Séamus Darby

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Séamus Darby (born in 1950 in Rhode, County Offaly) is an Irish former Gaelic football player.[1] He is best remembered for scoring the shock late goal that deprived Kerry of a 5-in-a-row in the 1982 All-Ireland football final.[2] In 2005 it was voted the third greatest moment in GAA history.

Early career[edit]

During his footballing career, Darby won Leinster provincial titles with Offaly in 1972, 1973 and 1982, playing in various forward positions. He won his second All-Ireland medal in 1972 when Offaly defeated Kerry in the final.[2] He had been an unused substitute in the 1971 final v Galway,[2] Offaly's first-ever win. He was dropped from the county panel after the 1976 season.[2]

1982 All-Ireland[edit]

Darby was recalled to the Offaly team for the 1982 Leinster final, playing full-forward against Dublin.[2] He pulled a hamstring in that match and missed the All-Ireland semi-final against Galway.[2] His replacement Johnny Mooney played well in that match so Darby was left on the bench for the final.[2]

The 1982 All-Ireland Final was a repeat of the previous year's encounter and was also significant in that a win for Kerry would give them an unprecedented fifth All-Ireland Final victory in a row. Kerry were winning by two points with two minutes to go when Darby arrived on the field of play as a substitute, with instructions to stay forward and try for a goal.[2] Darby got behind his marker Tommy Doyle,[2] caught a "high, lobbing, dropping ball", and scored one of the most famous goals of all time. It was his only kick of the match.[2] Kerry fumbled the counterattack which allowed Offaly to win by one single point with a score of 1-15 to 0-17.

In 2005, Darby's goal against Kerry was voted third in a poll to find the Top 20 GAA Moments.

Later life[edit]

Darby's last match for Offaly was the Leinster semi-final against Dublin in 1984.[2] He played club football for Rhode till 1986.[2] He later played for Edenderry in 1989, and for Borrisokane in County Tipperary in 1991.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Séamus, Darby; O'Sullivan, Eamon (April 1998). "Terrace Talk" (RealMedia). Radio Kerry (Interview). Interview with Weeshie Fogarty. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Séamus, Darby; O'Sullivan, Eamon (April 1998). "Terrace Talk" (RealMedia). Radio Kerry (Interview). Interview with Weeshie Fogarty. Retrieved 2007-09-18.