The Gaelic Games Quiz Book: Kerry

The Gaelic Games Quiz Book: Kerry

by Andy Watters

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The Gaelic Games Quiz Book: Kerry by Andy Watters

This is the ultimate Gaelic games quiz book for Kerry supporters. An ideal gift for fans of all ages, this is your chance to interact with the county’s long and eventful history in Gaelic football and hurling from early successes and classic matches to more recent heroics. Informative and fun, this book is the perfect companion for those long match-day trips up, down and across the country or for simply testing you and your mates´ knowledge of our illustrious teams. From the obscure to the things you need to know, the book is packed with 30 themed rounds of questions designed to entertain and amuse all Kerry supporters. So get your thinking caps on - it´s quiz time!

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ISBN-13: 9780750961400
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 376 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Andy Watters is sports reporter for the Irish News in Belfast, Ulster's leading newspaper for sport, particularly Gaelic Games. He also presents and produces the Out In Front GAA podcast, and is a regular contributor to RTÉ and the BBC. He co-wrote The Little Book of Gaelic Football.

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The Gaelic Games

Quiz Book Kerry

By Andy Watters

The History Press

Copyright © 2014 Andy Watters
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7509-6140-0


Round 1

A Mixed Grill

Of the thirty-five rounds of questions in this book, thirty-three are related to specific topics or have related themes. But before you get on to those it's probably advisable to warm-up with a general knowledge round.

1. Which legendary Kerry player was actually a Corkman, born in Fermoy?

2. Which Kerry footballer won Sigerson Cups with both University College Cork and Tralee IT?

3. What was the final score when Offaly denied Kerry five-in-a-row in the 1982 All-Ireland final?

4. That was the second occasion on which Kerry went into a decider hoping to seal a fifth consecutive All-Ireland title only to be thwarted in the final. The first time was in 1933. Who beat them then?

5. Of which Kerry club is Paul Galvin a member?

6. Which Austin Stack's clubman played at centre full-back for Kerry in five consecutive All-Ireland finals from 1978 to 1982?

7. Who published The Art and Science of Gaelic Football in 1958?

8. Which Kerry player wrote Shooting from the Hip?

9. Kerry scored 2 goals in the 2005 All-Ireland final. Name either goalscorer.

10. Which Kerry forward was voted 'Footballer of the Year' in 2006?


Round 2

Family Ties

In Kerry success does, literally, breed success. Fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandsons, brothers, nephews and uncles have all worn the green and gold jersey with distinction across generations. This section is all about family ties.

1. The Spillane brothers of the Templenoe club all followed in the footsteps of their father Tom into the Kerry senior team. Can you name the three of them?

2. How many All-Ireland medals did they win altogether and how many did each win?

3. The brothers won three All-Ireland titles together. In which years?

4. In doing so they equalled the extraordinary achievements of the Landers brothers in the 1930s and the Sheehy brothers in the 1960s. Another set of three brothers have played on an All-Ireland-winning team since then. Name them.

5. Denis Curran won an All-Ireland medal with Kerry in 1903 – his great-grand-nephew did the same a century later. Who is he?

6. Who were the twin brothers that played against Kerry in the 2002 All-Ireland final?

7. Liam Hassett captained Kerry in the 1997 All-Ireland win but he wasn't captain in the Munster final win over Clare earlier that year. Who captained the Kingdom in that game?

8. Which player, who played for Kerry in 1992–93, switched counties and in 1998 won an Allstar for his performances with Kildare who were managed by his father, a former Kerry manager and player?

9. Who are the only Kerry father and son to captain All-Ireland senior football winners?

10. John Dowling captained Kerry to the Sam Maguire in 1955. His grandson is a star of the current side. Can you name him?


Round 3

AKA (Also Known As)

With many players linked by common surnames, and even first names, nicknames have often been used to tell players apart. Sometimes players have earned their moniker through their deeds on the pitch. Can you identify famous players and their nicknames?

1. Who is known as 'the Bomber'?

2. Whose nickname is 'Star'?

3. Colm Cooper is better known as ...

4. How did he get that nickname?

5. Paddy Brosnan won three All-Irelands with Kerry during a career that lasted from 1938 to 1952. What is his nickname?

6. Who answers to 'Pony'?

7. 'Ogie' Moran was a star of the Kerry teams of the 1980s. What is his actual Christian name?

