Cluxton taking a kick-out during the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo
|Irish name||Stiofáin Cluxton|
17 December 1981|
Coolock, Dublin, Ireland
|Height||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Occupation||Secondary school teacher|
|2002–2006||Dublin City University|
|*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 22:05, 4 September 2018 (UTC).|
Cluxton made his senior debut for Dublin during the 2001 Championship. Since then he has established himself as Dublin's first-choice goalkeeper and has won six All-Ireland medals, beginning with lone triumphs in 2011 and 2013, and four championships in-a-row from 2015 to 2018. Cluxton is the only player in the history of the game to captain a team to five championship titles. He has also won a record 14 Leinster medals, four National Football League medals and five All Stars.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Charity work
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Born in Coolock, Cluxton was raised in a house that had a strong association with soccer. His father, Pat, won several medals with Postal Celtic, while Cluxton himself played with St. David's Primary School and Tolka Rovers.
Cluxton first came to prominence as a Gaelic footballer with St. David's CBS in Artane. He initially played soccer at school and was reluctant to play Gaelic football as he believed that the sport was "too brutal". Cluxton was eventually persuaded to join the St. David's Gaelic football team and began as a corner-forward because of his ability to kick the ball off the ground before later moving to corner-back. The suspension and emigration of the school's first and second-choice goalkeepers saw Cluxton fill in as goalkeeper.
During his studies at Dublin City University, Cluxton was selected for the college's senior football team. On 25 February 2006, he won a Sigerson Cup medal as goalkeeper following DCU's 0–11 to 1–04 defeat of Queen's University Belfast in the final.
Cluxton joined the Parnells club at a young age and played in all grades at juvenile and underage levels. Renowned for his shot stopping, his reflexes and his agility in these grades, some deemed him a little small for a goalkeeper and questioned his aerial ability when he eventually joined the club's senior team. Cluxton subsequently worked on these perceived weaknesses in his game and has been the club's first-choice goalkeeper since making his debut.
Minor and under-21
After a disappointing debut season in the grade, Cluxton won a Leinster Championship medal in 2002 after a 1–17 to 2–04 defeat of Wicklow in the final at St. Conleth's Park. On 6 October 2002, Cluxton was in goal for Dublin when they suffered a 0–15 to 0–07 defeat by Galway in the All-Ireland final.
Cluxton made his championship debut in goal for Dublin on 27 May 2001 in a 2–19 to 1–13 Leinster Championship defeat of Longford. He made two appearances during the championship before being replaced by regular goalkeeper Davy Byrne who returned from injury.
Byrne's retirement from Dublin in February 2002 allowed Cluxton to take over as first-choice goalkeeper. On 14 July 2002, he was in goal when Dublin won their first Leinster Championship title in seven years after a 2–13 to 2–11 defeat of Kildare in the final. Cluxton ended the season by winning his first All Star Award as well as being named the RTÉ/Hibernian Young Personality of the Year.
On 5 July 2003, Cluxton was red-carded for kicking Steven McDonnell in the 43rd minute of Dublin's All-Ireland Qualifier defeat by Armagh. Dublin manager Tommy Lyons publicly blamed him for the defeat stating that his dismissal "turned the whole game." Reports suggested that Cluxton walked home alone from Croke Park without his gearbag as many suspected that he would receive a lengthy ban. The uncertainty led to Cluxton questioning his future involvement with the team, particularly when St. Patrick's Athletic and other professional soccer clubs offered him a contract to switch codes and play in the League of Ireland. Ultimately, he received a one-month ban and soon returned to the Dublin panel.
On 17 July 2005, Cluxton won his second Leinster Championship medal after Dublin's 0–14 to 0–13 defeat of Laois in the final.
Cluxton won a third Leinster Championship medal on 16 July 2006 when Dublin retained the title after a 1–15 to 0–09 defeat of Offaly in the final. He ended the season by winning his second All Star Award in goal.
On 15 July 2007, Cluxton won his fourth Leinster Championship medal when Dublin completed a hat-trick of provincial titles following a 3–14 to 1–14 defeat of Laois in the final. In spite of some questionable kick-outs in the All-Ireland semi-final defeat by Kerry, Cluxton conceded just two goals in six championship games and was presented with his third All Star Award.
On 12 July 2009, Cluxton was in goal for Dublin's fifth successive Leinster Championship triumph after a 2–15 to 0–18 defeat of Kildare in the final. He was later nominated for an All Star Award, however, he lost out to Kerry's Diarmuid Murphy.
his 55th championship match...15 points in his career
so far, he's already got one today...the distance with
the angle about 45 metres, here he comes to win the
All-Ireland...Cluxton...he's put it over the bar...and Dublin
are in front by 1–12 to 1–11...Cluxton the hero.
Dublin surrendered their title to Meath in 2010 in a game which saw Cluxton concede five goals, however, he won a seventh Leinster Championship medal the following year after a 2–12 to 1–12 defeat of Wexford in the final. On 18 September 2011, Cluxton lined out in goal against Kerry in his first All-Ireland final. In the 72nd minute of the game and with the sides level he scored a free kick to secure a 1–12 to 1–11 victory and a first All-Ireland title for Dublin in 16 years. Shortly after the final whistle, Cluxton was presented with the match ball by Tomás Ó Sé, however, in keeping with his intensely private persona, he avoided the post-match celebrations and retreated to the dressing room. Dublin teammate Paul Flynn paid tribute afterwards: "He [Cluxton] is out training an hour before everybody else and he kicks them over with his eyes closed. I didn't even look at the kick. I looked at him and he just kicked it and ran back. He is a phenomenal man, I am delighted for him." Cluxton ended the season by winning a fourth All Star Award as well as being nominated for Footballer of the Year.
