Friday, 15 March 2013 22:51

Mick O'Dwyer: Waterville & Kerry Fame

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Mick O'Dwyer - Greatest Ever Gaelic Football Manager & Former All Ireland Winner As Player

Mick O’Dwyer’s legacy to gaelic football is enshrined in the history books and for five decades, scribes have put millions of words on to acres of newsprint. His major collection of silverware, since his halcyon days as a Kerry player and manager, is indeed remarkable. He has also managed Kildare, Laois and Wicklow and in 2013 he has taken on the challenge of reviving Clare football fortunes. Micks first elevation to the inter county arena was as a member of the Kerry minor football team and he duly won a Munster medal. Progress to the senior team came in the league in the 1956/57 campaign V Carlow and he made his senior championship debut in 1957 when Waterford shocked the Kingdom with a historic victory.


O’Dwyer became a regular Kerry senior player and won his first All Ireland senior medal in 1959. Further success flowed with another three senior All Ireland titles. National Football League honours were also recorded on a glorious eight occasions as a Kerry player. The iconic status of the Waterville star was raised to unprecedented levels when he went into football management in 1975 and brought Kerry football to an entirely new level of perfection. His successful record in management is testament to his ability to achieve success with teams in many counties and few managers could ever attempt to equal his record.


From the southern shores of the Atlantic ocean to the gardens of Wicklow, Mick O’Dwyer is the master tactican.

As a manager of Kerry he oversaw the development of a group of footballers widely recognised as the greatest team in the history of gaelic football. In Kildare and Laois he took two counties with overdue omissions from the victory rostrums and revived interest to a completely new summit. In Wicklow he brought aspiration to a small county looking in on the giants of gaelic football. His managerial records have set him apart from all other managers and it is right and proper

that Mick O’Dwyer is incorporated into www.scoreboardoardmemories.comHall Of Fame.



 4 All Ireland Senior Football Medals: 1959; 1962

 8 National Football League Medals

12 Munster Senior Football Medals: 1958; 1959; 1960; 1961; 1962; 1963; 1964; 1965; 1968; 1969; 1970; 1972.


1 Railway Cup Medal

Texaco Footballer Of The Yea:r:   1969

Retired from playing: 1974


Manager Profile:

Appointed Kerry Senior Football Manager 1975

Appointed Kildare Senior Football Manager

Appointed Laois Senior Football Manager

Appointed Wicklow  Senior Football Manager


8 All Ireland Senior Football Titles: 1975/78/79/80/81/84/85/86

3 All Ireland Under 21 Titles

6 Railway Cup Titles Munster

2 Leinster Senior Football Titles With Kildare

1 Leinster Under 21 Football Title With Kildare

1 Leinster Senior Football Title With Laois

Contested 3 Kerry Senior Football Finals as Player Coach Of Waterville

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