Blue is the colour in the 2020 PwC Football All-Stars which have been named this morning.

For only the third time in history, one team have provided nine players for the Team of the Year, a record which equals the achievement of Kerry in 1981 and Dublin themselves in another era of 1977.

Cavan, who had previously hailed only two All-Stars in the award’s 50-year history have made their own history by securing three awards from their year of success in Ulster.

Captain and goalkeeper Raymond Galligan became the 800th All-Star since the awards were first presented in 1971.

Tipperary captain Conor Sweeney has also made history becoming only the third footballer from the Premier County to secure an award.

Mayo’s Oisín Mullin, who is nominated for the PwC GAA/GPA Young Player of the Year, is one of two Mayo players alongside Cillian O’Connor

Dublin’s historic nine, a phrase which will strike fear into other counties on a number of different levels include Brian Fenton collecting his fifth All-Star at midfield; James McCarthy and Ciaran Kilkenny picking up their fourth awards; Michael Fitzsimons, Con O’Callaghan and Dean Rock with their third; John Small, Eoin Murchan and Niall Scully landing their first recognition at this level.

The awards were picked by a panel of Gaelic Games Correspondents from across print, radio, tv and digital media. The winners will be showcased on a special tv programme on RTÉ 1 this Saturday evening at 6.35 pm, where the PwC All-Stars in hurling will be announced and also the winners of the PwC GAA/GPA Player and Young Player of the Year will be named in hurling and football.

“I’d like to extend the warmest congratulations to all of those players who have been selected and know it is an honour that will mean a lot to them, their families and the clubs and communities who they represent so well,” said GAA President John Horan.

“These awards have stood the test of time as something truly special, and I want to acknowledge PwC for their support and helping ensure that after the achievement that was getting the 2020 Championships played that we can acknowledge all of our players who made it possible and salute the cream of the crop.”

“I know what a great honour it is to be selected as a PwC All-Star and all 15 players should be very proud of their achievements,” said Gaelic Players Association CEO Paul Flynn.

“Individually they were the best of the best in 2020. I also want to congratulate all the nominees who were shortlisted.”

Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner of PwC who are sponsoring the awards for a fourth year added that “All of us at PwC extend our sincerest congratulations to the 15 outstanding players that have been selected for the 2020 PwC All-Star football team.”

“While 2020 was different from anything we have ever experienced before, these players showed resilience and adaptability to shine for their counties and gave the country so much to cheer about. These are individual awards, but, achieved as part of a team and it’s important to note that all of the winners are true team players. No doubt their minds have already turned to the 2021 season and we wish them all the best for the campaign ahead.”

 

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