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Michael Meehan Retires

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Had the pleasure of playing him a few times at club level, a bloody nightmare to mark. Michael thanks so much for all you did in the maroon jersey, one of the greatest footballers i've come across. Top man! May we see you pull on the Caltra jersey for a few more seasons.

galwayfan (None) - Posts: 571 - 21/12/2017 11:02:56    2065761

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It's such a pity that injury robbed Galway and the country of a superb talent.

His performance in the rain against Kerry in 2008 will live long in the memory for anyone who witnessed it.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 11618 - 21/12/2017 11:35:05    2065765

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Thanks Michael for the years of service, a truly special talent. From the hogan cup with St Jarlath's to the u-21 all ireland win with Galway to the club all ireland win with Caltra, always a special player that was worth the admission fee to see play. Enjoy retirement!

Rocky.Road (Galway) - Posts: 305 - 21/12/2017 12:59:57    2065774

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reminds me of Rosicky retiring from Arsenal yesterday.
Injury robbed both of being superstars.

Saw Meehan playing a few times and he would have been a powerhouse for many years.
But we should be glad we got 4/5 years out of watching him destroy defenders and it is nice he has those school finals, Sigerson with UCG(i think) and of course the AI club with Caltra to look back on fondly.

woops (Kerry) - Posts: 1937 - 21/12/2017 13:25:41    2065777

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A brilliant footballer. I had the pleasure of seeing him train and play with UCG back in the day and predicted that he'd be a national superstar. He did become well known nationally of course, but injuries cruelly robbed us of seeing enough of him in action. On his day he was simply unmarkable!

Enjoy the retirement, but hopefully there are still many more years in the Caltra shirt.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 5780 - 21/12/2017 15:53:31    2065797

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Great player. His performance in the 2005 All-Ireland U21 final has to be up there with the best in an All-Ireland final.

Toney (Meath) - Posts: 236 - 21/12/2017 21:12:47    2065813

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Damn shame we never got to see a lot of him.

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 6679 - 21/12/2017 23:30:49    2065826

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Remember the roasting he gave Marc O Se in the 2008 All Ireland quarter final.

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 596 - 21/12/2017 23:47:52    2065828

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Replying To Toney:  "Great player. His performance in the 2005 All-Ireland U21 final has to be up there with the best in an All-Ireland final."
Yeah him and Armstrong were unbelievable that day. A hattrick each if I remember rightly?

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 5780 - 22/12/2017 09:18:52    2065837

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Yeah him and Armstrong were unbelievable that day. A hattrick each if I remember rightly?"
Yea a hattrick each for the two lads and they became known as the 'terrible twins'. They put on a big show in the semi final win over Cork as well scoring 0-15 between them!

Toney (Meath) - Posts: 236 - 22/12/2017 10:28:44    2065845

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Replying To MesAmis:  "It's such a pity that injury robbed Galway and the country of a superb talent.

His performance in the rain against Kerry in 2008 will live long in the memory for anyone who witnessed it."
Yes, that was an amazing display of skill, energy and ruthlessness.

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 409 - 22/12/2017 16:48:49    2065879

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My own abiding memory of Michael Meehan was of a league match against Cork, which Galway lost. Galway were awarded a 14-yard free. Michael placed the ball on the ground, took a step back and then sent a rocket into the roof of the net over the heads of six or seven players. Never seen that done before, probably never will again.

Midleton (Cork) - Posts: 548 - 22/12/2017 20:47:40    2065905

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Replying To Midleton:  "My own abiding memory of Michael Meehan was of a league match against Cork, which Galway lost. Galway were awarded a 14-yard free. Michael placed the ball on the ground, took a step back and then sent a rocket into the roof of the net over the heads of six or seven players. Never seen that done before, probably never will again."
Are you not talking about the championship match in 2013? We were 4 behind and Meehan won a free just outside the square. He stuck it on the ground and blasted it in. Unfortunately it turned out to be the last kick of the game. He had a massive kick and was putting over 50+ yard frees as a young lad. And there were 9 or 10 on the line. ;)
Meehan is one of the most talented footballers we've ever produced. He would've been an absolute star on the 98-01 teams, if he was around. Unfortunately he didn't get many big days on Croker with the Galway seniors, but he still has a fair collection of medals, from Hogan Cup, U21 All Ireland, Sigerson and of course the club All Ireland.
Aside from his ability, he's always been an absolute gent and very down to earth. He'll be revered in Galway for sure.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 145 - 22/12/2017 21:55:37    2065909

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Replying To WanPintWin:  "Are you not talking about the championship match in 2013? We were 4 behind and Meehan won a free just outside the square. He stuck it on the ground and blasted it in. Unfortunately it turned out to be the last kick of the game. He had a massive kick and was putting over 50+ yard frees as a young lad. And there were 9 or 10 on the line. ;)
Meehan is one of the most talented footballers we've ever produced. He would've been an absolute star on the 98-01 teams, if he was around. Unfortunately he didn't get many big days on Croker with the Galway seniors, but he still has a fair collection of medals, from Hogan Cup, U21 All Ireland, Sigerson and of course the club All Ireland.
Aside from his ability, he's always been an absolute gent and very down to earth. He'll be revered in Galway for sure."
Talking about his massive kick- he took a penalty on me in a u-14 game years ago. I vividly remember the ball whooshing over my head into the roof of the net as if a senior player had blasted it in. He'd have been around 12 at the time....

streaker (Galway) - Posts: 292 - 23/12/2017 03:38:27    2065916

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Well done Michael a great player, his skill was unreal

Breakdancer (Galway) - Posts: 8 - 23/12/2017 22:32:32    2065951

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WanPintWin - It is probably as you describe. The memory is not as it used to be. Good luck to Michael on his retirement. He's left many great memories behind, even for his opponents.

Midleton (Cork) - Posts: 548 - 24/12/2017 14:34:01    2065977

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Michael and Keith Higgins had some great tussles over the years. A lovely footballer, best of luck to you Michael in your retirement.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 4454 - 28/12/2017 15:45:22    2066082

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Best of luck to him in his retirement. Great player. He will be missed.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 144 - 01/01/2018 18:19:57    2066441

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