1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Championship details
Dates 21 April 1968 - 22 September 1968
Teams 31
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Down (3rd win)
Captain Joe Lennon
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Kerry
Captain Pat Griffin
Provincial Champions
Munster Kerry
Leinster Longford
Ulster Down
Connacht Galway
Championship statistics
No. matches played 32
Top Scorer Colours of Down.svg Paddy Doherty (1-25)
Player of the Year Colours of Down.svg Seán O'Neill
1967
1969

The 1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 82nd staging of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament. The championship began on 21 April 1968 and ended on 22 September 1968.

Meath entered the championship as the defending champions, however, they were defeated by Longford in the Leinster semi-final.[1]

On 22 September 1968, Down won the championship following a 2-12 to 1-13 defeat of Kerry in the All-Ireland final.[2] This was their third All-Ireland title and their first in seven championship seasons.

Down's Paddy Doherty was the championship's top scorer with 1-25. His teammate Seán O'Neill was the choice for Texaco Footballer of the Year.

Results[edit]

Connacht Senior Football Championship[edit]

Quarter-final

Semi-finals

Final

Leinster Senior Football Championship[edit]

First round

Second round

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Munster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Ulster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Preliminary round

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship[edit]

Semi-finals

Final

Championship statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Overall
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Paddy Doherty Cavan 1-25 28 5 5.60
2 John Lalor Laois 1-22 25 5 5.00
3 Seán O'Neill Down 3-13 22 5 4.40
4 Charlie Gallagher Cavan 2-13 19 3 6.33
5 Pat Griffin Kerry 1-15 18 4 4.50
Mick O'Dwyer Kerry 0-18 18 4 4.50
7 John Keenan Galway 1-14 17 3 5.66
Mickey Kearns Sligo 0-17 17 2 8.50
9 Jackie Devine Longford 2-10 16 4 4.00
10 Brendan Lynch Kerry 1-12 15 4 3.75
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Mickey Kearns Sligo 0-12 12 Leitrim
2 John Keenan Galway 1-7 10 Mayo
3 Paddy Doherty Down 1-6 9 Donegal
Paddy Doherty Down 0-9 9 Cavan
5 Dick Strang Tipperary 2-2 8 Kerry
Jim Kane Roscommon 2-2 8 Galway
Brendan Doyle Carlow 2-2 8 Wicklow
John Lalor Laois 1-5 8 Kildare
9 Seán Donnelly Longford 2-1 7 Laois
Fergus McAuley Cavan 2-1 7 Antrim
Éamon Tavey Monaghan 2-1 7 Fermanagh
Charlie Gallagher Cavan 1-4 7 Antrim
Pat Griffin Kerry 1-4 7 Longford
Jackie Devine Longford 1-4 7 Kerry
Charlie Gallagher Cavan 1-4 7 Down
Mick O'Dwyer Kerry 0-7 7 Cork
John Lalor Laois 0-7 7 Wexford

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Longford win their first ever Leinster football title.
  • The All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Longford is the first ever championship meeting between the two teams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Longford football legend Hannify dared to dream and he strode among giants". Longford Leader. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "All Ireland Football Championship: The Down captains who ruled Croke Park". Belfast Telegraph. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2016.