Monday 23 October 2017

Who just missed out?

Mark Lawrenson
Mark Lawrenson
Nicky English
Catherina McKiernan

Nicky English is one of those many footballers and hurlers we almost tend to take for granted in the GAA - the fellow who had a great career.

And English certainly had this although his two All-Ireland medals over 15 years scarcely does it justice. He came on to the Tipperary team in 1982 when the county was struggling, having not won (or even appeared in) an All-Ireland final since the 1971 victory over Kilkenny.

Gradually through the decade, Tipp improved and in 1989 the long wait was ended with victory over Antrim, when he scored 2-12 in the final. A second medal followed two years later.

He had a knack for scoring important goals, and many credit his stunning strike in the 1987 Munster Final win over Cork as having put the county back on the right road. He was fearless and was always prepared to put his body on the line.

That Mark Lawrenson isn't on the list shows the calibre of Irish footballers at the time. He won five League titles, a European Cup, three League Cups and an FA Cup in seven seasons at Anfield.

CAVAN athlete Catherina McKiernan is without question one of the greatest this country has produced, and for a spell in the 1990s seemed to run out of her skin every time we saw her. For four straight years (92-95) she took silver at the World Cross Country Championships and a gold in 94 at the Europeans, not to mention marathon wins in Berlin, London and Amsterdam.

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