A Down day from the archives

Today’s “From the Archives” in the Irish Times reproduces a match report for the 1960 All Ireland football final between Down (2-12) and Kerry (0-8).

GAELIC ATHLETIC history was made at Croke Park, yesterday, when the all-conquering champions from Kerry, with nineteen championships to inspire them, were well and truly beaten by a faster, a fitter, and far more uniform side from Down, who played very sound football and often beat Kerry at their own high fielding game.

Unfortunately it was a bad day for Kerry, perhaps not helped by my late father leaving the field due to injury, but as he sang himself:

We savour Kerry victories, we salute a gallant foe
And when we lose, there’s no excuse, we pick up our bags and go

He went on to score the fastest goal ever scored in an All Ireland footbal final in 1962 (Pathé newsreel).

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