All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship

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All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship
Founded 1964
Region Ireland (GAA)
Trophy Clarke Cup
Title holders Dublin (4th title)
First winner Kerry
Most titles Cork (11 titles)
Sponsors Cadbury

The All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Cadbury Under-21 Football Championship) is the premier "knockout" competition for players aged between 18 and 21 in the game of Gaelic football played in Ireland. The series of games are organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association and are played during the summer months. Dublin are the current All Ireland U-21 Champions, having defeated Roscommon in the final for the second time in three years. The prize for the winning team is the Clarke Cup, which is named in honour of former Kildare Secretary and Treasurer Tim Clarke.

Overview[edit]

The All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship was created in 1964 in response to a Congress motion put forward by the Kerry County Board. Since then the competition has grown in importance and profile. The championship is run on an inter-county provincial basis with the winners from Munster, Leinster, Ulster and Connacht playing off against each other in two semi-finals. Cork are the most successful teams in the history of the Under-21 Championship. Two teams have achieved three-in-a-rows; Kerry from 1975 to 1977 and Cork from 1984 to 1986. The coveted treble of winning senior, under-21, minor titles in the same year has been achieved on just one occasion, by Kerry in 1975. Because teams will only play together for at most, about two or three years, unlike the senior competition, it is unusual that one county will dominate for periods any longer than this.

It is usually considered a mark of a very promising player to play for both a county's Under 21 and Senior team at the same time. Many great players have achieved this, although one particular example would be Frank McGuigan, who, in 1973, represented Tyrone in the Ulster Finals of the Minors, Seniors and Under 21s.[1]

Top winners[edit]

Team Wins Years won
1 Cork 11 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007, 2009
2 Kerry 10 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008
3 Galway 5 1972, 2002, 2005, 2011, 2013
4 Mayo 4 1967, 1974, 1983, 2006.
Tyrone 4 1991, 1992, 2000, 2001
Dublin 4 2003, 2010, 2012, 2014
7 Roscommon 2 1966, 1978
Derry 2 1968, 1997
Donegal 2 1982, 1987
10 Kildare 1 1965
Down 1 1979
Meath 1 1993
Offaly 1 1988
Westmeath 1 1999
Antrim 1 1969
Armagh 1 2004

Wins, Runners-up & Final Appearances[edit]

County Win Runner-up Appearance
Cork 11 4 15
Kerry 10 7 17
Galway 5 3 8
Mayo 4 6 10
Tyrone 4 2 6
Dublin 4 3 7
Roscommon 2 4 6
Derry 2 2 4
Donegal 2 1 3
Down 1 3 4
Kildare 1 3 4
Offaly 1 2 3
Antrim 1 1 2
Meath 1 1 2
Armagh 1 0 1
Westmeath 1 0 1
Cavan 0 3 3
Laois 0 3 3
Fermanagh 0 2 2
Limerick 0 1 1

Roll of honour[edit]

Year Winner Opponent
2014[2] Dublin 1-21 Roscommon 3-06
2013[3] Galway 1-14 Cork 1-11
2012 Dublin 2-12 Roscommon 0-11
2011 Galway 2-16 Cavan 1-09 [4]
2010 Dublin 1–10 Donegal 1-08
2009 Cork 1–13 Down 2–09
2008 Kerry 2–12 Kildare 0–11
2007 Cork 2–10 Laois 0–15
2006 Mayo 1–13 Cork 1–11
2005 Galway 6-05 Down 4–06
2004 Armagh 2-08 Mayo 1-09
2003 Dublin 0–12 Tyrone 0-07
2002 Galway 0–15 Dublin 0-07
2001 Tyrone 0–13 Mayo 0–10
2000 Tyrone 3–12 Limerick 0–13
1999 Westmeath 0–12 Kerry 0-09
1998 Kerry 2-08 Laois 0–11
1997 Derry 1–12 Meath 0-05
1996 Kerry 1–17 Cavan 2–10
1995 Kerry 2–12 3–10 Mayo 3-09 1–12
1994 Cork 1–12 Mayo 1-05
1993 Meath 1-08 Kerry 0–10
1992 Tyrone 1–10 Galway 1-07
1991 Tyrone 4–16 Kerry 1-05
1990 Kerry 5–12 Tyrone 2–11
1989 Cork 2-08 Galway 1–10
1988 Offaly 0–11 Cavan 0-09
1987[5] Donegal 1-07 1–12 Kerry 0–10 2-04
1986 Cork 3–16 Offaly 0–12
1985 Cork 0–14 Derry 1-08
1984 Cork 0-09 Mayo 0-06
1983 Mayo 2-05 1-08 Derry 1-08 1-05
1982 Donegal 0-08 Roscommon 0-05
1981 Cork 0–14 2-09 Galway 2-08 1-06
1980 Cork 2-08 Dublin 1-05
1979 Down 1–09 Cork 0-07
1978 Roscommon 1-09 Kerry 1-08
1977 Kerry 1–11 Down 1–05
1976 Kerry 0–14 Kildare 1-03
1975 Kerry 1–15 Dublin 0–10
1974 Mayo 0-09 2–10 Antrim 0-09 2-08
1973 Kerry 2–13 Mayo 0–13
1972 Galway 2-06 Kerry 0-07
1971 Cork 3–10 Fermanagh 0-03
1970 Cork 2–11 Fermanagh 0-09
1969 Antrim 1-08 Roscommon 0–10
1968 Derry 3-09 Offaly 1-09
1967 Mayo 2–10 4-09 Kerry 2–10 1-07
1966 Roscommon 2–10 Kildare 1–12
1965 Kildare 2–11 Cork 1-07
1964 Kerry 1–10 Laois 1-03

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personalities". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2007. 
  2. ^ "Dublin 1-21 Roscommon 3-6". RTE Sport. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "U21FC final: Galway win thriller". Hogan Stand. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Galway U21 2-16 Cavan U21 1-09". RTÉ Sport. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Donegal downed the Kingdom back in 1987 too". Democrat. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 

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