1964 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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1964 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
1964 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final prog.jpg
Event 1964 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 27 September 1964
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Referee J. Hatton (Wicklow)
Attendance 76,498

The 1964 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 77th All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 1964 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland.

Galway took a four-point lead in the first ten minutes, and won with the help of Cyril Dunne's nine points.[1] It was the first of three All-Ireland football titles won by Galway in the 1960s, which made them joint "team of the decade" with Down who also won three.[2]

Galway's three 1960s titles came consecutively.[3]

To say that Kerry were favourites for this final would be an understatement, and given the contrast of both counties' semi-final victories, few people saw past Kerry for the All-Ireland title. Galway's hard-fought 2-point victory over Meath could hardly compare to Kerry's 12-point demolition of Cavan, or could it. If there was a prepared script, Galway didn't read it, as they proceeded to run the favourites ragged with a wonderful display of constructive, intelligent football. Their opening salvo yielded 4 points as Kerry sought to impose their own pattern on the game. They did manage to save face and at half-time, the four point gap remained, 0-7 to 0-3 in favour of Galway. Early second-half uncertainty on Galway's part almost allowed Kerry back into the decider and if they had taken one of two early goal chances, they might just have done that. It was the wake-up call Galway needed as the flow of the game steered irresistibly into Galway's hands. Cyril punished every Kerry indiscretion with the signal of a white flag. Mick O'Connell responded with equal aplomb but when Galway's lead extended to six points, it was all over. Galway had won their first title since 1956 and their 5th overall. It was the first part of their memorable "Three In A Row".

Maroon & White Shirts/White Shorts/Maroon Socks
0-15 - 0-10
(final score after 60 minutes)
Green & Gold Shirts/White shorts/Green Socks
Manager: ???

Johnny Geraghty (GK)
Enda Colleran
Noel Tierney
Bosco McDermott
John Donnellan (Capt.)
Sean Meade
Martin Newell
Mick Garrett
Mick Reynolds
Cyril Dunne
Mattie McDonagh
Seamus Leydon
Christy Tyrell
Sean Cleary
John Keenan


0-7 - 0-3

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

15.30 BST
Sunday, September 27, 1964

Croke Park, Dublin


J. Hatton (Wicklow)

Match rules:
60 minutes.
Replay if scores still level.
Maximum of 3 substitutions.

Manager: ???

Johnny Culloty (GK)
Mick Morris (Capt)
Niall Sheehy
Paud O'Donoghue
Denis O'Sullivan
Seamus Murphy
Jerdie O'Connor
Mick Fleming
Donie O'Sullivan
Pat Griffin
Mick O'Dwyer
Mick O'Connell
Frank O'Leary
Tom Long
J.J. Barrett

John McCarthy
Bernie O'Callaghan
Kevin Coffey


  1. ^ High Ball magazine, issue #6, 1998.
  2. ^ "Kerry on honour roll". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Kenny, Tom (14 April 2011). "The men who first brought Sam to Galway". Galway Advertiser. Retrieved 14 April 2011. Then came the three in a row team who in 1964 beat Kerry by 0 – 15 to 0 – 10; in 1965 it was Galway 0 – 12 to Kerry 0 – 9, and in 1966 Galway 1 – 10 to Meath’s 0 – 7. 

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