1978 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1978 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Championship details
Dates 7 May 1978 - 24 September 1978
Teams 33
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Kerry (24th win)
Captain Denis "Ógie" Moran
Manager Mick O'Dwyer
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Dublin
Captain Tony Hanahoe
Manager Tony Hanahoe
Provincial Champions
Munster Kerry
Leinster Dublin
Ulster Down
Connacht Roscommon
Championship statistics
Top Scorer Colours of Dublin.svg Jimmy Keaveney (2-31)
Player of the Year Colours of Leitrim.svg Pat Spillane
1977
1979

The 1978 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 92nd staging of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament. The championship began on 7 May 1978 and ended on 24 September 1978.

Dublin entered the championship as the defending champions.

On 24 September 1978, Kerry won the championship following a 5-11 to 0-9 defeat of Dublin in the All-Ireland final.[1] This was their 24th All-Ireland title and their first in three championship seasons.

Kerry's Pat Spillane was the choice for Texaco Footballer of the Year. Dublin's Jimmy Keaveney was the championship's top scorer with 2-31.

Results[edit]

Connacht Senior Football Championship[edit]

Quarter-finals

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-final

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 Jimmy Keaveney Dublin 2-31 37 5 7.40
2 Mikey Sheehy Kerry 5-21 36 4 9.00

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Kevin Moran, who had signed for Manchester United F.C. in February 1978, was given permission from the club to line out for Dublin in their Leinster semi-final defeat of Offaly. He remained on the panel for all of Dublin's subsequent games.
  • At the Ulster final between Down and Cavan, an official attendance of 27,600 is given, however, it is estimated that between 6,000 and 8,000 extra spectators were at the game.
  • In the All-Ireland semi-final between Down and Dublin, the Down players wore black armbands as a mark of respect to the late Michael Cunningham. He was the father of the team's centre-forward Mickey Cunningham and died in the week leading up to the match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dublin v Kerry: A football rivalry". RTÉ Sport. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.