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Pat Spillane's team of the Century

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Yerra I suppose not Jimbo

You must have sobered up :)

TheHermit (Kerry) - Posts:953 - 18/12/2015 15:17:08 1813509

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Hahaha.. that'll be the day ;)

jimbodub (Dublin) - 18/12/2015 15:41:35    1813525

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Spillane spot on with his selections in truth, current Dublin crop maybe Athlete's but certainly would not grace any of the lads noted in Spillane's team!

Ciarrai Abu (Overseas) - 18/12/2015 16:22:08    1813534

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I think the team he picked is pretty good considering that it is just his opinion. I would say that the present Dublin team contain some excellent footballers and might I add that the first defender that I would pick out of the present Dub team is Philly. Now there is no comparision between the standard when Kerry was competing against Tyrone with what is now on offer. The present Kerry team would not be able to compete with their earlier team while, Donegal although good were nowhere near the standard of that Tyrone team. I would put the present CB of the Dublin team ahead of any of the nominations for that position and the likes of Darren Fay was away above most of what was mentioned. McMahon of Tyrone was also better than most of the FB's mentioned and was the only one who could master 'Big Donaghy' in his prime- a feat in itself!

browncows (Meath) - 18/12/2015 16:35:56    1813537

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For me Fay was by far the best full back of any of the names that are mentioned here but seeing as the team is based on last 15 seasons he does not deserve his place on this team.

bdbuddah (Meath) - 18/12/2015 18:37:26    1813547

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Spillane has picked a good team but he gave himself a hard job. It is always difficult comparing players from different times but in this case it is more so. Football is almost a different sport now. In 2000 pretty much all 6 players from no. 10 to no. 15 played in traditional forward roles (or with maybe 1 forward dropping back to play as an extra midfielder). Now many teams drop half of their forwards back to defensive roles (or in Donegal's case 5 or 6!) meaning playing as a defender is so different than back in 2000, there is just much more cover. In some ways it is harder than ever to play as a forward nowadays with the fact that forwards are usually outnumbered but in other ways it is easier than ever as referees usually give a free for a defender putting in a fair hard tackle.

bdbuddah (Meath) - 18/12/2015 19:08:39    1813551

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See many posts mentioning Fay. For me Fay was by far the best full back of his era but seeing as the team is based on last 15 seasons he probably does not deserve his place on this team.

bdbuddah (Meath) - 18/12/2015 19:16:04    1813554

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Wouldnt get too excited about what Pat says or writes.
Picked Jim McGuinness to manage his team of the century,
A coach he described in 2011 as 'a spoofer coaching Taliban to play shiite football'
Seems he wants to visit Donegal on a regular basis in future.

Curlew66 (Roscommon) - 19/12/2015 12:41:38    1813580

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McGuinness may be a good manager, however I would not be too impressed by the way he ditched one of his best players. I also think that he was lucky with his AI and of course you play for your luck (they were unlucky against Kerry)- the Dubs missed some very easy goal chances when cruising in the match.

browncows (Meath) - 19/12/2015 14:02:15    1813585

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Sorry Browncows, I was referring more to Splianne's lack of consistency as a pundit/writer instead of JMcG virtues as a coach.
Think PS realised that he overstepped the mark in 2011 and has been keen on bridge building ever since.

Curlew66 (Roscommon) - 19/12/2015 15:05:56    1813589

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Karl Lacey and Paul Flynn should definitely be in that team.

Michael Murphy although an unbelievably talented player is not consistent enough to merit inclusion in a team like that.

uibhfhaili1986 (Offaly) - 19/12/2015 19:34:21    1813620

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Karl Lacey and Paul Flynn should definitely be in that team.

Michael Murphy although an unbelievably talented player is not consistent enough to merit inclusion in a team like that.

uibhfhaili1986 (Offaly) - Posts:736 - 19/12/2015 19:34:21 1813620

Honest question where would you put Lacey corner back ? Or would you think centre back ?

dubshurling7 (Dublin) - 19/12/2015 20:02:40    1813623

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I was joking about Cluxton by the way.

Breffni39 (Cavan) - 21/12/2015 10:33:51    1813756

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Good man Breff ... haha

jimbodub (Dublin) - 21/12/2015 11:00:46    1813761

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Honest question where would you put Lacey corner back ? Or would you think centre back ?

dubshurling7 (Dublin) - Posts:883 - 19/12/2015 20:02:40 1813


Corner back.

He was the best man marking corner back in the country and won 2 all stars in that position when Donegal weren't great.

He was an even better player at centre back (as that position has more influence on the game) but I'd have McGeeney on every team so he'd be the centre back.

uibhfhaili1986 (Offaly) - 21/12/2015 11:08:14    1813764

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Surely Spillane will change this team now, at least 4 more Dubs should be on the team.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - 13/12/2016 13:29:46    1939888

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Replying To sligo joe:  "At least Hughes admits regional bias in his comments, his is really an Ulster selection with a few (unwanted) guests, also clear that Spillane struggles and fails to see beyond his beloved Kerry. As regards the complete absence of outfield Dubs, the likes of the Brogan brothers, Cian O'Sullivan, Diarmuid Connolly, Whealo, would all have strong claims for inclusion but surely the absence of Paul Flynn (has there been a consistently better player over the last 5 seasons?) completely discredits both selections, if this man was playing for Kerry we would never hear the end of the "singing of his praises"!"
That statement is so bizarre...Flynn has been extremely average over the last two years. Don't get me wrong he's a very good player and his medals/all stars back that up but trying to mention him in the same breath as Declan O sullivan and Dooher...you're having a laugh

gorby580 (Limerick) - 13/12/2016 13:52:34    1939892

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "Surely Spillane will change this team now, at least 4 more Dubs should be on the team."
Which 4?

If anyone has put their hand up for inclusion over the last 12 months, it's Lee Keegan, but I wouldn't be able to find room for him on Spillane's team.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - 13/12/2016 14:45:17    1939905

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McMahon for SML

Fenton for midfield

Flynn and Connolly half forwards

Bernard for full forward line

clondalkindub (Dublin) - 13/12/2016 15:21:45    1939914

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You could make an argument for Flynn at 12 and brogan at 15. Neither are necessarily better than the two they'd be replacing though.

Outside of that there is nobody I would consider personally. Fenton would have a lot to do yet to displace either Cavanagh or O'Se. Murphy is a better player than Connolly at 11, although his form hasn't been great recently, and McGeeney is untouchable at no. 6. Mccaffery would be in the running if he picks up where he left off as well.

Dublins strength is in the collective, they have strong players in every position rather than a handful of superstars. This is a very good thing in my view and makes them probably the best team overall since 2000.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - 13/12/2016 15:54:50    1939921

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Ulster - 8 players.
Munster - 6 players.
Leinster - 1 player.
Connacht - No players.

I like Spillane's team.
Ulster the strongest province too. :D

Cavan_Slasher (Cavan) - 13/12/2016 16:01:33    1939926

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