1991 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1991 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Down (4th win)
Captain Paddy O'Rourke
Manager Pete McGrath
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Meath
Captain Liam Hayes
Manager Seán Boylan
Provincial Champions
Munster Kerry
Leinster Meath
Ulster Down
Connacht Roscommon
Championship statistics
No. matches played 38
Player of the Year Colm O'Rourke
1990
1992

The 1991 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 105th staging of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament. The championship began on 19 May 1991 and ended on 15 September 1991.

Down defeated Meath in the final by a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-14. The Ulster county's victory was to be the start of four consecutive All-Ireland titles for the province. For Meath, it was their second consecutive defeat in a final, having lost to Cork in the 1990 final.

The Championship was noted for the tie between Dublin and Meath that took three replays to decide.

Results[edit]

Connacht Senior Football Championship[edit]

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Finals

Leinster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Note for the first time since 1975 there's a full, straightforward or proper open draw top county teams such as Dublin, Meath or Offaly no longer byes to the teams to the Quarter-finals.

Preliminary round

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Munster Senior Football Championship[edit]

In 1991, for the first time in years, the Munster Championship got rid of its seeded draw system and moved to an open draw. With the exception of Tipperary in 1935, Kerry or Cork had won every Munster title since 1923. The open draw was expected to weaken Kerry & Cork, and improve Clare, Limerick, Tipperary & Waterford. Since 1947, Cork vs Kerry was the most common Munster final until 1990, but less common from then on.

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Ulster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Preliminary round

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship[edit]

Semi-finals

Final

Championship statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Overall
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Brian Stafford Meath 4-62 74 10 7.40
2 Ross Carr Down 0-30 30 6 5.00
3 Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry 0-29 29 4 7.25
4 Derek Duggan Roscommon 1-25 28 4 7.00
5 Bernard Flynn Meath 0-27 27 10 2.70
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry 0-12 12 Limerick
2 Derek Duggan Roscommon 1-8 11 Meath
3 Noel Durkin Mayo 3-1 10 London
Stefan White Louth 2-4 10 Kildare
Brian Stafford Meath 0-10 10 Dublin
6 Mick Lawlor Laois 2-3 9 Louth
Brian Stafford Meath 1-6 9 Dublin
Brian Stafford Meath 1-6 9 Wicklow
Brian Stafford Meath 1-6 9 Offaly
Ross Carr Down 0-9 9 Derry
Brian Stafford Meath 0-9 9 Roscommon
Ross Carr Down 0-9 9 Derry

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Seeding is abolished in the Leinster and Munster championships meaning an open draw in Leinster for the first time since 1974 or Munster for the first time in 40 years.
  • Fermanagh's 3-12 to 1-8 defeat of Antrim in the Ulster quarter-final is their first victory in the championship since 1983.
  • The 1991 championship became famous for the four-game saga between Meath and Dublin in the preliminary round of the Leinster Championship. The four games comprised three draws, with two still ending level even after extra time. Meath eventually triumphed by a single point. A combined total of just under 237,000 people attended the four games in what was a major windfall for the Leinster Council.
  • While in the Quarter-final stage of the Leinster championship Meath played Wicklow twice and in the semi-final game between Laois and Louth also ended in a draw and went to replay making it the largest Leinster championship of Modern times.
  • Limerick reached their first Munster final since 1965 but lost it to Kerry, since 1947 all Munster finals expect for Cork vs Clare 1949, Cork vs Waterford 1957, Kerry vs Waterford 1960 and Kerry vs Limerick in 1965 the rest were all Kerry vs Cork deciders.
  • Meath and Laois meet in the Leinster final for the first time since 1951.
  • Down win the All Ireland final for the first time in 23 years and were first Ulster county since 1968 to win and also first not from Munster/Leinster of course.

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