Tipperary Senior Football Championship

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Tipperary Senior Football Championship
Irish Comórtas Péil Sínsear Thiobráid Árainn
Founded 1886
Title holders Loughmore-Castleiney (12th title)
First winner Templemore
Most titles Fethard (21 titles)
Sponsors Enfer

The Tipperary Senior Football Championship is an annual Gaelic Athletic Association club competition between the top Gaelic football clubs in Tipperary. The winners of the Tipperary Championship qualify to represent their county in the Munster Senior Club Football Championship, the winners of which advance to the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship.

Over the decades, the Tipperary championship has been dominated by teams from South Tipperary, with Fethard and Clonmel Commercials leading the roll of honour, though Loughmore-Castleiney from Mid Tipperary strongly challenge in most seasons and are the current champions (2013). Kilruane MacDonagh's were the last North Tipperary team to be victorious in 1975, while teams from West Tipperary have also figured in the honours list, including Aherlow who won their first championship in 2006. Other teams from the West to have won the championship are Galtee Rovers and Arravale Rovers, champions in 1985. The latter were promoted from Intermediate level for 2008, thus providing Tipperary Town with a senior team once again, a welcome development for such a town steeped in the ancient history of the game. The game's administrators are struggling in Clonmel to keep abreast of population growth where the town with about 20,000 people, now has three senior clubs, Commercials, with Moyle Rovers located in the outer suburban fringe. The most recently formed club, Clonmel Óg, first contested the senior championships in 2009, having won the Intermediate Championship in 2008 and continue to make welcome progress.

Over the years, prominent senior football clubs have included Fethard, Clonmel Commercials, Moyle Rovers, Ardfinnan, Grangemockler, Kilsheelan and Cahir from South Tipperary. Western teams who are consistent participants in the championship are Aherlow, Arravale Rovers, Eire Og, Anacarty and Galtee Rovers. Loughmore-Castleiney almost unfailingly represent mid Tipperary, while Templemore represented by J.K. Bracken's and Moyne-Templetuohy also occasionally compete. The most successful teams to date have been Fethard and Commercials, though in recent years, Moyle Rovers have been to the fore with a number of wins. The champions in 2005 were Ardfinnan who made a winning return to the roll of honour after an absence of 31 years, while 2006 will be recorded as a notable year in West Tipperary when their divisional champions, Aherlow, lifted the laurels for the first time and brought the title to the storied glen.

The old order was restored in 2007, when Moyle Rovers triumphed once again. The 2008 final saw Galtee Rovers defeat Cahir to bring the title back to Bansha after an absence of 27 years, but their reign was short-lived and Moyle Rovers restored the South's supremacy in 2009 with their win over West champions, Aherlow on 25 October at Semple Stadium.[1] However, the glensmen came back for victory in 2010, taking the laurels from Loughmore-Castleiney in the final. The 2011 championship was quite unique in that for the first time, it was won by Thomas MacDonagh's, a combination team representing nine clubs in the North Tipperary Division. They won the title from Moyle Rovers in the final in Cashel on 6 November 2011. It was the first time in 36 years that the title went North, the last victorious team from the region being Kilruane MacDonagh's in 1975. However, MacDonagh's relinquished their title in 2012 when Clonmel Commercials returned as champions for the 15th time, thus bridging a 10-year gap since their last victory.

2013 will long be remembered in Loughmore-Castleiney as the Club gained immortality by winning the Senior Football Championship for the 12th time and also won the Senior Hurling Championship for good measure, thus becoming the first club to win both championships in the same year, a feat unlikely to be matched by another club in the forseable future. Loughmore-Castleiney's famous victory came at Semple Stadium on Sunday, 3 November, when their three-goal tally comfortably saw off the challenge of Aherlow Gaels which is a combination team representing the Aherlow and Lattin-Cullen clubs in West Tipperary.

