We here at Pundit Arena have put together a list of Kilkenny’s best fifteen players that competed under Brian Cody’s successful management era.
Cody is renowned as one of the greatest, most successful GAA managers of all time. He is the longest serving manager in the GAA and he warrants the utmost of respect.
However, the question is posed- would he be as successful without such a great group of players? Sometimes, these talented group of players are undermined when discussions of Cody’s success begins.
The creation of this list caused a lot of arguments and controversy, but eventually we came to an agreement.
So let’s get it started:
- James Mc Garry
- Noel Hickey
- JJ Delaney
- Michael Kavanagh
- Willie O’Connor
- Brian Hogan
- Tommy Walsh
- Derek Lyng
- Richie Hogan
- TJ Reid
- Henry Shefflin
- Charlie Carter
- DJ Carey
- Martin Comerford
- Eddie Brennan
James McGarry instead of PJ Ryan, and Brian Hogan instead of the strongly consistent Peter Barry seemed to be the most controversial picks. The wing forward line originally included DJ as number 10, but we moved him to the corner to make room for Kilkenny’s current star, TJ Reid.
Although it comes down to personal opinion, we believe we have lined out the strongest fifteen.
Albeit, we wouldn’t fancy our chances against any of the players that missed out either. Some notable candidates that deserve a mention are PJ Ryan, Jackie Tyrell, Peter Barry, Richie Power, Eoin Larkin, Paul Murphy and Michael Rice.
In hindsight, Cody’s generation really included Kilkenny’s finest having won 11 All-Ireland’s and 15 Leinster titles since his appointment in 1998. Incredible stats from incredible players, and he’s not finished yet.
What would you change? Leave a comment…
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena.