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Neil Mcgee Retirement

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Well the great Neil McGee has retired from county duty. What an unbelievable servant to Donegal football. His dedication & drive will be sorely missed. There's many a full forward who could tell a tale or two having coming up against him I'm sure!

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9352 - 29/09/2022 10:37:07    2442207

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Brilliant player loved watching him in his prime. Pure legend and gentleman off the pitch..

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 2527 - 29/09/2022 11:22:21    2442216

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What a legend.. Will always remember his wee smerk on his face when Stephen o Neill tried to shoulder him and fell flat on his arse.. Conor McKenna tried to do the same and failed. We'd have beaten Tyrone if he'd didn't get injured on the pitch on 2021.. Slán Abhaile Neil.

RoryGall35 (Donegal) - Posts: 181 - 29/09/2022 11:26:55    2442219

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Legend of a player, he was the man at full back around 2011/2012, 3 All Stars, 5 Ulster titles, national league title and of course, Sam Maguire. Ulster club with Gweedore too. Glittering career. A wonderful servant. Made his championship debut back in 2006. Great longevity and dedication, through the good and the bad. Iconic player. Enjoy retirement Neil.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1378 - 29/09/2022 11:56:27    2442221

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A great servant to Donegal. A very good full back. Best of luck to Neil in his retirement.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 3823 - 29/09/2022 12:37:32    2442225

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Don't need to say much more than 'legend'. Will be talked about in 50 years time in Donegal and beyond. Neil will be the barometer for any future Donegal full back. Just a shame he was under used last year largely due to injury but certainly should've been used against Derry at some point especially if fit enough to be named on the bench.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2798 - 29/09/2022 13:29:19    2442233

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Fantastic and underated full back. Rarely injured up until the past few years. His honours club and county speak for themselves. Great character off the field as well. It's only when you try to replace a legend like Neil that you realise what a fabulous player he was for Donegal.

Scenicparish (Donegal) - Posts: 383 - 29/09/2022 14:26:35    2442244

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A true warrior for the cause, a favourite of the Donegal fans and the nemesis of his opponents, his dedication is an inspiration to anyone of what can be achieved in life by hard work and commitment, a glittering list of medals and trophies he won with club and county and also 3 all-star awards to go with it.
Naturally strong as a bull augmented by how he looked after himself, think I read in Jim's book about Neil always having his weights with him in the boot of the car.
That time Stephen O'Neill tried to shoulder Neil as he was soloing out with the ball and O'Neill crumples to the ground like he just ran into a brick wall and Neil just keeps on soloing out like nothing happened will always live in the memory of just how tough he was.
A famous face will be missing from the team now and I'm really sorry to see him go but time or tide waits for no man, he will hopefully play many more years for the club.
Happy retirement Neil, you owe the Donegal fans nothing in fact it's the other way round, thanks for all the great days you helped give the people of Donegal. an absolute legend of a man who will never be forgotten by the fans.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2897 - 29/09/2022 14:56:20    2442250

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Always loved watching this man playing, tough and uncompromising but had the talent to match.. never hogged or craved the limelight..he will be sorely missed.. plz god he gets a few years injury free playing with him club..

mick2007 (Monaghan) - Posts: 466 - 29/09/2022 19:47:19    2442268

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Ard-imreoir agus ard-fhear.

Maith thú Neil.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13770 - 29/09/2022 20:23:29    2442270

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Would love to see Neil on The Sunday Game as he talks alot of sense and no bullshit outta him. Knows the game insideout

reffingmad (Roscommon) - Posts: 371 - 29/09/2022 20:34:08    2442272

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Will be remembered on the pantheon of Donegal's greatest ever players..... legend

totalrecall (Leitrim) - Posts: 981 - 29/09/2022 20:53:41    2442278

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Toughest full-back since Darren Fay and probably the best overall I have seen.

Hardy devil, no nonsense. Every team needs one.

beano (Wexford) - Posts: 1439 - 29/09/2022 21:39:41    2442281

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A fine player. Enjoy the retirement!

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 2053 - 30/09/2022 09:54:26    2442292

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "A fine player. Enjoy the retirement!"
Everyone can remember the dark day in Crossmaglen pre McGuinness when Armagh easily disposed of a very tepid Donegal team in the 2010 Championship.

But I remember one good thing from that day. Big Charlie Vernon went on a charge through the middle for Armagh only for Neil to meet him with a ferocious shoulder that absolutely poleaxed him. I remember thinking to myself, if we had a few more lads showing thst kind of aggression we might not be in as bad a place.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9352 - 01/10/2022 11:06:22    2442398

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "A true warrior for the cause, a favourite of the Donegal fans and the nemesis of his opponents, his dedication is an inspiration to anyone of what can be achieved in life by hard work and commitment, a glittering list of medals and trophies he won with club and county and also 3 all-star awards to go with it.
Naturally strong as a bull augmented by how he looked after himself, think I read in Jim's book about Neil always having his weights with him in the boot of the car.
That time Stephen O'Neill tried to shoulder Neil as he was soloing out with the ball and O'Neill crumples to the ground like he just ran into a brick wall and Neil just keeps on soloing out like nothing happened will always live in the memory of just how tough he was.
A famous face will be missing from the team now and I'm really sorry to see him go but time or tide waits for no man, he will hopefully play many more years for the club.
Happy retirement Neil, you owe the Donegal fans nothing in fact it's the other way round, thanks for all the great days you helped give the people of Donegal. an absolute legend of a man who will never be forgotten by the fans."
Yes, a man that would grace any backline. A couple of Donegal men have mentioned the Stephen O Neill shoulder and I'm wondering was that his claim to fame.

Saynothing (Tyrone) - Posts: 2097 - 01/10/2022 19:00:18    2442439

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One of my favourite memories is of him torturing Mattie Donnelly 4 or 5 years ago in a Saturday evening league game in Ballybofey. Donnelly was after releasing a video of himself working out in the gym, lifting weights and I think he was boxing in it as well. God only knows what he was saying to Donnelly, but every time I looked down the field, McGee was flexing and doing a kissing the guns routine. Donnelly didn't kick a ball that evening.

One of Donegals greatest ever, definitely in the top 10 ever to wear the Green and Gold.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 644 - 01/10/2022 20:05:17    2442448

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It appears from some of these posts that Tyrone still live very much rent free in the head of Donegal supporters lol

Wally (Tyrone) - Posts: 920 - 02/10/2022 08:43:25    2442468

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Replying To Saynothing:  "Yes, a man that would grace any backline. A couple of Donegal men have mentioned the Stephen O Neill shoulder and I'm wondering was that his claim to fame."
Nothing against Stephen O'Neill but that one incident just sums Neil up for me, teak tough, any forward he marked will have fond memories of him.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2897 - 02/10/2022 10:05:38    2442476

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Replying To Wally:  "It appears from some of these posts that Tyrone still live very much rent free in the head of Donegal supporters lol"
Hardly. McGee and Donegal had your number big time those years.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1378 - 02/10/2022 12:47:29    2442488

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