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15 For 50 - The All-Star Football Team Of The Last 50 Years, As Chosen By The Experts

15 For 50 - The All-Star Football Team Of The Last 50 Years, As Chosen By The Experts
By PJ Browne
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This year is the 50th anniversary of the PwC All-Stars. To mark the milestone, we've convened two expert panels and given them the unenviable task of picking their 15 for 50 - the All-Star team of the All-Stars!

Last week, Anthony Daly, Liam Sheedy, and Anthony Nash chose their All-Star hurling team.

This week, a panel of Armagh All-Ireland winner Oisín McConville, Tyrone legend Peter Canavan, and Galway All-Ireland winning manager John O'Mahony chose their All-Star football team.

You can watch their team selection discussion in full here.


15 For 50: Canavan, O'Mahony and McConville's greatest All-Stars team

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

All-Star - 2002, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2019


John O'Mahony: Cluxton is the king of goalkeepers. The kickout, the winning free in 2011, and the actual shot-stopping. He had everything really.

2. Páidi Ó Sé (Kerry)

Peter Canavan: Páidi's record in terms of man-marking surpasses anyone. He was always able to come forward and lead the charge. He was a footballer, a leader, he had a bit of grit and devilment in him.


All-Star - 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985

3. Seamus Moynihan (Kerry)

Peter Canavan: He was a brilliant reader of the game. I played with him for the international rules. The few times we came up against really good Aussie teams, nobody got the better of Seamus Moynihan. A pure footballer.


Oisín McConville: I marked him a couple of times, and I always say that he was the toughest opponent I ever had. I was always told how strong he was physically, especially upper body. I was told how good a reader of the game he was, but no one told me how quick he was! He was just the full package, and he could play ball.

All-Stars - 1997, 2000, 2006

4. Tony Scullion (Derry)


Oisín McConville: Uncompromising. Somebody who could stop, but could also play ball, and hurt you going the other way. Hard as nails.

All-Stars - 1987, 1992, 1993, 1995

5. Lee Keegan (Mayo)


Peter Canavan: Himself and Jack McCaffrey are the best wing half-backs that the game has ever seen.

All-Stars - 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016

6. Kieran McGeeney (Armagh)


Oisín McConville: He was a huge leader. He had everything as a footballer. I've never met anybody with more drive. He led by his actions as much as what he said. When he said something, he was able to back it up. Without him, we never would have won an All-Ireland.

All-Stars - 1999, 2000, 2002

7. James McCarthy (Dublin)


Peter Canavan: Would Dublin have won six-in-a-row without James McCarthy? Definitely not. He has been central to them. When the going gets tough, he's the one grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck.

All-Stars - 2014, 2017, 2018, 2020

8. Jack O'Shea (Kerry)

Oisín McConville: He was a player ahead of his time. Of all the players who won All-Stars in that era, if Jack O'Shea came around now, he would fit seamlessly into the middle of the field for anybody. What Kerry wouldn't do for him right now.

All-Stars - 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985

9. Brian Fenton (Dublin)

John O'Mahony: He's the Rolls Royce of modern midfielders. His interventions at vital times with scores, and the way he faded into positions to get those scores [has been incredible].

All-Stars - 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020

10. Trevor Giles (Meath)

Peter Canavan: Twice Player of the Year. Would Meath have won those All-Irelands without him? Absolutely not. He brought a cleverness, a thought process... he was able to win his own ball, set up the inside men time and time again with precision passes. He was a score taker, a finisher.

All-Stars - 1996, 1997, 1999

11. Larry Tompkins (Cork)

John O'Mahony: He was a game-changer in Cork. I think he's the only man who finished an All-Ireland with the cruciate injury, and didn't come off.

All-Stars - 1987, 1988, 1989

12. Pat Spillane (Kerry)

Peter Canavan: He was up and down the pitch. He set the mould for the modern wing half-forward in the 1980s. He was tackling, chasing, winning ball, fetching his own ball, and kicking massive points when Kerry most needed.

All-Stars - 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986

13. Colm Cooper (Kerry)

Oisín McConville: His poise, composure... The lad had everything, and he had the versatility to play at 11 as well.

All-Stars - 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013

14. Padraic Joyce (Galway)

John O'Mahony: The bigger the day, the more inspirational the display. His peripheral vision [was fantastic].

All-Stars - 1998, 2000, 2001

15. Peter Canavan (Tyrone)

John O'Mahony: When Tyrone weren't winning All-Irelands, he was one of the great players in that era. He was able to mix it with big, physical players even thought he wasn't physically big himself. He might have been running at 100mph, but his ability to think when it came to placing shots was uncontested.

All-Stars - 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005

See Also: 15 For 50 - The All-Star Hurling Team Of The Last 50 Years, As Chosen By The Experts

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