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Our Team Of The Greatest Players Of Last 20 Years Who Never Won An All-Ireland Football Title

Our Team Of The Greatest Players Of Last 20 Years  Who Never Won An All-Ireland Football Title
Conor McCarthy
By Conor McCarthy
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There are many great players of the last 20 years who have not won an All-Ireland title. Here is what we think a team made up of the best of these players might look like.

1. Shane Curran - Roscommon

Certainly entertaining as a goalkeeper which can sometimes overshadow how good a shot stopper he was. Has an All-Ireland Club title as consolation.


2. Barry Owens - Fermanagh

Owens has won two all stars despite never winning a provincial championship with Fermanagh. Widely regarded as one of the best full backs in the country for the last 10 or so years he is a shoe in for this team.



3. Tom Kelly - Laois

As solid a full back as they come. Kelly was Ireland's player of the series during the International Rules games in 2005.



4. Seán Marty Lockhart - Derry

A fantastic name that suits a fantastic player. Terrorized corner forwards the length and breadth of the country until 2009.



5. James Nallen - Mayo

Worked recently as part of James Horan's Mayo teams. Nallen is another player who will have to content with an All-Ireland Club title. A tireless wing back that would motor up and down the pitch all day long.


6. Anthony Rainbow - Kildare

Playing slightly out of position in this team but there is no doubt that Rainbow was one of the best not to win an All-Ireland. Is seeking to win a medal as a manager with Carlow presently.



7. Kevin Cassidy - Donegal

Must surely be one of the most unlucky players on this team not to win an All-Ireland. He was playing some of his best football in 2011 before he left the Donegal panel that would go on to win in 2012.



8. Dermot Early - Kildare

A player whose father is also one who never won an All-Ireland medal. Early's prowess as a midfielder are respected all over the country.





9. Ciarán Whelan - Dublin

Whelan is someone who divided opinion when he played, usually that division of opinion would occur somewhere around the Dublin border but he put in some of the great performances of the 2000s and deserves his place in this team.


10. Johnny Doyle - Kildare

The third player from the Kildare team of the early 2000s I don't think anyone would question Johnny Doyle's position in this team. As versatile a forward as you are likely to see Doyle was the Kildare talisman for 14 years until his retirement.



11. Eamon O'Hara - Sligo

A powerful runner with the ball O'Hara could slot into either midfield or centre forward with ease. Drove Sligo to a Connacht Championship in 2007 ending the counties 32 wait for a title.


12. Ciarán McDonald - Mayo

Made the outside-of-the-boot kick his own. McDonald is as close to what you could call a natural footballer as there is and scored some of the all time great points in Croke Park.


13. Declan Browne - Tipperary

Probably one of the first names you think of when you think best footballers never to win an All-Ireland. Browne gave great defenders like Seamus Moynihan and Anthony Lynch some tough days in the Munster championship.

declan browne

14. Colin Corkery - Cork

32 goals and 182 points in 32 appearances for Cork. Corkery inspired stockier men all over the country that they could too be All-Stars. Won a Club Championships with his club Nemo Rangers in 1994 and 2003.


15. Micheal Meehan - Galway

Meehan's career was one that was cut short by injury but the young player who showed so much promise will go down one who if circumstances had been kinder to him might have challenged to win an All-Ireland medal.


Pictures :Sportsfile




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