McGonagle Geoffrey

June 23, 1995
Derry's Geoffrey McGonagle NAME: Geoffrey McGonagle DATE OF BIRTH: 26-9-74 HEIGHT: 5' 11" WEIGHT: 14st 7lbs CLUB: Dungiven COUNTY: Derry HONOURS: School: 7 Ulster medals, 1 Hogan 1990. Club: County Championship '91, Ulster Minor '91. County: Ulster Minor Football, Hurling INTER COUNTY DEBUT: 1994 versus Down in the Marshes, National League TOUGHEST OPPONENT: Donegal's John Joe Doherty FAVOURITE GROUNDS: Casement Park, Belfast; Breffni Park, Cavan OTHER SPORTING INTERESTS: Hurling, basketball FAVOURITE POSITION: Right corner forward BOYHOOD HEROES: Jimmy Barry Murphy, John Egan, Bomber Liston FAVOURITE PLAYERS: Brian McGilligan, Tony Scullion, Kieran McKeever, Peter Canavan, Anthony Tohill BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON CAREER: Sean McCloskey, former Headmaster St. Caines, Dungiven; Adrian McGuckian, Andy Murphy THE HIGH POINT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE: Winning County Championship medals for hurling and football at 15 for Dungiven in the same year OTHER PLAYERS WITH A PROMISING FUTURE: Seanie McGuckian (Derry); Gerald Cavlan (Tyrone); Declan Toner (Armagh) WAYS OF IMPROVING THE GAME: Scraping the new rules in the National League 1994/95 HOPES FOR 1995: After winning the Nationa League medal, the All-Ireland is next and winning County Championships with Dungiven WHAT WAS THE FEELING LIKE PLAYING COUNTY MINOR AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE? It was no difference because I was playing senior football at 15, so it was easier on me YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE NEW DERRY BOSS: I think Mickey Moran is a very good manager because he knows what he is at DID YOU EXPECT TO MAKE THE COUNTY SENIORS AS QUICKLY AS YOU DID? No FORWARDS LIKE GORMLEY AND HEANEY WILL BE HARD TO DISPLACE IN THE DERRY FORWARD LINE: Not if forwards like myself and other panelists start pushing them for positions then we can see who displaces who Taken from Hogan Stand magazine 23rd June 1995 Vol 5 No 25


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