8. What was the late Tim Kennelly's nickname?

9. Which Finuge star is also known as 'Rocky'?

10. Which midfielder had the nickname 'Panda'?


Round 4


One of Kerry's greatest strengths through the years has been their unity of purpose on the field. But within that ethos the county has produced many of the most outstanding players, managers and characters the game has ever seen. Mick O'Dwyer was all three rolled into one – a terrific player, an astute mentor and a one-off personality. This section is devoted to the legendary 'Micko'.

1. Where was Mick O'Dwyer born?

2. When did he make his championship debut for Kerry?

3. He holds the record for the biggest individual scoring haul. What is it?

4. How many championship games did he play for Kerry?

5. His biggest scoring haul in a championship match was 1-6 and he managed the feat twice – against the same county. Can you name it?

6. How many All-Ireland titles did he win as a player?

7. He took over as Kerry manager in which year and when did he step down?

8. How many Sam Maguire Cups did he win as manager of the Kingdom?

9. How many other counties did he manage?

10. O'Dwyer has guided teams to victory against every one of Ireland's thirty two counties (including Kerry). Against which team did he complete this unique managerial feat?


Round 5

Grounds for Optimism

You're always assured a warm welcome and a tough game when you arrive at any ground in Kerry. Like the rest of the country, there was a time when the cows had to be cleared off the pitch before the game could start, but thankfully that's history now and the questions in this section are all related to Kerry's GAA grounds.

1. Can you name Kerry's two county grounds?

2. Which is bigger and what is its capacity?

3. When did Austin Stack Park last host a Kerry game?

4. At which stadium did Kerry lose the All-Ireland final of 1947?

5. Which club play at Tom Healy Park?

6. Name the ground which is home to Listowel Emmet's?

7. Kerry reached their first All-Ireland final in 1892 – where was it played?

8. Where did Kerry meet Kildare in the 1905 All-Ireland final?

9. Which club's home is Dromore Sportsfield?

10. Beale GAC play home games at Stack Park. Where did the ground get its name?


Round 6


The world of GAA was stunned by the untimely death of the great Páidí Ó Sé in 2012 at the age of 57. Páidí was a genuine legend of the game – as a player and a manager and one of Gaelic football's outstanding characters.

1. Where was he born?

2. What age did he make his senior debut for An Ghaeltacht?

3. In which season did Páidí make his senior inter-county debut?

4. How many Munster championships did he win?

5. How many All-Irelands?

6. In the 1982 All-Ireland final, Páidí scored 2 points in a losing cause. Which county won the game?

7. Páidí's first, and last, championship games were against the same county. Can you name it?

8. How many Allstar awards did Páidí receive?

9. How many All-Ireland titles did Kerry win with O Se as manager?

10. One of his greatest achievements outside his native Kerry was winning the Leinster championship while manager of an unfashionable county. Name it.


Round 7

The Swinging Sixties

A new force from the north emerged as a major player in this decade, while a giant from Connacht also made its presence felt. Kerry challenged every year, but things didn't always go their way.

1. How many All-Ireland finals did Kerry reach in the decade?

2. Kerry didn't concede a goal on the way to the All-Ireland final in 1960. Who did they play in the decider at Croke Park?

3. Who was the top-scorer for Kerry that day with 4 points? It was his final championship game for the Kingdom.

4. Kerry were beaten semi-finalists in 1961. Who provided the opposition?

5. The losing run ended in 1962, when Kerry beat Roscommon in the final. Who top-scored with 8 points from midfield?

6. Valentia great O'Connell scored 7 points in the All-Ireland semi-final the following year, but Kerry lost the game. Who to?

7. The sides met again in the 1964 decider. Which county emerged victorious?

8. Cork extinguished Kerry hopes in the 1966 Munster final with a 2-7 to 1-7 win. Which Ballyduff clubman scored Kerry's goal?

9. Down had the upper hand on Kerry once again in the 1968 All-Ireland final, but the Kingdom did win the final All-Ireland of the decade. Which Leinster county did they beat?

10. How many goals were scored in the game?


Round 8

A League of Their Own

What better way to prepare for Croke Park in September than a trip to Ballybofey in February? The Sam Maguire Cup is the one that players and fans covet most, but the grounding board for all footballers is the league which is played in the spring. The following section relates to Kerry's achievements in the National Football League (NFL).

1. How many NFL titles have Kerry won?

2. When did the county win its first title?

3. Who were the opposition?

4. Kerry won four NFL titles between 1971 and 1974. Is that a record? And who holds the record?

5. Who top-scored with 0-7 in the 1974 NFL final replay win over Roscommon?

6. Kerry drew the 1969 NFL 'final'. Who were their opponents?

7. Kerry's biggest margin of victory was 29 points in 1992. Who were their unlucky opponents that day?

8. Which county inflicted Kerry heaviest league defeat?

9. What was Kerry's score in that game?

10. Kerry drew with Galway 1-8 to 0-11 in an NFL game on 3 March 1974. What is significant about the game?


Round 9

That Winning Feeling

All Kerry fans and players keep their diary free for the third Sunday in September – just in case the Kingdom make one of their regular appearances in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. The following section deals with some of Kerry's greatest glories.

1. What year did Kerry win its first All-Ireland title?

2. How many All-Ireland titles have Kerry won?

3. Kerry won a record five All-Ireland titles in the 1930s. In how many other decades have they matched that feat?

4. What was unique about Kerry's win in the 1914 All-Ireland final?

5. Five Kerry footballers have won eight All-Ireland titles. Can you name them?

6. Kerry's biggest total in an All-Ireland final is 4-15. Against whom and what year?

7. Who top-scored that day?

8. Who scored a hat-trick (three goals) in the 5-11 to 0-9 win over Dublin in 1978?

9. Not all of Kerry's final wins have been convincing. On how many occasions has a single point been the difference between the sides at the final whistle?

10. Who managed Kerry to the 2006 All-Ireland title?


Round 10

You Can't Win Them All

Kerry put up with disappointments on a few occasions when other counties 'borrowed' the Sam Maguire Cup. Kerry fans never worry too much though – the cup never stays away for long – and this section recalls the occasions when Kerry have fallen just short of winning.

1. In how many All-Ireland finals have Kerry finished runners-up?

2. When did the county suffer its first defeat in an All-Ireland final?

3. In only one decade since have Kerry failed to make it to the Sam Maguire decider. Which one?

4. Kerry went into the 1982 All-Ireland final chasing a record five-in-a-row. Whose goal frustrated their efforts?

5. The Kingdom suffered back-to-back final defeats in the mid-1960s. Who won those games?

6. The biggest margin of defeat in a final was in 1972. What was it?

7. Who were the winners in 1972?

8. Down beat Kerry in the 1960 All-Ireland final. What was notable about the final pairing?

9. Who top-scored for Kerry that day?

10. Who beat Kerry in the famous Polo Grounds final of 1947?


Round 11

The Munster Mash

Before the advent of the qualifier system in 2001, winning the Munster championship was a prerequisite on the way to All-Ireland success. Kerry have given their supporters some of the finest memories during their clashes with arch-rivals Cork for provincial honours.

1. How many Munster titles have Kerry won?

2. Their first win came in 1892. Who were the opposition?

3. Kerry has completed eight-in-a-row twice. The first was between 1958 and 1965. When was the second?

4. What is notable about the 1975 Munster championship win?

5. Who scored 2-10 in a Munster quarter-final against Limerick in 1995?

6. Kerry's biggest win in a Munster championship final came in 1932. Who were their opponents?

7. Who inflicted Kerry's biggest final loss?

8. Who top-scored in the 3-15 to 0-8 win over Clare in 2000?

9. Tony Barrett scored a point in the 1964 Munster final against Cork. Why was his contribution so memorable?

10. Kerry and Cork are Munster's 'Old Firm'. What is their longest sequence of final meetings?


Round 12

Through the Back Door

Before 2001 Kerry might have played as few as four games on their way to the All-Ireland title. All that changed with the 'back door' which challenged the eventual champions with more games and offered provincial losers a second chance.

1. What was Kerry's first year in the qualifiers?

2. How many times have Kerry made it to the All-Ireland final via the qualifiers?

3. How many of those finals did they win?

4. How many did they lose?

5. Kerry lost to Donegal in the All-Ireland quarter-final in 2012. What was notable about the game?

6. Kerry's biggest win in the qualifiers was by 23 points in 2002. Who were their opponents?

7. What was notable about the game?

8. Who came on as a substitute for Colm Cooper that day, scored 2 points but never appeared for Kerry in the championship again?

