1965 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1965 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Galway (6th win)
Captain Enda Colleran
Manager John "Tull" Dunne. (St Grellan's, Ballinasloe)
Provincial Champions
Munster Kerry
Leinster Dublin
Ulster Down
Connacht Galway
Championship statistics
No. matches played 30
Player of the Year Martin Newell (Galway)

The 1965 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 79th staging of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament. The championship began on 2 May 1965 and ended on 26 September 1965.

Limerick rejoin the Munster football championship for the first time since 1952.

The decider was a repeat of the 1964 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, between Galway and Kerry. There was no change in the outcome as Galway defeated Kerry again by 0-12 to 0-09 It was Galways second title in succession, on their way to "Three In A Row".

Provincial Championships format changes

Connacht Championship format change

The Connacht championship instead of a normal systems has 2 Quarter-finals and 1 Semi-final instead of the usual 1 Quarter-final and 2 Semi-finals for just 1 year. All Ireland champions Galway were received as a bye to the Connacht final meaning that Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim would be in separate Quarter-finals, The winners of the 2 games would play in a lone Semi-final while the Semi-final the winner would play Galway.

Leinster Championship format change

The Leinster championship dropped the Second Round after 1 year in 1965. The Preliminary Round winners went on to the Quarter-finals.


Connacht Senior Football Championship


6 June 1965 Quarter-final Mayo 2-15 – 1-6 Roscommon St. Coman's Park, Roscommon
27 June 1965 Quarter-final Sligo 4-12 – 0-6 Leitrim Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon


4 July 1965 Semi-final Sligo 2-11 – 2-8 Mayo Fr. O'Hara Park, Charlestown


1 August 1965 Final Galway 1-12 – 2-6 Sligo Tuam Stadium, Tuam

Leinster Senior Football Championship

Preliminary round

9 May 1965 Preliminary round Westmeath 2-11 – 0-9 Louth Páirc Tailteann, Navan


30 May 1965 Quarter-final Dublin 2-11 – 1-7 Wexford Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
6 June 1965 Quarter-final Longford 1-9 – 0-8 Laois Cusack Park, Mullingar
13 June 1965 Quarter-final Meath 1-12 – 1-9 Westmeath Croke Park, Dublin


4 July 1965 Semi-final Longford 2-8 – 1-7 Meath Croke Park, Dublin


25 July 1965 Final Dublin 3-6 – 1-9 Longford Croke Park, Dublin

Munster Senior Football Championship


16 May 1965 Quarter-final Limerick 4-10 – 0-6 Waterford Seán Treacy Park, Tipperary


20 June 1965 Semi-final Limerick 2-5 – 0-6 Cork Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney


Ulster Senior Football Championship

Preliminary round

30 May 1965 Preliminary round Antrim 2-9 – 2-6 Tyrone Dean McGlinchey Park, Ballinascreen


6 June 1965 Quarter-final Monaghan 2-12 – 1-5 Fermanagh St. Molise Park, Irvinestown
13 June 1965 Quarter-final Down 3-13 – 1-6 Tyrone Pairc Esler, Newry
20 June 1965 Quarter-final Armagh 3-7 – 1-9 Monaghan The Playing Fields, Lurgan
20 June 1965 Quarter-final Cavan 1-8 – 1-8 Donegal MacCumhail Park, Ballybofey
4 July 1965 Quarter-final, first replay Cavan 0-14 – 2-8
Donegal Breffni Park, Cavan
11 July 1965 Quarter-final, second replay Cavan 0-9 – 0-8 Donegal Breffni Park, Cavan


7 July 1965 Semi-final Down 0-10 – 1-4 Antrim Pairc Esler, Newry
14 July 1965 Semi-final Cavan 1-10 – 0-4 Armagh St. Tiernach's Park, Clones


1 August 1965 Final Down 1-10 – 1-8 Cavan St. Tiernach's Park, Clones

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship


22 August 1965 Semi-final Galway 0-10 – 0-7 Down Croke Park, Dublin


Championship statistics


  • On 16 May 1965, Seán Treacy Park, Tipperary hosted its first match for 23 years the Munster Quarter-final meeting between Limerick vs Waterford their first meeting between them in 31 years as Limerick get into back in the Munster football championship for the first time since 1952 after recording wins over Waterford and Cork but lost Munster final to Kerry who made an historic 8th Munster title in a row.
  • Longford reach their first Leinster final but are beaten by Dublin.
  • Galway win the All Ireland title for 2 in a row another 3 in a row of Connacht titles.

Top scorers

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Martin Newell Galway ? ? 3 ?
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
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