List of All-Ireland Senior Football Championship finals
|Number of teams||34 (qualifiers)
8 (final series)
|Current champions||Dublin (25th title)|
|Most successful team(s)||Kerry (37 titles)|
The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the premier competition in Gaelic football, is an annual series of games played in Ireland during the summer and early autumn, and organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Contested by the top inter-county football teams in Ireland, the tournament has taken place every year since 1887—except in 1888, when the competition was not played due to a tour of the United States by would-be competitors.
The competition culminates on the third or fourth Sunday in September with the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final. The winning team receives the Sam Maguire Cup. The final has been played at Croke Park in Dublin since 1913, with the exception of the 1947 final which was played at the Polo Grounds in New York. Finals held before the GAA's acquirement of Croke Park were played at venues around Dublin and the counties of Cork, Kildare and Tipperary. Kerry are the most successful football team in the history of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. As of 2014, Kerry have won the competition on 37 occasions, including two four-in-a-rows (1929 - 1932, 1978 - 1981) and two three-in-a-rows (1939 - 1941, 1984 - 1986).
Dublin are the current champions.
Teams from the southern province of Munster shared the early titles, with Limerick, Tipperary and Cork winning the first three finals. The first Championship featured club teams who represented their respective counties after their county championship. The 21 a-side final was between Commercials of Limerick and Young Irelands of Louth. The final was played in Beech Hill, Clonskeagh (not Bird Avenue) on 29 April 1888 with Commercials winning by 1-4 to 0-3. Unlike later All-Irelands, there were no provincial championships and it was an open draw.
The second Championship was unfinished owing to the American Invasion Tour. The 1888 provincial championships had been completed (Tipperary, Kilkenny and Monaghan winning them; no Connacht teams entered) but after the Invasion tour returned, the All-Ireland semi-final and final were not played. English team London reached the final four times in the early years of the competition (1900 - 1903).
The 1903 Championship brought Kerry's first All-Ireland title. They went on to become the most successful football team in the history of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. As of 2014, they have won the competition on 37 occasions, including two four-in-a-rows (1929 - 1932, 1978 - 1981) and two three-in-a-rows (1939 - 1941, 1984 - 1986). Galway were the first team from the West to win an All-Ireland title, doing so in 1925. The 1933 final brought victory for Cavan who became the first team from the northern province of Ulster to win an All-Ireland title.
The first half of the twentieth century brought the rise of several teams who won two or more All-Ireland titles in that period, such as Kildare, Mayo, Cavan, Wexford and Roscommon. Since Cavan's fifth title in 1952 none have won a final, while Cavan and Wexford have never since appeared in one. Remarkably Mayo who last won in 1951 have appeared in numerous finals since 1989 (1989, 1996 (draw and replay), 1997, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2013) losing them all. The record of losing finals now equals that of Cork (1891 - 1911) and Mayo's quest to end their All Ireland famine is a major sub plot the longer it continues.
A record 90,556 attended the 1961 final between Down and Offaly. In the 1990s, a significant sea change took place, as the All-Ireland was claimed by an Ulster team in four consecutive years (1991 – 1994). Since then Ulster has produced more All-Ireland winning teams than any other province. The 2001 final brought victory for Galway who became the first football team to win an All-Ireland by springing through "the back door." The 2003 final between Armagh and Tyrone was the first to be contested by two teams from the same province.
The following table sets out the winning team and beaten finalist of each All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final. The vast majority of finals were contested by the winning semi-finalists, although in certain cases in the early years a provincial championship had not been completed in time and the affected province nominated a team to participate in the All-Ireland semi-final. In some of these cases, the nominated team (e.g. Dublin in 1905) won its semi-final, but was then vanquished in their provincial championship, and their place in the All-Ireland final taken by another team from that province.
