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50 years of football champions: Derry’s historic success proves to be of the ‘one in a row’ variety

Ulster’s Oak Leafers and Donegal fail to build on their breakthrough glories while Dublin’s mix of youth and experience lost two deciders

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Cork captain Mick McCarthy races clear from Derry's Dermot Heany during the 1993 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final match at Croke Park . Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Cork captain Mick McCarthy races clear from Derry's Dermot Heany during the 1993 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final match at Croke Park . Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Cork captain Mick McCarthy races clear from Derry's Dermot Heany during the 1993 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final match at Croke Park . Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Who were the best All-Ireland football champions over the last 50 years? Which were the best finals . . . and the worst? Who gave the best individual displays in finals? Who were the best managers, best captains, best subs? What were the biggest controversies?

How do the champions rank against each other? Our series rates them all from 1972 up to this year.


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