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50 years of football champions: Seán Boylan’s Royal warriors were more than just hard-nosed achievers

Kingdom team of 2000s did well to lift Sam four times but legacy was weakened by one-sided finals and their inability to solve Tyrone riddle

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Cork's Barry Coffey is surrounded by Meath's (from left) Liam Hayes (8), Colm O'Rourke, Colm Coyle and Liam Harnan during the 1988 All-Ireland SFC final. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Cork's Barry Coffey is surrounded by Meath's (from left) Liam Hayes (8), Colm O'Rourke, Colm Coyle and Liam Harnan during the 1988 All-Ireland SFC final. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Kerry's Colm Cooper celebrates after scoring a goal against Mayo in the 2004 All-Ireland SFC final. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Kerry's Colm Cooper celebrates after scoring a goal against Mayo in the 2004 All-Ireland SFC final. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Cork's Barry Coffey is surrounded by Meath's (from left) Liam Hayes (8), Colm O'Rourke, Colm Coyle and Liam Harnan during the 1988 All-Ireland SFC final. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

And then there were four. Today we name the fifth- and sixth-ranked teams in our comparison of All-Ireland football champions 1972-2022. That leaves two Dublin squads, one Kerry and one Tyrone.

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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