Five Minutes With

Five Minutes with Down’s Jordan Magee

Name: Jordan Magee Down v Fermanagh - TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Final
Age: 23
Occupation: Executive Assistant


Teams played for:

Mayobridge, Down and Fog City Harps San Francisco

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

My best friends (The Sonia’s), Damian Quinn for a few songs and Keith Lemon to start the jokes and misbehaving

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

It’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with! But, it usually ends up in Belfast for a few days

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

Full time member at Weight Watchers probably. If not doing that then travelling I’d hope

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

Annesborough, even though it is the origin of many success stories

Which character in any film are you most like?

Ron Burgundy from Anchorman, or Gracie Hart from Miss Congeniality

Any odd items in your kit bag?

Tub of Vix and a packet of cherry Airwaves

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

“Borrowed”. Hard to beat a fancy half zip that isn’t yours

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

When myself, Lauren Cunningham and Sinead Mac (The Charlie’s Angels) are together it’s hard not to carry on badly. Aoife Keown’s starting to act the joker now too.

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

Natalie McKibben. She’s very fortunate to be going with my brother Aaron who looks quite a lot like me.

Who is the worst trainer?

I enjoy tough trainings but when the going really gets tough I find it hard not to let out a string of curse words.

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

Orla Boyle refuses to let anyone share the mirror with her until she’s looking good

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

Sinead McNamee is the best and the worst at the same time. Always a good time but this comes with severe smelly consequences. She is a wonderfully shameless person.

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

Sinead wins again. The bus had to be pulled over and evacuated one day due to her pre match problems. I could have sat and listened to Eliza Downey and Aileen Pyers stories all day too.

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

The twin Fegans would have been fond of a Chinese. Usually their pre match and post match meals.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

Playing against my younger brother Aaron in the back garden. On the field, it would probably be Caroline O’Hanlon. Think I maybe touched the ball once or twice against her. One was a sideline ball.

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

Great things never came from comfort zones. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work – Tain Laverty.

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

The 2014 Management team – Diane O’Hora, Mark Copeland and Ryan McShane – Them terrible Up-Downs in Castlewellan still haunt me. I think this is when my cursing rant began in attempt to deal with the pain we experienced that night.  Sean O’Hare was also a great manager.

Best ever performance?

All Ireland Final in 2014 – You never know if you will get the chance to play in Croker again so I made sure I left everything on the field that day.

One to forget?

Every Sunday morning game after a dodgy night in the Marine.

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

Growing up, Benny Coulter was everyone’s idol around our parts. I had “Benny 8” on my Bridge jersey and you’d think it was the only top I owned. Sean Cavanagh too.

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

Aidan O’Shea or Michael Murphy wearing wigs straight in and Lauren Cunningham straight out. She would cause a fuss in the camp trying to pull these boys – serious jersey tugger.

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