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Mc Guigan’s Class “Lights Up” The Mc Kenna Cup.

Tuesday 01.02.2011
Team Talk Mag
Club


The old saying “Form is temporary but class is permanent” has been used numerous times to describe many footballers over the years. Often it is applied to a very good player returning from injury, struggling for match fitness or perhaps getting on in years. In the vast majority of cases when it is used it is usually as a throw away remark to wind up your mates or the opposition support.

Of course there are many football followers who will describe players who show the occasional touch of genius as lucky or flash and in some cases that may be true. One well known golfer Lee Trevino, or was it Gary Player, is reputed to have said “The funny thing is, the harder I work, the luckier I get!”

Whatever view you hold one thing is sure Tyrone’s present number eleven Brian Mc Guigan is working harder than he has for years and it shows in his game. So if he benefits from the occasional stroke of luck, like his goal on Saturday night last, no-one should begrudge him.

He is back to his brilliant and most creative best, covering the length and breadth of the field and making himself available for a colleague needing an outlet. In the three games so far this year he has produced moments of sublime brilliance both on and off the ball. Brian Mc Guigan comes from a real footballing dynasty so the skill and talent were always in the genes. However he has not enjoyed the best of fortune during his injury plagued career and last year was a huge disappointment for him. It is obvious he has worked extremely hard over the winter and it shows in his game. He looks enthused and hungry for the ball again and with his natural footballing skill to fall back on, he looks to have rediscovered the form that once made him one of the most feared players in the country.

His present good form is down to hard work and hunger but when the form is good the class is obvious to all.  A class act like the Ardboe man is sure to give team manager Mickey Harte the sort of selection headaches every manager in the country would love to have and if Mc Guigan can continue to produce the sort of top quality displays he has given so far this season, Tyrone supporters could well be repeating the opening quote for most of the summer.

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