Wex­ford hurl­ing’s finest ever fif­teen

Novem­ber 1983

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

The fif­teen play­ers se­lected on the Wex­ford ‘ Team of the Cen­tury’ will be spe­cial guests at the Co. Board’s re­union of GAA vet­er­ans at Mur­phy Flood’s Ho­tel, En­nis­cor­thy, on De­cem­ber 3rd next, where each will be pre­sented with a spe­cial me­mento.

The ‘Finest Fif­teen’ scheme was run by Peo­ple News­pa­pers in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Co. Board, and for the ben­e­fit of the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Board, which will re­ceive the £1 en­try fee per per­son who voted for their first fif­teen.

There was a great re­sponse from the vot­ing pub­lic to the scheme, and the con­sen­sus ar­rived at has pro­duced a very worthy team, mostly drawn from Wex­ford’s golden era in the 1950s and early 60s. Wil­lie Mur­phy and Tony Do­ran are the only two cur­rent play­ers picked, though Mick Ja­cob must be con­sid­ered the man most un­lucky not to make it. Wil­lie Rackard pipped him by a mere ten votes for the cen­tre half back berth, and he was beaten by Wil­lie Mur­phy for the left-half back po­si­tion by a cou­ple of votes.

The team se­lected was: 1 Pat Nolan (Oyle­gate/ Glen­brien), 2 Bobby Rackard, 3 Nick O’Don­nell, 4 Tom Neville, 5 Jim English, 6 Billy Rackard, 7 Wil­lie Mur­phy, 8 Ned Wheeler, 9 Jim Mor­ris­sey, 10 Paudge Ke­hoe, 11 Tony Do­ran, 12 Paddy Ke­hoe, 13 O. ‘Hopper’ Mc­Grath, 14 Nicky Rackard, 15 Tim Flood.

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