Larry Stanley

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Larry Stanley
Personal information
Irish name Labhrás de Stainléigh
Sport Gaelic football
Position Centre-forward
Born 19 May 1896
Prosperous, County Kildare, Ireland
Died 21 September 1987 (aged 91)
Dublin, Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Occupation Garda Síochána
Club(s)
Years Club
Caragh
Garda
Club titles
Kildare titles 2
Inter-county(ies)
Years County
1916-1919
1920-1925
1926-1930
Kildare
Dublin
Kildare
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 3
All-Irelands 2
NFL 0
All Stars 1

Larry Stanley (19 May 1896 – 21 September 1987) was an Irish Gaelic footballer who played as a goalkeeper for the Kildare and Dublin senior teams.[1]

Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Stanley made his first appearance on the inter-county scene during the 1916 championship and was a regular member of the starting fifteen for both Kildare and Dublin until his retirement after the 1930 championship. During that time he won two All-Ireland medals and three Leinster medals. Stanley captained Kildare to the All-Ireland title in 1919.

At club level Stanley enjoyed a hugely successful career with Caragh, winning two county club championship. He also played with the Garda club in Dublin.

Stanley was also a successful high jumper and represented Ireland at the 1924 Summer Olympics.[2][3]

In retirement from sport Stanley came to be recognised as one of the greats of Gaelic football. In 1980 he was the inaugural recipient of the All-Time All Star Award. He was posthumously included on a special selection of the greatest Garda football team ever.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adieu to Kildare giant of sport". Leinster Leader. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Famous Kildare athlete retires". Leinster Leader. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Larry Stanley Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Five Kerry players selected on greatest Garda football team". The Kerryman. 10 March 2005. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kildare Senior Football Captain
1919
Succeeded by
Mick Buckley
Achievements
Preceded by
Jim Byrne
(Wexford)
All-Ireland Senior Football Final
winning captain

1919
Succeeded by
Jerry Shelly
(Tipperary)
Awards
Preceded by
Newly created award
All-Time All Star Award
1980
Succeeded by
Tommy Murphy
(Laois)