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Five minutes with Armagh’s Andy Mallon

Name: Andy Mallon
Age: 33
Occupation: Electrician

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Teams played for:

Pearse Ogs, Armagh, Parnells.

If you were throwing a party and you could invite anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you ask around?

Kevin Harte to get the banter going. Usain Bolt, Noel Gallagher for the music and then Conor McGregor (he can throw anyone out that gets
rowdy.)

Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?

There’s no place like the Ogs club after big club wins.

If you weren’t playing GAA what would you be at?

Probably athletics.

What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?

Roscommon. I think the only time it doesn’t rain there is bank holidays.

Which character in any film are you most like?

Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happiness. I’ll keep working hard at something until I get it right.

Any odd items in your kit bag?

10 years worth of match programmes because I keep forgetting to take them out.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

Adidas Predator boots.

Who’s the biggest joker in the teams you play for?

James Morgan. He’s always at it.

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

My own of course, but the Lurgan lads are convinced Niall McConville is punching well above his weight.

Who is the worst trainer?

The days of lads coming back heavy after Christmas are long gone, they’re all great trainers.

Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?

Joe McElroy/ Aaron Findon – they love an aul quiff.

Who’s the best/worst person to share a room with on away trips?

Best: Mickey Murray because he’s a great lad and my roomie.
Worst: Mickey Murray because he snores like a train.

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus?

Best: Brendy Donaghy because he always has sweets.
Worst: Niall McConville because you can’t get a word in edge ways.

Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include?

Worst: Aaron McKay. Best: Aidan Forker. Cleanest diet I have ever seen.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

Jamie Clarke.

Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?

“Keep kicking the ball in, there’s a dung bag marking me”. Once heard this in a club game. It was hard not to see the funny side.

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

Paul Grimley. Kieran McGeeney.

Best ever performance?

Tyrone 2014 qualifiers.

One to forget?

Debut v Monaghan 2003.

When you were playing in the back garden, who did you pretend to be?

Kieran Hughes, Gerard Houlahan.

If there was a transfer market who’d be in and who’d be out of the team?

In: Joe Brolly and throw him in to a tackle grid in training.
Out: Me because I’m an OAP at this stage.

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