1997 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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1997 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
Event 1997 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 28 September 1997
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Referee Brian White (Waterford)
Attendance 65,601

The 1997 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 110th All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 1997 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland.

Kerry bridged an 11-year gap, the longest in their history, helped by nine Maurice Fitzgerald points.[1] Fitzgerald also broke Billy O'Shea's leg on the pitch.[2]

Mayo in their second Final appearance in a row, were hoping to bridge a gap that stretched all the way back to their All-Ireland football title winning team of 1951.[3] They failed, and would lose again to Kerry in 2004 and 2006. Subsequent All-Ireland finals defeats followed for Mayo at the hands of Donegal in 2012 and Dublin in 2013, 2016 and 2017.


  1. ^ High Ball magazine, issue #6, 1998.
  2. ^ Whyte, Barry J. (15 September 2006). "Kerry v Mayo Classics: 1997 SFC final". RTÉ Sport. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2006.
  3. ^ McGee, Eugene (6 February 2006). "First signs that Mayo might be set to turn back the clock". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 6 February 2006.
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