Eoin Keane talks to former Blackrock hurler Finbarr Delaney who had a brief but fruitful time in scoring terms as a Cork senior jersey...
1. Finbarr Delaney (Blackrock), 1989, 2 game, 1-19 (22) scored, 11 average.
2. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers), 2008-present, 59 games, 21-404 (467) scored, 7.9 average.
3. Connie Kelly (Cloughduv), 1971, 1 game, 0-7 scored, 7 average.
4. Ted O’Sullivan (Midleton), 1939-1943, 13 games, 23-5 (74) scored, 5.7 average.
5. Joe Deane (Killeagh), 1996-2008, 50 games, 10-239 (269) scored, 5.4 average.
6. Jeremiah Kenneally (St Finbarr’s), 1933-1934, 3 games, 5-1 (16) scored, 5.3 average.
7. Charlie McCarthy (St Finbarr’s), 1965-1980, 44 games, 26-151 (229) scored, 5.2 average.
8. John Fenton (Midleton), 1975-1987, 31 games, 8-129 (153) scored, 4.9 average.
9. Christy Ring (Glen Rovers), 1939-1962, 65 games, 31-207 (300) scored, 4.6 average.
10. Michael Ahern (Blackrock), 1925-1932, 29 games, 35-27 (132) scored. 4.6 average.
Long before Finbarr Delaney became known as the father of an Ireland international and Premier League footballer, Damien Delaney would have been recognised locally as Finbarr’s son.
“We were only young fellas, you’re up against seasoned campaigners. You’re waiting for your opportunity, sometimes it takes longer to come.”
“I wouldn’t think so because it was the norm at that time. Any player that was handy at both codes played both codes. We had quite a few that played both senior hurling and senior football but it was pretty much the norm, every club had an amount of dual players.”
Of the six forwards that lined out in the 1989 Munster semi-final, only Tony O’Sullivan had played in the previous year’s Munster Final defeat to Tipperary. Alongside Delaney, club mate Michael Dineen and Argideen Rangers' Mark Foley were also making their inter-county championship debuts.
“Piarsaighs beat us in the semi-final and after that then, although I felt I could play away, there was other players coming on. I wouldn’t be one to be hanging around. I was still quite fit but there were other players coming on the scene. In the 1970s and 80s, as I said, players stayed around longer and you’re stopping players coming behind then so I just drifted out of it.