2 Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown): O’Neill’s timing as a defender was exemplary, but his career timing certainly wasn’t.
4 John Browne (Blackrock): The youngest of the three Browne brothers that played for Cork was an integral part of the All-Ireland winning sides that beat Kilkenny in 1999 and 2004. He came off the bench early to steady the ship in ‘04, putting in his usual effective, understated performance at the back, which meant he never caught the eye of the All-Star selectors.
8 Tom Kenny (Grenagh): The inspiration for this article, as I was genuinely shocked to see that the Grenagh man never won an All-Star in the 11 years he graced the Cork jersey. Kenny was a wonderful athlete and his midfield partnership with Jerry O’Connor was key to the way that the great Cork team of 2004 – 2006 played.
Who can forget those Croke Park goals against Clare and Limerick in 2013 and 2018? It is probably days like those that can frustrate Cork fans, as they know just how good he can be.