1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

The 1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 82nd staging of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament. The championship began on 21 April 1968 and ended on 22 September 1968.

1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Championship details
Dates21 April 1968 – 22 September 1968
Teams31
All-Ireland Champions
Winning teamDown (3rd win)
CaptainJoe Lennon
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing teamKerry
CaptainPat Griffin
Provincial Champions
MunsterKerry
LeinsterLongford
UlsterDown
ConnachtGalway
Championship statistics
No. matches played32
Top ScorerColours of Down.svg Paddy Doherty (1-25)
Player of the YearColours of Down.svg Seán O'Neill
1967
1969

Meath entered the championship as the defending champions, however, they were defeated by Longford in the Leinster semi-final.[1]

On 22 September 1968, Down won the championship following a 2-12 to 1-13 defeat of Kerry in the All-Ireland final.[2] This was their third All-Ireland title and their first in seven championship seasons.

Down's Paddy Doherty was the championship's top scorer with 1-25. His teammate Seán O'Neill was the choice for Texaco Footballer of the Year.

ResultsEdit

Connacht Senior Football ChampionshipEdit

Quarter-final

2 June 1968 Quarter-final Sligo 2-17 – 0-12 Leitrim Markievicz Park, Sligo
M Kearins 0-12, B McAuley 2-0, D McHugh 0-2, J Colleary 0-2, M Keane 0-1. P Dolan 0-4, H O'Carroll 0-4, T Hayes 0-3, M Keane 0-1. Referee: P Kelly (Dublin)

Semi-finals

16 June 1968 Semi-final Galway 2-10 – 3-7 Roscommon MacHale Park, Castlebar
L Sammon 1-2, S CLeary 1-1, C Dunne 0-4, F Canavan 0-1, J Keenan 0-1, J Duggan 0-1. J Kane 2-2, J Kelly 1-2, T Whyte 0-1, MJ Keane 0-1, G Geraghty 0-1. Referee: P Kelly (Dublin)
23 June 1968 Semi-final Mayo 1-9 – 0-7 Sligo MacHale Park, Castlebar
J Corcoran 0-4, M Ruane 1-0, S O'Dowd 0-2, W McGee 0-2, J Nealon 0-1. M Kearins 0-5, S Davey 0-1, J Henry 0-1. Referee: P Kelly (Dublin)
14 July 1968 Semi-final replay Roscommon 1-9 – 2-8 Galway St. Coman's Park, Roscommon
J Kelly 1-0, J Keane 0-3, A White 0-3, M Martin 0-2, D Earley 0-1. S Leydon 1-2, J Kennan 0-5, F Canavan 1-0, C Dunne 0-1. Referee: J Martin (Tyrone)

Final

21 July 1968 Final Mayo 2-9 – 2-10 Galway MacHale Park, Castlebar
M Ruane 1-1, J Langan 1-0, J Corcoran 0-3, S O'Dowd 0-2, J Farragher 0-1, W McGhee 0-1, J Nealon 0-1. J Keenan 1-7, M McDonagh 1-0, S Leydon 0-1, C Dunne 0-1, L Sammon 0-1. Attendance: 30,000
Referee: P Kelly (Dublin)

Leinster Senior Football ChampionshipEdit

First round

21 April 1968 First round Carlow 2-9 – 0-10 Wicklow Geraldine Park, Athy
B Doyle 2-2, E Walker 0-4, B Hayden 0-2, J Byrne 0-1. M McNamee 0-3, A Naughton 0-2, G Farrell 0-1, S Doyle 0-1, J Sullivan 0-1, N Scott 0-1, R O'Shea 0-1. Referee: J Shannon (Dublin)
28 April 1968 First round Laois 2-12 – 1-9 Wexford Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
J Lalor 0-7, R Miller 1-2, T Dunne 1-0, M Fennell 0-1, S Fleming 0-1, JJ Conwya 0-1. J Bradley 1-1, Jack Berry 0-4, H Byrne 0-2, A Merrigan 0-1, J Shaughnessy 0-1. Referee: T McCarthy (Kildare)

