1987 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1987 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Galway (3rd win)
Captain Conor Hayes
Manager Cyril Farrell
Provincial Champions
Munster Tipperary
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Antrim
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
Player of the Year Joe Cooney
All-Star Team See here
1986
1988

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1987 was the 101st edition of Ireland's premier hurling knockout competition. The championship ran from May to September of that year, culminating with the All-Ireland final, held at Croke Park, Dublin on 6 September. The match was contested by Galway and Kilkenny, with Galway taking the title by 1–12 to 0–9. It was the 100th All-Ireland final and Galway's third championship title ever.

Format[edit]

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was run on a provincial basis as usual. All games were played on a knockout basis whereby once a team lost they were eliminated from the championship. The format for the All-Ireland series of games ran as follows:

  • The winners of the Munster Championship advanced directly to the first All-Ireland semi-final.
  • The winners of the Leinster Championship advanced directly to the second All-Ireland semi-final.
  • Galway, a team who faced no competition in the Connacht Championship, entered the championship at the All-Ireland semi-final stage where they played the Munster champions.
  • The winners of the Ulster Championship advanced directly to a lone All-Ireland quarter-final where they played the winners of the All-Ireland 'B’ championship. The winners of this game advanced to the All-Ireland semi-final where they played the Leinster champions.

Fixtures[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

31 May
Quarter-Final
Kilkenny 4–20 – 4–5 Westmeath
C. Heffernan (2–5), K. Brennan (1–2), P. Walsh (1–2), L. Fennelly (0–3), H. Ryan (0–3), L. McCarthy (0–3), G. Fennelly (0–2). D. Kilcoyne (2–1), S. Kilcoyne (2–1), E. Gallagher (0–1), P. Clancy (0–1), M. Kennedy (0–1).
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Attendance: 10,127
Referee: G. Kirwan (Offaly)
31 May
Quarter-Final
Offaly 2–18 – 1–13 Dublin
M. Corrigan (0–7), P. Cleary (1–3), J. Dooley (1–1), D. Fogarty (0–3), B. Keeshan (0–2), S. Coughlan (0–1), D. Owens (0–1). N. Howard (1–5), M. J. Ryan (0–2), J. Murphy (0–2), S. Dalton (0–1), B. McMahon (0–1), G. Hegarty (0–1), P. Pringle (0–1).
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Attendance: 10,127
Referee: P. Delaney (Laois)
21 June
Semi-final
Offaly 1–16 – 0–13 Laois
M. Corrigan (0–7), S. Coughlan (1–1), B. Keeshan (0–3), P. Cleary (0–2), P. Corrigan (0–1), J. Dooley (0–1), J. Kelly (0–1). B. Bohane (0–5), M. O'Sullivan (0–3), S. Plunkett (0–2), E. Fennelly (0–1), P. Cleary (0–1), P. O'Brien (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 35,719
Referee: J. Denton (Wexford)
21 June
Semi-final
Kilkenny 3–20 – 2–15 Wexford
H. Ryan (1–4), L. McCarthy (1–3), L. Fennelly (1–1), G. Fennelly (0–4), C. Heffernan (0–3), P. Walsh (0–2), S. Fennelly (0–2), L. Ryan (0–1). J. Houlihan (0–9), T. Dempsey (1–1), S. Fitzhenry (1–0), M. Quigley (0–2), G. O'Connor (0–2), J. McDonald (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 35,719
Referee: N. O'Donoghue (Dublin)
2 August
Final
Kilkenny 2–14 – 0–17 Offaly
G. Fennelly (0–9), L. Fennelly (2–0), H. Ryan (0–1), K. Brennan (0–1), T. Lennon (0–1), C. Heffernan (0–1), R. Power (0–1). D. Fogarty (0–3), B. Keeshan (0–3), M. Corrigan (0–2), P. Cleary (0–2), J. Kelly (0–2), D. Owens (0–2), P. Connors (0–1), J. Dooley (0–1), P. Corrigan (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 29,133
Referee: P. Delaney (Laois)

