Maurice Fitzgerald

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Maurice Fitzgerald


Maurice Fitzgerald
Personal information
Sport Gaelic Football
Place of birth Kerry, Ireland
Nickname(s) Maurice Fitz
Club information
Club St. Marys
Position _
Club(s)*
Club Years Apps (scores)
St. Marys 1986-Present
Inter County
County Kerry
Position -
Inter County(ies)**
County Years Apps (scores)
Kerry circa 1988-2001
Inter County Titles
Munster Titles 6
All-Ireland 2
All-Stars 3

* club appearances and scores
correct as of {{{clupdate}}}.
**Inter County team apps and scores correct
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Maurice Fitzgerald is a former Kerry Gaelic Athletic Association football player. He was a member of the Kerry Senior Football Panel from circa 1988-2001.

He played club football for St. Marys, Caherciveen.

Reputation

Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the most talented footballers of his era. His emergence in the late eighties corresponded with a downturn in Kerry fortunes and it wasn't until 1997 that Fitzgerald finally got to an All-Ireland final. Chipping over 9 points of a winning total of 13, Fitzgerald helped Kerry defeat Mayo by 0-13 to 1-07, and the game became known as the 'Maurice Fitzgerald final'.[citation needed]

He won a second all-Ireland medal in the 2000 championship but was deployed more as a super sub, being particularly effective in the first semi-final with Armagh when he scored a fantastic individual goal before equalising with a 50 yard free in the last seconds of the match.

In 2001 he performed even more heroics. Just when it seemed that Fitzgerald had done it all and couldn't shock anymore Kerry were awarded a sideline kick against Dublin in the All Ireland Quarter Final. Kerry were cruising but had lost their concentration and had allowed Dublin to lead in the last minute. With Dublin Manager Tommy Carr shouting in his ear and the defeaning roar of the crowd, Fitzgerald kicked the ball with the outside of his boot on his bad side over the bar in what has described as one of the Top 20 GAA Moments in Championship football.

Despite this Fitzgerald couldn't get on the starting 15 in the replay or in the subsequent semi-final thrashing at the hands of Meath. This was the last straw for Fitzgerald and he retired from the inter county scene.

He has since won the County Championship in Kerry 3 times in a row and is still revered by many in his native county.

Career Awards

Fitzgerald has won two All-Ireland medals, 1 National League medal, 6 Munster championship medals, three GAA All Stars Awards and was named Footballer of the year in 1997.

Preceded by
Martin O'Connell
Meath
Texaco Footballer of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Michael Donnellan
(Galway)
Preceded by
Martin O'Connell
Meath
All Stars Footballer of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Michael Donnellan
(Galway)

 

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