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Enjoyment levels of modern football queried by Offaly legend

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Enjoyment levels of modern football queried by Offaly legend thumbnailMartin Furlong with a super drive at the first as a golf day was held in his honour.

THE commitment required to play top level football in the modern era has been questioned by an Offaly folk hero from the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

Martin Furlong, one of Offaly football's most famous figures, spoke last Thursday evening about the enjoyment they received from playing football, the craic they had before and especially after matches as they mingled with supporters and enjoyed the company of team mates.

He was speaking in Esker Hills Golf Club after being given a surprise presentation by Offaly colleagues from his playing career - the Tullamore man is Offaly's most successful footballer.

A long time resident in New York, he won three All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals in 1971, 1972 and 1982, an All-Ireland minor football medal in 1964, seven Leinster senior football medals, four All-Star awards and he was the national footballer of the year in 1982 - when his penalty save from Mickey Sheedy was instrumental in Offaly depriving Kerry of a historic five in a row.

Home from the USA for a Tullamore GAA reunion on Friday, Furlong talked about the commitment that is expected of county players now and the impact this has on their lifes. He compared this to his day and the fun they had. "I don't think any county footballer is enjoying it now," he remarked.

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