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

24 May
Quarter-Final
Kerry 2–6 – 1–21 Tipperary
J. Hennessy (1–1), B. Neenan (1–0), E. Murphy (0–3), S. Sheahan (0–1), C. Nolan (0–1). P. Fox (1–10), M. Scully (0–3), C. Bonnar (0–2), A. Ryan (0–2), L. Stokes (0–2), M. Doley (0–1), D. O'Connell (0–1).
FitzGerald Stadium, Killarney
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: F. Murphy (Cork)
24 May
Quarter-Final
Limerick 2–15 – 1–14 Waterford
P. Kelly (0–10), D. FitzGerald (1–0), S. Fitzgibbon (1–0), T. Kenny (0–2), P. McCarthy (0–1), G. Kirby (0–1), A. Carmody (0–1). K. Delahunty (0–8), P. Bennett (1–0), P. Ryan (0–2), N. Crowley (0–2), M. Walsh (0–1), B. Power (0–1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: G. Ryan (Tipperary)
7 June
Semi-final
Tipperary 1–13 – 1–13 Clare
P. Fox (0–7), N. English (1–3), A. Ryan (0–2), J. McGrath (0–1). C. Lyons (0–8), G. McInenrey (1–0), T. Guilfoyle (0–3). M. Guilfoyle (0–1), J. Shanahan (0–1).
FitzGerald Stadium, Killarney
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: T. Murray (Limerick)
14 June
Semi-final
Cork 3–11 – 3–11 Limerick
K. Kingston (2–1), J. Fenton (0–5), J. Fitzgibbon (1–0), T. O'Sullivan (0–3), G. FitzGerald (0–1), T. McCarthy (0–1). P. McCarthy (1–3), S. Fitzginnon (1–1), P. Kelly (0–5), A. Carmody (0–1), J. Carroll (0–1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: J. Moore (Waterford)
21 June
Semi-final Replay
Tipperary 4–17 – 0–8 Clare
N. English (2–4), P. Fox (0–7), B. Ryan (1–1), D. O'Connell (1–0), A. Ryan (0–3), R. Stakelum (0–1), P. Hayes (0–1). A. Cunningham (0–2), C. Lyons (0–2), M. Guilfoyle (0–2), G. O'Loughlin (0–1).
FitzGerald Stadium, Killarney
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: T. Murray (Limerick)
28 June
Semi-final Replay
Cork 3–14 – 0–10 Limerick
J. Fenton (1–8), K. Hennessy (1–2), K. Fitzgibbon (1–0), T. McCarthy (0–2), T. O'Sullivan (0–1), J. Cashman (0–1). P. Kelly (0–3), D. FitzGerald (0–2), O. O'Connor (0–2), P. McCarthy (0–1), D. Punch (0–1), G. Hegarty (0–1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: J. Moore (Waterford)

12 July
Final
Tipperary 1–18 – 1–18 Cork
P. Fox (0–9), N. English (1–1), D. O'Donnell (0–4), A. Ryan (0–2), R. Stakelum (0–1), J. McGrath (0–1). J. Fenton (0–12), T. O'Sullivan (0–4), K. Kingston (1–0), K. Hennessy (0–1), T. McCarthy (0–1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 56,005
Referee: T. Murray (Limerick)
19 July
Final Replay
Tipperary 4–22 – 1–22
(AET)
Cork
P. Fox (0–11), M. Doyle (2–0), N. English (1–1), D. O'Connell (1–1), M. McGrath (0–3), A. Ryan (0–3), P. Delaney (0–2), P. Fitzelle (0–1). J. Fenton (0–13), T. Mulcahy (1–2), T. McCarthy (0–3), T. O'Sullivan (0–3), G. FitzGerald (0–1).
FitzGerald Stadium, Killarney
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: T. Murray (Limerick)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

