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imtommygunn

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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #30 on: March 22, 2020, 10:04:13 PM »
For me the cult hero's aren't the lads who were the teams the best player, or regularly voted the best in the county, or the fellas who had long successful careers, or the popular players.

It's those fellas who were talented, a bit wild, and on any given day could do a bit of damage on the pitch, but who maybe weren't reliable or not as commited as you would want them to be. Enjoyed themselves on and off the pitch. The likes of Geoffrey McGonigle would be my example of a Cult Hero in Derry.

Sambo in Antrim.

Noel O’Leary. Or. Maybe or maybe not lol.

The Galway team of the 80’s had plenty hearts to look up to, Brendan Lynskey Ger McInerery being the main two.. football wise Jack O’Shea, and more modern Tohill

From within my own county we’d  Olcan Clute McFetridge or just Clute and being of an age when you actually got to try and mark him in games was a joy!

Gerry had long hair and white boots before their time. Ticked all the boxes!

Forgot about clute. Something about sambo drew him to people. No doubt he was very good but there was just something about how he played made him that hero.

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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2020, 11:18:11 AM »
Larry Reilly had a cult following on this board once upon a time. Not sure he had in Cavan though   ;D

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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2020, 11:59:34 AM »
Pádraig Brogan, unfulfilled genius

So true .

At his prime he was as good as David Clifford/

I was still under 10 in 85/86/87/88 , I remember that 0-8 to 0-7 loss to Galway in 87 very well for some reason and brogans scoring  a lot in 85/86/87 , I also remember asking the aul fella where is padraig brogan when we played Meath in 88 and him telling me about the curse of drink . I was a very disappointed Gasun that day . 

If I’m honest I can’t really remember his comeback then in the 90s (he played v cork in that hammering ) what year did he play for Donegal ?

He played for Donegal in the 91 Championship and 91/92 league season, then left. Think McEniff had brought him up to Bundoran to give him a job and help him out. He went back to Mayo after the league for the 92 championship.

Apparently gave the Donegal boys a nice bit of motivation when he came on for Mayo in the AI semi that year. :)

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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #33 on: March 23, 2020, 01:44:39 PM »
In Down from the turn of the century for around 15 years there was only one name on everyone's lips "Benny", He really was a one man band for a number of years . The best goal scorer I have ever seen, a genius.

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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #34 on: March 23, 2020, 02:24:36 PM »
Shorty Trainor(spelling) had a bit of the cult thing going on too.

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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2020, 02:29:06 PM »
Diarmuid Connolly.

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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #36 on: March 23, 2020, 04:59:27 PM »
when I was a young overweight Full forward  in the 89's Joe Mcnally always gave me hope, Nudie hughes as well 
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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #37 on: March 23, 2020, 07:02:45 PM »
Diarmuid Connolly.

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Why the smiley?
Diarmuid was one of the finest players of his time and is (probably) still able to compete with the very best. Okay, he may be a wee bit temperamental at times but that doesn't take from his footballing genius or his ability to inspire those around him.
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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #38 on: March 23, 2020, 07:49:30 PM »
Has to be Larry Reilly.

Seconded. He has his own thread on GAA Board which was great reading.
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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #39 on: March 23, 2020, 08:09:33 PM »
Diarmuid Connolly.

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Why the smiley?
Diarmuid was one of the finest players of his time and is (probably) still able to compete with the very best. Okay, he may be a wee bit temperamental at times but that doesn't take from his footballing genius or his ability to inspire those around him.

Cult hero basically means someone greatly admired by a relatively small audience  despite limited success.  Connolly would not fall under that category.

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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #40 on: March 23, 2020, 08:30:56 PM »
Owen Mulligan. Didn’t have the consistency of Canavan or Cavanagh or the breathtaking ability of O’Neill but was always good for a moment of magic every now and again. Had that edge about him that annoyed opposition fans as well. Used to love watching him when he was on form.
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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #41 on: March 23, 2020, 08:31:40 PM »
Paul hog donnelly would have a bit of a cult hero in Tyrone. Not for his football skillset either

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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #42 on: March 23, 2020, 08:42:34 PM »
Geoffrey McGonigle was a cult figure.
Nudie Hughes too.
Can’t beat Francie Bellew though.
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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #43 on: March 23, 2020, 09:14:34 PM »
Paul hog donnelly would have a bit of a cult hero in Tyrone. Not for his football skillset either

Who could forget the James McCartan boot incident  ;D

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Re: Who's your GAA cult hero?
« Reply #44 on: March 23, 2020, 10:03:33 PM »
Those who mention Geoffrey, Francie, Willie Joe, Cloot and possibly shorty know what a cult hero is.
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