Over the last 40 years, The Sunday Game has brought the GAA football and hurling championships into your homes.

And now, we want you to help us choose the best XV in each code of the TV era - picking the best XV from All-Star winners of the Sunday Game era (1979-present)

Cast three votes for your All-Star football full-forwards of choice below or email teamselection@rte.ie to make any more considered contributions. We will be debating the final line in our team shortly.

*Pat Spillane, Diarmuid Connolly and Peter Canavan were chosen on the half-forward line and therefore not considered for the full-forward line*

Stellar names are a plenty as we strive to pick the trio that will adorn our selection. The high ball aimed at the 'big man' on the edge of the square with those in the 13 and 15 jerseys looking to capitalise on any breaks can still work the oracle.

Yet, there are more nuanced ways of getting the best out of your inside line to counteract packed defences and with it a mobility that has only added to the game.

Eoin Liston in action against Offaly in 1981

In 1978, Eoin 'Bomber' Liston burst onto the scene with telling effect. His three-goal salvo helped Kerry pulverise Dublin in the All-Ireland final. The classic go-to man at number 14 was among the many household names on a Kingdom side that would enjoy much success, and while Liston did get an All Star at centre-half forward in 1984, the three awards he received further up the pitch bear greater testimony to his efforts.

Mikey Sheehy, Ger Power and the late John Egan were other Kerry stars to receive recognition up front as the county dominated selections for the first half of the 80s.

Offaly's Matt Connor lit up many a championship match back then and those of a certain vintage will remember his towering performance in the 1980 All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry where he kicked 2-09. He was named on the subsequent All Star full-forward line, the first of the three awards, with the other two coming on the '40.

In the centenary year of 1984, Frank McGuigan stole the show on a July afternoon in Clones when scoring 11 points (ten from the boot and one from the fist) as Tyrone reigned supreme in Ulster.

Martin McHugh was named on the 1983 team

A year earlier, Donegal's Martin McHugh won the first of his two awards when named at full-forward. 

Mayo's Kevin McStay, Paul Earley and Tony McManus of Roscommon and Eugene 'Nudie' Hughes of Monaghan were other names to make the selection during the 1980s in a decade where Joe McNally was the only Dublin player to receive an award in the inside line. 

Meath would take over from the Dubs as Leinster kingpins. Colm O'Rourke was pivotal in the Royal attack and would claim two All-Irelands and three All Star awards. The last of those came in 1991 when Football of the Year recognition came for the then 34-year-old. 

Brian Stafford and Bernard Flynn were other Meath stars of that era to get selected.

Cork's Paul McGrath picked up a subsequent All-Star in 1989 and '90 as the Rebels brought Sam Maguire home.

A new decade, and in the first year Wicklow celebrated their first (and only) All Star following Kevin O'Brien's selection at full-forward. O'Brien was part of the Baltinglass side that won the 1990 All-Ireland club championship - a time when the criteria for who made the team was somewhat different. 

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Ulster dominance was coming. James McCartan and Mickey Linden of Down, Donegal's Tony Boyle and the Derry pair of Enda Gormley and Joe Brolly all featured on selections across seven years.

Also in there from the province was Peter Canavan who won the first of his six All-Stars in 1994. The following year (FOTY), he almost single-handedly drove Tyrone to a maiden All-Ireland against Dublin, when kicking 11 points. He did eventually go on to lift Sam as Red Hand skipper, but as two of his All Stars came in the half-forward line, he has already been selected on the 45 for this team.

Charlie Redmond, famously sent off in the '95 final, did add to his All-Star collection with two awards in the decade. Across the border Meath rose again, with Tommy Dowd, Graham Geraghty, Ollie Murphy and Brendan Reilly all catching the eye.

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Also emerging, after what many in the county would call a 'lengthy famine' of 11 years were Kerry. In 1997, Maurice Fitzgerald won the last of his three All-Stars and was named Footballer of the Year as the Kingdom won back Sam. Fitzgerald stole the show on final day, kicking nine points, including one monstrous effort to complete the job. 

In 1998, another proud football county ended a 32-year wait and a first in the era of colour television when reclaiming the big prize. Galway were back, with Pádraig Joyce expertly leading their line. It was no surprise that he was honoured and was on the XV again when the Tribes retained the title in 2001.

Before the new millennium, Kildare's Karl O'Dwyer, Declan Browne, Tipperary's first All-Star, and Phillip Clifford of Cork were others to the get the nod.

In 2002, Dublin ended a seven-year wait for a Leinster title. Ray Cosgrove was one of the stars of that summer and was named at full-forward. Alongside him on the team was Colm Cooper, who made his mark in a qualifier game against Kildare and for more than decade thereafter was one of the marquee names in Gaelic football. 

Colm Cooper seeks to evade the Dublin defence in the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final

The Dr Crokes clubman has eight All-Stars to his name, with seven of those as an inside forward.

The '02 season ended with great scenes at Croke Park as Armagh got to lift Sam Maguire for the first time. Yet, it wasn't until the following year that the county made its mark in our chosen line, with the then Footballer of the Year Stevie McDonnell named at right-corner-forward. He picked up what was a third All-Star when positioned in the other corner in '05.  

Another Orchard star from that period was Rónán Clarke, who featured on two selections.

In picking a team of the last 40 years from players who did not win an All-Ireland, then Wexford's Mattie Forde would have to be a contender. He deservedly made the 2004 side.

The second Tyrone player to be named Footballer of the Year was Stephen O'Neill. In 2005, he figured prominently at full-forward as the Ulster county came through the back door and a few replays to land the big prize.

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Another big name and equally big in stature is Kieran Donaghy. And what an impact he made in 2006 when moved to full-forward for a qualifier clash against Longford. The Green and Gold were reborn, another All-Ireland would follow in September and Donaghy would later collect the first of three All-Stars.

As the noughties drew to a close, Paddy Bradley of Derry, Monaghan's Tomás Freeman Kerry's Declan O'Sullivan and Daniel Goulding of Cork also impressed the selection committee.

And so to the start of the last decade. Bernard Brogan underlined his potential at full-forward as Dublin came close to reaching the September finale. Brogan, however, was the worthy Footballer of the Year recipient. Alongside him on the XV was Benny Coulter, part of a Down side that surprised more than a few when reaching the All-Ireland final. 

in 2011, there was a sense that something was happening again in Mayo, and at No 14 Andy Moran received his first All-Star. He followed up in 2017, when excelling (also named FOTY) as Mayo found their groove in the All-Ireland series to reach another decider. 

Moran's Green and Red colleague Aidan O'Shea holds three All-Stars in the positions of midfield, centre-forward and full-forward, while another player from the county Cillian O'Connor was rewarded in the right corner for standout displays in 2014. 


Donegal's Michael Murphy won his first All-Star as a full-forward in 2012 - remember his early goal in that year's September final? Would that be enough to for him to get the vote? Colm McFadden also made the Team of the Year in '12.   

Among the other Kerry names to be considered are James O'Donoghue (2014 FOTY), Paul Geaney and David Clifford.

Monaghan's Conor McManus is a worthy contender on the back of a trio of All-Stars, while Michael Quinlivan also makes our considered list following Tipperary's march to the penultimate stage of the championship in 2016.

Dean Rock, Con O'Callaghan and Paul Mannion complete the Dublin players who could make the XV - with Galway's Ian Burke and Cathal McShane of Tyrone also recognised for their selections on the sides of 2018 and '19 respectively.      

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