Friday 18 January 2019


JIMMY PHELAN scored 2-1 for Kilkenny in the famous 'Thunder and Lightning' final of 1939 when the Cats beat Cork 2-7 to 3-3. He was also on the team beaten by Limerick in the 1940 final.

JIMMY PHELAN scored 2-1 for Kilkenny in the famous 'Thunder and Lightning' final of 1939 when the Cats beat Cork 2-7 to 3-3. He was also on the team beaten by Limerick in the 1940 final.

OSSIE NASH played on the Bohs team which lost 1-0 to Rovers in the 1945 FAI Cup final, and was on the winning Shamrock Rovers team in 1948 when they beat Drumcondra 2-1. He also won representative honours with the League of Ireland against the English League and won an Inter-City Cup medal.

JR 'BUNNY' COX was five times champion amateur jockey. A trainer since 1970, his winners included Atone in the Ladbroke Hurdle.

Former France rugby captain GUY BASQUET was capped 33 times between 1945 and 1952, scoring eight tries. In 1951, he was part of the team that won at Twickenham (11-3) for the first time. He went on to become vice president of the French rugby federation.

MAURICE COLCLOUGH, England second row, won 25 caps between 1978 and 1986, and was on the England team which won the Grand Slam in 1980. He played in all four Tests for the Lions in South Africa in 1980, and in New Zealand in 1983.

Galwayman MICKEY COLBERT was Irish bantamweight champion and one-time World No 3 in the 1940s.

RON GREENWOOD was West Ham manager from 1961 to 1974 - and continued as general manager until 1977 - during which time the club won the FA Cup for the first time in 1964 and the European Cup Winners Cup in '65, beating TSV Munich 2-0 at Wembley. In 1977, Greenwood took over as England manager and held the post for five years. He led the team to the European Championship finals in 1980 and the World Cup finals in Spain in 1982. As a player, he was in Chelsea's league-winning side of 1955.

CHRISTO HAND was left-half-back on Meath's first All-Ireland-winning team in 1949. He won four Leinster titles and a National League medal (1951), as well as county titles in Dublin and Meath.

An Olympic gold medallist as a middleweight in 1952, FLOYD PATTERSON became the first Olympic champion to win the world heavyweight title. He was also the youngest at 21, when he beat Archie Moore for the vacant title in 1956, and he later became the first to regain the title when he defeated Ingemar Johansson in 1960. Sonny Liston ended his reign in 1963,but he fought on for another nine years.

PETER OSGOOD was a key member of the stylish Chelsea side of the early 1970s, and helped them win the FA Cup in 1970 and the European Cup Winners' Cup, beating Real Madrid in the final, the following season. He played four times for England. In all he played 380 games for Chelsea and scored 150 goals. Only Bobby Tambling and Kerry Dixon have scored more for the club. After leaving Chelsea he helped second division Southampton win the FA Cup in 1976 before joining Philadelphia Fury in the fledgling North American Soccer League.

Legendary Scotland and Celtic winger JIMMY JOHNSTONE will be remembered for his dazzling dribbles, which earned him the nickname 'Jinky'. He was one of the Lisbon Lions, the Celtic team which became the first British side to win the European Cup in 1967. He was also part of the team which won nine consecutive Scottish League titles between 1965 and 1974. At just 5'4" and 9½ stones, he was affectionately knowns as 'the wee man' in Parkhead, while the French press dubbed him 'the flying flea' after an inspired display against Nantes. Johnstone scored 129 goals in 515 appearances for Celtic and was capped 23 times by Scotland. After Celtic, he played for San Jose, Sheffield United, Dundee, Shelbourne and Elgin City.

ROY CLARKE was a classic winger, who made a total of 369 appearances for Manchester City, scoring 79 goals. He was also capped 22 times by Wales. He was a valuable member of the City side that defeated Birmingham 3-1 in the 1956 FA Cup final.

DR KEVIN O'FLANAGAN was one of the most talented Irish sportsmen ever. A Dublin minor Gaelic footballer, he excelled at every sport he tried, specialising in soccer, rugby and athletics, but also becoming proficient at golf and tennis. He was capped at soccer and rugby and was Irish sprint and long jump champion. He captained Bohemians to victory over Belfast Celtic in the final of the Inter City Cup, and signed amateur terms for Arsenal, playing 16 first-team games, two in the 1946 FA Cup and 14 in the first half of the 1946-47 league, scoring three times. He later played for Brentford. In 1948, he was appointed to the British Olympic Medical Commission, and he later served as doctor to the Irish Olympic team for 16 years until 1976, and was on the International Olympic Committee drugs panel (1977-99).

