For that never to be forgotten individual display he has to make the list of contenders as, of course, do Ray Cummins, Charlie McCarthy (below) and Willie Walsh.
Ray Cummins was still lording it over opposing full-backs, Charlie remained hugely influential, Jimmy Barry-Murphy was proving himself as one of the great dual players after the footballers’ success of 1973.
Pat Moylan was another great hurler, scorer of some real gems, he was a great man from the placed ball too and a very stylish operator.
The win of 1986 was another milestone to add to all the rest and Ger Fitzgerald came on to that side as did Teddy McCarthy while John Fitzgibbon also featured that year.
The 1999 team had some outstanding performers too, the Newtown flier Ben O’Connor, Seanie McGrath, Joe Deane, Alan Browne, Neil Ronan and Kevin Murray.
You had Setanta Ó hAilpín in 2003 and he could have been of the greats if the Aussies hadn’t come calling in another code.
Seamus Harnedy too has to be in the long list, Alan Cadogan for sure, along with the likes of Stephen Moylan, Pa Cronin, Conor Lehane, Cian McCarthy, Luke O’Farrell.