Second round

12 May 1968 Second round Laois 1-12 – 0-7 Carlow Geraldine Park, Athy
J Lawlor 0-5, B Lawlor 1-0, JJ Conway 0-3, R Delaney 0-2, P Doyle 0-1, T Walsh 0-1. E Walker 0-3, B Hayden 0-2, P McNally 0-1, J Byrne 0-1. Referee: J Dowling (Offaly)

Quarter-finals

2 June 1968 Quarter-final Longford 1-12 – 0-12 Dublin O'Connor Park, Tullamore
M Hopkins 0-5, J Devine 1-1, J Hannify 0-4, V Daly 0-1, S Murray 0-1. M Whelan 0-4, 0-4, S O'Connor 0-2, P Delaney 0-2, B McDonald 0-2, G Davey 0-1, L Donnelly 0-1. Referee: M Campbell
9 June 1968 Quarter-final Offaly 0-11 – 0-6 Louth Croke Park, Dublin
P McCormack 0-6, N Clavin 0-2, T McTeague 0-1, A Hickey 0-1, S Grogan 0-1. B Gaughan 0-3, T Breen 0-1, L Toal 0-1, S Mohan 0-1. Referee: P Kelly (Dublin)
9 June 1968 Quarter-final Laois 3-9 – 0-9 Kildare Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
J Lawlor 1-5, M Fennell 1-2, T Dunne 1-0, B Delaney 0-1, JJ Conway 0-1. J Donnelly 0-6, P Connolly 0-2, T Walsh 0-1. Referee: J Hatton (Wicklow)
23 June 1968 Quarter-final Meath 1-11 – 1-7 Westmeath Croke Park, Dublin
T Brennan 0-5, O Shanley 1-1, M Kerrigan 0-3, M Mellett 0-1, P Mulvaney 0-1. D Dolan 1-0, M Carley 0-2, P Buckley 0-2, W Jackson 0-2, P Moran 0-1. Referee: J Hatton (Wicklow)

Semi-finals

30 June 1968 Semi-final Offaly 0-6 – 0-11 Laois O'Connor Park, Tullamore
S Evans 0-1, T McTeague 0-1, W Bryan 0-1, P McCormack 0-1, J Gunning 0-1, S Grogan 0-1. T Dunne 0-3, John Lawlor 0-3, JJ Conway 0-2, M Fennell 0-2, B Delaney 0-1. Attendance: 30,000
Referee: P Hughes (Louth)
7 July 1968 Semi-final Longford 0-12 – 0-7 Meath Cusack Park, Mullingar
M Hopkins 0-4, J Devine 0-3, V Daly 0-2, J Hannify 0-2, T Mulvihill 0-1, T Brennan 0-4, P Mulvaney 0-2, E Maguire 0-1. Attendance: 20,000
Referee: J Dowling (Offaly)

Final

21 July 1968 Final Longford 3-9 – 1-4 Laois Croke Park, Dublin
Sean Donnelly 2-1, Jimmy Hannify 1-1, Tom Mulvihill and Jackie Devine (0-2f) 0-2 each, Sean Murray, Mick Hopkins, Pat Burke 0-1 each Mick Fennell 1-0, John Lawlor 0-2f, Tom Dunne and Brian Delaney 0-1 each Attendance: 30,000
Referee: John Dowling (Offaly)

Munster Senior Football ChampionshipEdit

Quarter-finals

12 May 1968 Quarter-final Waterford 3-5 – 1-15 Clare Fraher Field, Dungarvan
T Harty 2-0, M Guiry 1-3, P Walsh 0-1, T O'Riordan 0-1. M McInerney 0-6, M Moloney 1-2, J Tubridy 0-3, P O'Grady 0-1, P McMahon 0-1, M Begley 0-1, M O'Donoghue 0-1.
19 May 1968 Quarter-final Tipperary 0-9 – 0-7 Limerick Seán Treacy Park, Tipperary
M Keating 0-3, R Strang 0-2, P Blythe 0-2, L Myles 0-1, M Egan 0-1. M Tynan 0-3, P Murphy 0-1, M Graham 0-1, P O'Dwyer 0-1, B Hartigan 0-1. Referee: M. Ryan (Kerry)

