19 Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin) He is one of the best half forwards in the modern era so why is he so far down the list? Quite simply, his poor discipline and a series of less than impressive performances in All-Ireland finals go against him.
Not to pick holes in Spillanes logic, but the one thing Connolly has done is perform in All Ireland finals. He may not have turned in 70 minute games every time, and of course when he was up against the mighty Leroy which means he can’t have done well, but in the closing stages of all our recent wins DC was the one on the ball, demanding the ball and controlling the games in a way that nobody from Mayo can, or Kerry in recent years either. Put it this way, if Mayo had a player of Connollys poise under pressure they wouldn’t still be waiting for Sam.