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50 years of football champions: Tyrone harnessed an ‘us v them’ mindset to build title success

Dublin in the mid-1970s were coming from close to rock bottom but managed to match and better the Kingdom’s best team of all

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Tyrone's three-time All-Ireland winning manager Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile

Tyrone's three-time All-Ireland winning manager Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile

Armagh's Diarmaid Marsden goes for goal as Tyrone's Cormac McAnallen tackles him during the 2003 All-Ireland SFC final. Photo: Frank McGrath

Armagh's Diarmaid Marsden goes for goal as Tyrone's Cormac McAnallen tackles him during the 2003 All-Ireland SFC final. Photo: Frank McGrath

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Tyrone's three-time All-Ireland winning manager Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile

It’s down to two in the battle for top spot in our ranking of All-Ireland football champions 1972-2022. Tyrone 2003-’05-’08 take fourth place, with Dublin 1974-’76-’77 filling the third slot.

That leaves Kerry 1975-’86 and Dublin 2011-2022 as the top two, with the winners being revealed on Saturday. 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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