|*||Final won after Replay|
|Final not played|
|Winning county won the Double|
|Year||Date||Winner||Score||Runner-up||Score||Venue||Attendance||Winning Margin (Points)|
|1887||29 April 1888||Limerick||1–4||Louth||0–3||Clonskeagh||7,000||4|
|1888||Championship unfinished - the GAA committee and players travelled to the USA to promote the game abroad|
|1890||26 June 1892||Cork||2–4||Wexford||0–1||Clonturk||1,000||9|
|1891||28 February 1892||Dublin||2–1||Cork||1–1||Clonturk||2,000||3|
|1892||26 March 1893||Dublin||1–4||Kerry||0–3||Clonturk||5,000||4|
|1893||24 June 1894||Wexford||1–1||Cork||0–1||Phoenix Park||1,000||3|
|1894||21 April 1894||Dublin||0–5||Cork||1–2||Thurles||10,000||0|
|1895||15 March 1896||Tipperary||0–4||Meath||0–3||Jones' Road||8,000||1|
|1896||6 February 1898||Limerick||1–5||Dublin||0–7||Jones' Road||3,500||1|
|1897||5 February 1899||Dublin||2–6||Cork||0–2||Jones' Road||4,000||10|
|1898||8 April 1900||Dublin||2–8||Waterford||0–4||Tipperary||1,000||10|
|1899||10 February 1901||Dublin||1–10||Cork||0–6||Jones' Road||2,000||7|
|1900||26 October 1902||Tipperary||3–7||London||0–2||Jones' Road||2,000||14|
|1901||2 August 1903||Dublin||0–14||London||0–2||Jones' Road||2,000||12|
|1902||11 September 1904||Dublin||2–8||London||0–4||Cork||10,000||10|
|1903||12 November 1905||Kerry||0–11||London||0–3||Jones' Road||10,000||8|
|1904||1 July 1906||Kerry||0–5||Dublin||0–2||Cork||10,000||3|
|1905||16 June 1906||Kildare||1–7||Kerry||0–5||Thurles||15,000||5|
|1906||20 October 1907||Dublin||0–5||Cork||0–4||Geraldine Park, Athy||8,000||1|
|1907||5 July 1908||Dublin||0–6||Cork||0–2||Tipperary||5,000||4|
|1908||3 October 1909||Dublin||1–10||London||0–4||Jones' Road||10,000||9|
|1909||5 December||Kerry||1–9||Louth||0–6||Jones' Road||16,000||6|
|1910||13 November 1910||Louth||W/O||Kerry||Scratch[A]||Jones' Road|
|1911||14 January 1912||Cork||6–6||Antrim||1–2||Jones' Road||11,000||19|
|1912||3 November||Louth||1–7||Antrim||1–2||Jones' Road||13,000||5|
|1913||14 December||Kerry||2–2||Wexford||0–3||Croke Park||17,000||5|
|1914||29 November||Kerry||2–3||Wexford||0–6||Croke Park||20,000||3|
|1915||7 November||Wexford||2–4||Kerry||2–1||Croke Park||27,000||3|
|1916||17 December||Wexford||3–4||Mayo||1–2||Croke Park||3,000||8|
|1917||9 December||Wexford||0–9||Clare||0–5||Croke Park||6,500||4|
|1918||16 February 1919||Wexford||0–5||Tipperary||0–4||Croke Park||12,000||1|
|1919||28 September||Kildare||2–5||Galway||0–1||Croke Park||32,000||10|
|1920||11 June 1922||Tipperary||1–6||Dublin||1–2||Croke Park||17,000||4|
|1921||17 June 1923||Dublin||1–9||Mayo||0–2||Croke Park||16,000||10|
|1922||7 October 1923||Dublin||0–6||Galway||0–4||Croke Park||11,792||2|
|1923||28 September 1924||Dublin||1–5||Kerry||1–3||Croke Park||18,500||2|
|1924||16 April 1925||Kerry||0–4||Dublin||0–3||Croke Park||28,844||1|
|1926||17 October||Kerry||1–4||Kildare||0–4||Croke Park||35,500||3|
|1927||25 September||Kildare||0–5||Kerry||0–3||Croke Park||36,529||2|
|1928||30 September||Kildare||2–6||Cavan||2–5||Croke Park||24,700||1|
|1929||22 September||Kerry||1–8||Kildare||1–5||Croke Park||43,839||3|
|1930||28 September||Kerry||3–11||Monaghan||0–2||Croke Park||33,280||18|
|1931||27 September||Kerry||1–11||Kildare||0–8||Croke Park||42,350||6|
