Tyrone GAA: McGarvey, Lawn and McAnallen amongst top 50 Full Backs of past 50 Years
Today’s Irish Independent has published one of it’s latest “Top GAA Stars” features and Martin Breheny has gone about selecting his “Top 50 Full Backs of the last 50 years” in this latest piece.
An esteemed list of top class players without doubt and overall you have to go to 32 to see Tyrone GAA’s first inclusion on the list. That name is Aghyaran’s Ciaran McGarvey and the versatile power-house played an influential role for Tyrone there in the eighties and had a major impact on Tyrone’s run to a first ever All Ireland final in 1986.
The next Tyrone player who has made the list is Moortown‘s brilliant servant to the county team, Chris Lawn. Superb in Tyrone’s run to the county’s second All Ireland final appearance at full-back in 1995, Lawn also continued right through until he won his All Ireland medal with a vital role in the county’s maiden success of 2003.
A total of three Tyrone GAA stars in all made the “Top 50 Full Back List” with the Indo with Cormac McAnallen coming in at 50. The truly brilliant Eglish star moved to full-back in 2003 after the drawn Ulster Final replay against Down and proved to be a revelation there. He was such a versatile player who really could have played anywhere but in truth had he not been taken from us so early, Cormac McAnallen may well have gone down in history as one of the greatest of them all!
Kerry’s John O’Keefe tops the list at full-back and the Kingdom star was a sensational influence in that role, in which he finished with seven All Ireland medals. Galway’s Noel Tierney came in at number two on the list and was followed in order by Darren Fay (Meath), Jack Quinn (Meath) and Dan McCartan (Down).
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Tyrone GAA Players who made the Top 50 Full Back List of the past 50 years…
32. Ciaran McGarvey (Tyrone)
A powerful presence throughout the ’80s, he was unlucky not to win an All-Ireland medal in ’86.
36. Chris Lawn (Tyrone)
At full-back when Tyrone came so close to winning the All-Ireland final in 1995, he played a major part in the emergence of the next wave that went on to win the All-Ireland in 2003, He came on as a sub in the final.
50. Cormac McAnallen (Tyrone)
He deserves to be recognised, despite having played only four games at No 3 after been brought back from midfield by Mickey Harte for the 2003 Ulster final replay against Down. Two months later, Tyrone won the All-Ireland final for the first time, a triumph in which McAnallen played a big part in his new surrounds. He would have been one of the truly great full-backs but, sadly, he died in February 2004, aged 24.