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Friday 17 November 2017

Cork's no 1 supply line boasts proud history

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

NOT including the 1980 championship season, when Blackrock's Timmy Murphy played in goal for Cork, the position has been manned by only six players (barring injury on a few occasions) since the mid-'50s. And with Anthony Nash likely to have an extended run, the pattern seems set to continue.


He played in the Munster semi-final against Waterford when Donal Og Cusack was suspended in 2007 but had to wait until last year to take full residence between the posts. He has been an outstanding success and, at only 28 years old, he could be there for many years to come.


Promoted from the substitutes' bench after Ger Cunningham's departure, he made his senior championship debut in 1999, a year in which Cork went on to win the All-Ireland title. He remained No 1 until last year, when he was forced out with an Achilles tendon injury. Omitted from the panel this year at the age of 35.


He made his championship debut in 1981 and was first-choice until the end of the 1998 season. One of the all-time great goalkeepers, he won three All-Ireland senior medals and four All Star awards. He is currently a member of the Cork management team.

Martin Coleman

Played in 1975-79, a period in which Cork won three successive All-Ireland titles and five successive Munster titles.


Cork's No 1 from 1963 to 1974, a period during which they secured two All-Ireland and four Munster titles.


Father of Tom and Jim, who were outstanding outfield players in their time, Mick was an excellent goalkeeper for the Rebels between 1956 and 1963.

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