19 July
Quarter-Final
Antrim 3–14 – 1–15 London
D. McNaughton (1–5), B. Donnelly (2–1), D. Donnelly (0–3), P. McKillen (0–3), T. McGrath (0–1), T. McNaughton (0–1). M. Jordan (1–2), M. Burke (0–4), P. Hoctor (0–3), J. Murphy (0–3), G. Ryan (0–2), C. Aherne (0–1).
9 August
Semi-final
Galway 3–20 – 2–17 Tipperary
E. Ryan (1–4), J. Cooney (0–6), M. Naughton (1–0), M. Nale (1–0), A. Cunningha (0–3), S. Mahon (0–3), M. McGrath (0–3), B. Lynskey (0–1). P. Fox (2–1), N. English (0–6), P. Delaney (0–3), M. McGrath (0–2), D. O'Connell (0–2), A. Ryan (0–2), J. Hayes (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 49,410
Referee: G. Kirwan (Offaly)
16 August
Semi-final
Kilkenny 2–18 – 2–11 Antrim
H. Ryan (2–5), G. Fennelly (0–7), K. Brennan (0–3), T. Lennon (0–1), C. Heffernan (0–1), R. Power (0–1). D. McNaughton (2–1), D. Donnelly (0–6), T. McNaughton (0–2), B. Donnelly (0–1), P. McKillen (0–1).
Páirc na nGael, Dundalk
Attendance: 4,962
Referee: T. Murray (Limerick)
6 September
Final
Galway 1–12 – 0–9 Kilkenny
J. Cooney (0–5), N. Lane (1–0), T. Keady (0–2), S. Mahon (0–2), M. Naughton (0–1), A. Cunningham (0–1), M. McGrath (0–1). G. Fennelly (0–7), H. Ryan (0–1), T. Lennon (0–1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 65,586
Referee: T. Murray (Limerick)
Galway
Kilkenny

Championship statistics[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Kerry take part in the Munster series of games for the first time since 1978.
  • In the Munster semi-final replay against Limerick, Cork's John Fenton scored, what is often regarded as, one of the greatest hurling goals of all-time. Playing in his usual midfield position he struck the sliotar on the ground and scored a goal from forty-five yards out. In 2005 this goal was listed as one of RTÉ's Top 20 GAA Moments and, in a TG4 poll in 2009 it was voted the second greatest hurling goal of all-time.
  • At the Munster final between Cork and Tipperary the official attendance is given as 56,005. Two gates, however, were broken down before the start of the game and an estimated 3,000 people gained free entry to the Killinan terrace.
  • The Leinster final between Kilkenny and Offaly is postponed due to damage to the Croke Park pitch following a U2 concert in June.

Top scorers[edit]

Season[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Pat Fox Tipperary 3–45 54 6 9.00
2 John Fenton Cork 1–38 41 4 10.25
3 Nicky English Tipperary 5–15 30 6 5.00
4 Ger Fennelly Kilkenny 0–29 29 5 5.80
5 Harry Ryan Kilkenny 3–14 23 5 4.60

Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Pat Fox Tipperary 1–10 13 Kerry
John Fenton Cork 0–13 13 Tipperary
3 John Fenton Cork 0–12 12 Tipperary
4 Christy Heffernan Kilkenny 2–5 11 Westmeath
Harry Ryan Kilkenny 2–5 11 Antrim
John Fenton Cork 1–8 11 Limerick
Pat Fox Tipperary 0–11 11 Cork
8 Nicky English Tipperary 2–4 10 Clare
Paddy Kelly Limerick 0–10 10 Waterford
10 Ger Fennelly Kilkenny 0–9 9 Offaly
Pat Fox Tipperary 0–9 9 Cork
John Houlihan Wexford 0–9 9 Kilkenny

References[edit]

  • Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).
  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).

External links[edit]