The 2020 All-Stars awards will be presented tomorrow night, with the ceremony live on RTE2 (throw-in 6.30pm), but ahead of that the football All-Star team for the year just gone was unveiled this morning.
The All-Stars forever see bizarre selections. This year they’ve outdone themselves as our run to the All-Ireland final and a creditable display in the final yielded us just two players – Oisin Mullin and Cillian O’Connor – on the team. Cavan, meanwhile, who were beaten out the gate by Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final, got three. Go figure, as they say.
As beaten All-Ireland finalists with twelve players nominated, our worst case position, which most would have accepted, would have been three out of the fifteen. Six-in-a-row champions Dublin were, of course, always going to grab the lion’s share of positions, while it was only to be expected that the breakthrough campaigns enjoyed by Cavan and Tipperary would be recognised in the team selected.
That’s fine as it goes – and I’ve nothing against Cavan – but any 2020 All-Star selection that sees them with more players on it than us is just plain daft.
The winners of the Footballer of the Year and Young Footballer of the Year awards will be announced at the ceremony tomorrow night. Cillian was nominated for the main award but that one is obviously destined for Dublin, while, on an all-Mayo shortlist, Oisin Mullin is odds-on to scoop the YFOTY award.
Full details of the All-Star team for 2020 featuring players from Dublin (nine), Cavan (three), Mayo (two) and Tipperary (one) are here.