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I have seen a team circulating online today and people giving their best Clare team of the last 30 years. So here is mine, with 5 subs as the unlucky ones to miss out.

1 Davy Fitzgerald
2 Anthony Daly
3 Brian Lohan
4 Frank Lohan
5 Liam Doyle
6 Seanie McMahon
7 Brendan Bugler
8 Ollie Baker
9 Colin Lynch
10 Johh Conlon
11 Tony Kelly
12 Jamesie O'Connor
13 Conor McGrath
14 Niall Gilligan
15 Shane O'Donnell

David McInerney Colm Galvin Peter Duggan Fingers O'Connell Sparrow O'Loughlin

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1879 - 08/04/2020 23:03:02    2275575

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Davy

Dalo
Lohan
Lohan

Doyle
McMahon
Quinn

Lynch
Baker

Griffin
Kelly
Jamesie

Gilly
Conlan
Sparrow

Clareman (Clare) - Posts: 1033 - 09/04/2020 11:18:47    2275595

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Fitz

O Grady
B. Lohan
F. Lohan

Doyle
McMahon
Daly

Baker
Lynch

Griffin
Kelly
Jamsie

McGrath
Conlon
Gilly

Dec82 (Clare) - Posts: 242 - 09/04/2020 19:22:48    2275639

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Replying To hurlingexpert:  "I have seen a team circulating online today and people giving their best Clare team of the last 30 years. So here is mine, with 5 subs as the unlucky ones to miss out.

1 Davy Fitzgerald
2 Anthony Daly
3 Brian Lohan
4 Frank Lohan
5 Liam Doyle
6 Seanie McMahon
7 Brendan Bugler
8 Ollie Baker
9 Colin Lynch
10 Johh Conlon
11 Tony Kelly
12 Jamesie O'Connor
13 Conor McGrath
14 Niall Gilligan
15 Shane O'Donnell

David McInerney Colm Galvin Peter Duggan Fingers O'Connell Sparrow O'Loughlin"
have seen a team circulating online today and people giving their best Clare team of the last 30 years. So here is mine, with 5 subs as the unlucky ones to miss out.

1 Davy Fitzgerald
2 Anthony Daly
3 Brian Lohan
4 Frank Lohan
5 Liam Doyle
6 Seanie McMahon
7 Brendan Bugler
8 Ollie Baker
9 Colin Lynch
10 Johh Conlon
11 Tony Kelly
12 Jamesie O'Connor
13 Conor McGrath
14 Niall Gilligan
15 Shane O'Donnell

David McInerney Colm Galvin Peter Duggan Fingers O'Connell Sparrow O'Loughlin
hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1840 - 08/04/2020 23:03:02 2275575

For Me

Davy
D O Donovan/Mike O Halloran but dident last long
B Lohan
F Lohan
Doyle
McMahon
Daly
Baker
Lynch
Duggan/couldent leave a ball winner of his skill out
Kelly
Jamesy
S O Donnell
Conlon
Sparrow

1-9 of that 90 s team were best imagine if we had the forwards of latter years how much we would have won

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 594 - 10/04/2020 11:47:49    2275686

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Tuohy

Quinn
Lohan
Lohan

Galvin
McMahon
Daly

McInerney
Kelly

Conlon
Clancy
O Connor

O Donnell
Guilfoyle
O Loughlin

MiAmigaVERONICA (Clare) - Posts: 266 - 13/04/2020 16:18:51    2275900

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1.James Hanrahan
2.Seamus Clancy
3.Kevin Harnett
4.Gordon Kelly
5.Frankie Griffin
6.David Russell
7. John Enright
8.Tom Morrissey
9.Gary Brennan
10.Noel Roche
11.Eoin Cleary
12.Jamie Malone
13.Ger Keane
14. Martin Daly
15.David Tubridy

hamsterdean (Limerick) - Posts: 223 - 15/04/2020 19:37:01    2276053

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I have seen a team circulating online today and people giving their best Clare team of the last 30 years. So here is mine, with 5 subs as the unlucky ones to miss out.

