1971 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1971 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Championship details
Dates 25 April 1971 - 26 September 1971
Teams 31
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Offaly (1st win)
Captain Willie Bryan
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Galway
Captain Liam Sammon
Provincial Champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Offaly
Ulster Down
Connacht Galway
Championship statistics
No. matches played 32
Top Scorer Colours of Offaly.svg Tony McTague (1-35)
Player of the Year Colours of Offaly.svg Eugene Mulligan
1970
1972

The 1971 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 85th staging of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament. The championship began on 25 April 1971 and ended on 26 September 1971.

Kerry entered the championship as the defending champions, however, they were defeated by Cork in the Munster final.[1]

On 26 September 1971, Offaly won the championship following a 1-14 to 2-8 defeat of Galway in the All-Ireland final.[2] This was their first All-Ireland title.

Offaly's Tony McTague was the championship's top scorer with 1-35. Offaly's Eugene Mulligan 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

Top scorers[edit]

Overall
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Tony McTague Offaly 1-35 38 5 7.60
2 Seamus Leydon Galway 4-19 31 5 6.20
3 Mickey Kearns Sligo 0-27 27 3 9.00
4 Denis Coughlan Cork 1-20 23 3 7.66
5 Mickey Niblock Derry 4-8 20 4 5.00
6 Enda Condron Laois 1-16 19 4 4.75
7 Mick O'Dwyer Kerry 1-13 16 2 8.00
James Morgan Down 0-16 16 4 4.00
9 Murt Connor Offaly 3-6 15 5 3.00
10 Tony Brennan Meath 2-8 14 2 7.00
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Mickey Kearns Sligo 0-13 13 Galway
2 Tony Brennan Meath 2-6 12 Kildare
3 Mickey Niblock Derry 2-4 10 Down
Patsy Barrett Tyrone 1-7 10 Armagh
Enda Condron Laois 1-7 10 Carlow
Seamus Leydon Galway 1-7 10 Sligo
Denis Coughlan Cork 0-10 10 Kerry
8 Seamus Leydon Galway 2-3 9 Offaly
Denis Coughlan Cork 1-6 9 Clare
Mick O'Dwyer Kerry 1-6 9 Tipperary
Tony McTague Offaly 0-9 9 Kildare
Paudie Blythe Tipperary 0-9 9 Waterford
Declan McCabe Monaghan 0-9 9 Cavan
Tony McTague Offaly 0-9 9 Cork

Championship statistics[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • The All-Ireland final between Offaly and Galway was the first to be broadcast in colour by Telefís Éireann. It was also the first ever championship meeting between the two teams.
  • By claiming their first championship, Offaly become the 15th team to win the All-Ireland title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glory days". Meath GAA website. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Offaly heroes of 1971 and 1972 to be honoured". Offaly GAA website. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2015.