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The toughest player ever to play Championship?????

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Andy McCabe of Kingscourt or Ollie Brady of Redhills

opa01 (Cavan) - Posts: 477 - 25/11/2008 22:07:23    149943

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bernard morris without a doubt

hoy (Cavan) - Posts: 307 - 27/11/2008 11:48:26    151213

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Bernard Morris and Trevor Crowe are the two toughest I've seen in my lifetime.

Breffni Blue (Cavan) - Posts: 15 - 27/11/2008 13:53:58    151411

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killian brady 4rm mullahorn r mic greenan of drumalee past teams

Flee08 (Cavan) - Posts: 18 - 04/12/2008 10:46:34    156626

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Has to be Fionan Lee (Flee) , if he caught ya he'd eat ya

zamora (Cavan) - Posts: 200 - 04/12/2008 17:58:59    157143

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A king,Denis O keeffe(drumalee),Gaynor,trevor Crowe and outside cavan Francy B (armagh)

Speak_my_mind (Cavan) - Posts: 11 - 23/12/2008 20:23:51    170176

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James Brady(Ballyhaise)
Trevor and Joe Crowe(Lacken)
Bernard Morris(Gowna)
Ciaran Brady Snr and Lawrence Brady(Gowna)
Fergal and Gavin Harten (Gowna)
Charles Clarke(Baileborough)
Christy Sheils(Mullahoran)
Dan Mel Reily and Eddie Reily(Mullahoran)
Philip Smith(Crosserlough)
Ronan Kiernan(Denn)

DHaise (Cavan) - Posts: 65 - 23/12/2008 20:58:36    170186

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big jim smith of killenkere.
he killed a man during a game. i think it was against armagh.

other than that. i think andy mccabe (think he played with crosserlough..although he may have been from Kingscourt and played with them too. just going by what I heard from Talking to people who played against him.

s goldrick (Cavan) - Posts: 5280 - 30/12/2008 03:09:18    171261

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Andy McCabe of Crosserlough was and is the toughest man ever to have kicked a ball in the jersey of cavan!

ck1 (Cavan) - Posts: 1 - 30/12/2008 15:04:18    171353

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Had the privledge of playing on the great Andy Mc Cabe not to mention his brother P.V.. He was tough and hard. A few others around my era that were tough : Olly Brady, Adge King, Terry Sheridan Mullaghoran and maybe the rest of the team as well, Ballinagh had a few tough merchants like Red Galligan as well as Denn.Their wing forward in that era dident believe in the ball- just a side issue. Lacken also had some massive big men who could look after them selves as did Drumalee.
But I suppose looking back every team had a few tough men but definately a few stood out. Still it was part of the game and I suppose always will.

BreffniDub (None) - Posts: 377 - 01/01/2009 14:11:11    171787

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The Skin

player1 (None) - Posts: 14 - 04/01/2009 13:43:28    172599

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Replying To Speak_my_mind:  "A king,Denis O keeffe(drumalee),Gaynor,trevor Crowe and outside cavan Francy B (armagh)"
I am just curious about this post regarding "king" Denis O Keeffe Drumalee . It is referring to my deceased dad & I am just curious as to the person who posted this lovely comment . I was only a very young child when my dad played football so only have vivid memories of it but would love this person to enlighten me of dads football skills . Thank u & regards

DeeRobyn2010 (Cavan) - Posts: 1 - 08/09/2017 07:04:21    2044043

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Having watched Cavan teams for nearly 50 years for me it has to be Andy McCabe, his sideburns alone frightened the life out of any forward who came near him, only remember him playing with Crosserlough....
Going on what my dad would have told me you would also have to mention Willie Doonan, it is widely believed that Cavan would have won a three in a row in '49 if he was playing, when Peter McDermot from Meath heard he wasn't playing it was said that he jumped up on down

breffni47 (Cavan) - Posts: 34 - 08/09/2017 10:03:05    2044079

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Love reading threads like these. A great reminder of how the game used to be!

And I can't let it go without posting this clip again

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Just watch those first 15 seconds. . .mayhem!!

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 3762 - 08/09/2017 10:57:44    2044102

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Replying To breffni47:  "Having watched Cavan teams for nearly 50 years for me it has to be Andy McCabe, his sideburns alone frightened the life out of any forward who came near him, only remember him playing with Crosserlough....
Going on what my dad would have told me you would also have to mention Willie Doonan, it is widely believed that Cavan would have won a three in a row in '49 if he was playing, when Peter McDermot from Meath heard he wasn't playing it was said that he jumped up on down"
I was wrong up above - Andy was of course a Crosserlough man. Lived in Kingscourt later but I don't think he played for them.

Heard a great story about Andy breaking Enda McGown's leg (accidentally) while playing together for Cavan.

Ray Carolan (Mullagh) was another teak-tough player. Jim Reilly was also very strong although remembered more for his football skills - I was told by a player who marked him in County trials it was like hitting a brick wall. Adge King too.

Tommy Duff Killinkere was another who hit hard

opa01 (Cavan) - Posts: 477 - 08/09/2017 11:12:16    2044109

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Replying To ck1:  "Andy McCabe of Crosserlough was and is the toughest man ever to have kicked a ball in the jersey of cavan!"
Agree100%.

Inaroundehouse (Cavan) - Posts: 975 - 08/09/2017 11:19:03    2044111

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Replying To DeeRobyn2010:  "I am just curious about this post regarding "king" Denis O Keeffe Drumalee . It is referring to my deceased dad & I am just curious as to the person who posted this lovely comment . I was only a very young child when my dad played football so only have vivid memories of it but would love this person to enlighten me of dads football skills . Thank u & regards"
All the okeefes were good footballers and tough but fair men. Joey, Dennis , cyrl, pat gave great service to Drumalee.
But the best thing about them is they were all gentleman off the pitch too.

Inaroundehouse (Cavan) - Posts: 975 - 08/09/2017 11:22:26    2044113

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Replying To cavanman47:  "Love reading threads like these. A great reminder of how the game used to be!

And I can't let it go without posting this clip again

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Just watch those first 15 seconds. . .mayhem!!"
I went to a fight and a gaelic match broke out.... unbelievable start, assaults left, right and centre... great to see footage of Jim Reilly and Joe Dillon, terrific players...

breffni47 (Cavan) - Posts: 34 - 08/09/2017 11:35:01    2044120

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Philip Smith Crosserlough was hard as nails.

doratheexplorer (Cavan) - Posts: 1467 - 08/09/2017 12:18:14    2044139

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Replying To breffni47:  "
Replying To cavanman47:  "Love reading threads like these. A great reminder of how the game used to be!

And I can't let it go without posting this clip again

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Just watch those first 15 seconds. . .mayhem!!"
I went to a fight and a gaelic match broke out.... unbelievable start, assaults left, right and centre... great to see footage of Jim Reilly and Joe Dillon, terrific players..."
Jim Reilly had everything. One of the best if not the best Cavan footballer I ever saw in a Cavan jersey. Rarely saw him play a bad game.
He could play anywhere was so versatile.
We could do with a few Jim Reillys nowadays.

Inaroundehouse (Cavan) - Posts: 975 - 08/09/2017 12:18:52    2044140

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