Semi-finals

16 June 1968 Semi-final Clare 1-7 – 1-8 Cork Cusack Park, Ennis
P McMahon 1-3, M McInerney 0-3, M Chambers 0-1. C O'Sullivan 0-5, JJ Murphy 1-1, J Carroll 0-1, D Hunt 0-1. Referee: M. Ryan (Kerry)
23 June 1968 Semi-final Tipperary 2-7 – 0-17 Kerry Ned Hall Park, Clonmel
R Strang 2-2, J Ryan 0-3, M Keating 0-1, P Blythe 0-1. M O'Dwyer 0-5, P Griffin 0-4, M O'Connell 0-3, B Lynch 0-2, M Fleming 0-2, Donie O'Sullivan 0-1. Referee: F. Halbert (Cork)

Final

14 July 1968 Final Kerry 1-21 – 3-8 Cork Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney
M O'Dwyer 0-7, É O'Donoghue 1-1, P Griffin 0-4, B Lynch 0-4, M O'Connell 0-4, T Prendergast 0-1. C O'Sullivan 1-3, D Hunt 1-0, R Cummins 1-0, JJ Murphy 0-2, J Carroll 0-1, É Ryan 0-1, B O'Neill 0-1. Referee: J. Dowling (Offaly)

Ulster Senior Football ChampionshipEdit

Preliminary round

2 June 1968 Preliminary round Fermanagh 2-8 – 0-8 Tyrone St. Molise Park, Irvinestown
G Magee 1-2, E McPartlan 0-4, S McGarritty 1-0, M O'Rourke 0-1, S McGrath 0-1. C McElduff 0-6, D O'Neill 0-1, J O'Neill 0-1.

Quarter-finals

9 June 1968 Quarter-final Derry 1-6 – 1-8 Down Dean McGlinchey Park, Ballinascreen
S Lagan 1-1, S O'Connell 0-3, B Devlin 0-1, M Niblock 0-1. S O'Neill 1-3, J Lennon 0-1, M Cole 0-1, J Purdy 0-1, P Rooney 0-1, P Doherty 0-1. Referee: M Higgins (Cavan)
16 June 1968 Quarter-Final Cavan 5-9 – 1-11 Antrim Breffni Park, Cavan
F McAuley 2-1, C Gallagher 1-4, J O'Donnell 1-2, S Duggan 1-1, P Murray 0-1. S Burns 1-2, M Green 0-3, H McGill 0-2, R Griffin 0-1, P Lynn 0-1, S McQuillan 0-1, A Scullion 0-1. Referee: P Devlin (Tyrone)
16 June 1968 Quarter-final Donegal 2-10 – 1-3 Armagh MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey
D O'Carroll 1-2, M McLoone 1-0, S Granaghan 0-3, PJ Flood 0-1, N Gallagher 0-1, P McShea 0-1, J Quigley 0-1, S Ferriter 0-1. S Harty 1-0, K McGeough 0-1, J McEntee 0-1, L Kerins 0-1. Referee: J Martin (Tyrone)
23 June 1968 Quarter-final Monaghan 1-12 – 2-9 Fermanagh St. Tiernach's Park, Clones
30 June 1968 Quarter-final replay Fermanagh 2-5 – 2-12 Monaghan St. Molise Park, Irvinestown
J Connolly 1-0, M O'Rourke 1-0, T Treacy 0-2, E McPartland 0-1, S McGrath 0-1, S McGarritty 0-1. E Tavey 2-1, T McCudden 0-5, S Woods 0-4, B McDonnell 0-1, B Moss 0-1. Referee: F Tierney (Cavan)

Semi-finals

30 June 1968 Semi-final Down 2-14 – 0-8 Donegal Breffni Park, Cavan
P Doherty 1-6, M Cole 1-2, S O'Neill 0-3, R Murphy 0-2, P Rooney 0-1. N Gallagher 0-2, J Quigley 0-2, M McLoone 0-2, S Graughan 0-1, J Hannigan 0-1. Referee: L Maguire (Monaghan)
7 July 1968 Semi-final Cavan 1-11 – 0-5 Monaghan St. Tiernach's Park, Clones
C Gallagher 0-5, J O'Donnell 1-0, P Murray 0-3, M Greenan 0-2, S Duggan 0-1. T McCudden 0-2, T Loughnan 0-1, J McCabe 0-1, B McDonald 0-1. Referee: P Devlin (Tyrone)

