GAA remembers “our greatest ever player” Scott Doran

SCOTT DORAN displaying his magic football skills in the Wexford jersey. Pic; Courtesy of Wexford GAA.

Wexford GAA County Board, Kilmore GAA Club and a community of sports enthusiasts have been shocked by the news of the sad passing of one of Wexford’s most talented sportsman, Scott Doran, (44).
In a statement issued on social media this evening, Kilmore GAA Club said; “It was with profound shock and sadness that we as a club and community today learned of the passing of the man many refer to as our greatest ever player Scott Doran.
“From a very early age it was very clear that Scott was a special talent, whether it was watching this diminutive eight year old drive a hurling ball up and down the sports field in Bridgetown with a full size hurl or watching him kicking the ball back from behind the goal to mens’ teams in the pitch in Kilmore it became very clear very early we had something special on our hands.
“Scott went on to become the player we all knew he would when going up through the age groups leading his team to county titles in all age groups in both hurling and football before the rest of Ireland got to see what we knew when he moved to play minor with Wexford, scoring a ‘45’ in the Leinster final against Meath to draw the game, Scott as we know felt no pressure. The natural progression led him to the county Senior team where he went on have one of the most appearence records for Wexford and he was also honoured to be selected to play for Leinster in the Railway Cup.
“In 2003 Scott got the medal he so craved when we captured the County Junior Football title and his reaction after the game showed how much it meant to him as on his knees, he beat the ground with joy.
“What most people didn’t know was Scott had broken his jaw in the semi-final and then would go on to lead the team to a Leinster final while still suffering from the same injury.
“For anyone lucky enough to see Scott play memories will be plentiful, cherish them as you seen a magician in action. Scott possessed a wand of a left foot, a brain too fast for many and the strength of a lion.
“To Scott’s parents Nick and Pauline, his brother Martin, his wife Geri and his kids we extend our deepest sympathies at this very sad time.”
Scott Doran was born on January 23rd 1974, grew up in the Lakelands district and from an early age excelled in sport, be it on the local pitch, at Wexford Park or the Billy Browne Cup at Killane, or playing a nine iron on the pitch ‘n’ putt course.
But his greatest days were in the Wexford senior football jersey with 108 appearances (17 in the championship) and scoring a total of 238 points in a career from 1993 to 2007. Afterwards, he pursued a new life in London where he also kept his interest in football a very one.
In a magazine interview in 1993, Scott revealed his talents as a soccer player. “I was on trials with Queen’s Park Rangers at the age of fourteen. I was there for three months. I was asked back the following year but when I went back, the youth development manager got sacked, they lost my files.”
He made his senior football competitive debut with Wexford in a National Football League game against Dublin and scored a goal!
Regards his performance, Scott replied; “I was reasonably happy, but was disappointed missing the two frees.”
SCOTT DORAN (1974-2018). Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam.

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