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From Jim McCullough to Aaron Kernan, Joe McManus selects the Orchard county’s best from the 1930s to the present day..
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1930s and ’40s
Rated one of the country’s best and among the first to receive the All-Time Great award. Came to prominence in the Railway Cup, winning four medals.
Despite featuring in several Ulster SFC finals with Armagh and one with Fermanagh, this medal kept eluding him.
Another outstanding talent from the catch-and-kick era. His ball skills were exceptional – a forward with tremendous foresight and vision. A regular on Armagh and Ulster teams and later became president of the GAA. Winner of a number of McKenna Cup medals in the ’40s.
An outstanding goalkeeper capped many times for Ulster and honoured to play for Ireland. He won numerous county championship medals with his club, Armagh Young Irelands and was very much the driving force behind the reformation of Armagh Harps, one of the county’s oldest clubs, in the 1940s.
Known as ‘the man with the cap’, he partnered the legendary Jim McCullough at midfield, winning a number of McKenna medals.
The classy defender from Clan na Gael won Railway Cup medals with Ulster and McKenna Cup medals with his county. An Ulster SFC medal eluded him, though he played in many finals.
One of the Orchard’s most famous sons, the Culloville man was a sturdy defender who represented Ulster on a number of occasions. His son, Fran McMahon, also represented his county and province with distinction.
From the Sarsfield’s club in Lurgan, the dynamic wing-back captained Armagh in the 1953 All-Ireland final against Kerry. Had he not retired injured, the result may have been different. Noted for the spring in his jump despite his relatively small size, he had class in abundance.
The Killeavy man was a stylish midfielder renouned for his famous solo runs. He scored Armagh’s goal in the 1953 All-Ireland final against Kerry and was also a member of the 1948 team that lost the junior All-Ireland. A treat to watch.
A reliable full-back. He was a member of the only Armagh team to win a minor All-Ireland, in 1949, and, four years later, was back in Croke Park in a senior final, giving a performance that day made his name household. The Harps’ veteran went on to collect Railway Cup medals and four senior club championships.
A solid centre half-back who won Ulster medals in 1950 and 1953 whose name remains household. The Keady man also excelled as a college footballer with St Patrick’s College, Armagh.
A bustling full-forward and scorer of many memorable goals for county and province. He featured in the 1948 All-Ireland junior final which Armagh lost to Dublin and in the 1953 senior final. He scored the all-important goal in the 1950 Ulster final against Cavan – the county’s first provincial title.
A clever footballer and speedy winger, he was one of a number from the All-Ireland-winning 1949 minor team who represented Armagh in the 1953 senior final. Was also a noted university star and winner of championship medals with Armagh Harps.
Unfairly remembered as the man who missed the penalty in the 1953 All-Ireland final, he started his county career as a midfielder, before making his name as one of Ulster’s most feared attackers.
The Crossmaglen man gave an exhibition of defensive greatness in the 1953 All-Ireland, his inimitable fielding and judgement unerring. An uncle of Oisin McConville, he played for Ulster and Ireland.
A crafty forward with an eye for a score and credited with the highest catch in Croke Park in the 1953 All-Ireland semi-final against Roscommon. He came out of retirement in 1961 to play in the Ulster final against Down.
The Madden clubman was the county’s most outstanding forward in the ’60s. Was a regular on Railway Cup teams with the greats of Down. A body-swerve specialist with pace and vision to match.
The tall and sturdy Crossmaglen man was an exceptional midfielder and with Collegeland’s Johnny McGeary formed one of the most formidable centrefield partnerships of his era. Also starred for Ulster.
The Carrickcruppen giant had few peers at centre half-back and was renowned for his famous tussles with Down’s James McCartan in the 60s. He was famous for his fielding and drop-kick.
A steady full-back with a safe pair of hands. Had the knack of making spectacular clearances from tight positions and was also a member of the 1961 Ulster final team. Now domiciled in Australia, he was one of three Killeavy brothers who played in the Armagh full-back line.
As hard as nails, the wee man from the Clan na Gael club made the number seven jersey his own during a period when success for the county was hard to come by.
The big Crossmaglen man was perhaps past his prime when he played in the 1977 All-Ireland against Dublin. From the old school of full-backs, the square was his domain. He was the rock on which many a forward perished.
The one and only Paddy ‘Mo’ from the Wolfe Tones was a class act, winning the first of his Allstar awards when only a teenager. He nailed down Ulster medals in ’77, ’80 and ’82 and played in various key positions in a highly illustrious and rewarding career.
