Steven McDonnell looks back on Armagh’s 2003 Championship campaign – CREDIT – The SideLine Eye

Armagh reached their second All-Ireland Final in as many years back in 2003, coming up against rivals Tyrone in the showpiece. The year started and ended in disaster, as Monaghan defeated the reigning All-Ireland Champions in the opening round of the Ulster Championship. Qualifier wins over Waterford, Antrim, Dublin and Limerick saw Armagh reach the Read more about Steven McDonnell looks back on Armagh’s 2003 Championship campaign – CREDIT – The SideLine Eye[…]

The Ali Ireland Final: Documentary On Newstalk

DescriptionThis weekend, Documentary On Newstalk takes a trip back to 2002, when one of the greatest sporting icons in history sent a letter to Armagh GAA to wish them luck… in a new radio documentary: The Ali Ireland Final.In ‘The Ali Ireland Final’ Producer Jonathan Farrelly talks to Hugh Campbell, a member of the 2002 Read more about The Ali Ireland Final: Documentary On Newstalk[…]

Managing or Coaching – Be Creative

My motivation for my first blog of 2018 comes from the GAA Games Development Conference that was on last weekend in Croke Park. Another source of motivation for writing this piece is because a lot of club teams are starting to get back together now and new and existing managers and coaches are trying to plan the next 10 Read more about Managing or Coaching – Be Creative[…]

WE ARE ALL EQUALS

There’s a pair of football boots in the trophy cabinet of Killeavy’s clubhouse. They’re the Adidas predators worn by Steven Mc Donnell in September 2002 when he kicked the winning point in the All Ireland final. Unfortunately my own footballing career never reached the global heights that would afford me such recognition. At 24 years Read more about WE ARE ALL EQUALS[…]

The Iconic Midfielder

The one player that I pretended to be playing football in the garden as a youngster was the one and only Jack O’Shea. I loved to be him, soloing the ball before blasting it against the fence as if to score a goal. The celebration would then follow and the process would be repeated time Read more about The Iconic Midfielder[…]

Learning to be a two footed footballer

About four weeks ago, I was in Killeavy preparing to take our U12 footballers for a coaching session. Just before the session commenced, I was over along the sideline when about five of our U16 footballers walked by. It was obvious that they had been on our 3G pitch having a kickaround so I asked Read more about Learning to be a two footed footballer[…]

Free taking from the ground. The dying art in Gaelic Football.

Quite often, the topic of many conversations leaving football matches is about the dubious decision that the referee made, the black card and how “no way was it a black card”, the point that was waved wide, the guy that pulled out of the 50/50 ball or the calls that were made on the line. All are Read more about Free taking from the ground. The dying art in Gaelic Football.[…]