1981 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1981 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Championship details
Dates 10 May 1981 - 20 September 1981
Teams 33
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Kerry (27th win)
Captain Jimmy Deenihan
Manager Mick O'Dwyer
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Offaly
Captain Richie Connor
Manager Eugene McGee
Provincial Champions
Munster Kerry
Leinster Offaly
Ulster Down
Connacht Mayo
Championship statistics
No. matches played 34
Top Scorer Colours of Offaly.svg Matt Connor (1-31)
Player of the Year Colours of Leitrim.svg Jack O'Shea
1980
1982

The 1981 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 95th staging of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament. The championship began on 10 May 1981 and ended on 20 September 1981.

Kerry entered the championship as the defending champions and were hoping to win a record-equalling fourth successive championship title.

On 20 September 1981, Kerry won the championship following a 1-12 to 0-8 defeat of Offaly in the All-Ireland final.[1] This was their 27th All-Ireland title and their fourth championship in succession.

Offaly's Matt Connor was the championship's top scorer with 1-31. Kerry's Jack O'Shea was the choice for Texaco Footballer of the Year.

Munster Championship format change[edit]

The normal system of 2 Quarter-final's and 2 Semi-final's is back.

Results[edit]

Connacht Senior Football Championship[edit]

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Leinster Senior Football Championship[edit]

First 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 Matt Connor Offaly 1-31 34 5 6.80
2 Mikey Sheehy Kerry 1-22 25 4 6.25
3 Tom Prendergast Laois 6-5 23 4 5.75
4 Eamonn McEneaney Monaghan 1-17 20 3 6.66
5 Eoin Liston Kerry 4-6 18 4 4.50
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Tom Prendergast Laois 3-3 12 Kildare
Eoin Liston Kerry 3-3 12 Clare
3 Donal Donohoe Cavan 2-5 11 Antrim
Gay McManus Galway 0-11 11 Leitrim
5 Kevin Dawe Louth 2-4 10 Laois
Eamonn McEneaney Monaghan 1-7 10 Tyrone
7 Matt Connor Offaly 0-9 9 Westmeath
8 Eamonn Whelan Laois 2-2 8 Louth
Matt Connor Offaly 1-5 8 Wexford
Mikey Sheehy Kerry 1-5 8 Cork
Eddie Mahon Wexford 0-8 8 Offaly
Anto McCaul Dublin 0-8 8 Laois

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • London after six years in the Connacht championship play their games this year on home ground at Ruislip.
  • Kerry become the third team in the history of the championship to win four All-Ireland titles in-a-row. They equalled the record set by Wexford (1915-1918) and Kerry (1929-1932).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minister reveals how he lost Sam in 1981". The Irish Echo. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2016.