1951 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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1951 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
Event 1951 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 23 September 1951
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance 78,201

The 1951 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 64th All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 1951 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland. Mayo and Meath met to decide the destination of the Sam Maguire Cup.


Mayo won their second title in a row with goals by Tom Langan and Joe Gilvarry.[1]

This was Mayo's second consecutive All-Ireland football title.[2] They haven't won an All-Ireland football title since. It is said that a legendary curse overshadows Mayo football since 1951.[3][4][5]

55 years later...[edit]

Mayo players Willie Casey, Paddy Jordan and former GAA President Dr Mick Loftus belatedly received their All-Ireland senior football medals 55 years later. Though squad members, they had not appeared as substitutes in the final and had initially been denied their medals.[6]


  1. ^ High Ball magazine, issue #6, 1998.
  2. ^ McGee, Eugene (6 February 2006). "First signs that Mayo might be set to turn back the clock". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 6 February 2006. 
  3. ^ Lord, Miriam (22 September 2012). "Mayo God help us, says Enda, in plea to pope for big match digout". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 22 September 2012. Maybe the pope can help out with the legendary “curse” that has bugged Mayo football over the years. 
  4. ^ Daly, Michael (22 September 2012). "The excitment builds, the green and gold flys all the way to Dublin". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). Retrieved 22 September 2012. Mind you, Mayo have sent the Taoiseach to Rome and word is he asked to Pope to sort out the other famous curse that has seen Mayo sides fail to win an All Ireland for more than 60 years. 
  5. ^ Foley, Alan (21 September 2012). "Donegal sons – and their Mayo fathers". Irish Examiner (Thomas Crosbie Holdings). Retrieved 21 September 2012. Having spent their whole lives hoping Mayo would bury the curse and the legacy of the 1951 team, the trio will be content to wait another year. 
  6. ^ "Mayo trio to get All-Ireland medals". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 28 November 2006. Retrieved 28 November 2006.