Enda McNulty on Armagh's golden era: It was disappointing to win only one All-Ireland

The Saturday panel reflected on the massive battles between Armagh and Tyrone over a decade ago

BY Simon Maguire 17:47 Saturday 5 August 2017, 17:47 5 Aug 2017

Enda McNulty of Armagh. Image: ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

The clash of Ulster rivals Armagh and Tyrone in this year's championship has evoked memories of their titanic clashes over a decade ago. 

The pair met in four times between 2003 and 2005 in memorable matches with Tyrone arguably getting the better of the rivalry given they eventually went on to win three All-Ireland titles to the Orchard County's one.

Former Tyrone players Joe McMahon and Enda McGinley and former Armagh players Enda McNulty and Paul Hearty joined Off the Ball's Saturday panel and speaking to Ger Gilroy, McNulty revealed his frustration at only winning a single All-Ireland title. 

Kieran McGeeney with the Sam Maguire. Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

"Yeah the fact that we won seven Ulster's (Championships) and one All-Ireland, we'd be disappointed with," said McNulty, adding: "We knew the team was good enough to win three or four All-Ireland's and we've got big regrets on that. We'll go to our graves on that.

"We'll also go to our graves with a lot of pride. Pride in the team we created, pride in the leaders that were created and some of those leaders would be in Croke Park today. The friendships we created and you know, the spirit it created amongst the community - both the Armagh and the Tyrone community.

"There's a huge amount of pride and satisfaction in what we created in terms of the character, serious character in those men. For the rest of our lives, we know we can knock on anyone of those doors and say 'listen, I'm in trouble here, can you help me out?' - so very proud of all those things.

"Of course we've got regret. We knew we were good enough to beat any team in the country in that ten year period and for different reasons on the big day whether it was tactical, a mishap on our behalf or whether it was a mental mishap on our behalf...we knew we were good enough to win two or three All-Ireland's, there's no question about that," he added.  

The full discussion can be heard here:  

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