Top winners[edit]

Team Winner Winning Years
1 Fethard 21 1887, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1938, 1942, 1954, 1957, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2001
2 Clonmel Commercials 15 1944, 1948, 1956, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2012
3 Loughmore-Castleiney 12 1914, 1940, 1946, 1955, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992, 2004, 2013.
4 Grangemockler 8 1890, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1931
Clonmel Shamrocks 8 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1933, 1934, 1937
Ardfinnan 8 1935, 1939, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1970, 1974, 2005
5 Moyle Rovers 7 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2009
6 Arravale Rovers 6 1894, 1895, 1896, 1899, 1941, 1985
Galtee Rovers 6 1949, 1950, 1976, 1980, 1981, 2008
7 Mullinahone 5 1912, 1913, 1916, 1926, 1929
8 Kilsheelan 4 1930, 1932, 1968, 1972
9 St. Flannan's (North Selection) 3 1958, 1959, 1961
10 Templemore 2 1925, 1936
Bohercrowe 2 1888, 1889
Nenagh 2 1911, 1915
St. Patrick's (Drangan/Cloneen) 2 1947, 1953
10th Battalion Templemore 2 1943, 1945
Aherlow 2 2006, 2010
11 Tipperary Town 1 1902
Cloneen 1 1908
Tipperary O'Leary's 1 1910
Castleiney 1 1914
Old Bridge 1 1952
Thurles Crokes 1 1960
Ballingarry 1 1951
Kilruane MacDonagh's 1 1975
Cahir 1 2003
Thomas MacDonagh's 1 2011

Roll of honour[edit]

[2]

