1981–82 National Football League (Ireland)

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1981–82 National Football League
League details
DatesOctober 1981 – 24 May 1982
League champions
WinnersKerry (14th win)
CaptainJimmy Deenihan
ManagerMick O'Dwyer
League runners-up
Runners-upCork
CaptainDinny Allen

The 1981–82 National Football League was the 51st staging of the National Football League (NFL), an annual Gaelic football tournament for the Gaelic Athletic Association county teams of Ireland.

Kerry defeated Cork in the final after a replay.[1][2]

Format[edit]

Titles[edit]

Teams in all four divisions competed for one league title.

Divisions[edit]

  • Division One: 8 teams
  • Division Two: 8 teams
  • Division Three: 8 teams
  • Division Four: 8 teams

Round-Robin Format[edit]

Each team played every other team in its division once, either home or away.

Points awarded[edit]

2 points were awarded for a win and 1 for a draw.

Knockout stage qualifiers[edit]

  • Division One: top 4 teams[3]
  • Division Two: top 2 teams
  • Division Three: top team
  • Division Four: top team

Knockout phase structure[edit]

In the Preliminary Quarter-Finals, the match-ups were as follows

  • Preliminary Quarter-final 1: Fourth-placed team in Division One v First-placed team in Division Four
  • Preliminary Quarter-final 2: Second-placed team in Division Two v First-placed team in Division Three

In the Quarter-Finals, the match-ups were as follows

  • Quarter-final 1: Winner Preliminary Quarter-final 1 v First-placed team in Division Two
  • Quarter-final 2: Winner Preliminary Quarter-final 2 v Third-placed team in Division One

The semi-final match-ups are:

  • Semi-final 1: First-placed team in Division One v Winner Quarter-final 1
  • Semi-final 2: Second-placed team in Division One v Winner Quarter-final 2

Separation of teams on equal points[edit]

In the event that teams finish on equal points, then a play-off will be used to determine group placings if necessary, i.e. where to decide relegation places or quarter-finalists.

Group stage[edit]

Division One[edit]

Regulation games[edit]

18 October 1981 Cork2-9 — 0-9MayoPairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork
18 October 1981 Offaly1-11 — 0-12DublinCroke Park[4]

Play-Offs[edit]

7 March 1982 For 3rd PlaceCork2-9 — 1-5KerryKillarney[6][7]
14 March 1982 For 2nd PlaceCork1-11 — 0-8OffalyPáirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork[8]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh 7 4 2 1 10 Qualified for Knockout Stages
Colours of Cork.svg Cork 7 4 0 3 8
Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 7 4 0 3 8
Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 7 4 0 3 8
Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 7 3 1 3 7
Colours of Mayo.svg Mayo 7 3 1 3 7
Colours of Galway.svg Galway 7 2 1 4 5 Relegated to Division Two of the 1982–83 NFL
Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon 7 1 1 5 3

[9]

Division Two[edit]

Play-Offs[edit]

7 March 1982 For 2nd PlaceDown0-11 — 0-8MeathDundalk[10]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Cork.svg Derry 7 5 1 1 11 Qualified for Knockout Stage; Promoted to Division One of the 1982–83 NFL
Colours of Down.svg Down 7 4 2 1 10
Colours of Leitrim.svg Meath 7 4 2 1 10
Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone 7 2 3 2 7
Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare 7 2 2 3 6
Colours of Laois.svg Cavan 7 3 0 4 6
Colours of Leinster Council.svg Fermanagh 7 1 1 5 3 Relegated to Division Three of the 1982–83 NFL
Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 7 1 1 5 3

[11]

Division Three[edit]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow 7 6 0 1 12 Qualified for Knockout Stage; Promoted to Division Two of the 1982–83 NFL
Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 7 5 1 1 11 Promoted to Division Two of the 1982–83 NFL
Colours of Laois.svg Laois 7 3 1 3 7
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 7 3 1 3 7
Colours of Leitrim.svg Donegal 7 3 0 4 6
Colours of Cork.svg Louth 7 3 0 4 6
Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 7 2 1 5 5 Relegated to Division Four of the 1982–83 NFL
Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 7 1 0 6 2

