All-Ireland Senior Football Championship records and statistics
This page details the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship records and statistics. The article discusses information for the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship from 1887 to the present.
Most successful counties
The most successful team (1887 – present) is Kerry.
|Team||Inter-county football competitions|
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The figures in bold represent the most times this competition has been won.
Least successful counties
Kilkenny do not compete anymore, having won three Leinster Senior Football Championships in the distant past. Nowadays, Kilkenny dominate the sport of hurling instead. Carlow also compete at the highest level of hurling and have won an All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship. Westmeath have enjoyed considerable success in hurling in recent years, winning a number of All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championships and Christy Ring Cups, and their Gaelic football team won the 2004 Leinster Senior Football Championship Final.
As for the other teams, Fermanagh came close in 2004 — by reaching an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final replay — having defeated 1999 All-Ireland winners Meath, 2002 Munster Champions Cork, a Donegal team that reached the 2003 All-Ireland semi-finals and an Armagh team fresh from appearances in two consecutive All-Ireland Senior Football Finals. Wicklow senior Gaelic football team's most notable recent achievement was winning the 2012 NFL Division 4 final.
- Kilkenny are the only county not to have encountered Kerry in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.
- Only five counties have defeated Kerry in their first Championship meeting — Donegal (2012), Down (1960), Derry (1958), Dublin (1892) and Cork (1889).
- Of these five Donegal, Down and Dublin enjoyed All-Ireland success.
- Dublin beat Kerry in the 1892 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.
- Down beat Kerry in the 1960 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.
- Donegal defeated Kerry in the 2012 All-Ireland quarter-final before overcoming Cork and Mayo on the way to claiming the Sam Maguire Cup.
- Of these five Donegal, Down and Dublin enjoyed All-Ireland success.
The most successful team of each decade, judged by number of All-Ireland Senior Football Championship titles, is as follows:
- 1890s: 6 for Dublin (1891-92-94-97-98-99)
- 1900s: 5 for Dublin (1901-02-06-07-08)
- 1910s: 4 for Wexford (1915-16-17-18)
- 1920s: 3 each for Dublin (1921-22-23) and Kerry (1924-26-29)
- 1930s: 5 for Kerry (1930-31-32-37-39)
- 1940s: 3 for Kerry (1940-41-46)
- 1950s: 3 for Kerry (1953-55-59)
- 1960s: 3 each for Down (1960-61-68) and Galway (1964-65-66)
- 1970s: 4 for Kerry (1970-75-78-79)
- 1980s: 5 for Kerry (1980-81-84-85-86)
- 1990s: 2 each for Down (1991-94) and Meath (1996–99)
- 2000s: 5 for Kerry (2000-04-06-07-09)
- 2010s: 2 for Dublin (2011-13), 1 each for Cork (2010), Donegal (2012) and Kerry (2014)
- Most successful provinces
- Cavan and Down are the Ulster teams with the most All-Ireland Senior Football Championship titles.
- Dublin are the Leinster team with the most All-Ireland Senior Football Championship titles.
- Galway are the Connacht team with the most All-Ireland Senior Football Championship titles.
- Kerry are the Munster team with the most All-Ireland Senior Football Championship titles.
- Galway were the first team to have won an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title "through the back door" - i.e. after losing in the Connacht Championship.
|#||Province||Total*||Winners||Losers||% Success Rate||Winners by county||Losers by county|
|1||Munster||91||50||41||54%||Kerry (37), Cork (7), Tipperary (4), Limerick (2)||Kerry (21), Cork (17), Clare (1), Tipperary (1), Waterford (1)|
|2||Leinster||84||46||38||55%||Dublin (24), Meath (7), Wexford (5), Kildare (4), Offaly (3), Louth (3)||Dublin (13), Meath (9), Kildare (5), Wexford (3), Offaly (3), Louth (3), Laois (2)|
|3||Ulster||34||17||17||50%||Cavan (5), Down (5), Tyrone (3), Donegal (2), Armagh (1), Derry (1)||Cavan (6), Armagh (3), Tyrone (2), Antrim (2), Derry (1), Monaghan (1) Down (1), Donegal (1)|
|4||Connacht||40||14||26||35%||Galway (9), Mayo (3), Roscommon (2)||Galway (12), Mayo (11), Roscommon (3)|
- Total = Appearances in an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final
- Provinces with highest number of different winning counties
- The provinces providing the highest number of different winning counties are Leinster and Ulster, with six each: Dublin, Meath, Wexford, Kildare, Offaly and Louth in Leinster and Cavan, Down, Tyrone, Donegal, Armagh and Derry in Ulster.
- Finals featuring two teams from the same province
- Only on three occasions has the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final been contested by two teams from the same province:
Final records and statistics
- One county currently have a 100% record in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.
- Historic 100% success rates (when a team won their first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final before losing a final at a later time) are:
- On the opposite end of the scale, three counties have appeared in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final on one occasion. All three lost.
- Three counties have appeared in the final more than once, losing on each occasion:
- Laois (1889, 1936)
- Antrim (1911, 1912)
- London (1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1908)
- Note: In each of London's four appearances in the Final, they have been the beneficiaries of byes to that stage. From the 1900 Championship to the 1903 Championship, the GAA ran the competition between teams based in Ireland first, with the winners of the 'Home Final' going on to play London in the 'Grand Final'. In 1908 London qualified for the Final by winning the Semi-Final
- Cork and Mayo are serial losers of All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Finals.
- Cork have appeared in 24 Finals and lost 17.
- Mayo have appeared in 14 Finals and lost 11.
- Mayo hold the current Championship record for consecutive losing All-Ireland Senior Football Final appearances—this stands at seven. Cork have previously also lost 7 consecutive final appearances between 1890 and 1911.
Biggest winning margins
- The most one sided All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Finals and their margins of victory:
Longest gap between appearances
- Counties that waited more than two decades between appearances in an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.
In 1943, Joe Stafford of Cavan became the first player to be sent off in an all-Ireland senior football final. Many others have been sent off since then, including John Donnellan of Galway and brothers Derry O'Shea and John 'Thorny' O'Shea of Kerry in the 1965 final, Charlie Nelligan of Kerry in the 1978 final, Páidí Ó Sé of Kerry in the 1979 final, Brian Mullins, Kieran Duff, Ray Hazley of Dublin and Tomás Tierney of Galway in the 1983 final, Gerry McEntee of Meath in the 1988 final replay, Tony Davis of Cork in the 1993 final, Charlie Redmond of Dublin in the 1995 final, Liam McHale of Mayo and Colm Coyle of Meath in the 1996 final replay, Nigel Nestor of Meath in the 2001 final and Diarmuid Marsden of Armagh in the 2003 final.
Garry McMahon's goal after 35 seconds of the 1962 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final is the fastest in All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final history.
- Other early goals include:
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship records and statistics
- Ulster Senior Football Championship records and statistics
- "Fermanagh dominate writers awards". BBC Sport (BBC). 20 November 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2004.
- "Kerry full-house awaits Kilkenny". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- "Kerry on honour roll". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 14 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
- Sweeney, Eamonn (23 September 2012). "Despair cannot last forever". Sunday Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "DDTV Video: Murphy strike against Mayo named Goal of the Championship". Donegal Daily. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
According to Ger Canning, RTÉ's commentator for the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.