1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Limerick (1st win)
Provincial Champions
Championship statistics
1888

The 1887 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship is the first edition of GAA's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament, played between 12 counties of Ireland. The tournament featured club teams who represented their respective counties after their county championship. The 21 a-side final was between Commercials of Limerick and Young Irelands of Louth. The final was played in Beech Hill, Clonskeagh (not Bird Avenue) on April 29, 1888 with Commercials winning by 1-4 to 0-3. Unlike later All-Irelands, there were no provincial championships and it was an open draw.

Format[edit]

The 1887 championship was the only to be held as an open-draw knockout tournament, without provincial championships.

Representative clubs[edit]

From 1887 until 1891 the club champions represented the whole county. In the very first All-Ireland championship the participating counties were represented by the following clubs:

County Club
Clare
Cork
Kilkenny Kilmacow
Limerick Commercials
Louth Dundalk Young Irelands
Meath Dowdstown
Tipperary
Waterford Ballyduff Lower
Wexford Castlebridge

Results[edit]

First Round[edit]

24 July 1887
First Round
Louth 1-8-2 – 0-4-1 Waterford
Charles McAlester (goal) [1]
Elm Park, Merrion, Dublin
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Willie Halpin (Clare)

24 July 1887
First Round
Limerick 3-2 – 0-2 Meath
[2]
Elm Park, Merrion, Dublin
Attendance: 10,000

24 July 1887
First Round
Kilkenny 0-4 – 0-0 Cork
[3]

N/A
First Round
Tipperary w/o – scr. Dublin
[4]


N/A
First Round
Wexford w/o – scr. Galway


N/A
First Round
Clare w/o – scr. Wicklow
[5]

Second Round[edit]

28 August 1887
Second Round
Louth 0-7-3 – 0-5-3 Wexford
[6]
St. Patrick’s club grounds, Kilmainham
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: J.K. Bracken (Tipperary

1887
Second Round
Tipperary W – L Clare


28 August 1887
Second Round
Limerick 1-10 – 1-10 Kilkenny
[7]
St. Patrick’s club grounds, Kilmainham
Attendance: 5,000

1887
Second Round Replay
Limerick W – L Kilkenny
[8]

Semi-Final[edit]

11 March 1888
Semi-Final
Limerick W – L Tipperary
[9]

Final[edit]

29 April 1888
Final
Limerick 1-4-0 – 0-3-0 Louth
[10]
Beech Hill, Clonskeagh, Dublin
Referee: John Cullinane

Winning Team[edit]

  • R. Breen
  • E. Casey
  • W. Cleary
  • D. Corbett
  • T. Fitzgibbon
  • P. Kelly
  • J. Hyland
  • P.J. Corbett
  • T. Keating
  • T. Kennedy
  • J. Kennedy
  • W. Gunning
  • P. Keating
  • W. Spain
  • R. Normoyle
  • M. O'Brien
  • E. Nicholas
  • T. McNamara
  • M. Slattery
  • J. Mulqueen
  • P. Reeves