EWAN FENTON was wing-half on the Blackpool team which won the 1953 FA Cup final. He signed for Limerick as player-coach in 1960, helping them to two FAI Cup finals. He then spent three years as manager of Linfield where he completed a clean sweep of trophies before returning to Limerick and winning the League Cup in 1971.

TELE SANTANA managed the Brazilian national team in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups with players like Socrates, Falcao and Zico. Santana was idolised by Sao Paulo fans. During his spell in charge he won the Copa Libertadores in 1992 and 1993 - both of those years they went on to win the Intercontinental Cup (World Club Championship). Players like Rai, Toninho Cerezo and Cafu were groomed by Santana during his spell in charge.

FRANK DAVIS was regarded as the brains behind Waterford's rise from bottom of the table to League champions in 1966, and their subsequent six titles in eight seasons. A rugby and racing fan, he was wooed to soccer by his friendship with Paddy Coad.

JOHN LYALL spent 34 years at West Ham and led them to FA Cup victories in 1975 and 1980 and to the European Cup-winners' Cup final in 1976. Lyall also managed Ipswich Town, guiding them to the Premiership in 1992.

BRIAN LABONE succeeded Jack Charlton in the England side that defended the World Cup in 1970. A placid, intelligent player, who was booked only twice in 534 first-team appearances over 13 years, he earned 26 caps and won two league championships and one FA Cup in an outstanding Everton team.

Amateur jockey DARYL CULLEN, 20, was killed in a fall at a point-to-point in Wexford in April. The son of former professional jockey Jimmy, he had ridden one winner and worked for Wexford trainer Paul Nolan.

JOHN DILLON was full-back on the Galway team which won the U-21 title in 1972. In later years he turned to rugby and won a Connacht Senior Cup medal with Ballinasloe in 1992.

BOBBY MILLER was a former Laois footballer and manager. He also managed Carlow and Leinster and a succession of club sides, enjoying most success with the Éire Óg team of the 1990s.

SHAY GIBBONS made his name with St Patrick's Athletic, helping the newly elected League club to three Championships with a rake of goals, including a club record haul of 28 (1954-55) that still stands. His 108-goal League aggregate is also a club record. A surprise loss of form cost him his place in the 1954 FAI Cup final, which Pat's lost to Drumcondra. Apart from Pat's, Gibbons also had short spells with Bohemians, Cork Hibernians, Dundalk and Holyhead Town. He won a junior international cap, and four full caps, and represented the League of Ireland on eight occasions, scoring against the English and Scottish Leagues, although marked by the legendary Billy Wright and George Young respectively. A talented Gaelic footballer, he was on the Dublin senior panel at the age of 17 and starred at midfield on the Parnell's team beaten by St Vincent's in the Dublin final of 1950. After his meteoric soccer career, he retired at 30 to return to Parnell's.

FRED TRUEMAN was one of the greatest fast bowlers, renowned for his ripe and stormy personality. The first player to take 300 wickets in Tests, in a first-class career from 1949 to 1969, an extraordinarily long span for a fast bowler, he claimed 2,304 wickets at only 18.29 apiece.

CAROLINE KEARNEY, Ireland's leading triathlete, died in France after being struck by a car when cycling in June. She was 24, and was preparing for the Beijing Olympics.

JOHN SPENCER won the World Snooker Championship on his debut in 1969, retained it in 1970, and won the title again in 1977.

SYL KIRK was on the Tyrone team beaten by Galway in the 1956 All-Ireland football semi-final. He later made his name as a National Hunt trainer, and his son Sylvester now trains in Lambourn.

Former Mayo football captain JOE LANGAN was a regular through the 1960s. He won a League medal in 1970 when Mayo beat Down in the final 4-7 to 0-10, and won a Railway Cup medal with Connacht in 1967.

PATRICK 'SONNY' MOLLOY was wing-back on the Shamrock Rovers team which won the League of Ireland in 1938-39. He was a regular for five seasons, and was reserve on the Irish team which toured in Germany and Hungary in 1939.

EDDIE WALSH won five All-Ireland medals (1937, '39, '40, '41 and '46) with Kerry as a wing-back. A regular with Munster, he won two Railway Cup medals in 1941 and 1946.

DAVID NICHOLSON was a noted National Hunt character. As a jockey, he rode 583 winners, but he did even better as a trainer, retiring in 1999 with 1,499 winners. He was champion trainer in 1993-94 and 1994-95 and trained many Cheltenham Festival winners, including Gold Cup winner Charter Party in 1988.

