1965 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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1965 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
Event 1965 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 26 September 1965
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance 77,735

The 1965 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 78th All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 1965 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland.[1]

It was the second of three in a row 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]

All-Ireland Final[edit]

For the first time since the 1941 All-Ireland Final, the same two counties contested the decider in successive years. However, it was far from the magical spectacle that fans expected, given the high-scoring performance that both sides gave in the 1964 final. Destructive football and indiscriminate jersey-pulling, leading to three players being sent-off, marred a game that never delivered as much as it had promised. 13 of the 21 scores came from frees, both Bernie O'Callaghan and Cyril Dunne called upon many times to edge their county ahead. It was essentially "Survival of the Fittest", but even in this unpromising setting, there were some performances of real merit. Pat Donnnellan, who had outplayed Denis O'Sullivan early on, stepped into the breach at a stage when O'Callaghan had reduced Kerry's arrears to a minimum. The Kerry resurgence had been fueled by a vintage period for Mick O'Connell, but when the Galway mentors switched Donnellan onto the Valentia man, midfield control - slight though it was - swung back to the reigning champions. With 15 minutes remaining, Seamus Leydon had Galway's twelfth point but Kerry didn't have the ability to profit from this period of stagnation, and their only return for some enthusiastic, but poorly organised attacks, was the pointed free's from O'Connell and O'Callaghan. The margin of three points hardly flattered Galway but the Tribesmen had too much on the day for Kerry and duly picked their second All-Ireland title in a row.

Maroon & White Shirts/White Shorts/Maroon Socks
0-12 - 0-9
(final score after 60 minutes)
Green & Gold Shirts/White shorts/Green Socks
Manager: ???

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

Mick Reynolds

0-7 - 0-5

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

15.30 BST
Sunday, September 26, 1965

Croke Park, Dublin


M. Loftus (Mayo)

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

Manager: ???

Johnny Culloty (GK)
Donie O'Sullivan
Niall Sheehy
Mick Morris
Sean Murphy
Paud O'Donoghue
Jerdie O'Connor
Denis O'Sullivan
Mick O'Connell
Vincent Lucey
Pat Griffin
Derry O'Shea
Bernie O'Callaghan
Mick O'Dwyer
J.J. Barrett

Jimmy O'Shea
Dave Geaney


  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.