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Peter Canavan

Published 29/04/2015 | 00:00

Peter Canavan
Peter Canavan

'Rigour' is the word that comes to mind when you think of Peter Canavan. Perhaps the typical Canavan scene involved him with ball in hand, refusing to part with it or be knocked out of his stride until he was sure of achieving a positive result.

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No player seemed more determined to extract the maximum use from every single possession. Canavan made football look like a very serious business indeed.

As close to a one-man team as there's ever been in an All-Ireland final, Canavan's Tyrone came up a point short in 1995. Then, in 2003 he effectively missed the final through injury, his cameos at the beginning and end of the game against Armagh mere sentimental flourishes. It was hardly going to be enough for a man of his calibre. Two years later against Kerry, he scored the goal which turned the tide of the finest final of the modern era. It was classic Canavan, a flawless marriage of inspired skill and cool calculation.

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