GIACINTO FACCHETTI was an outstanding left-back for Inter Milan and Italy. He scored 75 goals for Inter and was renowned for his sportsmanship, committing very few fouls.

SIMON DEIGNAN was a member of a great Cavan team of the 1940s and later a top class referee. A winner of a minor All-Ireland medal in 1938, he played in four senior finals in '43, '47, '48 and '49, winning in '47 in the famous Polo Grounds final and in '48. He also played in three National League finals, winning in '49 and losing in '50 and '53. Deignan refereed three All-Ireland finals - in 1950, '54 and '58.

SEÁN HAUGHEY was an inter-League full-back and regular on the Shelbourne team of the late 1940s and early '50s. He played in the 1949 and '51 Cup finals, both of which Shelbourne lost.

FERENC PUSKAS was one of football's all-time greats. Nicknamed the 'Galloping Major', he led his country's 'Golden Team' of the early 1950s, and was part of the side that beat England 6-3 at Wembley in 1953. Puskas later took Spanish citizenship and became part of Real Madrid's all-conquering side, which claimed five successive European Cups between 1956 and 1960. In 84 matches for Hungary between 1945 and 1956, he scored 83 times. Injury limited his impact in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland and the Magyars lost the final to Germany. He scored four goals in Real's 7-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in a remarkable final at Hampden Park in 1960, and won the European Cup three times in all. He scored 512 goals in 528 matches for Real and in 1962 played for his adopted country at the 1962 World Cup.

PAUL HUNTER was a popular snooker professional, whose highest world ranking was fourth. He won the Benson and Hedges Masters three times and also won the British and Welsh Opens.

LIAM HIGGINS was full-forward for Kerry when won All-Irelands in 1969 and 1970. Later he was a selector when Kerry won four-in-a-row. A popular broadcaster, he began on Raidio na Gaeltachta, before going to Radio Kerry, where his commentaries with Weeshie Fogarty were listened to avidly.

RAYMOND KANE was a top class amateur golfer from the Island, who won two Irish Close titles in 1971 and 1974. He played 78 interprovincial matches for Leinster, his tally of 95 points being second best for the province. He represented Ireland on many occasions.

Kerryman MICK FALVEY was midfielder on the Dublin team which won the 1942 All-Ireland final, beating Galway. He also won a Dublin SFC medal with Civil Service.

ARTHUR EDWARD 'SCOBIE' BREASLEY rode 3251 winners in his career, including over 1000 in his native Australia and 2161 in Britain. He rode over 100 winners in England every year from 1955 to 1964, and was Champion Jockey in 1957 and continuously from 1961-3. He won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Ballymoss in 1958, and the Derby for the first time at the age of 50 on Santa Claus in 1964, then again on Charlottown in 1966. He developed a great rivalry with Gordon Richards, and later with Lester Piggott. He was renowned for his exquisite balance in the saddle, for refusing to race wide, and for his sparing use of the whip, preferring to use hands and heels. He retired as a jockey in 1968 and took up training in England, France, the USA and Barbados before retiring in 1990.

MATT LONERGAN was full-back on the Waterford team which sensationally defeated Kerry in the first round of the Munster Championship in 1957. Winner of several county titles with Kilrossanty, including a famous five-in-a-row, Matt also played for Munster.

Often cited as the greatest featherweight of all time, many experts also considered WILLIE PEP the best pure boxer ever. His dancing, floating style and speed made him incredibly hard to hit, earned him the nickname 'Will o' the Wisp', and inspired boxing writers into flights of lyricism. Born Gugliermo Papaleo, Pep won his first 52 professional fights before beating Chalky Wright for the world featherweight title in October 1942, at 20 the youngest world champion in 40 years. He had won 63 in a row before he lost a non-title fight against middleweight Lou Angott, but 10 days later he won again, and racked up 72 more wins and one draw, before his next loss. His second loss came in October 1948 at Madison Square Garden when he chose to slug it out with Sandy Saddler, a taller fighter with a whip-like punch. Pep was knocked out in the fourth round. Their first rematch, two months later, is regarded as a classic. Pep won on points, breaking Saddler's jaw despite being nearly blinded by cuts above his eyes. They met again in September 1950 before 39,000 at Yankee Stadium. Pep was ahead on the scorecards before dislocating his shoulder in the seventh round and was forced to concede. Their final meeting, a year later at New York's Polo Grounds, disintegrated into a brawl so vicious that referee Ray Miller was knocked to the ground. Saddler won the decision, but both fighters were suspended, Pep for 17 months. He later worked as a referee and with the Connecticut athletic commission.

Seán Ryan

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