He became fondly revered by Cork hurling fans as just ‘Hoggie’ and the imprint he made on hurling fields will stand the test of time when the immortals of Cork hurling are reminisced in the history books. John’s feats with Blackrock and Cork include his input into the rebels famous three in-a-row All Ireland senior hurling titles in1976;1977 and 1978. He had the distinction of leading Blackrock as captain to three All Ireland club hurling titles in 1972; 1974 and 1979.
As a natural born hurler in the Passage colours he made the Cork minor hurling team in 1966 and 1967 and finished his Cork minor inter county career with Blackrock in 1968. In 1970 Cork senior selectors decided to launch his senior inter county hurling career. John now joined up with former Passage colleagues, the late Joe Murphy and the famous three goal, Eddie’O’ O’Brien. Ironically another Passage player and major Cork player of that era, Justin McCarthy, was recovering from a serious road accident in 1970 and unable to play with Cork. Instant success flowed for John in 1970 when Cork won the Liam McCarthy Cup and the National Hurling League in John’s debut year.
The Texaco All Star Hurling award came his way in 1978 following three All Star awards in 1974/77/78. In 1979 the rebels were striving for a glorious four in-a-row All Ireland’s with John as captain but Galway stood in their way at the semi final and blew away John’s aspirations.
Great hurlers manage good and bad days to sustain motivation and John Horgan had motivation in abundance.