The PwC Football All-Star list has been announced, as has the list of nominees for 2017 Footballer of the Year.
In a break from the norm, four players have been nominated for the latter award instead of the usual three, and it will be a surprise to nobody that the names come from All-Ireland winners Dublin and runners-up Mayo. The accompanying statement explained the addition of an extra nominee as:
“The decision to settle on a final four was made so as not to prejudice what the final team selection may be.”
The four nominees are:
- James McCarthy (Dublin)
- Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)
- David Clarke (Mayo)
- Andy Moran (Mayo)
Interestingly, the fact that two goalkeepers have been nominated for Footballer of the Year means that one of them won’t be getting an All-Star. Cluxton and Clarke are both included in the 45-strong list but the fact there can be only one in the final fifteen, so that presents the interesting occurrence of a FotY nominee not receiving an All-Star.
As expected, Jim Gavin’s side dominate that All-Star list with no fewer than 13 nominations. Beaten finalists Mayo have aren’t too far behind with eleven inclusions, with Tyrone and Kerry the next highest but some way in the distance in comparison.
The nominees are:
Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), David Clarke (Mayo), Niall Morgan (Tyrone)
Jack McCaffrey, Cian O’Sullivan, Michael Fitzsimons, Philip McMahon, John Small, Jonny Cooper (Dublin), Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Colm Boyle, Brendan Harrison (Mayo), Pádraig Hampsey, Tiernan McCann (Tyrone), Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley (Kerry), Conor Devanney (Roscommon), Caolan Mooney (Down), Fintan Kelly (Monaghan).
James McCarthy, Brian Fenton (Dublin), Tom Parsons (Mayo), Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone), Enda Smith (Roscommon), Kevin Feely (Kildare).
Andy Moran, Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor (Mayo), Ciarán Kilkenny, Con O’Callaghan, Paul Mannion, Dean Rock (Dublin), Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Peter Harte, Niall Sludden (Tyrone), Connaire Harrison (Down), Patrick McBrearty (Donegal), Jamie Clarke (Armagh), Daniel Flynn (Kildare).
The Young Player of the Year nominees list has also been announced, with the usual three names included and is a bit more diverse than than the senior list:
- Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)
- Seán Powter (Cork)
- Michael Daly (Galway)
The winners to all of these awards will be announced on November 3rd in Dublin.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man GAA podcast, as we look back on the All-Ireland football final, and hear from Stephen Rochford.