Saturday 3 December 2016

Teams Who Stood Apart: Galway footballers win precious three-in-a-row

Published 27/04/2015 | 02:30

Galway goalkeeper Johnny Geraghty ensures the ball goes wide during his side's victory over Kerry in the 1965 NFL final
Galway goalkeeper Johnny Geraghty ensures the ball goes wide during his side's victory over Kerry in the 1965 NFL final

The records show that Galway beat Kerry in the 1964 and 1965 All-Ireland football finals, and then Meath in 1966, to win a fabled three-in-a-row.

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The statistics show that 12 players featured in all three wins, and that just 19 players were used in total.

The stories recall happiness and sadness too.

In 1964, Michael Donnellan ­- whose son John captained the team - died tragically in the Hogan Stand during the game.

He had been the first of what proved to be three generations of All-Ireland winners in the family.

Having won his first title in 1956, Mattie McDonagh played in all three finals to become the only Galway man to win four All-Ireland senior medals.

Sunday Independent

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