Tuesday 20 March 2018

Roy Keane’s No 1 – but debate rages on after unveiling of our top 50 legends

Roy Keane. Photo: Sportsfile
Roy Keane. Photo: Sportsfile

DEBATE raged yesterday after the publication of our 'Soccer Legends' iMagazine, where our panel ranked the top 50 Irish footballers of the last 50 years.

Roy Keane came out on top, pipping John Giles, Paul McGrath, Liam Brady and Ronnie Whelan in that order. The Corkman was recognised by the Irish Independent team on the basis of his club achievements in tandem with his Irish performances.

Keane has always been a polarising figure and there were conflicting opinions on his presence at the summit of our list.

The interactive magazine can still be accessed on www.independent.ie/soccerlegends and it includes archive footage of the players, some classic old photographs, and our panellists discussing the top 10 performers in more detail.

Clips and pictures range from black and white images of a packed Dalymount Park in the 1960s to some of the more memorable internationals of recent years.

The online mag 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 via email at sportmail@independent.ie or via post at Soccer Legends, Irish Independent, 27-32 Talbot Street, Dublin 1.

Here is a selection of your comments from yesterday.

Obviously Roy. He and Irwin are probably, along with Heighway, our most decorated players.

– John O'Sullivan

Of course there can only be only one and Roy Keane would (metaphorically only I think) behead everyone else.

– Darren Geraghty

Stan should be far higher up the list. Crap manager but three World Cups. No 1 played in one and walked out in the other.

– Gary McGurk

Houghton behind Duff, Given? Crazy. Keane definitely number one with Giles close behind.

– Robert Foster

I'm shocked that Johnny Fullam didn't make the list. He won eight FAI Cup medals with Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians. Maybe not in the top 20 but certainly further down, given some of the names that do feature.

– Tommy Cogan

Liam Brady should be No 1. Proved himself in Serie A when it was the finest league in Europe – typical Man Utd bias in Ireland.

– Steven Kelly

I am surprised by Chris Morris. He was around during a golden period but never struck me as a legend.

– Chris Mulhall

Irish Independent

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