1938–39 National Football League (Ireland)

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1938–39 National Football League
League details
DatesNovember 1938 – 14 May 1939
League champions
WinnersMayo (6th win)
CaptainPaddy Moclair
League runners-up
Runners-upMeath
CaptainMatt Gilsenan

The 1938–39 National Football League was the 12th staging of the National Football League, an annual Gaelic football tournament for the Gaelic Athletic Association county teams of Ireland.

30 counties participated in the league, with Kilkenny and Fermanagh being the non-participants.[1]

Mayo won the league for the sixth year in a row, beating Meath in the final.[2][3][4]

Format[edit]

There were seven groups.

Group A had originally been drawn with five teams. When Mayo entered, they were added to Group A, which was then split into two sections for the round-robin stage.[5]

The winners of Groups A, B and C qualified automatically for the Semi-Final.,[6][7]

The winners of Groups D, E, F and G played off for the remaining semi-final place

Results and Tables[edit]

Group A[edit]

Section One Play-Offs[edit]

Mayo4-3 – 0-5Galway

Mayo1-6 – 0-6Kerry

Section Two[edit]

Group Final[edit]

Mayo0-8 – 0-7Laois

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 4 4 0 0 8 Advance to Semi-Final
Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 4 2 1 1 5
Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 4 2 1 1 5
Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow 4 1 0 3 2
Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford 4 0 0 4 0

[11]

Group C[edit]

Play-Off[edit]

Meath1-7 – 1-6Louth
Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Leitrim.svg Meath 6 4 2 0 10 Advance to Knockout Stage
Colours of Cork.svg Louth 6 4 2 0 10
Colours of Laois.svg Cavan 6 3 3 0 9
Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 6 2 1 3 5
Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 6 2 0 4 4
Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh 6 1 0 5 2
Colours of Down.svg Down 6 1 0 5 2

[13]

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim 2 2 0 0 4 Advance to Inter-Group Play-Offs
Colours of Sligo.svg Sligo 2 1 0 1 2
Colours of Leitrim.svg Donegal 2 0 0 1 0

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon 2 2 0 0 4 Advance to Inter-Group Play-Offs
Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford 2 1 0 1 2
Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 2 0 0 1 0

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Cork.svg Derry 2 2 0 0 4 Advance to Inter-Group Play-Offs
Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone 2 1 0 1 2
Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 2 0 0 1 0

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Leinster Council.svg Limerick 2 2 0 0 4 Advance to Inter-Group Play-Offs
Colours of Clare.svg Clare 2 1 0 1 2
Colours of Cork.svg Cork 2 0 0 1 0

Inter-Group Play-Offs[edit]

Semi-Finals[edit]

Derry1-5 – 0-3Leitrim
Roscommon1-3 – 1-2Limerick

Final[edit]

Roscommon2-7 – 3-3Derry

Semi-finals[edit]

Mayo3-7 – 0-6Wexford

Meath2-5 – 1-4Roscommon

National League Final[edit]

Mayo5-9 – 0-6Meath
Attendance: 10,000[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New draws in National Football League", Irish Independent, 25 October 1938, p. 16
  2. ^ Mayo results archive
  3. ^ GAA Final Teams
  4. ^ Croke Park archive page
  5. ^ "New draws in National Football League", Irish Independent, 25 October 1938, p. 16
  6. ^ "How They Stand Now", Irish Independent, 27 February 1939, p. 13
  7. ^ "What the results now mean"; Irish Independent, 27 March 1939, p.10
  8. ^ "Full steam ahead for another title", Irish Press, 13 March 1939, p. 17
  9. ^ "Mayo spring big surprise by beating Kerry in League Decider in Tralee", The Cork Examiner, 27 March 1939, p. 11
  10. ^ "How They Stand Now", Irish Independent, 27 February 1939, p. 13
  11. ^ "What the results now mean"; Irish Independent, 27 March 1939, p.10
  12. ^ "Weekend Results", The Cork Examiner, 24 April 1939, p. 10
  13. ^ "What the results now mean"; Irish Independent, 27 March 1939, p.10
  14. ^ "Roscommon for semi-final", Irish Independent, 27 March 1939, p. 10
  15. ^ "For The Record, A History of the National Football and Hurling League Finals", Tom Morrison, Collins Press, 2002, ISBN 9781903464151