I seem to recall there being a thread dedicated to retiring inter county stars, but can’t find it, if it exists. Anyway, we’ve had a fair few retirements this year. Post your memories and tributes to these giants of men who bestrode the fields of the two greatest sports in the world like the colussus’ theye were.
With apologies to Puke who noted this today, Brian McGuigan and Philip Jordan have announced their retirements from inter county football. That great Tyrone team is breaking up, has Dooher retired yet?
McGuigan at his best was the perfect No.11, a class act. His ball retention was excellent. Jordan also a fine player for a long period, even if he struggled near the end and teams targeted him with very physical half forwards.
Jordan and McGuigan were tremendous servants of Tyrone, and Harte as well for that matter. Tremendous underage players who have been on the mill for nigh on 16-17 years now. They owe nothing and I hope they enjoy a few more years with the club and an enjoyable retirement. Tyrone were the only side who could put it up to that second golden era Kerry side and made the 00’s what the hugely enjoyable decade for gaelic football what it was.
6 All Ireland titles in 14 years with 4 further All Ireland appearances in that period, in the most competitive era in the game is worthy of being called a second golden era, never claimed which era was better. There was no insult.
Forget it, you’re one of those people who wish they were from Kerry, ye are harder to argue with than the natives themselves. Any i know don’t rate this team anywhere near the great team of 75-86. Other teams of the same era (Armagh, Galway & Tyrone in particular) gave performances as good as anything this Kerry team have, but none of them were as good as aforementioned Kerry team.
Why cant you? The Golden Era goes back to to 75 when Kerry didnt win again until 78 and dominated the next 10 years. Kerry won in 97 and won again 2000 and dominated the next ten years. Its pretty straightforward really. And again, I’m not comparing era’s, just calling both of them Golden Era’s for the county, which they were. Not sure what your confusion is.
He was a fine player, didn’t have the skills of say a Declan O’ Sullivan, but i would argue he had the temperament some of the present day lads don’t. But on your point, i didn’t think he was under rated, i think he is well feted.
Mac - You are correct, i think. He certainly didn’t make his mark till that year.