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Seven Ulster stars in team of the 80s

No fewer than seven footballers from Ulster have made it onto the GAA's selected 'Team of the '80s', which will be honoured at the upcoming All-Ireland football final on Sunday week.

The GAA has taken the novel step of naming a specially-chosen team deemed to be the best 15 footballers from the 1980's who did not win All-Ireland medals.

As it was a fallow period for Ulster football, there was an impressive representation. Armagh goalkeeper Brian McAlinden is in, while Jim Reilly of Cavan, who played a prominent role in the Compromise Rules series of games against Australia, was selected at right half-back.

Ciaran Murray of Monaghan, who later became the physiotherapist for the Republic of Ireland soccer team, is centre back.

Peter McGinnity, Fermanagh's first All-Star in 1982 and indeed a contender for the currently vacant senior county manager's job was picked at wing-forward, in the same line as the great Eugene McKenna of Tyrone.

The full-forward line features Eugene 'Nudie' Hughes and Tyrone's Frank McGuigan, scorer of 11 points in the 1984 Ulster final.

TEAM: Brian McAlinden [Armagh]; Harry Keegan [Roscommon], Kevin Kehilly [Cork], Seamus McHugh [Galway]; Jim Reilly [Cavan], Ciaran Murray [Monaghan], Colm Browne [Laois]; Dermot Earley [Roscommon], Willie Joe Padden [Mayo]; Peter McGinnity [Fermanagh], Eugene McKenna [Tyrone], Kevin O'Brien [Wicklow]; Eugene 'Nudie' Hughes [Monaghan], Frank McGuigan [Tyrone], Tony McManus [Roscommon]

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