1 Davy Fitzgerald
2 Anthony Daly
3 Brian Lohan
4 Frank Lohan
5 Liam Doyle
6 Seanie McMahon
7 Brendan Bugler
8 Ollie Baker
9 Colin Lynch
10 Johh Conlon
11 Tony Kelly
12 Jamesie O'Connor
13 Conor McGrath
14 Niall Gilligan
15 Shane O'Donnell

David McInerney Colm Galvin Peter Duggan Fingers O'Connell Sparrow O'Loughlin
hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1840 - 08/04/2020 23:03:02 2275575

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Davy

Dalo
Lohan
Lohan

Doyle
McMahon
Quinn

Lynch
Baker

Griffin
Kelly
Jamesie

Gilly
Conlan
Sparrow

Clareman (Clare) - Posts: 997 - 09/04/2020 11:18:47 2275595

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Fitz

O Grady
B. Lohan
F. Lohan

Doyle
McMahon
Daly

Baker
Lynch

Griffin
Kelly
Jamsie

McGrath
Conlon
Gilly

Dec82 (Clare) - Posts: 187 - 09/04/2020 19:22:48 2275639

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Replying To hurlingexpert: "I have seen a team circulating online today and people giving their best Clare team of the last 30 years. So here is mine, with 5 subs as the unlucky ones to miss out.

1 Davy Fitzgerald
2 Anthony Daly
3 Brian Lohan
4 Frank Lohan
5 Liam Doyle
6 Seanie McMahon
7 Brendan Bugler
8 Ollie Baker
9 Colin Lynch
10 Johh Conlon
11 Tony Kelly
12 Jamesie O'Connor
13 Conor McGrath
14 Niall Gilligan
15 Shane O'Donnell

David McInerney Colm Galvin Peter Duggan Fingers O'Connell Sparrow O'Loughlin"
have seen a team circulating online today and people giving their best Clare team of the last 30 years. So here is mine, with 5 subs as the unlucky ones to miss out.

1 Davy Fitzgerald
2 Anthony Daly
3 Brian Lohan
4 Frank Lohan
5 Liam Doyle
6 Seanie McMahon
7 Brendan Bugler
8 Ollie Baker
9 Colin Lynch
10 Johh Conlon
11 Tony Kelly
12 Jamesie O'Connor
13 Conor McGrath
14 Niall Gilligan
15 Shane O'Donnell

David McInerney Colm Galvin Peter Duggan Fingers O'Connell Sparrow O'Loughlin
hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1840 - 08/04/2020 23:03:02 2275575

For Me

Davy
D O Donovan/Mike O Halloran but dident last long
B Lohan
F Lohan
Doyle
McMahon
Daly
Baker
Lynch
Duggan/couldent leave a ball winner of his skill out
Kelly
Jamesy
S O Donnell
Conlon
Sparrow

1-9 of that 90 s team were best imagine if we had the forwards of latter years how much we would have won
clooney (Clare) - Posts: 501 - 10/04/2020 11:47:49 2275686

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Tuohy

Quinn
Lohan
Lohan

Galvin
McMahon
Daly

McInerney
Kelly

Conlon
Clancy
O Connor

O Donnell
Guilfoyle
O Loughlin

MiAmigaVERONICA (Clare) - Posts: 259 - 13/04/2020 16:18:51 2275900

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1.James Hanrahan
2.Seamus Clancy
3.Kevin Harnett
4.Gordon Kelly
5.Frankie Griffin
6.David Russell
7. John Enright
8.Tom Morrissey
9.Gary Brennan
10.Noel Roche
11.Eoin Cleary
12.Jamie Malone
13.Ger Keane
14. Martin Daly
15.David Tubridy

hamsterdean (Limerick) - Posts: 183 - 15/04/2020 19:37:01 2276053

They were/are all fine footballers could not leave out though Francis McInerney Gerry Killen Or Padraig Conway honourable mention too to Martin McMahon

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 594 - 17/04/2020 11:20:50    2276150

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Tony Griffin is one player i have to admit slipped my mind when selecting 15. Getting an all star in 2005 was no mean feat. I find it hard to see who to leave out though. I think conlon has done more over the last 10/11 years to deserve his place.

One change i might make to my original team posted above is to being sparrow in for o'donnell. I had forgotten how important a player sparrow was back in the day. Plus seen as all the other players in the team i picked had won all stars except for o'donnell i think i will remove him.

I cant see how duggan can be put in the best team of 30 years. Sure he had one great season but every player i have picked was up there for at least 5 or 6 years!

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1879 - 20/04/2020 11:42:39    2276311

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Replying To hurlingexpert:  "Tony Griffin is one player i have to admit slipped my mind when selecting 15. Getting an all star in 2005 was no mean feat. I find it hard to see who to leave out though. I think conlon has done more over the last 10/11 years to deserve his place.

