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50 years of football champions: Armagh and Offaly were great teams - but they couldn't win a second title

Joe Kernan and Eugene McGee masterminded historic wins for their counties – a first title for Orchard and Séamus Darby’s unforgettable Offaly moment

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Séamus Darby of Offaly, far left, scores their last-minute goal past Kerry goalkeeper Charlie Nelligan to deny Kerry a five-in-a-row in the 1982 All-Ireland final. Photo by Colman Doyle/Sportsfile

Séamus Darby of Offaly, far left, scores their last-minute goal past Kerry goalkeeper Charlie Nelligan to deny Kerry a five-in-a-row in the 1982 All-Ireland final. Photo by Colman Doyle/Sportsfile

Oisín McConville of Armagh in action against Tomás Ó Sé of Kerry during the 2002 All-Ireland SFC final. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Oisín McConville of Armagh in action against Tomás Ó Sé of Kerry during the 2002 All-Ireland SFC final. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Kerry manager Páidí Ó Sé, left, congratulates Armagh manager Joe Kernan following the 2002 All-Ireland final. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Kerry manager Páidí Ó Sé, left, congratulates Armagh manager Joe Kernan following the 2002 All-Ireland final. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Séamus Darby of Offaly, far left, scores their last-minute goal past Kerry goalkeeper Charlie Nelligan to deny Kerry a five-in-a-row in the 1982 All-Ireland final. Photo by Colman Doyle/Sportsfile

Who were the best All-Ireland football champions over the last 50 years? How do the champions rank against each other? Our series rates them all from 1972 up to this year.

Teams that won more than one title in a short space of time are classed as one unit, as is the Kerry team that dominated so much of the 1970s/’80s and Dublin’s super-squad since 2011.


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