9. What was notable about Kerry's All-Ireland final win in 2006?

10. Which legendary defender and former captain retired after the game?


Round 13

Allstar State of Mind

The Allstars are awarded annually to the fifteen best footballers from that year's championship. They are awarded from goalkeeper to left corner-forward and came into being in 1971. Unsurprisingly Kerry players have featured prominently on Allstars night every year.

1. Since 1971, how many Allstar teams have NOT featured a Kerry player?

2. Who was Kerry's first Allstar winner?

3. How many Allstar winners have been Kerry players?

4. Maurice Fitzgerald was the only Kerry player on the 1988 team. Who was the county's sole representative on the 1996 Allstar select?

5. Between 1988 and 1996, Kerry had one Allstar winner. Who was it?

6. Which Kerry player won most Allstar awards?

7. How many did he win?

8. Tim Kennelly won the second of his awards in 1980. In relation to that, what was significant about the 2009 Allstar team?

9. In which year did Kerry land their biggest haul of nine Allstars?

10. How many Allstars were awarded to Kerry footballers from 1990 to 1995?


Round 14

The Seventies

The technicolour era had arrived and Kerry were the team to beat once again. Down and Galway faded, but new rivals emerged and Kerry fought out a thrilling series of duels at Headquarters.

1. How many All-Ireland titles did Kerry win in this decade?

2. Who made the last of his fifty-six championship appearances for the Kingdom as a substitute in the 1974 Munster final against Cork?

3. Kerry beat Meath in the All-Ireland final of 1970. The team posted formidable scores in all five of their championship outings – which was the lowest: 0-18, 1-17 or 0-23?

4. The 1972 All-Ireland final went to a replay. Who did Kerry take on?

5. Which opposition player scored 16 points over the two games?

6. Who made their debut at right half-forward in the 1975 win against Tipperary?

7. Kerry came through a Munster final replay against Cork to reach the 1976 All-Ireland final. Who won that year?

8. Kerry met Dublin in the 1978 final. What was their winning margin in the game?

9. Who was the top scorer with 3 goals and 2 points.

10. Kerry won back-to-back titles with another win the following year. Who were the opposition?


Round 15

Far Off Fields

Wearing that green and gold jersey is the ultimate for every Kerryman. But (apparently) man cannot live on GAA alone and Gaelic football has been the starting point from which several have gone on to, or were offered, careers in professional sports including soccer, rugby and Aussie Rules. Others have starred for Ireland in the hybrid 'International Rules series' against Australia.

1. Which multi-Sam Maguire Cup-winning forward was offered a trial by Southampton FC, but turned it down because he had to pay his own way?

2. Who won an All-Ireland medal in 1986 and then went on to win forty-one caps for Ireland at rugby?

3. Which Ireland and British and Irish Lions lock won an U21 Munster championship title with Kerry?

4. Darran O'Sullivan played at youth team level for which London soccer team?

5. Tadgh Kennelly won an All-Ireland with Kerry in 2009 before returning to which Aussie Rules side?


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Table of Contents


Round 1 A Mixed Grill,
Round 2 Family Ties,
Round 3 AKA (Also Known As),
Round 4 Micko,
Round 5 Grounds for Optimism,
Round 6 Páidí,
Round 7 The Swinging Sixties,
Round 8 A League of Their Own,
Round 9 That Winning Feeling,
Round 10 You Can't Win Them All,
Round 11 The Munster Mash,
Round 12 Through the Back Door,
Round 13 Allstar State of Mind,
Round 14 The Seventies,
Round 15 Far Off Fields,
Round 16 Countdown,
Round 17 Who's Who?,
Half Time Interview with Colm Cooper,
Round 18 Who, What, Where, When, Why ...?,
Round 19 Numbers Game,
Round 20 A Set of Clubs,
Round 21 The Eighties,
Round 22 Clubbing Together,
Round 23 Captain's Log,
Round 24 Walk the Line,
Round 25 The Writing's on the Wall,
Round 26 Crucial Conundrums,
Round 27 Penalty Points,
Round 28 The Nineties,
Round 29 When a Star was Born,
Round 30 Sisters are Doing it for Themselves,
Round 31 Kingdom Queens,
Round 32 Caman Have a Go,
Round 33 Hurley Burly,
Round 34 The Noughties,
Round 35 The Warm-Down,
The Answers,

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