Andy Mallon retires from inter-county Football

April 24, 2017

After 13 years of dedicated service one of Armagh’s most reliable defenders Andy Mallon has quit the inter-county scene. The 33 year-old Pearse Og clubman, an All-Star in 2005, made his national league debut for Armagh against Donegal back in 2003.

Andy was the first player to make the breakthrough to the Armagh defence that under manager Joe Kernan had led to All-Ireland glory the previous year 2002. Andy came close to adding a Sam Maguire to his list of triumphs in his debut year but was denied in the final by Tyrone. Andy picked up his All-Ireland medal the following year 2004 at U-21 level to go with his first Ulster medal with Armagh the same year.

In 2005 a National Football League medal followed with victory over Wexford, a second Ulster and such was his displays that year that he was selected as an All-Star. A tenacious tight marking defender Andy had little bother in adopting to the “new role” of corner-back to be an attacking presence. Dependable Andy had a great engine to get up and down the field and was also gifted with the ability to take a score when the opportunity presented itself.

With four Ulster Senior medals in his pocket, Club success came to Andy in 2009 when his club shocked Crossmaglen Rangers in the championship and then defeated their Armagh city rivals Armagh Harps 0-8 to 0-4 in the county final.

With a young family, and work away from home, the veteran defender, who had his own very high standards, was unable to commit fully to the cause. Andy leaves behind an illustrious footballing career that saw him much admired and a firm favourite with the Orchard faithful legion of supporters. When it comes to talking Armagh football, Andy will be in the conversations up there with the best that the county has produced.