Final

28 July 1968 Final Down 0-16 – 1-8 Cavan Casement Park, Belfast
P Doherty 0-9, J Murphy 0-2, S O'Neill 0-2, C McAlarney 0-1, J Purdy 0-1, M Cole 0-1. C Gallagher 1-4, P Murray 0-2, S Duggan 0-1, M Greenan 0-1. Attendance: 35,000
Referee: M Loftus (Mayo)

All-Ireland Senior Football ChampionshipEdit

Semi-finals

4 August 1968 Semi-final Kerry 2-13 – 2-11 Longford Croke Park, Dublin
P Griffin 1-4, B Lynch 0-4, D O'Donnell 1-0, DJ Crowley 0-2, M O'Dwyer 0-1, É O'Donoghue 0-1, M O'Connell 0-1. J Devine 1-4, T Mulvihill 1-2, M Hopkins 0-3, J Hannify 0-2. Attendance: 34,052
Referee: M Loftus (Mayo)
18 August 1968 Semi-final Down 2-10 – 2-8 Galway Croke Park, Dublin
S O'Neill 1-3, M Cole 1-1, P Doherty 0-4, J Purdy 0-2. J Keenan 0-6, J Duggan 1-1, C Dunne 1-0, M McDonagh 0-1. Attendance: 50,965
Referee: P Kelly (Dublin)

Final

22 September 1968 Final Down 2-12 – 1-13 Kerry Croke Park, Dublin
S O'Neill 1-2, P Doherty 0-5, J Murphy 1-0, T O'Hare 0-2, P Rooney 0-2, J Milligan 0-1. B Lynch 1-2, M O'Dwyer 0-5, P Griffin 0-3, M O'Connell 0-2, DJ Crowley 0-1. Attendance: 71,294
Referee: M Loftus (Mayo)

Championship statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Overall
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Paddy Doherty Down 1-25 28 5 5.60
2 John Lalor Laois 1-22 25 5 5.00
3 Seán O'Neill Down 3-13 22 5 4.40
4 Charlie Gallagher Cavan 2-13 19 3 6.33
5 Pat Griffin Kerry 1-15 18 4 4.50
Mick O'Dwyer Kerry 0-18 18 4 4.50
7 John Keenan Galway 1-14 17 3 5.66
Mickey Kearns Sligo 0-17 17 2 8.50
9 Jackie Devine Longford 2-10 16 4 4.00
10 Brendan Lynch Kerry 1-12 15 4 3.75
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Mickey Kearns Sligo 0-12 12 Leitrim
2 John Keenan Galway 1-7 10 Mayo
3 Paddy Doherty Down 1-6 9 Donegal
Paddy Doherty Down 0-9 9 Cavan
5 Dick Strang Tipperary 2-2 8 Kerry
Jim Kane Roscommon 2-2 8 Galway
Brendan Doyle Carlow 2-2 8 Wicklow
John Lalor Laois 1-5 8 Kildare
9 Seán Donnelly Longford 2-1 7 Laois
Fergus McAuley Cavan 2-1 7 Antrim
Éamon Tavey Monaghan 2-1 7 Fermanagh
Charlie Gallagher Cavan 1-4 7 Antrim
Pat Griffin Kerry 1-4 7 Longford
Jackie Devine Longford 1-4 7 Kerry
Charlie Gallagher Cavan 1-4 7 Down
Mick O'Dwyer Kerry 0-7 7 Cork
John Lalor Laois 0-7 7 Wexford

MiscellaneousEdit

  • Longford win their first ever Leinster football title.
  • The All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Longford is the first ever championship meeting between the two teams.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Longford football legend Hannify dared to dream and he strode among giants". Longford Leader. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ "All Ireland Football Championship: The Down captains who ruled Croke Park". Belfast Telegraph. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2016.