[12]

Division Four[edit]

7 March 1982 For 2nd PlaceLongford1-8 — 0-9SligoCarrick-on-Shannon[13]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Clare.svg Clare 7 7 0 0 14 Qualified for Knockout Stage; Promoted to Division Three of the 1982–83 NFL
Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford 7 5 0 2 10 Promoted to Division Three of the 1982–83 NFL
Colours of Sligo.svg Sligo 7 5 0 2 10
Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford 7 3 0 4 6
Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 7 2 2 3 6
Colours of Leinster Council.svg Limerick 7 2 1 4 5
Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim 7 1 1 5 3
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny 7 1 0 6 2

[14]

Knockout Stages[edit]

Preliminary Quarter-Finals[edit]

Kerry4-6 – 1-3Clare

Down3-8 – 0-9Wicklow
Attendance: 2,553

Quarter-Finals[edit]

Kerry1-11 – 0-5Derry

Offaly1-9 – 0-12Down

Offaly3-8 – 1-10Down

Semi-Finals[edit]

Kerry3-14 – 1-5Armagh

Cork1-15 – 1-10Offaly

Final[edit]

Kerry0-11 – 0-11Cork
Attendance: 30,000[21]
Referee: Seamus Aldridge (Kildare)[22]

Kerry1-9 – 0-8Cork
Attendance: 25,000[23]
Referee: Seamus Aldridge (Kildare)[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GAA Final Teams
  2. ^ Terrace Talk 1982
  3. ^ "League play-offs cause confusion", Cork Examiner, 10 March 1982, p. 15
  4. ^ "Results at a glance", Irish Press, 19 October 1981, p. 14
  5. ^ "Kerry suffer first defeat", Cork Examiner, 23 November 1981, p. 14
  6. ^ http://www.terracetalk.com/kerry-football/year/1982/League
  7. ^ "League play-offs cause confusion", Cork Examiner, 10 March 1982, p. 15
  8. ^ "Confident Cork hold whiphand", Irish Independent, 15 March 1982, p. 11
  9. ^ "GAA Results in Brief", Irish Independent, 01/03/1982, p. 9
  10. ^ "GAA Results", Irish Independent, 8 March 1982, p. 11
  11. ^ "GAA Results in Brief", Irish Independent, 01/03/1982, p. 9
  12. ^ "GAA Results in Brief", Irish Independent, 01/03/1982, p. 9
  13. ^ "GAA Results", Irish Independent, 8 March 1982, p. 11
  14. ^ "GAA Results in Brief", Irish Independent, 01/03/1982, p. 9
  15. ^ "Handy for Down as Wicklows defence concedes chances".
  16. ^ "GAA Results", Irish Press, 22 March 1982, p. 13
  17. ^ "GAA Results", Irish Press, 22 March 1982, p. 13
  18. ^ "Goalkeeping error costs Down dearly", Cork Examiner, 5 April 1982, p. 16
  19. ^ "GAA Results", Irish Press, 12 April 1982, p. 13
  20. ^ "GAA Results", Irish Press, 12 April 1982, p. 13
  21. ^ "For The Record, A History of the National Football and Hurling League Finals", Tom Morrison, Collins Press, 2002, ISBN 9781903464151
  22. ^ "For The Record, A History of the National Football and Hurling League Finals", Tom Morrison, Collins Press, 2002, ISBN 9781903464151
  23. ^ "For The Record, A History of the National Football and Hurling League Finals", Tom Morrison, Collins Press, 2002, ISBN 9781903464151
  24. ^ "For The Record, A History of the National Football and Hurling League Finals", Tom Morrison, Collins Press, 2002, ISBN 9781903464151

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