Year Winner Runners Up
2013[3] Loughmore-Castleiney 3-10 Aherlow Gaels (Aherlow/Lattin-Cullen) 0-09
2012 Clonmel Commercials 1-09 Thomas MacDonagh's 0-05[4]
2011 Thomas MacDonagh's 0-09 Moyle Rovers 0-07[5]
2010 Aherlow 2-04 Loughmore-Castleiney 1-06 [6]
2009 Moyle Rovers 3-06 Aherlow 1-11 [7]
2008 Galtee Rovers 0-07 Cahir 0-05
2007 Moyle Rovers 1-09 Fethard 0-04
2006 Aherlow 2-10 Moyle Rovers 0-05
2005 Ardfinnan 1-05 Loughmore-Castleiney 1-04 [8]
2004 Loughmore-Castleiney 0-09 Moyle Rovers 0-06
2003 Cahir 0-07 Ardfinnan 0-04
2002[9] Clonmel Commercials 1-14 Aherlow 1-05
2001 Fethard 1-13 Aherlow 0-08
2000 Moyle Rovers Loughmore-Castleiney
1999 Moyle Rovers Clonmel Commercials
1998 Moyle Rovers Ardfinnan
1997 Fethard Aherlow
1996 Moyle Rovers Clonmel Commercials
1995 Moyle Rovers Clonmel Commercials
1994 Clonmel Commercials Loughmore-Castleiney
1993 Fethard Loughmore-Castleiney
1992 Loughmore-Castleiney Fethard
1991 Fethard Clonmel Commercials
1990 Clonmel Commercials Loughmore-Castleiney
1989 Clonmel Commercials Fethard
1988 Fethard Clonmel Commercials
1987 Loughmore-Castleiney Clonmel Commercials
1986 Clonmel Commercials Fethard
1985 Arravale Rovers Loughmore-Castleiney
1984 Fethard Clonmel Commercials
1983 Loughmore-Castleiney Fethard
1982 Clonmel Commercials Fethard
1981 Galtee Rovers Kilsheelan
1980 Galtee Rovers 0-11 Loughmore-Castleiney 0-10
1979 Loughmore-Castleiney Galtee Rovers
1978 Fethard Galtee Rovers
1977 Loughmore-Castleiney Galtee Rovers
1976 Galtee Rovers 2-07 Arravale Rovers 0-02
1975 Kilruane MacDonagh's Loughmore-Castleiney
1974 Ardfinnan Fethard
1973 Loughmore-Castleiney Ardfinnan
1972 Kilsheelan Ardfinnan
1971 Clonmel Commercials Ardfinnan
1970 Ardfinnan
1969 Clonmel Commercials Ardfinnan
1968 Kilsheelan Ardfinnan
1967 Clonmel Commercials Ardfinnan
1966 Clonmel Commercials Inane Rovers
1965 Clonmel Commercials Moneygall
1964 Ardfinnan Clonmel Commercials
1963 Ardfinnan Templemore
1962 Ardfinnan Thurles Crokes
1961 St. Flannan's Lattin-Cullen
1960 Thurles Crokes Clonmel Commercials
1959 St. Flannan's Loughmore-Castleiney
1958 St. Flannan's, Loughmore-Castleiney
1957 Fethard Loughmore-Castleiney
1956 Clonmel Commercials 3-09 Loughmore-Castleiney 0-07
1955 Loughmore-Castleiney 3-08 Arravale Rovers 0-06
1954 Fethard 2-03 Loughmore-Castleiney 2-02
1953 St Patrick's (Drangan/Cloneen) 0-05 Ballingarry 0-04
1952 Old Bridge, Clonmel - Awarded Title Galtee Rovers -withdrew from Final
1951 Ballingarry 1-05 Galtee Rovers 0-05
1950 Galtee Rovers 1-08 Templetuohy 1-02
1949 Galtee Rovers 1-07 Templetuohy 1-02
1948 Clonmel Commercials 4-05 Loughmore-Castleiney 2-02
1947 St Patrick's (Drangan/Cloneen) 0-06 Galtee Rovers 0-03
1946 Loughmore-Castleiney 3-08 Clonmel Commercials 2-06
1945 Army (10th Battalion) Mullinahone 1-02
1944 Clonmel Commercials 1-06 Army (10th Battalion) 1-04
1943 Army (10th Battalion) 1-07 Fethard 0-03
1942 Fethard 4-05 Arravale Rovers 1-02
1941 Arravale Rovers 3-4 Loughmore-Castleiney 0-0
1940 Loughmore-Castleiney 1-8 Clonmel Shamrocks 0-2
1939 Ardfinnan 1-3 West Tipperary Selection 1-1
1938 Fethard 2-8 West Tipperary Selection 1-1
1937 Clonmel Shamrocks 3-2 Ardfinnan 3-0
1936 Templemore 2-05 Arravale Rovers 1-06
1935 Ardfinnan 3-05 Templemore 2-01
1934 Clonmel Shamrocks
1933 Clonmel Shamrocks 1-05 Templemore 0-03
1932 Kilsheelan Grangemockler
1931 Grangemockler (awarded Title) No teams in Mid, North or West
1930 Kilsheelan Grangemockler
1929 Mullinahone 2-05 Templemore 0-01
1928 Fethard 1-03 Templemore 0-04
1927 Fethard Mid Tipperary Selection
1926 Mullinahone 3-03 Templemore 0-05
1925 Templemore 1-04 Fethard 1-1
1924 Fethard 1-6 Templemore 1-2
1923 Fethard 3-3 Templemore 0-5
1922 Fethard 1-4 Templemore 0-0
1921 No Championship (War of Independence)
1920 Fethard 2-6 Mullinahone 0-4
1919 Fethard 3-5 Nenagh 1-0
1918 Fethard 2-2 The Commons 1-2
1917 Fethard 4-2 Mullinahone 2-1
1916 Final Abandoned
1915 Nenagh 1-2 Castleiney-Templetuohy 1-1
1914 Castleiney 3-1 Nenagh 1-0
1913 Mullinahone4-04 Templemore 0-04
1912 Mullinahone 1-2 Nenagh 1-1
1911 Nenagh 2-3 Templetuohy 0-0
1910 Tipperary O'Leary's Borris-Ileigh
1909 Grangemockler 1-5 Clonmel Emmets 2-4
1908 Cloneen (awarded Title) Tipperary O'Leary's
1907 Grangemockler 3-4 Cashel 0-4
1906 Grangemockler 2-05 Kilcash 0-05
1905 Grangemockler 0-11 Kilcash 0-2
1904 Grangemockler 2-5 Poulacapple 0-6
1903 Grangemockler 2-5 Poulacapple 1-3
1902 Tipperary Town 1-8 Kilsheelan 0-3 (Replay)
1901 Clonmel Shamrocks 1-12 Fethard 0-4
1900 Clonmel Shamrocks 1-8 Clonmel Commercials 0-4
1899 Arravale Rovers 0-6 (Awarded Title) Clonmel Shamrocks 0-6
1898 Clonmel Shamrocks 0-10 Kilcash 0-01
1897 Coolmoyne 1-2 Clonmel Shamrocks 0-1
1896 Arravale Rovers 1-1 Grangemockler 0-03
1895 Arravale Rovers 4-6 Loughmore 0-1
1894 Arravale Rovers 1-2 Tipperary Shamrocks 0-0
1893 No Championship due to Parnell split
1892 No Championship due to Parnell split
1891 No Championship due to Parnell split
1890 Grangemockler
1889 Bohercrowe2-7 Carrick 0-0
1888 Bohercrowe 0-4 Fethard 0-1 (Replay)
1887 Fethard N/A
1886 Templemore N/A

