In all during a medal-laden career, Oisin McConville won the All-Ireland Club Football Championship six times with Crossmaglen.

That's not even taking the 10 Ulster and 16 county titles that the Armagh All-Ireland winner amassed into consideration.

Those club All-Ireland triumphs spanned from 1997 to 2012. 

But it's 2007's victory over Dr Crokes that stands above all others in terms of magnitude for the 44-year-old.

"Probably for me, it was 2007 because I was captain that year and I was after going through treatment for a gambling addiction," he told RTÉ 2FM's Game On during the Wednesday Legends interview.

"I had come out the other side and I was thinking, 'Is there any way I could repay the bit of faith that, not only family but, the community had shown in me.

"And it felt like another chance. It felt sort of like redemption and that's the only thing I was thinking about.

"Obviously, football means a lot but just on a personal basis that time, I just thought that was very special for me because the timing of it was very, very good."

But McConville added that victory was not just a boost for him personally.

"I needed it and as a community, we needed it as well," he said.

"Because we'd won three and then we'd gone away a little bit.

"And this was us sort of coming back. But certainly from a purely selfish point of view, I definitely needed it." 

McConville also drew parallels between the sheer centrality of football in Crossmaglen and Kilcoo's respective communities.

Follow the All-Ireland club finals with our live blog on RTÉ.ie and RTÉ News Now from 2pm and listen live on RTÉ Radio 1. Watch highlights on RTÉ 2 and the RTÉ Player from 11.10pm. 

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