One change i might make to my original team posted above is to being sparrow in for o'donnell. I had forgotten how important a player sparrow was back in the day. Plus seen as all the other players in the team i picked had won all stars except for o'donnell i think i will remove him.

I cant see how duggan can be put in the best team of 30 years. Sure he had one great season but every player i have picked was up there for at least 5 or 6 years!"
Agreed, Duggan is a great lad but one swallow doesnt make a summer.

That Clare echo team cant be taken seriously when Colin Lynch and Conlan aren't picked. Tony Kelly should have been an option at half forward as that's where he has played most of his Clare career, even if midfield is his best position ( and hopefully he will stay there now).

Anyone who doubted sparrow should be watching all the big games from 95-98, and even as far back as 93.

Clareman (Clare) - Posts: 1033 - 21/04/2020 09:32:23    2276364

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Replying To hurlingexpert:  "Tony Griffin is one player i have to admit slipped my mind when selecting 15. Getting an all star in 2005 was no mean feat. I find it hard to see who to leave out though. I think conlon has done more over the last 10/11 years to deserve his place.

One change i might make to my original team posted above is to being sparrow in for o'donnell. I had forgotten how important a player sparrow was back in the day. Plus seen as all the other players in the team i picked had won all stars except for o'donnell i think i will remove him.

I cant see how duggan can be put in the best team of 30 years. Sure he had one great season but every player i have picked was up there for at least 5 or 6 years!"
AS regards P Duggan if the management of the time weren't so obsessed with tactics and short game and did what they were elected to do put out the best balanced 15 available to them they would have developed P Duggan Malone & Jamie Shanahan big men al ong time before we saw them in a County jersey David Fitz Inagh as well

Peter got little enough game time and was tried mostly at full forward which is not his best position he was one of the best hurlers in Clare for his Club all that time.

SOD started every game dident contribute a lot sometimes down to playing him in a 2 or 1 man full forward role

In 2017 ever body said that Peter Duggan was best player in training couldent be held he got a Cameo introduction in Cork almost won it on his own

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 594 - 21/04/2020 09:34:45    2276365

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Replying To clooney:  "AS regards P Duggan if the management of the time weren't so obsessed with tactics and short game and did what they were elected to do put out the best balanced 15 available to them they would have developed P Duggan Malone & Jamie Shanahan big men al ong time before we saw them in a County jersey David Fitz Inagh as well

Peter got little enough game time and was tried mostly at full forward which is not his best position he was one of the best hurlers in Clare for his Club all that time.

SOD started every game dident contribute a lot sometimes down to playing him in a 2 or 1 man full forward role

In 2017 ever body said that Peter Duggan was best player in training couldent be held he got a Cameo introduction in Cork almost won it on his own"
1 season and 1 40 min appearance do not equal a place in a 30 year team. Duggan is a fine hurler, but some perspective is needed here.

Clareman (Clare) - Posts: 1033 - 21/04/2020 11:26:35    2276371

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Replying To Clareman:  "1 season and 1 40 min appearance do not equal a place in a 30 year team. Duggan is a fine hurler, but some perspective is needed here."
My Point is he was not selected enough or in best position or coached by County he was there since 2013 and he was was very good every day he played Club.

Brian Cody would have developed him

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 594 - 21/04/2020 12:38:13    2276380

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Replying To clooney:  "My Point is he was not selected enough or in best position or coached by County he was there since 2013 and he was was very good every day he played Club.

Brian Cody would have developed him"
Fair point, and there are about 8 or 9 Clare lads that sadly fall into that category in the last decade.

I hope Peter comes home, becomes a great hurler for Clare but all I am saying is at the moment i would not pick him in a best Clare XV of the last 30 years.

Clareman (Clare) - Posts: 1033 - 21/04/2020 13:38:12    2276386

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Duggan definitely should have been given more game time from 13-17, but the fact is he wasnt.

I think often people underrate how good shane o'donnell actually is. He might not have always been scoring regularly, partially as stated above that he was often in the full forward line on his own against 2 defenders. But as an inside forward in a one on one situation, he is as good as you'd see to win his own ball. If the amount of direct assists and scored frees won were counted up that he has gotten, i think it would be a huge volume of scores.

Having said that, i think id still edge mcgrath & sparrow in ahead of him.

People see mcgrath and think the last 2 years when he hasnt been himself. But for 5/6 between 2011-16 he was a top class corner forward and one of the best in the country.