|1932||25 September||Kerry||2–7||Mayo||2–4||Croke Park||25,816||3|
|1933||24 September||Cavan||2–5||Galway||1–4||Croke Park||45,188||4|
|1934||23 September||Galway||3–5||Dublin||1–9||Croke Park||36,143||2|
|1935||22 September||Cavan||3–6||Kildare||2–5||Croke Park||50,380||4|
|1936||27 September||Mayo||4–11||Laois||0–5||Croke Park||50,168||18|
|1937||17 October||Kerry||4–4||Cavan||1–7||Croke Park||51,234||6|
|1938||23 October||Galway||2–4||Kerry||0–7||Croke Park||47,851||3|
|1939||24 September||Kerry||2–5||Meath||2–3||Croke Park||46,828||2|
|1940||22 September||Kerry||0–7||Galway||1–3||Croke Park||60,821||1|
|1941||7 September||Kerry||1–8||Galway||0–7||Croke Park||45,512||4|
|1942||20 September||Dublin||1–10||Galway||1–8||Croke Park||37,105||2|
|1943||10 October||Roscommon||2–7||Cavan||2–2||Croke Park||47,193||5|
|1944||24 September||Roscommon||1–9||Kerry||2–4||Croke Park||79,245||2|
|1945||23 September||Cork||2–5||Cavan||0–7||Croke Park||67,329||4|
|1946||27 October||Kerry||2–8||Roscommon||0–10||Croke Park||65,661||4|
|1947||14 September||Cavan||2–11||Kerry||2–7||Polo Grounds, New York||34,491||4|
|1948||26 September||Cavan||4–5||Mayo||4–4||Croke Park||74,645||1|
|1949||25 September||Meath||1–10||Cavan||1–6||Croke Park||79,460||4|
|1950||24 September||Mayo||2–5||Louth||1–6||Croke Park||76,174||2|
|1951||23 September||Mayo||2–8||Meath||0–9||Croke Park||78,201||5|
|1952||12 October||Cavan||0–9||Meath||0–5||Croke Park||62,515||4|
|1953||27 September||Kerry||0–13||Armagh||1–6||Croke Park||86,155||4|
|1954||26 September||Meath||1–13||Kerry||1–7||Croke Park||75,276||6|
|1955||25 September||Kerry||0–12||Dublin||1–6||Croke Park||87,102||3|
|1956||7 October||Galway||2–13||Cork||3–7||Croke Park||70,772||3|
|1957||22 September||Louth||1–9||Cork||1–7||Croke Park||72,732||2|
|1958||28 September||Dublin||2–12||Derry||1–9||Croke Park||73,371||6|
|1959||27 September||Kerry||3–7||Galway||1–4||Croke Park||85,897||9|
|1960||25 September||Down||2–10||Kerry||0–8||Croke Park||87,768||8|
|1961||24 September||Down||3–6||Offaly||2–8||Croke Park||90,556||1|
|1962||23 September||Kerry||1–12||Roscommon||1–6||Croke Park||75,771||6|
|1963||22 September||Dublin||1–9||Galway||0–10||Croke Park||87,106||2|
|1964||27 September||Galway||0–15||Kerry||0–10||Croke Park||76,498||5|
|1965||26 September||Galway||0–12||Kerry||0–9||Croke Park||77,735||3|
|1966||25 September||Galway||1–10||Meath||0–7||Croke Park||71,569||6|
|1967||24 September||Meath||1–9||Cork||0–9||Croke Park||70,343||3|
|1968||22 September||Down||2–12||Kerry||1–13||Croke Park||71,294||2|
|1969||28 September||Kerry||0–10||Offaly||0–7||Croke Park||67,828||3|
|1970||27 September||Kerry||2–19||Meath||0–18||Croke Park||71,775||7|
|1971||26 September||Offaly||1–14||Galway||2–8||Croke Park||70,789||3|
|1972||15 October||Offaly||1–19||Kerry||0–13||Croke Park||66,136||9|
|1973||23 September||Cork||3–17||Galway||2–13||Croke Park||73,308||7|
|1974||22 September||Dublin||0–14||Galway||1–6||Croke Park||71,898||5|
|1975||28 September||Kerry||2–12||Dublin||0–11||Croke Park||66,346||7|
|1976||26 September||Dublin||3–8||Kerry||0–10||Croke Park||73,588||7|
|1977||25 September||Dublin||5–12||Armagh||3–6||Croke Park||66,542||12|
