1956–57 National Football League (Ireland)

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1956–57 National Football League
League details
DatesOctober 1956 – 18 May 1957
League champions
WinnersGalway (2nd win)
CaptainJack Mahon
League runners-up
CaptainJerome O'Shea

The 1956–57 National Football League was the 26th staging of the National Football League (NFL), an annual Gaelic football tournament for the Gaelic Athletic Association county teams of Ireland.

Galway beat Kerry in the final, which was remembered as one of the greatest games for years. Kerry lead 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time. The "goal of the century", created by Seán Purcell and scored by Frank Stockwell, secured victory.[1][2][3][4]




Galway1-8 – 0-6Kerry
Frank Stockwell goal Tadhgie Lyne, Paudie Sheehy 0-2 each; Mick Murphy, Tom Long 0-1 each
Referee: Peter McDermott (Meath)[5]


  1. ^ GAA Final Teams
  2. ^ GAA Archive[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Jack Mahon - HoganStand
  4. ^ Terrace Talk 1957 Kerry v Galway
  5. ^ "For The Record, A History of the National Football and Hurling League Finals", Tom Morrison, Collins Press, 2002, ISBN 9781903464151