1971 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1971 was the 85th staging of Ireland's premier hurling knock-out competition. Tipperary won the championship, beating Kilkenny 5-17 to 5-14 in the final at Croke Park, Dublin.

1971 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates16 May - 5 September
Teams15
All-Ireland champions
Winning teamTipperary (22nd win)
CaptainTadhg O'Connor
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing teamKilkenny
CaptainPat Henderson
Provincial champions
MunsterTipperary
LeinsterKilkenny
UlsterNot Played
ConnachtNot Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played14
Top ScorerEddie Keher (4-43)
Player of the YearMichael 'Babs' Keating
All-Star TeamSee here
1970
1972

The championshipEdit

Participating countiesEdit

Province County Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial
Leinster Dublin 1938 1961
Kildare
Kilkenny 1969 1969
Laois 1915 1949
Offaly
Westmeath
Wexford 1968 1970
Munster Clare 1914 1932
Cork 1970 1970
Limerick 1940 1955
Tipperary 1965 1968
Waterford 1959 1963
Connacht Galway 1923 1922
Ulster Antrim 1946
Britain London 1901

FormatEdit

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1971 was run on a provincial basis as usual. It was a knockout tournament with pairings drawn at random in the respective provinces - there were no seeds.

Each match was played as a single leg. If a match was drawn there was a replay. If both sides were still level at the end of that game another replay had to take place.

Munster ChampionshipEdit

Quarter-final: (1 match) This was a single match between the first two teams drawn from the province of Munster.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the lone quarter-final joined the other three Munster teams to make up the semi-final pairings.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contested this game.

Leinster ChampionshipEdit

First Round: (1 match) This was a single match between two of the 'weaker' teams drawn from the province of Leinster.

Quarter-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the first-round game joined three other Leinster teams to make up the two quarter-final pairings.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winners of the two quarter-finals joined Kilkenny and Wexford, who received a bye to this stage, to make up the semi-final pairings.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contested this game.

All-Ireland ChampionshipEdit

Quarter-final: (1 match) This was a single match between Antrim and Galway, two teams who faced no competition in their respective provinces.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the lone quarter-final joined London and the Munster and Leinster champions to make up the semi-final pairings. The provincial champions were drawn in opposite semi-finals.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contested this game.

FixturesEdit

Leinster Senior Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Westmeath3-9 – 1-10Kildare
T. Ring (2-1), Pete Loughlin (1-1), J. Keary (0-3), W. Shanley (0-2), Mick Flanagan (0-2). J. Walsh (1-9), T. Carew (0-1).
Referee: D. Kirwan (Offaly)

Dublin2-14 – 1-11Laois
M. Bermingham (0-5), W. Pierce (1-0), F. Murphy (1-0), J. Kenny (0-3), H. Dalton (0-2), P. Pierce (0-2), B. Cooney (0-1), G. O'Driscoll (0-1). P. Dowling (1-3), P. Bates (0-4), B. Delaney (0-3), F. Bates (0-1).
Referee: M. Spain (Offaly)

Offaly1-20 – 1-15Westmeath
B. Moylan (0-8), Barry (0-4), J. Flaherty (0-4), P. J. Whelehan (1-0), A. Hanniffy (0-2), M. Cleere (0-2). T. Ring (0-10), C. Gavin (1-0), M. Flanagan (0-2), J. Keary (0-1), Fanning (0-1), L. Maher (0-1).
Referee: C. Foley (Dublin)

Kilkenny3-14 – 1-13Dublin
E. Keher (2-7), M. Brennan (0-4), K. Purcell (1-0), P. Delaney (0-2), N. Byrne (0-1). J. Kenny (0-4), M. Bermingham (0-4), B. Cooney (1-0), P. Pierce (0-2), D. Rheinisch (0-1), G. O'Driscoll (0-1), H. Dalton (0-1).
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: J. Kirwan (Offaly)

Wexford2-14 – 2-6Offaly
T. Doran (2-1), T. Byrne (0-4), C. Dowdall (0-3), D. Bernie (0-3),C. Kehoe (0-3). P. Molloy (1-3), J. Kirwan (1-0), J. Flaherty (0-2), M. Cleare (0-1).
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

Kilkenny6-16 – 3-16Wexford
E. Keher (0-11), M. Murphy (2-2), P. Delaney (2-0), M. Coogan (1-0), N. Byrne (1-0), K. Purcell (0-1), P. Cullen (0-1), M. Brennan (0-1). C. Kehoe (1-7), T. Doran (1-1), T. Byrne (1-0), J. Quigley (0-3), D. Bernie (0-3), M. Quigley (0-1), C. Doran (0-1).
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

Munster Senior Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Limerick3-10 – 2-8Waterford
R. Bennis (1-5), M. Cregan (1-1), É. Cregan (1-1), É. Grimes (0-2), J. O'Donnell (0-1). P. Enright (0-5), M. Ormond (1-1), S. Greene (1-0), A. Heffernan (0-1), J. Kirwan (0-1).
Referee: F. Murphy (Cork)

