1973 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1973 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 13 May - 2 September 1973
All-Ireland champions
Winning team Limerick (7th win)
Captain Éamonn Grimes
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Kilkenny
Captain Pat Delaney
Provincial champions
Munster Limerick
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
Top Scorer Richie Bennis (2-25)
Player of the Year Éamonn Grimes
All-Star Team See here
1972
1974

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 1973 was the 87th series of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, Ireland's premier hurling knock-out competition. Limerick won the championship, beating Kilkenny 1-21 to 1-14 in the final at Croke Park, Dublin.

Format[edit]

Overview[edit]

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1973 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.

The Championship[edit]

Munster Championship

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

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

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

Semi-final: (1 matches) The winner of the lone quarter-final joined the Munster champions to make up the semi-final pairing.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the lone semi-final contested this game with the Leinster champions receiving a bye into the final.

Results[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Overall
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Richie Bennis Limerick 2-25 31 4 7.75
2 Francis Loughnane Tipperary 3-19 28 3 9.33
3 Barney Moylan Offaly 3-18 27 4 6.75
4 Eddie Keher Limerick 0-21 21 2 10.50
5 Tom Byrne Wexford 2-12 18 2 9.00
6 George Lanham Laois 2-10 16 2 8.00
Pat Quigley Dublin 0-16 16 2 8.00
8 Éamonn Cregan Limerick 4-3 15 4 3.75
9 Pat Delaney Kilkenny 3-5 14 3 4.66
10 Mick Brennan Kilkenny 2-7 13 3 4.33
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Francis Loughnane Tipperary 2-10 16 Limerick
2 Tom Byrne Wexford 2-6 12 Kilkenny
George Lanham Laois 2-6 12 Offaly
4 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 0-11 11 Wexford
5 Barney Moylan Offaly 2-4 10 Laois
Richie Bennis Limerick 1-7 10 London
Richie Bennis Limerick 0-10 10 Kilkenny
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 0-10 10 Dublin
Pat Quigley Dublin 0-10 10 Westmeath
10 Johnny Walsh Kildare 2-2 8 Offaly
Pat Delaney Kilkenny 2-2 8 Offaly
Richie Bennis Limerick 1-5 8 Tipperary
Francis Loughnane Tipperary 0-8 8 Waterford
Gerald McCarthy Cork 0-8 8 Tipperary

Championship statistics[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Limerick win the Munster title for the first time since 1955.
  • Kilkenny win the Leinster title for the third consecutive year. It is their seventh provincial three-in-a-row.
  • London's win over Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final is their first championship victory since defeating Cork in the 1901 All-Ireland final.
  • In the All-Ireland semi-final between Limerick and London, a unique situation arose when brothers Ned and Gerry Rea marked one another. Ned was full-forward on the Limerick team while Gerry was at full-back for London.
  • Limerick win the All-Ireland title for the first time since 1940. It was their first time playing Kilkenny in the championship since then.

Player facts[edit]

Debutantes[edit]

The following players made their début in the 1973 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game
Jimmy Crampton Tipperary May 20 Waterford Munster quarter-final
Mick Culligan Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Seán Hehir Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Séamus Horgan Limerick June 24 Clare Munster semi-final
Ger Loughnane Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Michael O'Connor Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Noel Ryan Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Tim Ryan Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Joe McKenna Limerick June 24 Clare Munster semi-final
John Buckley Cork July 1 Tipperary Munster semi-final
Noel Dunne Cork July 1 Tipperary Munster semi-final
Pat Moylan Cork July 1 Tipperary Munster semi-final
Tom Ryan Limerick July 29 Tipperary Munster final
Brian Cody Kilkenny September 2 Limerick All-Ireland final

Retirees[edit]

The following players played their last game in the 1973 championship:

Player Team Last Game Date Opposition Début
Jimmy Doyle Tipperary Munster quarter-final May 20 Waterford 1957
Mick Culligan Clare Munster semi-final June 24 Limerick 1973
Mick Kilmartin Clare Munster semi-final June 24 Limerick 1971
Michael O'Connor Clare Munster semi-final June 24 Limerick 1973
Tim Ryan Clare Munster semi-final June 24 Limerick 1973
Jimmy Crampton Tipperary July 29 Munster final Waterford 1973
Len Gaynor Tipperary July 29 Munster final Waterford 1973
Christy Jacob Wexford Leinster final August 5 Kilkenny 1966
Éamonn Morrissey Kilkenny Leinster final August 5 Wexford 1972
Martin Coogan Kilkenny All-Ireland final September 2 Limerick 1961
John Kinsella Kilkenny All-Ireland final September 2 Limerick 1967

Sources[edit]

  • Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).
  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).
  • Sweeney, Éamonn, Munster Hurling Legends (The O'Brien Press, 2002).

See also[edit]