What followed thereafter was a glittering career that cataputed him into the pantheon of great Cork hurlers.
Who will ever forget his display in the 1985 Munster final against Tipperary.
One of the great Cork goalkeepers, a star in 1990, ‘84 and ‘86. A top shot-stopper, a great puck-out, he rarely let in what you’d term a softish goal. Just had to be included.
An inspirational presence at full-back, a no-holds type of player who went through brick walls in 1999, 2004 and 2005.
Had the ability to get the crowd right behind the team when it was most needed.
Again a hurling artist, one of the best players to score and poach a goal from a ground ball. Had a lengthy career that yielded some vital scores.
John Fenton (below) is another that we could have justifiably included. The Midleton man was one of the most stylish hurlers of his time, an expert too from the dead ball, he was an inspirational captain in 1984.
And, without doubt, so too could Joe Deane, one of the best forwards of his time who delivered some very big scores.
For Ger Cunningham; you could have had Donal Óg Cusack, an outstanding custodian too with three Celtic Crosses.