On 22 July 2012, Cluxton won an eighth Leinster Championship medal after a 2–13 to 1–13 defeat of Meath in the final. Dublin later surrendered their All-Ireland title, however, Cluxton ended the season with another All Star nomination but lost out to Donegal's Paul Durcan for the goalkeeping position. Jim Gavin's appointment as manager of Dublin in October 2012 resulted in Cluxton taking over the captaincy of the team.
On 28 April 2013, he won his first silverware as captain when Dublin defeated Tyrone by 0–18 to 0–17 to win the National Football League title for the first time in 20 years. He later won a ninth Leinster Championship medal when he captained Dublin to a 2–15 to 0–14 defeat of Meath in the final. He was later criticised on The Sunday Game for time wasting by taking 7 minutes and 54 seconds to take seven frees during the game. On 22 September 2013, Cluxton captained Dublin for the first time in an All-Ireland final. He ended the game as Dublin's second top scorer with two points from frees in Dublin's 2–12 to 1–14 defeat of Mayo. Cluxton ended the year by winning a fifth All Star Award, while he was also nominated for Football of the Year for a second time.
On 27 April 2014, Cluxton won a second successive National League medal as captain of the team following Dublin's 3–19 to 1–10 defeat of Derry in defending their title. He later won his 10th Leinster Championship medal as Dublin retained the title for a fourth successive year following a 3–20 to 1–10 defeat of Meath. Dublin later surrendered their All-Ireland title, however, Cluxton ended the season with another All Star nomination but lost out to Donegal's Paul Durcan for the second time in three seasons.
Cluxton captained Dublin to a third successive National League title on 26 April 2015 after a 1–12 to 2–07 defeat of Cork in the final. Later that season Dublin's dominance continued in the Leinster Championship, with Cluxton winning an 11th provincial medal when he captained Dublin to a 2–13 to 0–06 defeat of Westmeath in the final. On 20 September 2015, he became the first goalkeeper to score in three All-Ireland finals when he captained Dublin to a 0–12 to 0–09 defeat of Kerry. It was his third All-Ireland winners' medal.
Cluxton again lead Dublin to an All-Ireland Final in 2016 against Mayo. This ended a draw after a relatively poor game due to difficult weather conditions, on a scoreline of 2–09 to 0–15. He captained Dublin to win the replay on a scoreline of 1–15 to 1–14.
In 2017, Dublin were narrowly defeated in the National League final by Kerry by a single point. Dublin then went on to win a record seven Leinster titles in-a-row. On 17 September, Cluxton again captained Dublin to a historic 3-in-a-row All-Ireland titles with another narrow 1–17 to 1–16 victory against Mayo. Having been outplayed in the first half, the Dubs turned the game around to win a thrilling game courtesy of a 75th-minute Dean Rock free.
Cluxton started in six of Dublin's games during the 2018 National League, during which time he made his 100th league appearance. On 1 April 2018, he captained Dublin to a fifth league title in seven seasons after an 0–18 to 0–14 defeat of Galway in the final. During the subsequent Leinster semi-final defeat of Longford, Cluxton suffered an injury to the lower back after a challenge by James McGivney. The injury resulted in him missing his first championship game since 2004, however, he won a 14th Leinster medal as a non-playing substitute after Dublin's 1–25 to 0–10 defeat of Laois in the final. On 2 September 2018, Cluxton made his 200th appearance for Dublin when he captained the team to a record-equalling fourth successive All-Ireland title after a 2–17 to 1–14 defeat of Tyrone in the final. In doing so he broke his own record by becoming the only player in the history of the championship to captain a team to four All-Ireland titles in-a-row. It was his fifth time captaining the team to the title while it was his sixth All-Ireland winners' medal overall.
Cluxton made his debut appearance for Ireland in the International Rules Series during the 2002 test series won by Australia. He was part of the victorious Irish team during the 2004 International Rules Series, winning the Irish player of the tournament award.
Cluxton kept a clean sheet when he played in goal for Ireland in the 2010 International Rules Series in Limerick. Cluxton captained Ireland during the 2011 International Rules Series in Australia. Ireland went on to win the Series.
In April 2011, while participating in a charity soccer match between Darndale F.C. and Liverpool/Manchester United Legends in aid of Autism Ireland, Cluxton clashed with former Republic of Ireland soccer team player Jason McAteer. Cluxton and McAteer were both sent off.
- As of match played 2 September 2018
- Dublin City University
- Sigerson Cup (1): 2006
- All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (6): 2011, 2013 (c), 2015 (c), 2016 (c) 2017 (c) 2018 (c)
- Leinster Senior Football Championship (14): 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 (c), 2014 (c), 2015 (c), 2016 (c), 2017 (c), 2018
- National Football League (5): 2013 (c), 2014 (c), 2015 (c), 2016 (c), 2018 (c)
- O'Byrne Cup (1): 2007
- Leinster Under-21 Football Championship (1): 2002
- Leinster Minor Football Championship (1): 1999
- GAA-GPA All Stars Awards (5): 2002, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013
- GPA Gaelic Team of the Year (2): 2006, 2007
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