Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Keane didn't have the all-round game of Giles'

The decision to place Roy Keane at the top of our Soccer Legends list continues to provoke discussion.

Our panel decided that Keane should be regarded as the top Irish player of the past 50 years, ahead of second-placed John Giles, Paul McGrath, Liam Brady and Ronnie Whelan.

Fans of McGrath, in particular, continue to fight their case.

The interactive magazine can still be accessed at

and it includes archive footage of the players, some classic old photographs,and our panellists discussing the leading performers in more detail.

The online magazine also provides the opportunity for readers to vote for their best Irish XI of 1962-2012.

And you can tweet our sportsdesk @IndoSport to extend the debate. Alternatively, we can be contacted at sportmail@ or via post at Soccer Legends, Irish Independent, 27-32 Talbot Street, Dublin 1.

Here are a selection of your comments from yesterday:

I was lucky enough to see Giles and Brady at their best and I can assure you that Roy Keane (a decent player) didn't have the all-round game of Giles and certainly didn't have the artistry of Brady. Giles would be my No 1

– Jim

While Keane deserves a top 5, the impact Paul made for us was incredible. Who can forget his masterful display in the 1-1 draw with England at Wembley in midfield and his heroism in US 94? Right up to his last years for us, there were some fantastic performances. I say 'Big Mac', no question

– Ciarse

Keane had a fantastic career but he was also in the right place at right time. Put McGrath in that Man U side and he would have won a lot of league titles as well

– Derek

Decent list and agree on most points but cannot understand why O'Shea is ahead of Richard Dunne

– Carl

Ray Houghton should have been higher. Brilliant player who made a historic contribution to Irish football

– Alan

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