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Pat Spillane's team of the Century

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Cluxton was lucky to make it imo

Breffni39 (Cavan) - Posts:10016 - 17/12/2015 15:41:11 1813360

Come on anyone who doesn't think Cluxton has been the best man between the sticks in the last 15 years hasn't much of a clue. Only keeper near him has been Murphy and he had Moynihan Marc O Se and Tomas O Se in front of him. Dublin would not have won any of the last 3 All Ireland's without him. He is the most influential keeper ever to play the game

dubshurling7 (Dublin) - 17/12/2015 16:25:46    1813364

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Who would you have ahead of him breffni?

TheMaster (Mayo) - 17/12/2015 16:30:43    1813366

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Murphy is a player that can do great things but he goes out of games for so many long periods you forget he's playing plus he's only on the seen since 09 AlanBrogan has been brilliant since 02 and don't tell me Dooher is a better half forward than Alan ,Connolly or Flynn no way is he, if any other county besides Dublin won 3 All Ireland's do you really believe Spillane wouldn't have one outfield player from that team, it's an insult to Dublin football these will go down as our greatest ever team and players and were the second best county there's ever been yet pat doesn't think we should have one outfield player on his team #joke

clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts:6939 - 17/12/2015 15:08:55 1813350

I am probably one of Connollys biggest fans but I don't think he has done enough yet to be considered. Brian Dooher was a fantastic player he was a different player to Alan Brogan and Connolly. He was a serious link man and a workhorse of the highest order. In my opinion he was the most important player in the Tyrone team even more than Sean Cavanagh was at the time as he did the dirty work and didn't want any plaudits only the success. Flynn had a poor year this year albeit with a very good final but I also would probably just have Dooher ahead of Flynn.
If this team is made in 2020 I would expect Connolly , ROC and Brogan to be in it with Cian O Sullivan, Flynn and James McCarthy not far off

dubshurling7 (Dublin) - 17/12/2015 16:37:14    1813368

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Darren Fay full back. Moynihan centre back. If some of the players Spillane picked didn't have their best years this century then Fay has to be number 3. Moynihan was the better footballer but Fay was the better full back. Some player.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - 17/12/2015 16:53:18    1813372

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5 years of canavan is still far better than anything Bernard brogan has produced. Brogan has went quiet at times. Even in last 5 years of canavans career every single time he touched the ball (or even just made a run a la mugsys goal) he caused havoc. Joyce was better than Brogan but still not better.

Does anyone genuinely think in the next 10 years the 2 brogans will be remembered like canavan was ?

redhanddefender (Tyrone) - 17/12/2015 16:54:49    1813373

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Dooher was a great player but he is no way better than the 3 I mentioned. The 3 other Tyrone players are dead Certs tbf

clondalkindub (Dublin) - 17/12/2015 16:55:44    1813374

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5 years of canavan is still far better than anything Bernard brogan has produced. Brogan has went quiet at times. Even in last 5 years of canavans career every single time he touched the ball (or even just made a run a la mugsys goal) he caused havoc. Joyce was better than Brogan but still not better.

Does anyone genuinely think in the next 10 years the 2 brogans will be remembered like canavan was ?

redhanddefender (Tyrone) - Posts:771 - 17/12/2015 16:54:49 1813373

Brogan between 2010-2015 was better than Canavan 2000-2005 there is no question. Canavan is being picked on his past which isn't the question in the article the question is team of this Milenium. Canavan was very good in 2002 and 2003 and was good in 2005 as his career was finishing. Brogan won player of the year in 2010 , an All Star in 2011 2013 and 2015 and was nominated for player of the year in 2015. As I said Canavan was in my opinion a better player and probably will be talked about more than Brogan when people talk about the greats and his performance in 1995 etc. but in this Milenium Brogan has to be on the team ahead of Canavan.

Moynihan probably doesn't deserve to be in the team either he is picked on years previous and he was a centre back in my opinion. As already stated Darren Fay was the best full back in the era of Moynihan but didn't play enough football in this Milenium and I believe that's why he wasn't picked.

dubshurling7 (Dublin) - 17/12/2015 17:14:52    1813379

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Of cou

KerryKillers (Dublin) - 17/12/2015 18:56:11    1813389

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Of course the Brogans will be remembered like th

KerryKillers (Dublin) - 17/12/2015 18:57:34    1813390

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With the logic Spillane used big cases could be made for Darren Fay and Trevor Giles with John McDermott a definate at midfield.Fay is the best full back of the modern era imo.

runnerin (Meath) - 17/12/2015 19:05:26    1813392

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I'll be 100% biased here but no player bar Gooch was a more skilful forward than this man. While Gooch played in some great teams Ciaran Mac was supplied by men with a lot less ability than the Kingdom players. George Best claimed Pele told him he was the best ever. After losing in 2004 and 2006 Kerry people tried consoling me and told me genuinely how they though Ciaran McDonald was a legend. I do believe that a footballing opinion from a Kerry supporter is a good enough recommendation !


