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Derry's Enda Muldoon makes it 50 not out

Big Enda Muldoon marked a personal milestone last Saturday when becoming only the second Derry player to make his 50th championship appearance.

Muldoon, 33 next birthday, has had more than his share of injuries to contend with in recent times which make his achievement all the more commendable.

A versatile player who can perform anywhere in the forward line or midfield, he has been described as “the greatest ever natural talent to have played with Derry”.

Despite often playing in the half forward line or midfield, he has consistently been one of Derry’s leading scorers.

And his tally of 12 championship goals is one of the highest in the history of the Ulster football championship.

A central figure in Ballinderry’s All Ireland club success in 2002, he has always singled out Brian McIver as being a major influence on his career.

McIver, a former Donegal manager as well as being the driving force in the Ballinderry club, can’t speak highly enough of his former pupil at St Pius College in Magherafelt.

“Without question he was one of the most natural footballers that I’ve had the privilege of ever encountering. In addition he was blessed with a superb temperament. The bigger the occasion the better he played.

“He was always composed and able to handle whatever situation he had to deal with.

“What set him apart from most players was his tremendous vision coupled with the accuracy of his passing.

“He was also a marvellous fielder of the ball which made him a joy to behold,” he added.

McIver revealed how Muldoon was always keen to improve different aspects of his game and nothing was to much effort.

“I’ve no doubt he will go down as one of the top footballers of the last decade.

“I remember first seeing him at school and he was one of those lads who always stood out.

“When Ballinderry won the All Ireland in 2002 he played wing half forward covering an enormous amount of ground.

“He always revelled in that free role, but all the time he was very much a team player,” he said.

Former Derry boss Paddy Crozier too has fond memories of the big, long striding Ballinderry clubman.

Crozier said: “I first him as far back as 1995 with Derry minors and even at that early stage he looked the part.

“In addition to being a top class fielder of the ball he had so much time on the ball which is the sign of a quality player and he also had great vision.”

Belfast Telegraph