North Tipperary[edit]

While there is currently no senior divisional championship, an occasional presence is maintained in the county championship by one or two teams, often representing an amalgamation of junior clubs who play in the divisional junior championship. Best known teams from the past have been Inane Rovers from Roscrea, St Flannan's and Kilruane MacDonagh's, the latter two having won the county championship on one occasion each. The region received a boost in 2011 when a combination team named after patriot Thomas MacDonagh, a representative outfit drawing from nine clubs won the County Championship, a feat last achieved in 1975, when the other MacDonagh's from Kilruane were champions.

Mid Tipperary[edit]

The Mid Tipperary Senior Football Championship is generally contested by three teams: J.K. Bracken's of Templemore, Loughmore-Castleiney and Moyne-Templetuohy. The following is a list of winners of the Mid Tipperary Championship.

Year Winner Runner-Up
2012
2011 J.K. Bracken's Loughmore-Castleiney
2010
2009 Loughmore-Castleiney J.K. Bracken's
2008 Loughmore-Castleiney Moyne-Templetuohy
2007 Loughmore-Castleiney Moyne-Templetuohy
2006 J.K. Bracken's Loughmore-Castleiney
2005 Loughmore-Castleiney J.K. Bracken's
2004 Loughmore-Castleiney
2003 Loughmore-Castleiney J.K. Bracken's
2002 J.K. Bracken's Loughmore-Castleiney
2001 Moyne-Templetuohy Loughmore-Castleiney
2000 Loughmore-Castleiney J.K. Bracken's
1999 Loughmore-Castleiney
1998 Loughmore-Castleiney J.K. Bracken's
1997 Loughmore-Castleiney
1996 Loughmore-Castleiney
1995 Loughmore-Castleiney St. Kevin's
1994 Loughmore-Castleiney Peil Durlas
1993 Loughmore-Castleiney Oliver Plunketts
1992 Loughmore-Castleiney Oliver Plunketts
1991 Loughmore-Castleiney
1990 Loughmore-Castleiney
1989 Loughmore-Castleiney Templemore
1988 Loughmore-Castleiney Templemore
1987 Loughmore-Castleiney Moyne-Templetuohy
1986 Moyne-Templetuohy Loughmore-Castleiney
1985 Loughmore-Castleiney
1984 Loughmore-Castleiney
1983 Loughmore-Castleiney Moycarkey-Borris
1982 Loughmore-Castleiney
1981 Loughmore-Castleiney
1980 Loughmore-Castleiney Templemore
1979 Loughmore-Castleiney
1978 Loughmore-Castleiney
1977 Loughmore-Castleiney
1976 Loughmore-Castleiney
1975 Loughmore-Castleiney
1974 Loughmore-Castleiney
1973 Loughmore-Castleiney
1972 Loughmore-Castleiney
1971 Loughmore-Castleiney
1970 Loughmore-Castleiney
1969 Loughmore-Castleiney
1968 Loughmore-Castleiney
1967 Loughmore-Castleiney
1966 Loughmore-Castleiney
1965 Loughmore-Castleiney Templemore
1964 Templemore Éire Óg
1963 Templemore Éire Óg
1962 Thurles Crokes
1961 Thurles Crokes
1960 Thurles Crokes
1959 Templemore
1958 Loughmore
1957 Loughmore
1956 Loughmore
1955 Loughmore
1954 Loughmore
1953
1952
1951
1950 Templetuohy
1949 Templetuohy
1948 Loughmore-Castleiney
1947
1946 Loughmore-Castleiney
1945 10th Battalion, Army, Templemore
1944 10th Battalion, Army, Templemore
1943 10th Battalion, Army, Templemore
1942
1941 Loughmore-Castleiney
1940 Loughmore-Castleiney
1939
1938
1937
1936 Templemore
1935 Templemore
1934 Templemore
1933
1932
1931
1930 Mullinahone
1929 Templemore
1928 Templemore
1927 Templemore
1926 Templemore
1925 Templemore
1924 Templemore
1923 Templemore
1922 Templemore
1921 No Championship
1920 No Championship
1919 Castleiney
1918 The Commons
1917 Mullinahone
1916 Templemore
1915 Castleiney
1914 Castleiney
1913 Templemore
1912 Templetuohy
1911 Templetuohy
1910 Borrisoleigh
1909 Thurles
1908 Thurles

