The list of the 2017 GAA/GPA football All-Stars have been published and, as you’d expect, we feature heavily on it. We’re well represented in both All-Star nominations and on the Footballer of the Year shortlist.
Dublin, predictably, lead the way with 13 nominations, we’re next on 12, then it’s Tyrone (6), Kerry (5), 2 apiece for Roscommon, Kildare and Down, with Monaghan, Donegal and Armagh getting one each. The full list is here.
The list is broken down by goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards and we’ve players in all four categories.
David Clarke, All-Star winner last year, is once again nominated for the goalkeeper position. In the defender category we’ve got Chris Barrett, Colm Boyle, Brendan Harrison, Keith Higgins and Lee Keegan.
Tom Parsons gets the nod in the midfielder category. In the forwards Jason Doherty, Kevin McLoughlin, Andy Moran, Cillian O’Connor and Aidan O’Shea are all included.
Moving onto the Footballer of the Year award, this time round it’s been decided to have a shortlist of four. The rationale given is “so as not to prejudice what the final team selection may be” but I’d say what that really means is that they want to avoid a repeat of last year where one county gets two nominees and the votes – cast by players – end of getting split between them.
For the FOTY award, we’ve two nominees and Dublin also have two. Ours are David Clarke and Andy Moran while Stephen Cluxton and James McCarthy of Dublin have been nominated as well. Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan is one of three players shortlisted for the YFOTY award and he’ll obviously, and deservedly, scoop that one.
The All-Star team and the FOTY and YFOTY awards will be announced live on RTÉ TV and the players will be presented with their awards at a gala black tie banquet in Dublin’s Convention Centre on Friday, 3rd of November. Best of luck to all of our nominees and congrats to them on getting nominated.