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Iconic - We Give You The Bulky Full Forward Hall OF Fame

Iconic - We Give You The Bulky Full Forward Hall OF Fame
By Conor Neville
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The heart and soul of the Gaelic Athletic Association...

Colin Corkery


An icon. Corkery was Cork's chief marksman for about a decade from the mid-90s to the mid-2000s. He announced himself on the scene in 1993, winning what was to be his only all-star as Cork went down to Derry in the All-Ireland final.

He missed out on the 1999 run to the All-Ireland final but returned the following year, kicking nearly all of Cork's scores in Killarney as Cork lost to Kerry in the first round. This heightened suspicions that the 'Ewing Theory' was a factor in Cork while he was around.

Joe McNally



Generally associated with the 1980s, he was one of the twelve apostles who clung on for a famous, if controversial, victory over Galway in the '83 All-Ireland final.

After years out in the cold, he was mysteriously recalled by Mickey Whelan during the 1995-96 League campaign.

Rory Woods


Often deployed at centre-half forward, Woods is nonetheless a classic of the genre. His size and aggression typified the Monaghan side of Seamus McEneaney. The team travelled from general irrelevance in the 1990s to mild prominence in the first decade of the 21st century.

Niall Sheridan



Famous well beyond Longford's tight borders, Sheridan is legendary for both his physical size and his destructiveness close to goal.

Once came on in a League game in Clones with Longford trailing Monaghan by eight points with 10 minutes left. His presence in the box and Longford's unabashed use of long bombs into the box helped rustle up 2-3 in the closing minutes. A famous victory.

He scored a goal after six seconds in the 2006 Longford county final.


Seanie O' Leary


Hurling has typically relied less on the iconic bulky full-forward. Height tends to be prized more in this position. Tipperary's John Carroll, for instance, was played on the 40, where he could contest puck-outs.

But the Cork side that coasted to five successive Munster titles and picked up a couple of All-Irelands in the 1980s did boast one iconic full-forward in shape of Seanie O'Leary, who won four All-Irelands for Cork in the 70s and 80s.



Geoffrey McGonagle



A dual player often used as an impact sub, his first name was chanted joyously by the Derry fans whenever he took the field. His most influential year with the Derry footballers was in 1998, when he won possession and set up Joe Brolly for a last minute goal which gave Derry a two-point win over Donegal in the Ulster Final.



Larry Reilly


A Cavan legend whose name is invoked often by Cavan people in this vicinity. A Cavan stalwart, whose career began during a period of success for the county in the late 90s and proceeded to continue into the wilderness years in the noughties.

Articles have been written arguing that he is a greater footballer than either Pele or Maradona.

Vinny Murphy


Fairly svelte compared to some of the company keeps on here, Vinny Murphy nonetheless comported himself like the classic stocky full forward.

Most renowned now for his shouldering sessions with the opposing full back when introduced as a sub. For many on the Hill, these moments represented the main bright spots from the Tommy Carr era.

The rest of the game tended to be an anti-climax.

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