Jody Gormley

Jody Gormley

Infobox GAA player |

name =Jody Gormley
irish =
placeofbirth= County Tyrone
countryofbirth= Northern Ireland
height= 6'00"
sport= Gaelic football
code= Football
county= Tyrone
province= Ulster
clposition= Midfield
club= Trillick
clyears=? -?
clubs= Trillick
icposition= Midfield
icyears=2002- ?
icprovince= 2
icallireland= 0
icupdate=16:39, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
clupdate=16:39, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Jody Gormley is a former Gaelic footballer for Tyrone, and London. He also played a coaching role for Down following his retirement from Inter-County playing, and has now assumed the role of Antrim football manager.

Playing career


His career peak was probably in 1995, when Tyrone won the Ulster Championship, and went on end up runner-up in the All-Ireland Final. For Gormley, who was an ever-present throughout the Championship, memorable moments include scoring the winning point in a scorching Ulster Semi-Final against neighbouring rivals, Derry. This win was notable because the Tyrone team had two players sent off, and were 0-8 to 0-5 down at half time.
In the All-Ireland Final of 1995, Tyrone lost to Dublin by a point (Dublin 1-10, Tyrone 0-12). Gormley was only Tyrone player to score in that match, apart from an 11-point masterclass by Peter Canavan. [ [] Dead link|date=May 2008]

The following year, Tyrone again won the Ulster Championship, but were beaten in All-Ireland Semi Final by Meath. Gormley was one of several Tyrone players injured in that match, which many Tyrone fans attributed to Meath's heavy-handed tactics. [ [] Dead link|date=March 2008]


Tyrone's fortunes faded following this, and Gormley's job brought him to London. There he joined the London intercounty team, but they rarely performed well in the Championship. [ [ BBC SPORT | NORTHERN IRELAND | Tir Chonaill Gaels' Ulster connection ] ]


In 2006, Jody played midfield on the Bredagh Senior team that won the Co. Down Junior Championship Final, defeating Teconnaught 1-8 to 0-5 in Downpatrick. They proceeded to hammer Drum of Derry in the Quarter Final Of The Ulster Junior Championship in Newcastle, County Down but lost to Noamh Brid of Donegal in the Semi at Breffni Park, Cavan.


Gormley started his intercounty management career with Down. After a promising start to the 2006 National League, Down's challenge tailed off, and they were disappointing in the 2006 Ulster Senior Football Championship, and were knocked out of the qualifiers by Sligo, after which, Gormley stepped down. []

Now plying his trade as a teacher, Gormley coached Abbey CBS, Newry to their first MacRory Cup final in nineteen years, which they won. [ [ jgormley ] ] The team also went on to win the All-Ireland colleges championship, the Hogan Cup.

He has successfully applied to take over the Antrim management for the 2007 Gaelic Football Championship. [ [ News | Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Official Website - ] ]

External links

* [ short biography from March 2006]
* [ Website with match reports of Bredagh's run]

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