West Tipperary[edit]

The West Tipperary Championship has been contested by the same four teams in recent years: Aherlow, Éire Óg Annacarty, Galtee Rovers and Arravale Rovers with Galtee Rovers winning their 24th title in 2008 to consolidate their place at the top of the roll of honour which they have maintained since the inaugural year of the championship in 1947. The championship was in that year is a round-robin affair with the top team qualifying for the final and the second and third teams contesting a semi-final. The emerging champions also advance to the quarter final of the County Championship. A similar system has been in vogue since then.

The stranglehold on the championship enjoyed by the Aherlow/Galtee Rovers axis was broken in 2011 and new champions other than these two clubs were crowned for the first time since Knockavilla Kickhams took the laurels in 1998. The 2011 final contestants were the age-old Arravale Rovers of Tipperary Town and the more hurling orientated club of Éire Óg, Annacarty who were making a strong bid to win their first championship at this level and code, having proved their mettle in the senior hurling championship on many past occasions. However, it was Arravale's turn once again to take the laurels after an exceptionally long barren period of 18 years, when they were a goal to the good in the final played at Golden on 25 September.

Éire Óg, however fulfilled their ambition in 2012 when they won their inaugural championship, a noteworthy achievement given their dual status and their challenging assignments in the hurling championship. However, their regin was short-lived as Arravale Rovers were wrthy winners of the 2013 championship, when they saw off Galtee Rovers in one of the few finals to be played at Lattin, whose new ground development is a showpiece for other clubs to copy. The final was something of an anti-climax as the champions did not have an avenue to progress to the county championship as in former years.

Aside from the championship, Arravale Rovers fine team of the war years, claim to be champions of West Tipperary in 1942, though there is no official record in the annals of a championship series being organised before 1947. The Club's similar claim in relation to 1941 is no longer an issue, again because of because of a dearth of supporting documentary evidence, though undoubtedly they won the few matches played in those years of austerity. Notwithstanding this disputed episode, the black and amber of the Arravales were All-Ireland Senior Football Champions when other clubs were just starting out at the end of the 19th century. Disregarding the disputed year of 1942, they are level with the Lattin-Cullen club in the role of honour with 10 championships, though the years are passing since the latter were a potent force. The following is the list of winners of the West Tipperary Senior Football Championship since the inauguration of the official championship in 1947 to 2013.

Galtee Rovers: (24) - 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1963, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008.

Lattin-Cullen: (10) - 1958, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1982, 1994.

Arravale Rovers: (11) - 1942 (disputed), 1948, 1955, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1984, 1992, 1993, 2011, 2013.

Aherlow: (6) - 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010.[10]

Solohead: (4) - 1956, 1957, 1970, 1977.

Golden-Kilfeacle: (4) - 1986, 1988, 1995, 1996.

Emly: (3) - 1959, 1960, 1987.

Cappawhite: (1) - 1978.

Cashel King Cormacs: (1) - 1990.

Knockavilla Kickhams: (1) - 1998.

St. Ailbe's ( Aherlow/Emly): (1) - 1968.

Golden-Rockwell (Golden/Kilfeacle & Rockwell Rovers): (1) - 1980.

Éire Óg Annacarty: (1) - 2012.

South Tipperary[edit]

The South Tipperary Championship is contested by ten teams: Ardfinnan, Cahir, Carrick Swans, Clonmel Commercials, Fethard, Clonmel Óg, Killenaule, Moyle Rovers, Kilsheelan and Mullinahone.

The championship is currently a two group competition. The winners of each group go directly into two semi finals, with the 2nd and 3rd placed teams playing off in two quarter finals.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tipperary Senior Football Champions Roll of Honour". tipparchives.com. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  3. ^ "McGrath points way to historic double for Loughmore". Irish Independent. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Clonmel: We’ll rattle Kerry kingpins". Irish Examiner. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
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  7. ^ "Moyle Rovers triumph in Tipperary decider". Irish Examiner. 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Long wait over for Ardfinnan". Irish Examiner. 2005-10-31. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Clonmel revel in Semple Stadium’s wide spaces". Irish Examiner. 11 November 2002. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
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