GAA | Cluxton named Footballer of the Year as Dubs dominate All-Stars

Stephen Cluxton has been named as the 2019 Footballer of the Year at the PwC All-Star Awards in Dublin’s Convention Centre.

Dublin captain Cluxton has claimed the award for the first time in his distinguished career following the Dubs’ historic five-in-a-row campaign.

The 37-year-old – who beat teammates Jack McCaffrey and Con O’Callaghan to the award – is the first goalkeeper to win the award since Offaly’s Martin Furlong in 1982.

Cluxton was included in the All-Star team for the first time in six years, and for the sixth time in his trail-blazing career with the Boys in Blue, becoming the oldest All-Star footballer and Player of the Year award winner.

The veteran shot stopper was one of seven Dublin players included in the All-Star football team, joining Michael Fitzsimons, Brian Howard (bizarrely named at centre back), McCaffrey, Brian Fenton, Paul Mannion and O’Callaghan in the 15-man lineup.

Beaten All-Ireland finalists Kerry had four players included in the team, with om O’Sullivan, David Moran, Sean O’Shea and David Clifford getting the nod.

Tyrone duo Ronan McNamee and Cathal McShane were also included, with Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Mayo’s Paddy Durcan completing the team.

Kerry’s Sean O’Shea was named as the Young Footballer of the Year, beating David Clifford and Armagh’s Rian O’Neill to the award.

The young forward enjoyed an exceptional campaign for the Kingdom, and finished as the top scorer in Division One this year as Kerry reached the final.

O’Shea produced a wonderful performance in the first All-Ireland final draw against Dublin, scoring 0-10, and was one of Kerry’s key players throughout the Championship.

In hurling, Tipperary captain Seamus Callanan was named as the Hurler of the Year. Interestingly, it’s the first time that both of the victorious captains have won the awards in the same year.

2019 All-Star football team:

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

2. Michael Fitzsimons (Dublin)

3. Ronan McNamee (Tyrone)

4. Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry)

5. Patrick Durcan (Mayo)

6. Brian Howard (Dublin)

7. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

8. Brian Fenton (Dublin)

9. David Moran (Kerry)

10 Paul Mannion (Dublin)

11. Sean O Shea (Kerry)

12. Michael Murphy (Donegal)

13. David Clifford (Kerry)

14. Cathal McShane (Tyrone)

15. Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)