Friday 24 November 2017

Rossies lead way in '80s team

Dermot Earley pictured with his son David after Roscommon beat Armagh in the 1980 All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. The late Roscommon midfielder has been named on the 'Stars of the '80s' team to be honoured.
Dermot Earley pictured with his son David after Roscommon beat Armagh in the 1980 All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. The late Roscommon midfielder has been named on the 'Stars of the '80s' team to be honoured.

Eleven counties are represented on the GAA's football 'Stars of the '80s' team, which has been announced.

Seven of the team come from Ulster, with Monaghan, who won provincial titles in 1985 and '88 and Tyrone, who also won two (1984 and '89), enjoying double representation.

Roscommon, who lost the 1980 All-Ireland final to Kerry, have the strongest representation with three, through the late Dermot Earley Snr, Harry Keegan and Tony McManus.

The concept of selecting a team from players who were prominent in the 1980s but never won an All-Ireland medal, was designed to cater for the fact the Meath team, which won back-to-back Sam Maguires in 1987 and '88, were honoured in last year's All-Ireland final for their 25th anniversary.

The hurling stars of the '80s have already been feted during last Sunday's All-Ireland finals, and the football stars of that decade will parade before the crowd at the All-Ireland final.

Team – B McAlinden (Armagh), H Keegan (Roscommon), K Kehilly (Cork), S McHugh (Galway); J Reilly (Cavan), C Murray (Monaghan), C Browne (Laois); D Earley (Roscommon), W Joe Padden (Mayo); P McGinnity (Fermanagh), E McKenna (Tyrone), K O'Brien (Wicklow); N Hughes (Monaghan), F McGuigan (Tyrone), T McManus (Roscommon).

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