1997 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1997 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Kerry (31st win)
Captain Liam Hassett
Manager Páidí Ó Sé
Provincial Champions
Munster Kerry
Leinster Offaly
Ulster Cavan
Connacht Mayo
Championship statistics
Player of the Year Maurice Fitzgerald
1996
1998

The 1997 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was played from May to September 1997. Kerry, the most successful team in Gaelic football history, ended an eleven-year dry spell, the longest in their history with a three-point victory over Mayo. This year also marked Cavan's first Ulster title in a number of decades.

Munster Championship format change[edit]

A new 2 year system was introduced in Munster meaning that Kerry, Cork & Clare would have straight access to the Munster semi-finals for Limerick, Tipperary & Waterford would play in a Preliminary Round and the bye team in a lone Quarter final involved.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Munster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Preliminary round

Quarter-final

Semi-finals

Final

Preliminary Round Quarter-final Semi-finals Final
 Limerick 1-13 2-08  
 Tipperary 0-16 1-17      Tipperary 2-7  
          Waterford 1-5  
            Kerry 2-12  
            Tipperary 1-10  
               
               
            Kerry 1-13
            Clare 0-11
               
               
            Clare 2-13  
            Cork 1-14  
                    
                    
      

Leinster Senior Football Championship[edit]

First round

Second round

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

2nd Round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 Offaly 0-08 1-14  
 Westmeath 0-08 0-07      Offaly 1-17  
          Wicklow 1-08  
            Offaly 1-10  
            Louth 0-11  
          Louth 1-13  
          Carlow 1-10  
            Offaly 3-17
            Meath 1-15
          Laois 1-07  
          Kildare 1-11  
            Meath 0-12 2-20 1-12  
            Kildare 1-09 3-17 1-10  
          Meath 1-13       
          Dublin 1-10       
      

Connacht Senior Football Championship[edit]

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 Mayo 1-16  
 Galway 0-15      Mayo 0-18  
 Leitrim 2-18      Leitrim 0-11  
 London 1-13        Mayo 0-11
            Sligo 1-07
          Roscommon 1-11
          Sligo 1-14    
      

Ulster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Preliminary round

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Preliminary Round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
      
          Cavan 1-12 0-14  
          Fermanagh 1-12 0-11  
            Cavan 2-16  
            Donegal 2-10  
          Donegal 2-12  
          Antrim 1-13  
            Cavan 1-14
            Derry 0-16
          Monaghan 2-08 0-10  
          Derry 1-11 2-15  
            Tyrone 2-03  
            Derry 2-15  
          Tyrone 1-12       
 Down 2-09 0-11      Armagh 0-12       
 Tyrone 0-15 3-08  

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship[edit]

Semi-finals

Final

Championship statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Overall
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry 0-28 28 4 7.00
2 Maurice Sheridan Mayo 0-27 27 5 5.20
David Reynolds Offaly 0-27 27 5 5.20
4 Declan Darcy Leitrim 2-19 25 2 12.50
5 Trevor Giles Meath 2-18 24 5 4.80
6 Joe Brolly Derry 3-14 23 4 5.75
7 Vinny Claffey Offaly 2-15 21 7 3.00
Ronan Carolan Cavan 1-18 21 5 4.25
9 Peter Brady Offaly 2-14 20 7 2.83
Pádraig Graven Kildare 0-20 20 4 5.00
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Declan Darcy Leitrim 2-11 17 London
2 Trevor Giles Meath 2-8 14 Kildare
3 Raymond Gallagher Fermaagh 1-7 10 Cavan
Ronan Carolan Cavan 1-7 10 Fermaagh
5 Niall Finnegan Galway 0-9 9 Mayo
Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry 0-9 9 Mayo
7 Vinny Claffey Offaly 1-5 8 Meath
Brendan Cummins Tipperary 0-8 8 Limerick
Ger Keane Clare 0-8 8 Cork
Jim Byrne Wexford 0-8 8 Westmeath
Pádraig Graven Kildare 0-8 8 Laois
Maurice Sheridan Mayo 0-8 8 Galway
Paul Taylor Sligo 0-8 8 Roscommon
Declan Darcy Leitrim 0-8 8 Mayo
Oisín McConville Armagh 0-8 8 Tyrone

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Clare record their 1st win over Cork since 1941.
  • Cavan win their 1st Ulster title since 1969.
  • Offaly won their 1st Leinster title since 1982.
  • All Ireland semi-final Mayo vs Offaly was the 1st championship meeting between them.
  • Kerry end their longest drought as All Ireland Champions of 11 years.