Follow the leaders
When Padraig Hampsey, right, leads Tyrone onto the field on Sunday for Ulster Minor Final, the Coalisland Fianna man will be following in the footsteps of some of the club’s greats.
In the five meetings between Tyrone and Monaghan in the provincial decider, the Coalisland club have provided the captain on four occasions.
In 1946, Fianna great Jim Devlin captained the winning team from fullback, just as Hampsey will do on Sunday.
Two years later Devlin’s brother, Eddie, skippered the team from centre half back.
Thirty years later, Monaghan again found the opposition were led by future AllStar and current Fianna manager Damian O’Hagan.
Present Fianna fullback and ex-county man Peter Donnelly wore the armband to lead the young Red Hands to Ulster glory - a team that included Sean Cavanagh, Joe McMahon and Martin Penrose - in 2001.
Hampsey will be hoping he and his team enjoy similar fortunes to those Coalisland standard-bearers.
Sunday’s final will pit the most successful county in Ulster Minor Football championship football against one of the counties with the poorest record.
Tyrone have won 22 Ulster Minor championships, while Monaghan lag behind on just three, better only than Fermanagh who have yet to register a title.
Indeed, Monaghan enter this game seeking to end a 67 year wait, last lifting the Fr Murray Cup in 1945 And in those five Ulster Minor final meetings, Tyrone won each and every time.
1946 Tyrone 1-4 Monaghan 0-5
1948 Tyrone 5-7 Monaghan 2-3
1978 Tyrone 3-11 Monaghan 2-9
2001 Tyrone 2-13 Monaghan 0-13
2008 Tyrone 0-13 Monaghan 0-10
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