1971 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1971 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 16 May - 5 September
Teams 15
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Tipperary (22nd win)
Captain Tadhg O'Connor
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Kilkenny
Captain Pat Henderson
Provincial Champions
Munster Tipperary
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 14
Top Scorer Eddie Keher (4-43)
Player of the Year Michael 'Babs' Keating
All-Star Team See here
1970
1972

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1971 was the 85th staging of Ireland's premier hurling knock-out competition. Tipperary won the championship, beating Kilkenny 5-17 to 5-14 in the final at Croke Park, Dublin.

The championship[edit]

Participating counties[edit]

Province County Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial
Leinster Dublin 1938 1961
Kildare
Kilkenny 1969 1969
Laois 1915 1949
Offaly
Westmeath
Wexford 1968 1970
Munster Clare 1914 1932
Cork 1970 1970
Limerick 1940 1955
Tipperary 1965 1968
Waterford 1959 1963
Connacht Galway 1923 1922
Ulster Antrim 1946
Britain London 1901

Format[edit]

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1971 was run on a provincial basis as usual. It was a knockout tournament with pairings drawn at random in the respective provinces - there were no seeds.

Each match was played as a single leg. If a match was drawn there was a replay. If both sides were still level at the end of that game another replay had to take place.

Munster Championship[edit]

Quarter-final: (1 match) This was a single match between the first two teams drawn from the province of Munster.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the lone quarter-final joined the other three Munster teams to make up the semi-final pairings.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contested this game.

Leinster Championship[edit]

First Round: (1 match) This was a single match between two of the 'weaker' teams drawn from the province of Leinster.

Quarter-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the first round game joined three other Leinster teams to make up the two quarter-final pairings.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winners of the two quarter-finals joined Kilkenny and Wexford, who received a bye to this stage, to make up the semi-final pairings.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contested this game.

All-Ireland Championship[edit]

Quarter-final: (1 match) This was a single match between Antrim and Galway, two teams who faced no competition in their respective provinces.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the lone quarter-final joined London and the Munster and Leinster champions to make up the semi-final pairings. The provincial champions were drawn in opposite semi-finals.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contested this game.

Fixtures[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

16 May 1971
First round
Westmeath 3-9 – 1-10 Kildare

16 May 1971
Quarter-final
Dublin 2-14 – 1-11 Laois
M. Bermingham (0-5), W. Pierce (1-0), F. Murphy (1-0), J. Kenny (0-3), H. Dalton (0-2), P. Pierce (0-2), B. Cooney (0-1), G. O'Driscoll (0-1). P. Dowling (1-3), P. Bates (0-4), B. Delaney (0-3), F. Bates (0-1).
O'Connor Park, Tullamore
Referee: M. Spain (Offaly)

6 June 1971
Quarter-final
Offaly 1-20 – 1-15 Westmeath
St. Brendan's Park, Birr
Referee: C. Foley

20 June 1971
Semi-final
Kilkenny 3-14 – 1-13 Dublin
E. Keher (2-7), M. Brennan (0-4), K. Purcell (1-0), P. Delaney (0-2), N. Byrne (0-1). J. Kenny (0-4), M. Bermingham (0-4), B. Cooney (1-0), P. Pierce (0-2), D. Rheinisch (0-1), G. O'Driscoll (0-1), H. Dalton (0-1).
Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: J. Kirwan (Offaly)

27 June 1971
Semi-final
Wexford 2-14 – 2-6 Offaly
T. Doran (2-1), T. Byrne (0-4), C. Dowdall (0-3), D. Bernie (0-3),C. Kehoe (0-3). P. Molloy (1-3), J. Kirwan (1-0), J. Flaherty (0-2), M. Cleare (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

11 July 1971
Final
Kilkenny 6-16 – 3-16 Wexford
E. Keher (0-11), M. Murphy (2-2), P. Delaney (2-0), M. Coogan (1-0), N. Byrne (1-0), K. Purcell (0-1), P. Cullen (0-1), M. Brennan (0-1). C. Kehoe (1-7), T. Doran (1-1), T. Byrne (1-0), J. Quigley (0-3), D. Bernie (0-3), M. Quigley (0-1), C. Doran (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

30 May 1971
Quarter-final
Limerick 3-10 – 2-8 Waterford
R. Bennis (1-5), M. Cregan (1-1), É. Cregan (1-1), É. Grimes (0-2), J. O'Donnell (0-1). P. Enright (0-5), M. Ormond (1-1), S. Greene (1-0), A. Heffernan (0-1), J. Kirwan (0-1).
Cork Athletic Grounds, Cork
Referee: F. Murphy (Cork)

4 July 1971
Semi-final
Limerick 2-16 – 2-14 Cork
R. Bennis (1-8), D. Flynn (1-1), J. Foley (0-2), É. Grimes (0-2), M. Graham (0-1), É. Cregan (0-1), J. O'Donnell (0-1). C. Kelly (0-7), R. Cummins (2-0), J. Horgan (0-2), C. Roche (0-1), S. Looney (0-1), P. Hegarty (0-1), M. Malone (0-1), J. McCarthy (0-1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: J. Maloney (Tipperary)