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1879 - 24/04/2020 19:44:54    2276678

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Replying To hurlingexpert:  "Duggan definitely should have been given more game time from 13-17, but the fact is he wasnt.

I think often people underrate how good shane o'donnell actually is. He might not have always been scoring regularly, partially as stated above that he was often in the full forward line on his own against 2 defenders. But as an inside forward in a one on one situation, he is as good as you'd see to win his own ball. If the amount of direct assists and scored frees won were counted up that he has gotten, i think it would be a huge volume of scores.

Having said that, i think id still edge mcgrath & sparrow in ahead of him.

People see mcgrath and think the last 2 years when he hasnt been himself. But for 5/6 between 2011-16 he was a top class corner forward and one of the best in the country."
I'd only think of McGrath in his best years and to me he's definitely in Clare's top 6 forwards.
All this talk of best teams is actually a bit depressing because of 14 - 16, in my opinion SOD, Colm Galvin, D Mcinerney, Conlon, Duggan and Kelly are technically far superior hurlers than 80% of that 90s team but got let down by systems and poor management.

Dec82 (Clare) - Posts: 242 - 25/04/2020 04:12:52    2276705

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Replying To Dec82:  "I'd only think of McGrath in his best years and to me he's definitely in Clare's top 6 forwards.
All this talk of best teams is actually a bit depressing because of 14 - 16, in my opinion SOD, Colm Galvin, D Mcinerney, Conlon, Duggan and Kelly are technically far superior hurlers than 80% of that 90s team but got let down by systems and poor management."
Ya fair point Dec but a lot of those lads are entering their best years now so all is not lost. We also have good lads coming behind them and a lot of them haven't won underage so the hunger will be there, like a lot of the 90's teams who lost 21 finals in 92, 94 n 95 ( albeit latter one weakened by Loughnane as prep for Galway!).

Its not all about talent though. Clare in 95 were not as skilful as Galway or Offaly but found a way to win. You could argue in 98/99 they had a more talented group and were at their peak but lost to teams they probably should have beaten. That is sport. Finding the mix is key.

I like what Lohan was trying to do with the team, but alas, I think the 2020 championship wont happen now.

Clareman (Clare) - Posts: 1033 - 27/04/2020 09:54:59    2276819

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We might be better off in Clare with no championship anyway seen as 2 of our best players would be unavailable - Conlon & Duggan!

I just hope we can get to a place with the national health situation where we can give 3 good months to the clubs. Even if that is october to december

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1879 - 27/04/2020 16:13:50    2276851

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Replying To hurlingexpert:  "We might be better off in Clare with no championship anyway seen as 2 of our best players would be unavailable - Conlon & Duggan!

I just hope we can get to a place with the national health situation where we can give 3 good months to the clubs. Even if that is october to december"
Yes I would agree with this. Lets just hope the restrictions have worked by the end of August.

Clareman (Clare) - Posts: 1033 - 27/04/2020 17:44:27    2276860

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Another team i have come up with, this is my opinion is clare's best team of the last 30 years who have not won an all ireland medal.

1 A. Fahy
2 Browne
3 Cleary
4 O'Grady
5 Hoey
6 Quinn
7 Fitzgerald
8 B.O'Connell
9 Reidy
10 D.McMahon
11 Carmody
12 V.Donnellan
13 Griffin
14 T.Guilfoyle
15 Shanagher

Hope i havent forgotten anyone too obvious!

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1879 - 13/05/2020 14:59:15    2278068

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Another team i have come up with, this is my opinion is clare's best team of the last 30 years who have not won an all ireland medal.

1 A. Fahy
2 Browne
3 Cleary
4 O'Grady
5 Hoey
6 Quinn
7 Fitzgerald
8 B.O'Connell
9 Reidy
10 D.McMahon
11 Carmody
12 V.Donnellan
13 Griffin
14 T.Guilfoyle
15 Shanagher

Hope i havent forgotten anyone too obvious!

hurlingexpert (Clare) - Posts: 1845 - 13/05/2020 14:59:15 2278068

A lot of good hurlers there I presume you meant Senior AI winners as Browne/Cleary/Reid/ & Donnellan have AI medals

On a personal level I always thought that A Fahy was lucky to wear a Clare senior jersey Philip Brennan i would say better keeper.

I met one of the current players out training on his own he looked like he was in peak condition

You would be seriously missing the hurling

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 594 - 14/05/2020 17:12:02    2278153

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