Conor Gormley

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Tyrone’s admiration for Kerry’s imperial football culture has never dimmed. But it’s accompanied by an insistence that the respect should be a two-way street. File photograph: Inpho

Tyrone are the itch that Kerry never can and never will fully scratch – and they may not want to, anyhow. By all accounts, a shimmering young Kerry t(...)

Conor Gormley in action for  Tyrone against Armagh’s Oisín McConville during the 2003 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

As a player, Conor Gormley won pretty much the lot with Tyrone teams, from provincial and All-Ireland titles to All Stars. He even captained Ulster to(...)

Mickey Harte lifts Sam Maguire in 2005. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In the end there was a kind of symmetry in the way Mickey Harte headed over the horizon in this, the very year that football reverted to pure knockout(...)

In 2003 Tyrone whipped themselves into a welter of energy and fury and blindly crowded whatever player in green and gold happened to have the football. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Certain cinema scenes remain imperishable: the shark fin coming out of the summer waters in Amity; the extra-terrestrial in the bicycle basket; Henry (...)

Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly and Donegal’s Hugh McFadden in action during the Ulster semi-final at Kingspan Breffni Park.  Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

There had already been an unusually warm ripple of approbation for this year’s Ulster championship even before last weekend but this was always in the(...)

Armagh’s Paul McGrane lifts the trophy after victory over Fermanagh in the Ulster football final replay in 2008. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Armagh last won the Ulster championship, 11 summers ago now, the supporters could have walked through the celebratory drill in their sleep. They (...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates at the final whistle of their semi-final win over Monaghan with Ronan McNamee. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

When Tyrone full back Ronan McNamee picked up a yellow card midway through the second half of the All-Ireland semi-final against Monaghan, he probably(...)

Cormac McAnallen: moved from centrefield to full back after the drawn Ulster final of 2003. Tyrone went on to win their first All-Ireland title. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

It is ironic that all of the fuss caused by Stephen Rochford’s decision to send Aidan O’Shea to patrol the square was triggered by Kieran Donaghy, a p(...)

Colm Cavanagh: “I don’t think there’s any player at present that is anywhere near him . . . there is his ability to drop back and spot danger and then get forward.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho Ulster

“Colm Cavanagh, to me he’s the man.” And Joe McMahon would know. For 13 years he had been leading Tyrone from full back, centre back, midfield, and d(...)

Former Armagh manager Paul Grimley: “The 2003 final and that semi-final hurt Armagh people a hell of a lot. When it came down to the crunch in both years Tyrone won those battles.” Photograph:  INPHO/Donall Farmer

Revisiting the labyrinth of this 2005 trilogy has little to do with Saturday’s reprise. On Saturday, every able man, woman and child will migrate sout(...)

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