Thursday 19 October 2017

12 Colm Cooper moments that defined an illustrious Kerry career

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

It's the end of an era. There will never be another Colm Cooper, a man many believe was the most talented inter-county player we have witnessed. Here are 12 defining moments in a glorious career.

2002 - Makes championship debut against Limerick in a Munster quarter-final, scores his first goal championship goal against Fermanagh in a subsequent qualifier, but is on the losing team to Armagh in his first All-Ireland final appearance. Wins the first of eight All-Star awards.

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12 May 2002; Colm Cooper, Kerry. Football. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

2004  - Wins his first All-Ireland medal, scoring 1-5 – 1-4 from play – against Mayo in the final. Picks up a second All-Star award.

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26 September 2004; Colm Cooper, Kerry, celebrates after scoring his sides first goal. Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

2005 - Involved in his one and only international rules Test, deciding quickly after the trip to Australia, weeks after Kerry had lost the All-Ireland final to Tyrone, that the game wasn’t for him.

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28 October 2005; Colm Cooper, Ireland, is tackled by Dale Morris, Australia. 2005 Fosters International Rules Series, game 2, Australia v Ireland, Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Australia. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

2006 - Wins a second All-Ireland medal after beating Mayo in the final and jointly lifts Sam Maguire with Declan O’Sullivan having deputised as captain when O’Sullivan was dropped after the Munster final replay that year.

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17 September 2006; Kerry captain Declan O'Sullivan, left, and stand-in captain Colm Cooper lift the Sam Maguire Cup. Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

2007  - All-Ireland medal No 3 comes as Kerry beat Cork in an All-Ireland final for the first time.

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16 September 2007; Colm Cooper, Kerry, is tackled by Graham Canty, Cork. Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, Kerry v Cork, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

2008  - More disappointment against Tyrone as they lose a second All-Ireland final to them.

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21 September 2008; Colm Cooper, Kerry, in action against Conor Gormley, Tyrone. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Tyrone, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

2009  - Wins the last of his four All-Ireland medals.

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20 September 2009; Colm Cooper, Kerry, lifts the Sam Maguire cup. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Cork, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

2011 - Scores one of his greatest goals in the All-Ireland final against Dublin but, as captain, his disappointment in defeat is compounded.

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Colm Cooper, Kerry, scores his side's goal. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

2013 - Delivers one of his great performances in the first half of the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin but again, their great rivals prove too strong. Wins the last of his eight All-Star awards.

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1 September 2013; Team captains Stephen Cluxton, Dublin, and Colm Cooper, Kerry, shake hands, in the company of referee Cormac Reilly, before the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

2014 - Ruptures his cruciate ligament and fractures his knee cap in Dr Crokes’ All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Castlebar Mitchels, threatening to end his career. He joined the match day squad for the All-Ireland final against Donegal but doesn’t consider himself to have five All-Ireland medals.

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15 February 2014; Colm Cooper, Dr. Crokes, is helped off the pitch after receiving an injury. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship, Semi-Final, Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo v Dr. Crokes, Kerry. O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

2015 - Makes it back after a protracted spell out but struggles in the 2015 All-Ireland final, failing to score in a Croke Park championship match for the first time in his career.

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20 September 2015; Dublin's Philly McMahon and Kerry's Colm Cooper in conversation after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

2016 - A 14th season (excluding 2014) with Kerry ends with an All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin.

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