The Clan na Gael man captained the 1982 Ulster championship-winning team. The midfielder’s long list of accolades includes an Allstar, three USFC medals, three Ulster club medals and nine county championship medals.
Known as ‘Tidsy’, the wily defender played most of his county football at left corner back and coming up against the cream of wingers.
Won three Ulster SFC medals, three Ulster club medals. Still remembered for his long hair in the 1977 All-Ireland.
The Sarsfield’s man made the number two jersey his own, an outstanding servant and renouned for his tight marking. Stevenson had everything a defender required in a highly-successful career which spanned many years.
An impeccable free-taker, he was Armagh’s leading scorer for many seasons. From the Carrickcruppen club, he was a ball-winner supreme, could skin his marker and find the target.
Partnered Colm McKinstry at midfield throughout the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Winner of three Allstar awards and played on many successful Railway Cup teams. His two goals in the ’77 All-Ireland is part of the county’s folklore.
Goalkeeper for over a decade and will rate among the best netminders ever. An Ulster SFC winner as player and manager.
Captained the 1977 side that took Ulster and reached the All-Ireland. An Allstar forward who won three Ulster club medals.
Winner of several Railway Cup medals, the St Pat’s man played for his county in many positions.
A member of the 1980 and 1982 Ulster SFC-winning sides, he will always be remembered for his wonder goal in Killorglin that gave Armagh their first every victory over the Kingdom on Kerry soil.
A strong midfielder who led his club, Mullaghbawn, to an Ulster title in 1995.
Lifted the Anglo-Celt Cup in 1999, bridging a 17-year gap, the Silverbridge man was one of the most powerful midfielders the county ever produced.
A firm favourite with Orchard fans for over a decade, the Allstar forward won his only championship medal when introduced as a late substitution in the 1999 Ulster final against Down. ‘Houly’ could score off both feet and bagged many a memorable goal.
The Cullaville man was noted for his power and strength in midfield. Loved the big occasion and won Ulster SFC medals in ’80 and ’82.
One of the famous twins who took the GAA world by storm. His strength and aerial ability were awesome.
Whole-hearted performer who played on two Ulster championship winning teams.
Despite being small in stature, he knew no fear. Holds the record as Ulster’s top scorer in any one game, having pocketed 4-2 in a Railway Cup outing against Munster.
AN exceptional talent and one of the top forwards in the country. Played in two NFL finals in the ’80s which Armagh lost, but has two Ulster medals.
A true ambassador for Armagh football and a medal-winner at all grades. Capable of knocking over long-range points from all angles.
Armagh’s best ever forward? Has won every accolade the game could offer. His goal in the 2002 All-Ireland set Armagh up for their first and only Sam Maguire. Retired from inter-county football holding the record of the top scorer ever in the Ulster SFC.
Won an All-Ireland medal at 19 and named young player of the year. He was an Allstar last year and remains an integral part of the county set-up. A gifted player who can score off both pegs at will.
A loyal servant, the Ballyhegan star was captain of the 1992 minor team beaten by Meath in the All-Ireland and, 10 years later, was back in Croke Park to pocket a senior medal. McGrane played in all of Armagh’s seven Ulster finals wins.
The goalkeeper has had an exemplary career. Was surely delighted that Joe Kernan was able to persuade him to hang for another year in 2002 and experience the ultimate glory.
A born leader who captained the 2002 All-Ireland and the 2005 NFL-winning teams. Perhaps the county’s most influential figure ever.
Scorer of many classic goals, his white flags on either side of half-time in the 2002 All-Ireland were to prove priceless. He was a master craftsman.
The Killeavy ace will go down in history for hitting the winning point in the 2002 All-Ireland. Currently the top goal-scorer in Ulster football, his 10-point return in the 2005 NFL final underlined his greatness.
Captained the 2004 All-Ireland-winning U21 team. Winner of an NFL medal in 2005, he has also sampled success in the Ulster Championship.
An icon, the Crossmaglen warrior only started his county career when Joe Kernan took charge in 2002 and the rest is history.
Played a key role in the All-Ireland final victory. The Dromintee man has collected all major honours with his county.
A top class defender and great reader of the game. Winner of an All-Ireland U21 medal in 2004 he was also part of the successful NFL campaign the following year. The Pearse Og star has also secured a number of Ulster championship medals.
Son of Joe and one of four brothers on the current county panel. Played in the 2004 All-Ireland U21-winning side and was quickly promoted to the senior ranks. The roving half-back has won a number of Ulster medals, an NFL as well as playing for his province and being selected for Ireland last year.
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