|1978||24 September||Kerry||5–11||Dublin||0–9||Croke Park||71,503||17|
|1979||16 September||Kerry||3–13||Dublin||1–8||Croke Park||72,185||11|
|1980||21 September||Kerry||1–9||Roscommon||1–6||Croke Park||63,854||3|
|1981||20 September||Kerry||1–12||Offaly||0–8||Croke Park||61,489||7|
|1982||16 September||Offaly||1–15||Kerry||0–17||Croke Park||62,309||1|
|1983||18 September||Dublin||1–10||Galway||1–8||Croke Park||71,988||2|
|1984||23 September||Kerry||0–14||Dublin||1–6||Croke Park||68,365||5|
|1985||22 September||Kerry||2–12||Dublin||2–8||Croke Park||69,389||4|
|1986||21 September||Kerry||2–15||Tyrone||1–10||Croke Park||68,628||8|
|1987||20 September||Meath||1–14||Cork||0–11||Croke Park||68,431||6|
|1988||9 October||Meath||0–13||Cork||0–12||Croke Park||64,069||1|
|1989||17 September||Cork||0–17||Mayo||1–11||Croke Park||65,519||3|
|1990||16 September||Cork||0–11||Meath||0–9||Croke Park||65,723||2|
|1991||15 September||Down||1–16||Meath||1–14||Croke Park||64,500||2|
|1992||20 September||Donegal||0–18||Dublin||0–14||Croke Park||64,547||4|
|1993||19 September||Derry||1–14||Cork||2–8||Croke Park||64,500||3|
|1994||18 September||Down||1–12||Dublin||0–13||Croke Park||58,684||2|
|1995||17 September||Dublin||1–10||Tyrone||0–12||Croke Park||65,000||1|
|1996||29 September||Meath||2–9||Mayo||1–11||Croke Park||65,802||1|
|1997||28 September||Kerry||0–13||Mayo||1–7||Croke Park||65,601||3|
|1998||27 September||Galway||1–14||Kildare||1–10||Croke Park||65,886||4|
|1999||26 September||Meath||1–11||Cork||1–8||Croke Park||63,276||3|
|2000||7 October||Kerry||0–17||Galway||1–10||Croke Park||64,094||4|
|2001||23 September||Galway||0–17||Meath||0–8||Croke Park||70,842||9|
|2002||22 September||Armagh||1–12||Kerry||0–14||Croke Park||79,500||1|
|2003||28 September||Tyrone||0–12||Armagh||0–9||Croke Park||79,394||3|
|2004||26 September||Kerry||1–20||Mayo||2–9||Croke Park||79,749||8|
|2005||25 September||Tyrone||1–16||Kerry||2–10||Croke Park||82,112||3|
|2006||17 September||Kerry||4–15||Mayo||3–5||Croke Park||82,289||13|
|2007||16 September||Kerry||3–13||Cork||1–9||Croke Park||82,126||10|
|2008||21 September||Tyrone||1–15||Kerry||0–14||Croke Park||82,204||4|
|2009||20 September||Kerry||0–16||Cork||1–9||Croke Park||82,246||4|
|2010||19 September||Cork||0–16||Down||0–15||Croke Park||81,604||1|
|2011||18 September||Dublin||1–12||Kerry||1–11||Croke Park||82,300||1|
|2012||23 September||Donegal||2–11||Mayo||0–13||Croke Park||82,269||4|
|2013||22 September||Dublin||2-12||Mayo||1-14||Croke Park||82,274||1|
|2014||21 September||Kerry||2-9||Donegal||0-12||Croke Park||82,184||3|
|2015||20 September||Dublin||0-12||Kerry||0-09||Croke Park||82,243||3|
- A The final was scratched and Louth were awarded the championship after Kerry refused to travel to Dublin as the Great Southern and Western Railway would not sell tickets to their fans at reduced rates.
- B Some confusion surrounds 1925. Kerry beat Cavan 1–7 to 2–3 in the semi-final. One source contends that, after an objection by Cavan and counter-objection by Kerry, both sides were disqualified. Another suggests that Cavan won that appeal and then lost to Galway in the final.
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