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50 years of football champions: Rebels, Dubs and Red Hand sides get our Gaelic football countdown under way

Will Tyrone’s current crop suffer same fate as Cork and Dublin teams which failed to kick on after winning their All-Ireland titles?

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Cork's Michael Shields jumps in the air ahead of Down showdown. Photo by Sportsfile

Cork's Michael Shields jumps in the air ahead of Down showdown. Photo by Sportsfile

Feargal Logan celebrates Tyrone's victory over Mayo in 2021. Photo: Sportsfile

Feargal Logan celebrates Tyrone's victory over Mayo in 2021. Photo: Sportsfile

John O'Leary collects Sam Maguire on Dublin's behalf in 1995. Photo: Sportsfile

John O'Leary collects Sam Maguire on Dublin's behalf in 1995. Photo: Sportsfile

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Cork's Michael Shields jumps in the air ahead of Down showdown. Photo by 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, surprises etc?

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


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