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ctz1FbTxt0

GreenandRed (Mayo) - 17/12/2015 19:56:57    1813398

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Anyone who questions Peter Canavan in this team hasn't a clue,
Canavan was completely unmarkable,
He had unreal pace with two outstanding feet and was as strong as an ox for such as small man,
He carried Tyrone to within touching distance of the all Ireland in the 90's,
Canavan is the most complete player on spillane team of 15,
The most consistent performer I've ever seen,
The likes of the Brogans, Mc Donald, Flynn, Connolly wouldn't lace Canavans boots,
Peter the great was in a different class ,
I cannot understand anyone questioning his inclusion.

ulleJ1 (Leitrim) - 17/12/2015 21:23:51    1813402

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I would have thought Conor Gormley the best defender this Century. Certainly in the top three

mhunicean_abu (Monaghan) - 17/12/2015 21:29:39    1813404

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Anyone who questions Peter Canavan in this team hasn't a clue,
Canavan was completely unmarkable,
He had unreal pace with two outstanding feet and was as strong as an ox for such as small man,
He carried Tyrone to within touching distance of the all Ireland in the 90's,
Canavan is the most complete player on spillane team of 15,
The most consistent performer I've ever seen,
The likes of the Brogans, Mc Donald, Flynn, Connolly wouldn't lace Canavans boots,
Peter the great was in a different class ,
I cannot understand anyone questioning his inclusion.

ulleJ1 (Leitrim) - Posts:8 - 17/12/2015 21:23:51 1813402

Did you read what this poll was about before deciding to comment ? This poll is the best team from 2000-2015. What Canavan did in 95 by almost winning an All Ireland on his own isn't counted. if this was a poll of the best players over the last 30 years I would agree Canavan should be in it but when it is compared over only the last 15 he shouldn't be as players like Brogan who has been nominated for an All Star every year since 2009 except 2012 have contributed more. This shows how influential he has been. If we are taking into account players who played some of their best football pre 2000 and finished their career post 2000 but not at the same standard Trevor Giles and Darren Fay should walk onto this team.

dubshurling7 (Dublin) - 18/12/2015 09:23:43    1813411

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Spillane thinks a team that wins 3 all Ireland's in 5 years hasn't got any players good enough to play out field on his team of the century and then country folk wonder why were Paro about refs and you's not liking us my god.
clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts:6941 - 17/12/2015 11:41:16 1813286

Why dont you show us all your team instead of crying like a baby again? Then again its not a surprise seeing as you think anything before 2011 doesnt

costm (Laois) - 18/12/2015 11:37:56    1813438

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I think its interesting to see that with the negativity directed towards football these days we underestimate some of the modern players. Dublin have emulated what tyrone did in winning 3 in 5 years yet this team has more tyrone players than dublin. Its Mr Spillanes opinion of course, but Dublin's lack of representation here probably has more to do with the negative reporting and image of football currently, than the players inherent ability. When Tyrone were beating Kerry all we heard was puke this, blanket that now that team has moved on the players are getting credit for being good footballers.

Its similar with Dublin, ' They're not good footballers they're athletes' they have funding this that and whatever. They suffer in this team selection because they are still at the centre of the begrudgers storm and it'll take a few years to accept and recognise some of their very talented players. I'd argue ROC is a better full back than Moynihan as Moynihan was a superb centre back but it seems all star-itis has hit here and people are moved around to accommodate names but Darren Fay and McAnallen were probably better than both but over a shorter space of time in these 15 years tragically.

15 years is a strange time to do it over and as some posters have pointed out great players have been left out due to playing only in the very early part of those 15 years.

duckula20 (Antrim) - 18/12/2015 11:57:22    1813440

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The best full-back that I have seen play since 2000 was the Fermanagh lad Barry Owens. Unfortunately a litany of injuries including heart problems curtailed his career but at his best he was peerless. Moynaghan was an excellent player, but as a half back not as a full-back.

neverright (Roscommon) - 18/12/2015 12:02:10    1813441

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Great post Duckula.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - 18/12/2015 12:09:30    1813446

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Its similar with Dublin, ' They're not good footballers they're athletes' they have funding this that and whatever. They suffer in this team selection because they are still at the centre of the begrudgers storm and it'll take a few years to accept and recognise some of their very talented players. I'd argue ROC is a better full back than Moynihan as Moynihan was a superb centre back but it seems all star-itis has hit here and people are moved around to accommodate names but Darren Fay and McAnallen were probably better than both but over a shorter space of time in these 15 years tragically.

15 years is a strange time to do it over and as some posters have pointed out great players have been left out due to playing only in the very early part of those 15 years.

duckula20 (Antrim) - Posts:86 - 18/12/2015 11:57:22 1813440

Thank you for restoring some intelligence. Makes a refreshing break from the likes of costm.

SLLY (Dublin) - 18/12/2015 12:36:19    1813456

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SLLY (Dublin) - Posts:383 - 18/12/2015 12:36:19 1813456

So what you're saying is you only agree with people who agree with what you think and everyone else is wrong? For all the crying from the Dubs not one has offered a different team, just playing their usual victim card and everyone os anti Dublin BS

costm (Laois) - 18/12/2015 12:56:57    1813464

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