in both terraces, something tells me that tickets weren't actually needed. 

The Hill was packed – not as packed as the Canal End, which spilled out on the pitch, could easily have been a very serious incident.

Cork got off to a flyer, Tony Davis with the opening point, followed by Kavanagh’s goal which should have been saved by McCusker.  Cahalane boxed Gormley, then was involved in the tackle on Heaney which Tommy Howard saw fit to send off Tony Davis. Downey’s goal was a fantastic piece of FF work, following the ball in. I didn’t think we would lose the game after that.  Even after O’Driscoll’s goal, made by a fantastic Don Davis pass, I thought we were always going to win.  Again the celebrations on the pitch were fantastic.  They continue the following night in Maghera, and then every other town in the county.

I remember thinking as a 14 year old that I’ve witnessed Derry win a couple of Ulster Championships, an NFL title and an All-Ireland Title and believing that it was gonna be like this all the time. 

A few older cynics said that we might never win it again… 25 years later, I am starting to come round to the fact that they could be right…

Great memories there estimator

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GAA Discussion / Re: Derry 1993 - 25 years on
« on: August 17, 2018, 02:06:08 PM »
I was 10 years of age at the time. Me, me da, cousin and uncle had tickets for the hill. It was jammed, fecking packed. I got separted from me da as everyone was getting squashed, I then had to got 'crowd-surfed' across the hill to my da's arms. We all left for safety concenrs.

Ventured to the bars outside to watch the game, all bars were shut. mind me da and my uncle banging the windows of abar to open, it opened, we watched the game and won.

Remember sitting on the kerb after the final waving me wee flag, thinking what all the fuss was all about.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Derry 1993 - 25 years on
« on: August 17, 2018, 02:02:36 PM »
 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( since

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 16, 2018, 04:51:12 PM »
Youse Tyrone boys must be getting more nervous leading up to the final, as youse are getting easier to get!

😂 Fair play. Yous are better at fishing than football anyway.

All we got left now is slegging Tyrone people.

In other news, I see youse are picking up again in Leeds, good to see lad. Keep it up.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Your county’s toughest defeat to stomach
« on: August 16, 2018, 04:49:45 PM »
I hate to see Tyrone win  ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 16, 2018, 04:24:57 PM »
Youse Tyrone boys must be getting more nervous leading up to the final, as youse are getting easier to get!

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 16, 2018, 04:17:20 PM »
To have 3 Derry men in a team of the 90s and not one from Donegal seems a bit revisionist. Of our 92 team I'd offer Martin McHugh with honourable mention to Gavigan and Tony Boyle. Donegal contested the first 4 Ulster finals of the 90s, winning 2 and took Sam home like Derry at the first opportunity. Tohill was class. I'd argue Canavans best period was in the 00s when he reached the summit.
Canavan was better in the 90s
I agree

Others I would suggest are James Nallen, Anthony Tohill, wee James McCartan, Ja Fallon and Charlie Redmond
Charlie shouldn’t be within an asses roar of that team!!  Kieran McKeever would be worthy of consideration - thought he was a great corner back.
Charlie was the best forward on the Dublin team that challenged for All Irelands in the four years 92-95.

He was the only Dub forward to win more than one All Star in the 90s. He won 3. He was an excellent player. Maybe there were 6 better in the 90s, but he definitely should be in the running.
 

Charlie was some boyo alright. I’d say his record of being sent off twice in an All Ireland final will never be matched.

Jeez Benny you need to get over that one. It’s 23 years ago now.

Is this not a thread discussing the 90s? Another classic Lennyism.

Tickle, surely you know about this. In the 1995 AI final, Charlie was sent off, but didn’t leave the pitch and played on. It wasn’t until he got involved in a play later that the ref, Paddy Russell, realised he hadn’t left the pitch and sent him off again.



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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 16, 2018, 03:31:29 PM »
To have 3 Derry men in a team of the 90s and not one from Donegal seems a bit revisionist. Of our 92 team I'd offer Martin McHugh with honourable mention to Gavigan and Tony Boyle. Donegal contested the first 4 Ulster finals of the 90s, winning 2 and took Sam home like Derry at the first opportunity. Tohill was class. I'd argue Canavans best period was in the 00s when he reached the summit.
Canavan was better in the 90s
I agree

Others I would suggest are James Nallen, Anthony Tohill, wee James McCartan, Ja Fallon and Charlie Redmond
Charlie shouldn’t be within an asses roar of that team!!  Kieran McKeever would be worthy of consideration - thought he was a great corner back.
Charlie was the best forward on the Dublin team that challenged for All Irelands in the four years 92-95.

He was the only Dub forward to win more than one All Star in the 90s. He won 3. He was an excellent player. Maybe there were 6 better in the 90s, but he definitely should be in the running.
 

Charlie was some boyo alright. I’d say his record of being sent off twice in an All Ireland final will never be matched.

Jeez Benny you need to get over that one. It’s 23 years ago now.

What happened?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:19:05 PM »
Let’s go big balls, have tries yourself.

I started off from scratch there, not a bad effort. Think I did well.

Are the gaa issu Bc a football team. I say they will just before football final.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 16, 2018, 12:21:30 AM »
Gerhaghty probably, but other two would be tight.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 16, 2018, 12:03:20 AM »
Declan Browne and Michael Donnellan could be great adds. Greg blanket better in the 80s.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:33:57 PM »
Probably give you Scullion.
Downey - no chance.
Downey won footballer of the year in 93 didn't he? but Scullion had more good years than Downey.

Not sure now

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:14:42 PM »
Probably give you Scullion.
Downey - no chance.

Really rated Downey as a footballer. Ended up working for him and having to pay for my own work shirt, didn’t like him then.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:07:43 PM »
Was gonna throw Mckeever in there too

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:06:52 PM »
Hardstation, me and you always agree on everything- but this time. Not this time.

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