Limerick2-16 – 2-14Cork
R. Bennis (1-8), D. Flynn (1-1), J. Foley (0-2), É. Grimes (0-2), M. Graham (0-1), É. Cregan (0-1), J. O'Donnell (0-1). C. Kelly (0-7), R. Cummins (2-0), J. Horgan (0-2), C. Roche (0-1), S. Looney (0-1), P. Hegarty (0-1), M. Malone (0-1), J. McCarthy (0-1).
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: J. Maloney (Tipperary)

Tipperary1-15 – 3-4Clare
M. Keating (1-3), L. Gaynor (0-3), S. Hogan (0-3), J. Flanagan (0-2), N, O'Dwyer (0-1), P. J. Ryan (0-1), F. Loughnane (0-1), T. O'Connor (0-1). J. Rochford (1-1), M. Moroney (1-0), N. Casey (1-0), T. Ryan (0-1), P. Russell (0-1), M. Pewter (0-1).
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: S. O'Connor (Limerick)

Tipperary4-16 – 3-18Limerick
M. Keating (3-4), J. Flanagan (0-5), P. J. Ryan (1-0), F. Loughnane (0-3), L. Gaynor (0-2), J. Doyle (0-1), N. O'Dwyer (0-1) R. Bennis (0-12), É. Cregan (1-2), É. Grimes (1-1), D. Flynn (1-0), M. Graham (0-2), B. Hartigan (0-1)
Attendance: 31,118
Referee: F. Murphy (Cork)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Galway7-24 – 1-8Antrim
D. Coen (3-4), T. Ryan (1-7), J. Lane (2-1), P. Ryan (1-1), J. Connolly (0-4), P. Fahy (0-3), P. Mitchell (0-2), C. Muldoon (0-1), T. Murphy (0-1). S. Burns (1-2), A. McAllin (0-4), S. Collins (0-2).
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

Kilkenny2-23 – 2-8London
E. Keher (0-14), P. Delaney (1-2), M. Murphy (1-1), M. Brennan (0-4), F. Cummins (0-1), K. Purcell (0-1). F. Canning (1-4), N. Power, (1-0), L. Corless (0-2), T. Connolly (0-2).
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: C. Foley (Dublin)

Tipperary3-26 – 6-8Galway
M. Keating (2-12), F. Loughnane (0-7), J. Flanagan (1-2), N. O'Dwyer (0-3), S. Hogan (0-1), J. Ryan (0-1). P. Fahy (2-3), P. Ryan (2-0), B. O'Connor (1-1), P. Mitchell (1-1), J. Connolly (0-2), D. Coen (0-1).
Attendance: 15,022
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

Tipperary5-17 – 5-14Kilkenny
M. Keating (0-7), R. Ryan (2-0), J. Flanagan (1-2), D. Ryan (1-1), F. Loughnane (0-4), N. O'Dwyer (1-0), P.J. Ryan (0-2), P. Byrne (0-1). E. Keher (2-11), M. Murphy (1-1), K. Purcell (1-0), N. Byrne (1-0), F. Cummins (0-2).
Attendance: 61,393
Referee: F. Murphy (Cork)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Championship statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

  • Widest winning margin: 34 points
  • Most goals in a match: 10
  • Most points in a match: 34
  • Most goals by one team in a match: 7
  • Most goals scored by a losing team: 6
  • Most points scored by a losing team: 18

MiscellaneousEdit

  • The All-Ireland final between Tipperary and Kilkenny was the first championship decider to be broadcast in colour by Telefís Éireann. Some years later, it was revealed that RTÉ had recorded over its only copy of archive footage of the game, due to a shortage of blank cassette tape.
  • Kilkenny's Eddie Keher set a new scoring record in an All-Ireland final. He scored 2-11 of his team's total of 5-14 yet, remarkably, ended up on the losing team.

Top scorersEdit

SeasonEdit

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 4-43 55 4 13.75
2 Michael 'Babs' Keating Tipperary 6-26 44 4 11.00
3 Richie Bennis Limerick 2-25 31 3 10.33
4 Tommy Ring Westmeath 2-11 17 2 8.50
5 Francis Loughnane Tipperary 0-15 15 4 3.75
6 Des Coen Galway 3-05 14 2 7.00

Single gameEdit

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Michael 'Babs' Keating Tipperary 2-12 18 Galway
2 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 2-11 17 Tipperary
3 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 0-14 14 London
4 Michael 'Babs' Keating Tipperary 3-04 13 Limerick
Des Coen Galway 3-04 13 Antrim
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 2-07 13 Dublin
5 Johnny Walsh Kildare 1-09 12 Westmeath
Richie Bennis Limerick 0-12 12 Tipperary
6 Richie Bennis Limerick 1-08 11 Cork
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 0-11 11 Wexford

Player factsEdit

DebutantesEdit

The following players made their début in the 1971 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game
Seánie O'Leary Cork July 4 Limerick Munster semi-final

RetireesEdit

The following players played their last game in the 1971 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game Début
Ollie Walsh Kilkenny September 5 Tipperary All-Ireland final 1956

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