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County players from club past and present

Since formation, Watty Graham’s have nurtured and developed many skilful players who have contributed much to Derry inter-county teams. In the earliest recorded GAA game in Maghera (17th June 1933), the Ulster Junior Football Championship game between Derry and Antrim was played at St Lurach’s Park, Coleraine Road. The final score was Derry 4-03 / Antrim 1-04. Highly notable from our local viewpoint was that Lisnamuck player Frank Scullion played in that game. He was an uncle of outstanding defender in 1993 when Derry won their only All-Ireland Senior Football Title. Joe Burke first played goals for Derry on Jan 13th, 1934 versus Fermanagh. On August 18th, 1935 the Derry team versus Armagh had Fr Hugh Lagan as a member while on Sept 5th 1936, J. Lagan played for Derry against Fermanagh. On March 7th 1937, Jim Scullion (St Lurach’s) played for Derry against Tyrone. When Derry won their first National Football League title in 1947, Maghera man, Charlie Moran was their goalie.

In 1951, Derry lost by 2 pts to Antrim in the Ulster Senior Football Championship with Antrim going on to win the Anglo Celt Cup (– their last occasion to do so). Featuring on that Derry team were no less than 4 Glen players – Charlie Moran (goals), with the entire half-forward line of Joe Hurley (father of the current club insurance officer, Aine), Dan Lagan and Danny McKenna, all from Watty Graham’s. Famous other inter-county players over the years include Joey O’Neill, Seamus Lagan and Mickey Moran while Enda Gormley, Damien McCusker, and Fergal P McCusker, were prominent on the All-Ireland winning Derry side of 1993 with Mickey Moran coaching the team. All are currently actively involved as coaches in our progressive underage structure. During a glittering playing career, Mickey Moran was unique in that he represented Derry at inter-county level in all playing lines of county sides from goals to corner forward. He later successfully coached Derry to NF League success in 1995 and also has had charge of Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim. The Moran’s hold the distinction of three generations having played for Derry -- Mickey's father Charlie was in goal for Derry’s first national league victory in 1947, Mickey played on the 75-76 Ulster winning teams, and Conleth played in the Bank of Ireland All –Ireland senior championship semi final v Kerry 2004. Manager of the Derry Ulster title winning sides of ’75 and ’76 was Glen man – Frank Kearney who also managed the Ulster Railway Cup teams of 1976, 1977, 1978. He was also part of Brian Mullins’ management group (1996 -1999) when they won the NFL title in 1996 and the Ulster Senior Football Championship in 1998. Gary Magill featured prominently on these latter sides alongside Enda Gormley and F.P. McCusker.

Frank Kearney also bears the distinction of having designed the now-famous Derry Oakleaf crest in 1976. In recent years he harnessed the graphic skills of Club player, Jonathan Bradley, in final preparation of the crest for the now-copyrighted version.

Seamus Lagan holds the distinction of being Derry’s first All-Star representative in their 1971 Tour of San Francisco with fellow clubman, Enda Gormley taking All-star honours in 1992 & 1993.Watty Graham’s also has the unique distinction of producing a raft of goalkeepers for county duty. These included Joe Burke (1934), Charlie Moran (1947), Jimmy McCusker (Minors of 1956), Rory Devlin (1963), Mickey Moran (1974), Colin McKenna (Seniors 1987), Damien McCusker (1993 All-Ireland team) and Andrew Warnock (Minors 2007 and U-21s 2010 ). Each and all performed heroics “between the sticks”. As well as these, Sean O’Kane, Des Kearney, Larry Cudden, Gary Magill, Barry Young, Cathal Glass, Jonathan Bradley, Gary McMaster and Ciaran O’Neill have also featured significantly for Derry through the years at various levels. At University level, Cathal Glass, Barry Young and Enda Gormley all played prominently for UUJ in winning successive Sigerson Cups in 1986 and 1987. Frank Kearney, in 1962 became the first-ever Derry man to play on the QUB Fitzgibbon Cup (Hurling) team. Terry Bradley captained St. Patrick’s College, Maghera to Hogan Cup success in 1989 and this was followed by Conleth Murphy in 1995. Sean McKenna captained Derry Minors when winning the Ulster Minor Championship in 2000.