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Back in the day - The Irish News, Dec 16 1997: Promising Tyrone youngsters call up to U21 panel

Stephen O'Neill was called up for U21 trials
Andy Watters

Tyrone’s U21 football squad will be put through a trial on Sunday at Carrickmore (1.30pm). The following players are asked to attend:

S Ferguson, C Ferguson, M Early, C O’Hagan, A Gillen (Brackaville), D Marlowe, B Early, M Fearon, V Teague (Coalisland), P McGurk, J Eastwood (Cookstown), L O’Neill, C McCullough (Dromore), K Cunningham, B Eccles (Omagh), S Donaghy, C Green, M Cochrane, B Meena (Killclogher), B McElduff, K McCrystal, M Rafferty (Carrickmore), B McGuckian, J Corr (Edendork), P Gormley, D Armstrong, A Harey, N Darcy (Tattyreagh), C Gourley (Rock), C Cox (Beragh), D McNally (Moortown), B McElroy (Clogher), K Lynch (Aghyaran), M Rea (Derrytresk), P McConnell (N’stewart), P Laird (Pomeroy), S McCarron (Aghaloo), P McCullough (Greencastle), C McGinley (Errigal Ciaran), S O’Neill (Clan na Gael), D McCrossan (Owen Roes), P McVeigh (Killyman), N O’Neill (Clonoe), M Coleman (Ardboe).

The Derry U21 football panel for a trial at Owenbeg on Sunday (2pm) is: B O’Kane, S Mullan, S McCoy (Ballerin); D Doherty, M McGlade, J McEldowney, E Murray (Ballinascreen); S McGeehan, P McIvor, N McCusker (Ballinderry); F Crossan, G Conwell, P Gormley, A Dallas (Craigbane); R Lynch (Banagher); N Cassidy, F Glacken, M McShane, K McNally, G Diamond, S Og McCallion (Bellaghy); A Heaney, R Shivers (Castledawson); S Scullion, J McGovern (Desertmartin); S Mullan, E McGilloway (Doire Colmcilles); R O’Hara, M Coll (Drumsurn); N Farren, E Farren (Drum); G Cassidy, E McGaughey, B Houston, C Wilkinson (Sean Dolan’s); P McCloskey, M McCullough (Glen); J Heaney, D Boylan (Glenullin); S Mullan (Greenlough); B Bradley, K Moore (Limavady); C McCann (Lissan); B Lavery, J O’Kane, P O’Kane, F Devlin, M McCusker, G Coleman (Loup); G Cassidy, D McErlain (Magherafelt); P Scullion, J O’Brien, G O’Neill, M O’Neill (Moneymore); S O’Connor, S McShane (Slaughtmanus); D Kearney, P Kelly, M Kelly (Slaughtneil); R O’Hagan, S Kearney (Swatragh); J Coyle (Steelstown).

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UUJ have lined up an august group of men to select their 25th anniversary Allstar team which will be announced next November.

Current football manager Adrian McGuckin will be joined by former Poly managers Eugene Young, DJ Kane, Frank Dawson, Eamon Coleman, Charlie Sweeney, Leo Murphy and Sean Smyth in sifting through all the great names who have lined out for Jordanstown over the past quarter of a century.

With so many knowledgeable characters on the selection committee and a host of tremendous players to choose from, the debate is certain to be lively.

The early days of the gaelic football club at Jordanstown was highlighted by the emergence of men like Mark Turley (Down), Kevin McCabe (Tyrone) and Brian Canavan (Armagh).

Down All-Ireland skipper DJ Kane and Derry pair Enda Gormley and Dermot McNicholl were among the stars who furthered their footballing education at the Poly in the 1980s while right up to the present, county players such as the McEntee brothers and Derry forward Joe Cassidy are continuing to develop their skills with the varsity teams at UUJ.

Jordanstown officials have already sent out invitations to the various dignatories who they hope will attend the 25th anniversary function on November 6 next year at the Slieve Russell Hotel.

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LIVERPOOL have moved officially to slam the door on any hope Arsene Wenger had of luring Robbie Fowler to Arsenal.

The Anfield club were concerned enough about claims that the Gunners' chief was interested in buying Fowler to issue a “hands off” statement.

A Liverpool spokesman said: “This really is fantasy football. Robbie is not for sale and is not going to be allowed to leave this club. He is Liverpool through and through.”

Liverpool were concerned about a second bout of rumours surrounding Fowler in the past few weeks.

Wenger is said to see Fowler as a long-term replacement for 34-year-old Ian Wright. Wenger was quoted as saying: “I love Fowler, he is a great player.”

Fowler is on a five-year contract that still has four years to run, and when the 22-year-old signed his new deal it was made clear that Liverpool were even then prepared to lengthen that offer by another three years.

That would have taken England star Fowler almost to his 30th birthday, ensuring the hitman spent the best years of his career at Anfield.

The club have been trying to tie their top young stars on long deals – Michael Owen signed a new contract recently – and there is still a big contract on the table for Steve McManaman.

He has only 18 months of his current contract to run, and negotiations are proving difficult.

But Liverpool believe Fowler wants to stay close to his Merseyside roots, and will be determined to scare off any would be predators.

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