11 July 1971
Semi-final
Tipperary 1-15 – 3-4 Clare
M. Keating (1-3), L. Gaynor (0-3), S. Hogan (0-3), J. Flanagan (0-2), N, O'Dwyer (0-1), P. J. Ryan (0-1), F. Loughnane (0-1), T. O'Connor (0-1). J. Rochford (1-1), M. Moroney (1-0), N. Casey (1-0), T. Ryan (0-1), P. Russell (0-1), M. Pewter (0-1).
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: S. O'Connor (Limerick)

25 July 1971
Final
Tipperary 4-16 – 3-18 Limerick
M. Keating (3-4), J. Flanagan (0-5), P. J. Ryan (1-0), F. Loughnane (0-3), L. Gaynor (0-2), J. Doyle (0-1), N. O'Dwyer (0-1) R. Bennis (0-12), É. Cregan (1-2), É. Grimes (1-1), D. Flynn (1-0), M. Graham (0-2), B. Hartigan (0-1)
FitzGerald Stadium, Killarney
Attendance: 31,118
Referee: F. Murphy (Cork)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

25 July 1971
Quarter-final
Galway 7-24 – 1-8 Antrim
D. Coen (3-4), T. Ryan (1-7), J. Lane (2-1), P. Ryan (1-1), J. Connolly (0-4), P. Fahy (0-3), P. Mitchell (0-2), C. Muldoon (0-1), T. Murphy (0-1). S. Burns (1-2), A. McAllin (0-4), S. Collins (0-2).
McHale Park, Castlebar
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

15 August 1971
Semi-final
Kilkenny 2-23 – 2-8 London
E. Keher (0-14), P. Delaney (1-2), M. Murphy (1-1), M. Brennan (0-4), F. Cummins (0-1), K. Purcell (0-1). F. Canning (1-4), N. Power, (1-0), L. Corless (0-2), T. Connolly (0-2).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: C. Foley (Dublin)

15 August 1971
Semi-final
Tipperary 3-26 – 6-8 Galway
M. Keating (2-12), F. Loughnane (0-7), J. Flanagan (1-2), N. O'Dwyer (0-3), S. Hogan (0-1), J. Ryan (0-1). P. Fahy (2-3), P. Ryan (2-0), B. O'Connor (1-1), P. Mitchell (1-1), J. Connolly (0-2), D. Coen (0-1).
St. Brendan's Park, Birr
Attendance: 15,022
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

5 September 1971

Final
Tipperary 5-17 – 5-14 Kilkenny
M. Keating (0-7), R. Ryan (2-0), J. Flanagan (1-2), D. Ryan (1-1), F. Loughnane (0-4), N. O'Dwyer (1-0), P.J. Ryan (0-2), P. Byrne (0-1). E. Keher (2-11), M. Murphy (1-1), K. Purcell (1-0), N. Byrne (1-0), F. Cummins (0-2).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 61,393
Referee: F. Murphy (Cork)
Tipperary
Kilkenny

Championship statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

  • Widest winning margin: 34 points
  • Most goals in a match: 10
  • Most points in a match: 34
  • Most goals by one team in a match: 7
  • Most goals scored by a losing team: 6
  • Most points scored by a losing team: 18

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • The All-Ireland final between Tipperary and Kilkenny was the first championship decider to be broadcast in colour by Telefís Éireann. Some years later, it was revealed that RTÉ had recorded over its only copy of archive footage of the game, due to a shortage of blank cassette tape.
  • Kilkenny's Eddie Keher set a new scoring record in an All-Ireland final. He scored 2-11 of his team's total of 5-14 yet, remarkably, ended up on the losing team.

Top scorers[edit]

Season[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 4-43 45 4 11.25
2 Michael 'Babs' Keating Tipperary 6-26 44 4 11.00
3 Richie Bennis Limerick 2-25 31 3 10.33

Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Michael 'Babs' Keating Tipperary 2-12 18 Galway
2 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 2-11 17 Tipperary
3 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 0-14 14 London
4 Michael 'Babs' Keating Tipperary 3-4 13 Limerick
Des Coen Galway 3-4 13 Antrim
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 2-7 13 Dublin
7 Richie Bennis Limerick 0-12 12 Tipperary
8 Richie Bennis Limerick 1-8 11 Cork
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 0-11 11 Wexford
10 Christy Kehoe Wexford 1-7 10 Kilkenny
Tom Ryan Galway 1-7 10 Antrim

Player facts[edit]

Debutantes[edit]

The following players made their début in the 1971 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game
Seánie O'Leary Cork July 4 Limerick Munster semi-final

Retirees[edit]

The following players played their last game in the 1971 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game Début
Ollie Walsh Kilkenny September 5 Tipperary All-Ireland final 1956

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