Leaders of the Cats: The men who have captained Kilkenny during the Brian Cody era
2013: Colin Fennelly
The latest captain from Ballyhale Shamrocks, he has already enjoyed the honour of lifting the league trophy in May.
2012: Eoin Larkin (right)
Skippered Kilkenny to league and All-Ireland glory last year, the second man from Cody's club James Stephens to do so in his 14 campaigns as manager prior to this year.
2011: Brian Hogan
Imperious at centre-back over the last few years, Hogan enjoyed Leinster and All-Ireland glory in his season, courtesy of O'Loughlin Gaels' 2010 county title.
2010: TJ Reid
Hasn't always been a regular fixture, but history beckoned for Reid with Kilkenny on the cusp of five in a row until it was snatched away.
2009: Michael Fennelly
Came on late as a substitute in the 2009 All-Ireland final. Fennelly admitted his captaincy was slightly awkward, having featured so little.
2008: James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick
Gave a rousing speech as he lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup, Kilkenny's third title in a row.
2007: Henry Shefflin
Henry's only time to captain the team to All-Ireland glory, the first of three Shamrocks men to do it over the next three years.
2006: Jackie Tyrrell
The powerful defender (left) had the honour as the four in a row got off the ground.
2005: Peter Barry
The resolute half-back's last act was to captain Kilkenny in their 2005 All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway before retiring.
2004: Martin Comerford
Followed in the footsteps of brother Andy by captaining Kilkenny to an All-Ireland final, but Cork denied them glory.
2003: DJ Carey (right)
DJ's only successful All-Ireland captaincy came after Charlie Carter's departure from the squad earlier in the year.
2002: Andy Comerford
O'Loughlin Gaels' county success paved the way for Comerford's moment of glory after victory over Clare in the 2002 final.
2001: Denis Byrne
The second spell for Byrne as captain ended with an All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway.
2000: Willie O'Connor
Followed in the footsteps of brother Eddie as Kilkenny claimed their first All-Ireland title under Cody and a first for seven years.
1999: Denis Byrne
An unlikely captain in Cody's first year after Graigue Ballycallan's Kilkenny Championship success in 1998.