1973 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
|Dates||13 May - 2 September 1973|
|Winning team||Limerick (7th win)|
|Top Scorer||Richie Bennis (2-25)|
|Player of the Year||Éamonn Grimes|
|All-Star Team||See here|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|13 May 1973 First round||Offaly||4-12 – 3-6||Kildare||O'Moore Park|
|J Kirwan 2-0, J Conroy 2-0, B Moylan 0-4, M Cleere 0-4, S Moylan 0-2, J Dolan 0-1, P McLoughney 0-1.||J Walsh 2-2, T Carew 1-2, B Burke 0-1, T Christian 0-1.||Referee: J Rankins (Laois)
|28 May 1973 Quarter-final||Dublin||0-17 - 1-6||Westmeath||Páirc Tailteann|
|P Quigley 0-10, JJ Holden 0-2, B Sweeney 0-1, D Brannigan 0-1, M Bermingham 0-1, V Holden 0-1, D Rheinisch 0-1.||K Kenry 1-0, G Whelan 0-2, L Maher 0-2, C Connaughton 0-1, K Gavan 0-1.||Referee: J Kearns (Offaly)
|28 May 1973 Quarter-final||Offaly||3-10 – 3-10||Laois||St. Brendan's Park|
|B Moylan 0-7, P Horan 1-1, S Moylan 1-0, J Kirwan 1-0, M Cleere 0-2.||G Linehan 2-6, T Keenan 1-1, F Keenan 0-2, M Walshe 0-1.||Referee: J Murphy (Kilkenny)
|10 June 1973 Quarter-final replay||Laois||3-10 – 5-6||Offaly||O'Moore Park|
|E Dollard 1-3, G Conroy 1-1, G Lanham 0-4, G Cuddy 1-0, P Dillon 0-1, P Dowling 0-1.||B Moylan 2-4, P Mulcare 2-1, W Gorman 1-0, P Horan 0-1.||Referee: J Murphy (Kilkenny)
|10 June 1973 Semi-final||Kilkenny||2-19 – 2-11||Dublin||Wexford Park|
|E Keher 0-10, M Brennan 1-2, K Purcell 1-0, P Broderick 0-2, S Cooke 0-2, P Delaney 0-2, B Cody 0-1.||P Quigley 0-6, M Bermingham 1-1, D Rheinisch 1-1, R Walsh 0-1, H Dalton 0-1, M Holden 0-1.||Referee: J Rankins (Laois)
|24 June 1973 Semi-final||Wexford||2-14 – 2-9||Offaly||Nowlan Park|
|T Doran 2-1, T Byrne 0-6, M Maher 0-2, N Buggy 0-2, D Bernie 0-1, C Keogh 0-1, M Quigley 0-1.||B Moylan 1-3, J Flaherty 1-3, J Kirwan 0-1, E Moyles 0-1, P Corcoran 0-1.||Referee: J Murphy (Kilkenny)
|8 July 1973 Final||Kilkenny||4-22 – 3-15||Wexford||Croke Park|
|E Keher 0-11, P Delaney 2-2, M Brennan 1-4, K Purcell 1-2, P Broderick 0-2, L O'Brien 0-1.||T Byrne 2-6, M Quigley 0-4, J Berry 1-0, P Wilson 0-1, N Buggy 0-1, C Jacob 0-1, T Doran 0-1, C Keogh 0-1.|
|20 May 1973 Quarter-final||Tipperary||1-16 – 2-8||Waterford||Semple Stadium|
|F Loughnane 0-8, D Ryan 1-0, J Flanagan 0-3, L Gaynor 0-2, N O'Dwyer 0-1, J Ryan 0-1, S Hogan 0-1.||S Greene 1-1, J Kirwan 1-1, P Enright 0-4, M Kirwan 0-1, M Hickey 0-1.||Referee: S O'Connor (Limerick)
|24 June 1973 Semi-final||Limerick||3-11 – 3-9||Clare||Semple Stadium|
|É Cregan 2-1, B Hartigan 1-1, R Bennis 0-3, É Grimes 0-2, M Dowling 0-2, F Nolan 0-1, L O'Donoghue 0-1.||T Ryan 0-5, G Lohan 1-0, M O'Connor 1-0, J Callanan 1-0, P Russell 0-2, N Ryan 0-1, M McKeogh 0-1.||Referee: S Moloney (Tipperary)
|1 July 1973 Semi-final||Tipperary||5-4 – 1-10||Cork||Gaelic Grounds|
|R Ryan 2-0, S Hogan 1-1, F Loughnane 1-1, J Flanagan 1-0, PJ Ryan 0-1, P Byrne 0-1.||G McCarthy 0-8, M Malone 1-1, P Moylan 0-1.||Referee: M Slattery (Clare)
|29 July 1973 Final||Tipperary||2-18 – 6-7||Limerick||Semple Stadium|
|F Loughnane 2-10, M Keating 0-4, S Hogan 0-2, J Flanagan 0-1, N O'Dwyer 0-1.||R Bennis 1-5, F Nolan 2-1, É Cregan 2-0, M Dowling 1-0, L O'Donoghue 0-1.||Referee: M Slattery (Clare)
|29 July 1973 Quarter-final||London||4-7 – 3-5||Galway||Dunlo GAA Ground|
|L Burke 2-0, F Canning 1-1, P O'Neill 1-1, B Barry 0-4, Linnane 0-1.||G Holland 1-0, J Faul 1-0, E Burke 1-1, G Cone 0-2, P Fahy 0-2.||Referee: M Spain (Offaly)
|5 August 1973 Semi-final||Limerick||1-15 – 0-7||London||Cusack Park|
|R Bennis 1-7, L O'Donoghue 0-4, É Cregan 0-2, B Hartigan 0-1, F Nolan 0-1.||F Canning 0-2, P O'Neill 0-2, L Corless 0-1, T Connolly 0-1, P McDermott 0-1.||Referee: M Spain (Offaly)
|2 September 1973 Final||Limerick||1-21 – 1-14||Kilkenny||Croke Park|
|R Bennis (0-10), M Dowling (1-1), É Grimes (0-4), F Nolan (0-2), N Rea (0-2), B Hartigan (0-1), J McKenna (0-1).||C Dunne (0-7), P Delaney (1-1), M Crotty (0-3), L O'Brien (0-2), M Brennan(0-1).||Attendance: 58,009
Referee: M Slattery (Clare)
- Single game
- 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.
The following players made their début in the 1973 championship:
|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|
The following players played their last game in the 1973 championship:
|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|
- 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).