All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
|All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship|
|Current season or competition:
2013–14 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
|Founded||1970 – 1971|
|Trophy||Andy Merrigan Cup|
|Title holders||St. Vincent's (3rd title)|
|Most titles||Nemo Rangers (7 titles)|
|Sponsors||Allied Irish Banks (AIB)|
The All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship is an annual Gaelic football tournament run since 1971, played between the thousands of senior football clubs in Ireland. The current champions are St. Vincents of Dublin, who defeated Castlebar Mitchels of Mayo on 17 March 2014 to win their third title. The prize for the winning team is the Andy Merrigan Cup, which is named in honour of Castletown and Wexford footballer Andy Merrigan, who died as a result of a farm accident at the height of his playing career. It was first presented in 1974.
Each of Ireland's 32 counties play their own championship between all the Gaelic football clubs in the county - depending on the county, it can be league, knockout, or a mixture of both. The 32 county champions play in the 4 provincial championships, with the four winners of these advancing to the All-Ireland Semi-Finals (one team usually plays the London champions in a quarter-final). The All-Ireland Final is played in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day.
- County championships: June — November
- Provincial championships: October — December
- All-Ireland quarter-final and semi-finals: February
- All-Ireland Final: March 17
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Ulster and Connacht tournaments were first held in the 1960s before an All-Ireland tournament was mooted at the GAA National Congress in 1969 - despite opposition from many delegations the motion received the 2/3 majority necessary and the first winners in 1970–71 were an East Kerry divisional team (nowadays amalgamations of clubs are not allowed to enter the All-Ireland). The Andy Merrigan Cup was first awarded in 1974, donated by the Castletown club in memory of the great Wexford footballer who died in a farming accident at the height of his career.
Dublin clubs (UCD x2 and St. Vincent's of Raheny) won a three-in-a-row of All-Irelands in 1974–76, before Kerry and Cork clubs began to dominate, winning 9 titles in 13 years, 1977–89, including four for Nemo Rangers of Cork. Clan na nGael (Drum and Clonown) won 7 Connacht titles in 8 years (1983–90), but did not win a single All-Ireland.
Burren of Down ended a 14-year Ulster drought when they were victorious in 1986. Baltinglass caused a major shock in 1990 by winning their and Wicklow's first national honour, while Nemo pulled ahead with their fifth title in 1994. In 1998, Corofin won Galway's and Connacht's first national award, six months before the county team's first All-Ireland for 32 years.
In the late 1990s the club championship rose to national prominence with regular TV coverage and the prestigious St. Patrick's Day fixture in Croke Park for the final. Crossmaglen Rangers claimed 3 All-Irelands in 4 years from 1997–2000. While the Caltra club of Galway won their first Galway title, first Connacht award and first All-Ireland in one year, 2003–04. 2006 saw Salthill-Knocknacarra of Galway complete a Connacht three-in-a-row.
All-Ireland winners are shaded gold, and counties are given in brackets.
List of Finals
|Nemo Rangers (Cork), 2002–03||7||Munster|
|Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh), 2011–12||6||Ulster|
|St. Vincent's (Dublin), 2013–14||3||Leinster|
|St. Finbarr's (Cork), 1986–87||Munster|
|Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), 2008–09||2||Leinster|
|UCD (Dublin), 1974–75|
|Burren (Down), 1987–88||Ulster|
Nineteen unlisted clubs have managed to win a single title.
L, M, U, C refer to Leinster/Munster/Ulster/Connacht championships won by clubs from the county. "Last winning team" gives the name of the club from the county which last won the All-Ireland; if no club has, the name of the last provincial champion is given in italic type.
|#||County||All-Irelands||L||M||U||C||Last winning team|
|1||Cork clubs||11||25||Nemo Rangers, 2002–03|
|2||Dublin clubs||7||16||St. Vincent's, 2013–14|
|3||Armagh clubs||6||12||Crossmaglen Rangers, 2011–12|
|4||Kerry clubs||5||13||Laune Rangers, 1995–96|
|5||Galway clubs||3||14||Salthill-Knocknacarra, 2005–06|
|6||Derry clubs||3||12||Ballinderry Shamrocks, 2001–02|
|7||Mayo clubs||2||14||Ballina Stephenites, 2004–05|
|8||Down clubs||2||6||Burren, 1987–88|
|9||Roscommon clubs||1||13||St. Brigid's, 2012–13|
|10||Laois clubs||1||7||Portlaoise, 1982–83|
|11||Antrim clubs||1||4||St. Gall's, 2009–10|
|12=||Wicklow clubs||1||2||Baltinglass, 1989–90|
|Limerick clubs||2||Thomond College, 1977–78|
|14=||Monaghan clubs||0||6||Castleblayney Faughs, 1991–92|
|Carlow clubs||6||O'Hanrahans, 2000–01|
|16=||Meath clubs||0||4||Dunshaughlin, 2002–03|
|Offaly clubs||4||Ferbane, 1986–87|
|18=||Sligo clubs||0||3||St. Mary's, 1983–84|
|Clare clubs||3||Kilmurry Ibrickane, 2009–10|
|20=||Tyrone clubs||0||2||Errigal Ciarán, 2002–03|
|Kildare clubs||2||Moorefield, 2006–07|
|22=||Donegal clubs||0||1||St. Joseph's, 1975–76|
|Westmeath clubs||1||Garrycastle, 2011–12|
|Province||All-Irelands||Most recent winning team|
|Munster clubs||17||Nemo Rangers (Cork), 2002–03|
|Ulster clubs||12||Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh), 2011–12|
|Leinster clubs||9||St. Vincent's (Dublin), 2013–14|
|Connacht clubs||6||St. Brigid's (Roscommon), 2012–13|
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