Jim McGuinness

10 results

Despite crucifying defeats and outlandish ill-luck and decision making, the Green and Red have been ignoring the writers and naysayers, prophesying their demise since 2014.

Football won’t end this Mayo team. Physiology will. That and old age. The 2011 All Ireland semi-finals heralded a new age in football. Jim McGuinness (...)

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(...)

Gaoth Dobhair’s Kevin Cassidy: ‘We had a long campaign with county and Ulster, so we rested the bodies and then we were mad to get back’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There is an irony at the heart of how Kevin Cassidy assesses the complications of his football career. On the national stage he has won two All Star a(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins, Conor Loftus and Diarmuid O’Connor react as referee David Gough awards Kildare a late free at Newbridge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

  I felt fortunate to be in Newbridge on Saturday night with the crowd, the atmosphere, colour and intensity. There’s no doubt that the pre-matc(...)

Michael Murphy: play a pivotal role for Donegal, he’s totally selfless, the controller in the middle of the park, the leader, incredibly disciplined and focused.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This was the most significant weekend of the championship so far. The bigger teams all made their move and it was interesting to see the impact of top(...)

Shane Walsh: was the one Galway player who was exceptional all through the game against Roscommon. Photograph: Laszo Geczo/Inpho

The Connacht final threw up some tantalising questions: could Roscommon put titles back-to-back for the first time since 1991 and it was also a test o(...)

Dublin’s Paul Mannion in action against  Drew Wylie of Monaghan during the  All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

You could see Dublin’s intentions clearly in the first 30 seconds of Saturday’s quarter-final. Paul Mannion took a very good score off his left foot. (...)

 Sean Cavanagh  lifts the cup after Tyrone win the Ulster championship. Of the four provincial champions, only Tyrone had  to play a Division One team along the way. Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Now that the provinces have closed for business, it’s timely to reflect that the football championship has become like Russian roulette. Provincial ch(...)

Mayo’s Aidan Walsh rises to a ball during the All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

“Last year they mastered many new skills and brought football to a different level on many fronts… particularly in the area around physicality. They r(...)

Donegal’s Ryan Bradley and Michael Darragh MacAuley of Dublin during the sides’ All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park in August 2011. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

People are fickle, aren’t they? When Donegal were coming through in 2011 and 2012, people were up for them because they were an underdog. Then when th(...)