Tyrone GAA’s Peter Canavan the greatest of them all…
butterfly dating There has and always will be the debate within sport, and in this case gaelic football, as to who is “The Greatest of them all”. But one name which will always be right up there in that argument is Tyrone GAA Legend, Peter Canavan.
As a Tyrone gael, we have seen so many exceptionally talented players to have played the game from the genius of Frank McGuigan, the grace of Eugene McKenna to the more recent exploits of brilliant stars such as Stephen O’Neill, Sean Cavanagh and Brian Dooher.
Colm Cooper, after his retirement in 2017, was rightly labelled as one of the greatest players to have played gaelic football and, any real GAA fan must surely have delighted in some of his exceptional skills on the field of play just as we have enjoyed the grace and style of Maurice Fitzgerald and accepted the brilliance of the likes of Tomas O’Se and Seamus Moynihan too from the Kingdom.
Stephen McDonnell and Anthony Tohill have also been a thorn in the side of the O’Neill County over many years but have also been “great players” and few would argue, from outside of Tyrone, that the likes of Philip Jordan, Sean Cavanagh, Brian Dooher, Frank McGuigan, Eugene McKenna, Kevin McCabe, Conor Gormley, Brian McGuigan and Stephen O’Neill are among the greatest ever to have played too – and there are so many other Tyrone names which could be added to that list!
The debate could go on and on and, in reality, a plethora of other names could go on there.
But we just feel that now could be a good time to reflect back on some statistics and reflections on the exceptional playing career, which spanned 17 years in the Tyrone senior jersey, of Peter Canavan.
Canavan – in terms of his skill, determination, pace, reading of the game, leadership, ability to get impossible scores when all seemed lost and his overall impact on major games – stands in our opinion as the “Greatest Player to have played Gaelic Football”…
rencontre femme noir montreal Canavan makes Tyrone senior debut as a minor…
Although he had made his Tyrone senior debut when still playing for the Tyrone minor team, Peter Canavan went on to celebrate his 32nd birthday in the spring of 2003 and he still hadn’t got an All-Ireland senior medal to his credit, the one thing that he really craved.
He had been in the Tyrone panel since he was eighteen and it was beginning to look like time was going to beat him in his quest for the ultimate football honour. Most men would have let the dream go at that stage in their career and accepted that it probably wasn’t going to happen.
But the two biggest highlights of the Tyrone genius’ extraordinary career were yet to come. The first ever Tyrone man to captain the Red Hand County to a Sam Maguire Cup success in 2003 and, at the age of 34, Canavan, with two All-Ireland medals tucked away, then decided that his work as a Tyrone player was complete.
Within hours of scoring a magnificent goal against Kerry to help Tyrone collect Sam for the second time in three seasons in September 2005, Peter Canavan announced his retirement from inter-county football. Rarely, if ever, has a player bowed out in such spectacular fashion!
Scoring a wonder goal, and later complementing it with an absolute peach of a point, in the biggest game on the calendar isn’t normally the work of a man who’s fulfilling his last inter-county fixture. Only Peter Canavan could go out like that.
Even though he had been the first Tyrone man to lift the Sam Maguire Cup two years earlier, Peter replied “this is better” when asked in the changing-rooms afterwards how his second All-Ireland win compared with the first. The sense of satisfaction that he was feeling was tangible and the subsequent announcement of his retirement a few hours later made it clearer why All-Ireland number two was that bit better.
The way Canavan played in his 50th SFC appearance for Tyrone, and the style in which he converted his two scoring chances against Kerry, suggested to many that he had more to give for Tyrone. But he played down the quality of his first half goal, instead passing on most of the credit to the man who created the chance for him.
“In fairness, it was put on a plate by young Mulligan. He did all the hard work. I was delighted to score it and delighted too to match my good friend and clubmate, Paudge Quinn, who until then had been the only Tyrone man to score a goal in an All-Ireland final. So I’m glad now that I’m on a par with Paudge!”
Peter Canavan was 6 times an All-Star and has so many wonderful highlights that he can look back upon from his first fourteen years in the Tyrone jersey and certainly it’s the two big successes that came after his 32nd birthday that he has always cherished the most!
Tyrone of course would go on and add a 3rd Sam Maguire cup success in 2008 but have since failed to make it back to Croke Park on the most famous GAA footballing day of the year in September – maybe 2017 can change that…
Here are a few facts from his career…
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go Minor, Under-21, Senior (1988 – 2005)
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