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It's Peter Canavan's birthday - here's the Tyrone legend in action

Remind yourself about how good the two-time All-Ireland winner was.

THESE DAYS HE patrols the sidelines as the Fermanagh football boss.

But Peter Canavan is better known for his exploits with the Tyrone footballers when he starred in attack for the Red Hands.

Canavan won All-Ireland senior medals in 2003 and 2005 during his career as well as picking up six Allstar awards.

He turns 42 today and here’s a reminder about how good the Tyrone legend was.

5. Leading the way for his club Errigal Ciaran

Canavan in action against Crossmaglen Rangers in 2002.
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Canavan won six Tyrone county senior titles and two Ulster senior medals for his club.

4. Kicking 0-11 for Tyrone in the 1995 All-Ireland senior final against Dublin


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The Red Hands lost out by 1-10 to 0-12 with Canavan having a point controversially disallowed for an adjudged pick up off the ground.

3. Overcoming injury to captain Tyrone to the 2003 All-Ireland title


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Despite being hampered by an ankle injury – which saw him start the game, be substituted in the first-half and brought back on before the finish – Canavan fired 0-5 in Tyrone’s 0-12 to 0-9 victory over Armagh.

2. Hitting the winning point for Tyrone in the 2005 All-Ireland semi-final

Canavan kicks the winning point from a free.
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Sent-off in the Ulster final replay against Armagh, Canavan made amends when the sides clashed again in the All-Ireland series. The teams were tied at 1-12 apiece when Canavan stepped up to a free.

1. Firing home Tyrone’s only goal in the 2005 All-Ireland final

Tyrone players celebrate at the final whistle with Canavan in the foreground.
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This was Canavan’s last senior inter-county game and he marked his swan song in style as Tyrone got the better of Kerry by 1-16 to 2-10.

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