Players in the Spotlight
ABOVE: Owen Roe's Senior team member and Tyrone Captain, Brendan lifts the All-Ireland Vocational Schools Cup.
Brendan Boggs is yet another of recent spate of players to emerge from the Owen Roes youth system to captain his County.
Brendy first wore the Tyrone shirt at VS level in 2003, as the side reached the Ulster final before losing to Cavan. However success was to come his way later that year as he also played with the Tyrone Minors who lifted the Ulster Championship in 2003 and who made it to the All-Ireland quarter finals only to be defeated by Laois.
Saturday 17th April, 2004 saw another All-Ireland title coming to Tyrone, thanks to the County's Vocational Schools side. As in 1998, Owen Roes had a representative in the side. 6 years ago it was Jim Devine, who captained his county to glory. This time however the club were represented by Brendan Boggs, as the Tyrone side emerged victors on a score line of 1-10 to 1-04.
On Sunday 25th July, 2004, Brendy picked up another Ulster Minor Championship medal, as Tyrone defeated Down by 8 points. Unfortunately the Owen Roe half back suffered a stress fracture to the ankle during the second half. The injury ruled Brendy out of the All Ireland final victory over Kerry on the last Sunday of September, but he can be proud of playing his part in the run. Earlier in the season the Tyrone side had clinched the Ulster minor league to add to the haul of medals in that season.
In 2005 Brendan captained the Tyrone Vocational Schools team to All-Ireland success when they overcame Cork. They retained the All-Ireland title from last year with a 3-8 to 1-12 win, but it took extra time to separate both sides. Tyrone had stamped their authority on the game early on, with 3 goals in as many minutes to lead 3-02 to 0-08 at half time. The scores finished 3-05 to 1-11 at the end off normal time and the Tyrone boys put in a great defensive display to hold Cork to just one point in extra time.
Tyrone had reached that 2005 final by virtue of an Ulster final win over Down, followed by victory over Kildare in the last four.
In 2006 Brendy made the leap to under 21 football, and the medals continued to flow. The Red Hands reached the Ulster final where they defeated Derry 0-12 to 1-7. In the AI semi Tyrone were narrowly defeated by Mayo 1-12 to 0-4 after extra time.
Brendy's reputation at under age level saw him promoted to the senior Tyrone squad for the McKenna Cup series. Brendan featured against Fermanagh as Tyrone went all the way to the final to chalk up another trophy. Brendan also reached the AI freshers final in 2006 before losing to UCG.
Brendan Boggs- Ulster minor Championship (2003, 2004), Ulster minor league 2004, All Ireland minor Championship 2004, Ulster VS (2004, captain 2005), AI VS (2004, captain 2005), Ulster U21 Championship 2006, McKenna Cup 2006.
Brendan lifts the 2005 Ulster Vocational Schools Cup.
More photos below of Tyrone's 2005 VS success .
Picture: Brendan Boggs extreme right looks on as Tyrone captain Marc Cunningham lifts the Minor League Trophy in 2004
Brendan pictured with some of the Owen Roes u14 side in Croke Park following his side's 2004 All Ireland success over Kerry.
Owen Roe's Minor and Senior team player Brendan Boggs is pictured above with the 3 Ulster and 2 All-Ireland trophies he and his Tyrone team mates won in 2004 (Ulster and All-Ireland Vocational Schools, Ulster Minor League, Ulster Minor Championship and the Tommy Markham All-Ireland Minor Cup).
DECLAN MC CROSSAN - ALL-IRELAND SENIOR CHAMPION
Declan McCrossan has accumulated more medals in his short time than most footballers would in several careers in the game.
In 1996 Declan Mc Crossan, made it on to the Tyrone Minor team for the first time ever. Although winning nothing that year, the following year, this time as Captain, and under the management of Mickey Harte and Fr. Gerard Mc Aleer, he was inspirational and this time the team had much more success as Declan led his County to winning the Ulster Minor Championship.
After a famous replay against Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final, Declan led the Tyrone team out on to the pitch at Croke Park for the All-Ireland Minor Final, only to be defeated by a strong Laois side, a team going for back to back titles. He had some consolation however in being named the Bass Ulster GAA Writers Monthly Award winner for that September.
Unfortunately he missed out the following year when Tyrone did win the All-Ireland Minor title as he was then over age. However, it was a great honor, not just for Declan and his family to captain a Tyrone team in an All-Ireland, but also for the Club.
From there, Declan made it on to the Tyrone U-21 and Senior teams, winning Ulster U-21 and All-Ireland Championship medals, as well as an Ulster Senior Championship medal in 2001. In 2002, Declan and the Tyrone team were to win their first ever All-Ireland Senior title, when they won the National Football League title. This feat was repeated again in 2003, when they retained the N.F.L. title.
However 2003 was to prove a historic year for the County. Declan was very much to the fore as Tyrone lifted the Ulster Championship with a win over Down in Clones on Sunday 20th July 2003. Eventually the team battled through to a AI semi-final where Kerry were dispatched by a determined Tyrone side.
On Sunday 28th September 2003 Tyrone won the county's first ever All-Ireland Senior Championship title by beating reigning champions Armagh. Unfortunately Declan was only on the bench that day as he was troubled by injury, but his name will forever by synonymous with GAA history in Tyrone.
As a County player, Declan has won many plaudits over the years. In 2001, he was named for the Ireland International Rules trial squad to travel to Australia. Also that he year he was picked for the Ulster squad trials to play in the Railway Cup. He was also nominated for a Vodaphone All-Star award in 2001.
He also made his mark whilst at the University of Abertay in Dundee, playing on the University's Gaelic team. They won the Scottish League and Championship in 1997, '98 and '99. He was named a British Universities All-Star in 1999 and a College All-Star in 2000. On moving to Jordanstown he won a Sigerson Cup medal in 2001.
His dedication to Gaelic football is unquestionable, especially to his Club. He turns out whenever possible for the Roe's, even missing out on greater opportunities to help out the Club's Senior team.
Due to many commitments, no less his Club side, Declan has had to step back from the County circuit for now. Hopefully we we'll soon see him back in the Tyrone jersey after all the success, joy and pride he has helped bring to the Club and County over the last 7 or 8 years.
Declan McCrossan - 1996, '97 Tyrone Minor (Captain - Ulster medal winner and All-Ireland Final 1997), U-21 Hastings Cup, Ulster and All-Ireland winner 2000, Tyrone Seniors (2 N.F.L. medals, 1 All-Ireland Senior, 2 Ulster Senior), Bass Ulster G.A.A. Writers Monthly Award winner September 1997, Vodaphone G.A.A. All-Star nominee 2001
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