Gary Coleman (Gaelic footballer)
|Irish name||Gearóid Ó Colmáin|
26 June 1972 |
County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
Gary Coleman (Irish: Gearóid Ó Colmáin; born 26 June 1972) is an Irish Gaelic footballer who played with Derry in the 1990s and early 2000s. He still plays club football with St. Trea's GFC Ballymaguigan.
Coleman was part of Derry's 1993 All-Ireland Championship winning side, as well as the 1993 and 1998 Ulster Championship winning teams. For his performances in the 1993 Championship he won an All Star award. While usually playing in defence for Derry, he often played in attack for Magherafelt and current club Ballymaguigan.
Regarded as one of the best Derry minor players of all time, Coleman captained Derry minors to two Ulster Minor Championships and an All-Ireland Minor Championship. He also won an Ulster Under-21 Championship medal in 1993.
Coleman started his career with O'Donovan Rossa GAC Magherafelt. After moving to his father's home townland of Ballymaguigan a few years ago, Coleman transferred to St. Trea's GFC Ballymaguigan in 2002 and played full forward for the side. He won a Derry Intermediate Football Championship with the club in 2003 and says it as precious and meaningful to him as the All-Ireland medal he won in 1993.
- 4 National Football League Division 1 1992 1995 1996 1997 2000
- 2 Ulster Senior Football Championship 1993 1998
- 2 Ulster Minor Football Championship 1989 1990
- 1 Ulster Under-21 Football Championship 1993
- 1 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 1993
- 1 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship 1989
- 1 All-Star 1993
- 1 Irish News Ulster All-Star 2001
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- Crowe, Dermot (2008-06-01). "Coleman's enduring legacy". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2008-06-02.