Many of the shrewd pundits that day regarded his performance in that final as his finest in a Cork jersey and two years later Johnny took his Senior All-Ireland medal haul to five when they shocked raging hot favourites Galway.
Throughout his inter-county career Crowley made 39 appearances for Cork and was always a consistent defender that that played with his heart on his sleeve.
Johnny Crowley —a gentleman to the core — is holder of eight All-Ireland medals and the Cork faithful will never forget his contribution to hurling in this city.
Johnny Crowley was born in Enniskeane in 1956 before moving to Bishopstown in 1963.
He won two Dr Harty Cups and one All Ireland Colleges medal with St Finbarr’s College, Farranferris.
Johnny is the holder of five senior All-Ireland medals, one minor hurling and All-Ireland minor football plus one All-Ireland U21 hurling medal that takes his tally to eight.
He retired from inter-county hurling in 1987 and ended his club career two years later. A fine footballer too, he was a dual minor in '74 and also represented Cork at senior level against Kerry.
He won his first and only All-Star award in the Centenary year of 1984.