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HS Readers' Football Team Of The Decade - Goalkeeper

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Cluxton. The most nailed on of any position in a team of the decade.
I see some voting for Clarke. I think he has been very good, but he hasn't even been 1st choice for his own county for a chunk of the decade. Very hard to argue that he is the best keeper nationally for the last decade, on that basis alone.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 872 - 05/12/2019 14:04:51    2253366

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David Clarke.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 11714 - 05/12/2019 14:21:39    2253371

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David Clarke

IamADragon (Cavan) - Posts: 269 - 05/12/2019 14:23:29    2253372

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Have to a laugh at all the Kerry posters voting Clarke. No disrespect to Clarke, great goalie. But come on, GK of the decade!!!!!! No chance!!!!

Them Kerry boys sure are hurting badly.

Winter well lads!

ConnollyDub (Dublin) - Posts: 1922 - 05/12/2019 14:34:44    2253376

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Cluxton

dubshurling7 (Dublin) - Posts: 1004 - 05/12/2019 15:20:47    2253395

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Comerford

Superglue (Kerry) - Posts: 1283 - 05/12/2019 15:31:29    2253400

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In 2034, the GAA will be 150 years old. I would imagine that they will have a team of the last 50 years at that time. I don't think it's going out on a limb to say that Cluxton will be on that team. Player of the Year, Player of the Decade, Player of the Half Century.

FootblockREF (Monaghan) - Posts: 470 - 05/12/2019 17:06:19    2253421

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Cluxton is a good keeper and accurate with kickouts but I think hes a bit over hyped.
I know its a waste of time debating about Cluxton, majority have him down as greatest goalkeeper ever, changed the role of goalkeeper and all that.
He made his debut in 2001, so where was all this in his first 10 years. He is part of the best squad of players in the GAA, he gets alot of help from them, when your behind the goal you can see all the options the players are giving him and of course he has to be accurate to hit them.
Mayo never tested him really through the years but he did make great saves this year in the games against Kerry, was vital to them winning.

tommy132 (Mayo) - Posts: 423 - 05/12/2019 17:52:16    2253429

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Replying To ConnollyDub:  "Have to a laugh at all the Kerry posters voting Clarke. No disrespect to Clarke, great goalie. But come on, GK of the decade!!!!!! No chance!!!!

Them Kerry boys sure are hurting badly.

Winter well lads!"
kingdomboy the poor creatur will oppose anything got to Dublin.

Cluxton hands down.

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 871 - 05/12/2019 17:59:42    2253430

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Replying To tommy132:  "Cluxton is a good keeper and accurate with kickouts but I think hes a bit over hyped.
I know its a waste of time debating about Cluxton, majority have him down as greatest goalkeeper ever, changed the role of goalkeeper and all that.
He made his debut in 2001, so where was all this in his first 10 years. He is part of the best squad of players in the GAA, he gets alot of help from them, when your behind the goal you can see all the options the players are giving him and of course he has to be accurate to hit them.
Mayo never tested him really through the years but he did make great saves this year in the games against Kerry, was vital to them winning."
I think that's a fair point.

Remember, when mayo did have their best years in 16 and 17, Clarke got the all star. Brendan Kealy even got 1 ahead of Cluxton. All this even tho Dublin won the all ireland. They've 7 all irelands this decade and he has only 3 all stars from those 7 years. He was there in 2010 when Meath put 5 past Dublin and in 2014 when Donegal won despite being 10/1 odds prior to the game.
He did have an excellent year this year, and I think that's clouding some people's judgement here.

As for the Clarke not being first choice argument - I think the results have shown that dropping him has always been a huge mistake.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4128 - 05/12/2019 18:13:49    2253437

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Replying To WanPintWin:  "Cluxton. The most nailed on of any position in a team of the decade.
I see some voting for Clarke. I think he has been very good, but he hasn't even been 1st choice for his own county for a chunk of the decade. Very hard to argue that he is the best keeper nationally for the last decade, on that basis alone."
Your right of course but don't expect to hear that from those voting for Clarke

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 5193 - 05/12/2019 19:49:59    2253454

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Replying To tommy132:  "Cluxton is a good keeper and accurate with kickouts but I think hes a bit over hyped.
I know its a waste of time debating about Cluxton, majority have him down as greatest goalkeeper ever, changed the role of goalkeeper and all that.
He made his debut in 2001, so where was all this in his first 10 years. He is part of the best squad of players in the GAA, he gets alot of help from them, when your behind the goal you can see all the options the players are giving him and of course he has to be accurate to hit them.
Mayo never tested him really through the years but he did make great saves this year in the games against Kerry, was vital to them winning."
Where was he in the first 10 years? He was establishing himself as the best goalkeeper of his generation, winning 3 All-Stars despite playing in a team that never reached an AI Final. And, after that, he went to a whole different level.

Leadership, playing skills, longevity, medals, historic achievements, game-changing impact - whatever measure of greatness you want to examine, Cluxton ticks the box.

Stephen Cluxton will be an automatic choice on 'All-time teams' for decades to come, and will also feature very highly on future lists of the 'Top players of all-time'.

Thomas Clarke (Tyrone) - Posts: 1002 - 05/12/2019 21:14:26    2253467

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Cluxton. Not even a debate

tulachmhór (Offaly) - Posts: 140 - 05/12/2019 21:31:01    2253470

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Cluxton obviously

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - Posts: 1952 - 05/12/2019 21:43:24    2253472

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Cluxton

jacktheDub (Dublin) - Posts: 910 - 06/12/2019 10:10:39    2253505

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Shane Curran

dakid (Australia) - Posts: 257 - 06/12/2019 11:54:07    2253526

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only one clucxton

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1243 - 06/12/2019 13:46:29    2253554

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Cluxton by a distance

jimbodub (Dublin) - Posts: 20014 - 06/12/2019 16:23:24    2253587

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Cluxton

Justlooking123 (UK) - Posts: 8 - 06/12/2019 17:21:21    2253597

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Cluxton the clear winner but here's a mad stat, he only won 3 All Stars this decade!

ispeakwisdom (Roscommon) - Posts: 2409 - 06/12/2019 19:21:47    2253615

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