1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

The 1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 81st All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland.

1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.jpg
Event1968 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date22 September 1968
VenueCroke Park, Dublin
RefereeM Loftus (Mayo)

This was Down's third appearance in an All-Ireland final, and they won all three.[1] It was the third of three All-Ireland football titles won by Down in the 1960s, which made them joint "team of the decade" with Galway who also won three.[2]

In 2018, Martin Breheny listed this as the eleventh greatest All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.[3]



Seán O'Neill and John Murphy each scored a goal which contributed to Down being in the lead by eight points following eight minutes of play.[3] Kerry never recovered.[3]

Seán O'Neill and John Murphy scored scrappy goals for Down, while Brendan Lynch's goal for Kerry was too late to make a difference.[4]


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)


  1. ^ "Down fans travel to All-Ireland final". The News Letter. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Kerry on honour roll". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Breheny, Martin. "Martin Breheny's Greatest All-Ireland Finals". Irish Independent. 1 September 2018, p. 15.
  4. ^ High Ball magazine, issue #6, 1998.