1925 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1925 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
All-Ireland Champions
Winning teamGalway (1st win)
CaptainMichael Walsh (St Grellan's, Ballinasloe)
Provincial Champions
Championship statistics

The 1925 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 39th staging of Ireland's premier Gaelic football knock-out competition. Galway were the winners.[1][2][3]

The championship has become known for the farcical manner in which the play-offs took place. The Connaught final was not held in time to produce a team that could compete against the other three provinces in the semi-finals. Mayo was therefore nominated to represent the province. Mayo beat Wexford in the semi final. Kerry beat Cavan in the other semi-final. However, both Kerry and Cavan were disqualified for fielding illegal players. This meant that Mayo were declared champions without the need for a final. However, in the meantime, Galway had defeated Mayo in the Connaught final and this put the GAA in a bind. They withdrew their nomination of Mayo to represent Connaught, and chose Galway as rightful Connaught champions. Thus, Galway became All-Ireland champions.

However, this was deemed unsatisfactory by all. So the GAA ordered the semi-finals to be replayed with Galway taking the rightful place of Connaught champions. However, Kerry complained that their semi-final victory over Cavan should stand. When the GAA insisted that it should not stand, Kerry withdrew, leaving Cavan to automatically proceed to the final. Galway defeated Cavan in the final. The farce went on so long that the final was not played until January 10, 1926. Cavan, despite having previously been disqualified, finished with a silver medal. Mayo, despite having previously been declared champions, were eliminated. Galway, despite having previously been removed from the tournament, were champions.


Connacht Championship[edit]

Roscommon2-4 – 2-2Sligo

An objection was made and a replay ordered.

Galway1-1 – 1-1Leitrim

Roscommon1-5 – 1-5

Roscommon1-3 – 0-6

Roscommon2-0 – 0-6

Roscommon1-5 – 1-3Sligo

An objection was made and a replay ordered.

Galway1-4 – 2-1

Roscommon0-2 – 2-3Sligo

Galway1-4 – 0-5Leitrim

Mayo2-6 – 1-6Sligo

Galway1-5 – 1-3Mayo
Attendance: 26,000

Leinster Championship[edit]

Kildare5-8 – 1-0Carlow

Louth4-2 – 3-3Laois
Referee: Sean O'Neill (Dublin)

Louth0-7 – 0-3Kilkenny

Dublin0-6 – 2-4Wexford
Referee: T. Walsh (Kilkenny)

Louth0-5 – 3-3Kildare
Referee: J. Delaney (Laois)

Wexford2-7 – 0-3Kildare

Munster Championship[edit]

Kerry1-2 – 0-4Tipperary
Referee: A. Quillinan (L)

An objection was made and a replay ordered.

Kerry3-1 – 0-4Tipperary
Referee: W. P. Aherne ( C )

Cork1-3 – 1-1Limerick

Clare2-2 – 0-1Waterford

Kerry3-8 – 1-0Cork

Kerry5-5 – 0-0Clare

Ulster Championship[edit]

Monaghan1-3 – 0-5Armagh

An objection was made and a replay ordered.

Antrim0-16 – 0-1Down

Cavan1-5 – 1-3Tyrone

Fermanagh3-6 – 0-1Donegal

Monaghan2-2 – 1-4Armagh

Antrim2-5 – 0-4Monaghan

Cavan0-18 – 0-2Donegal

Cavan2-3 – 3-0Antrim
Attendance: 6,000

Cavan3-6 – 0-1Antrim
Attendance: 6,000

All-Ireland Championship[edit]

The Connacht championship was not finished in time, so Mayo were nominated to play in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Kerry1-7 – 2-3Cavan
Attendance: 5000

Both teams lodged objections against each other, and both were disqualified.

Mayo2-4 – 1-4Wexford

With both Kerry and Cavan disqualified, Mayo now had no opponent to play in the All-Ireland final. And when Galway defeated Mayo in the Connacht final, the GAA decided to award the All-Ireland title to Galway.[4] However, this was then seen as unsatisfactory, so the championship was refixtured with Kerry, Cavan, Wexford and Galway. Kerry wanted their victory over Cavan to stand, but when they were ordered to replay it, they withdrew in protest.[5][6]

Cavanw/o – scr.Kerry

Galway3-4 – 1-1Wexford

Galway3-2 – 1-2Cavan

Championship statistics[edit]


  • There were a lot of objections draws, replayed and extra time:

- In the Connacht championship saw 3 meetings of Galway vs Leitrim and 6 meetings of Sligo vs Roscommon while in the Munster championship no draw between Kerry vs Tipperary but went to a replay and with Monaghan vs Armagh in the Ulster championship.

  • Galway became the first Connacht county to win the All Ireland title and first not from Munster or Leinster.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
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