All-Ireland Minor Football Championship

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All-Ireland Minor Football Championship
Founded 1929
Region Ireland (GAA)
Title holders Kerry (14th title)
Most titles Kerry (14 titles)
TV partner(s) RTÉ/TG4

The Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship was the premier under-18 "knockout" competition in gaelic football played in Ireland. 2017 was the final year of the minor football championships as they were replaced by an under 17 championship following a vote at the GAA congress on 26 February 2016.

The series of games are organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association and are played during the summer months with the All-Ireland Minor Football Final being played on the third Sunday in September in Croke Park, Dublin as the curtain-raiser to the senior final.

The winners received the Tom Markham Cup, which is named in honour of former Clare figure Tom Markham.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

The All-Ireland Minor Football Championship features players at under eighteen level (players must be under 18 on 1 January of the year of the competition. The first minor championship was played in 1929 when Clare were crowned the champions. The championship has been held every year since then, however, it was suspended for a period during 'The Emergency'.[3]

Kerry are the most successful team in minor football with 13 titles, closely followed by Dublin on 11 and Cork on 10. All three teams have achieved famous three-in-a-rows: Kerry twice from 1931 to 1933 & from 2014 to 2016; Cork from 1967 to 1969; and Dublin from 1954 to 1956. The coveted treble of winning senior, under-21 and minor titles in the same year has been achieved on just one occasion, by Kerry in 1975. Because teams will only play together for at most, about two or three years, unlike the senior competition, it is unusual that one county will dominate for periods any longer than this. The current champions are Kerry who defeated Tipperary at Croke Park on Sunday 20 September 2015. The final score was 4-14 to 0-06

Top winners[edit]

Team Wins Years won Runners-up Years runners-up
1 Kerry 14 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994, 2014, 2015, 2016 12 1936, 1938, 1949, 1954, 1965, 1970, 1979, 1982, 1990, 1996, 2004, 2006
2 Dublin 11 1930, 1945, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1979, 1982, 1984, 2012 7 1946, 1948, 1978, 1988, 2001, 2003, 2011
3 Cork 10 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000 9 1960, 1964, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 2010
4 Tyrone 8 1947, 1948, 1973, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010 4 1972, 1975, 1997, 2013
5 Mayo 7 1935, 1953, 1966, 1971, 1978, 1985, 2013 14 1930, 1933, 1940, 1947, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1974, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009
6 Galway 6 1952, 1960, 1970, 1976, 1986, 2007 2 1994, 2016
7 Down 4 1977, 1987, 1999, 2005 1 1966
Roscommon 4 1939, 1941, 1951, 2006 0
Derry 4 1965, 1983, 1989, 2002 5 1969, 1980, 1981, 1995, 2007
10 Laois 3 1996, 1997, 2003 3 1932, 1967, 1998
Meath 3 1957, 1990, 1992 4 1977, 1993, 2002, 2012
12 Tipperary 2 1934, 2011 4 1935, 1955, 1984, 2015
Louth 2 1936, 1940 2 1931, 1941
Cavan 2 1937, 1938 2 1952, 1959
Armagh 2 1949, 2009 3 1951, 1957, 1992
16 Offaly 1 1964 1 1989
Westmeath 1 1995 1 1963
Clare 1 1929 1 1953
19 Wexford 0 2 1937, 1950
Longford 0 1 1929
Monaghan 0 1 1939
Leitrim 0 2 1945, 1956
Sligo 0 1 1968
Kildare 0 1 1973
Donegal 0 1 2014

By Province[edit]

Province Wins Last Win Biggest Contributor Wins
1 Munster 27 2016 (Kerry) Kerry 14
2 Leinster 21 2012 (Dublin) Dublin 11
3 Ulster 20 2010 (Tyrone) Tyrone 8
4 Connacht 17 2013 (Mayo) Mayo 7

The following counties have never won an All Ireland minor football title:

Province County (Last final)
Leinster Kildare, Kilkenny, Wexford, Longford, Carlow, Wicklow
Connacht Leitrim, Sligo
Ulster Antrim, Donegal, Fermanagh, Monaghan
Munster Limerick, Waterford

Winners listed by year[edit]

Year Winner Opponent
2016 Kerry 3-7 Galway 0-9
2015[4] Kerry 4-14 Tipperary 0-6
2014[5] Kerry 0-17 Donegal 1-10
2013 Mayo 2-13 Tyrone 1-13
2012 Dublin 0-14 Meath 1-5[6]
2011 Tipperary 3-9 Dublin 1-14[7]
2010 Tyrone 1-13 Cork 1-12 [8]
2009 Armagh 0-10 Mayo 0-7
2008 Tyrone 0-14 1-20 (R) Mayo 0-14 1-15 (R)
2007 Galway 1-10 Derry 1-9
2006 Roscommon (0-15) 1-10 (R) Kerry (0-15) 0-9 (R)
2005 Down 1-15 Mayo 0-8
2004 Tyrone 0-12 Kerry 0-10
2003 Laois (1-11) 2-10 (R) Dublin (1-11) 1-9 (R)
2002 Derry 1-12 Meath 0-8
2001 Tyrone (0-15) 2-11 (R) Dublin (1-12) 0-6 (R)
2000 Cork 2-12 Mayo 0-13
1999 Down 1-14 Mayo 0-14
1998 Tyrone 2-11 Laois 0-11
1997 Laois 3-11 Tyrone 1-14
1996 Laois 2-11 Kerry 1-11
1995 Westmeath 1-10 Derry 0-11
1994 Kerry 0-16 Galway 1-7
1993 Cork 2-7 Meath 0-9
1992 Meath 2-5 Armagh 0-10
1991 Cork 1-9 Mayo 1-7
1990 Meath 2-11 Kerry 2-9
1989 Derry 3-9 Offaly 1-6
1988 Kerry 2-5 Dublin 0-5
1987 Down 1-12 Cork 1-5
1986 Galway 3-8 Cork 2-7
1985 Mayo 3-3 Cork 0-9
1984 Dublin 1-9 Tipperary 0-4
1983 Derry 0-8 Cork 1-3
1982 Dublin 1-11 Kerry 1-5
1981 Cork 4-9 Derry 2-7
1980 Kerry 3-12 Derry 0-11
1979 Dublin 0-10 Kerry 1-6
1978 Mayo 4-9 Dublin 3-8
1977 Down 2-6 Meath 0-4
1976 Galway 1-10 Cork 0-6
1975 Kerry 1-10 Tyrone 0-4
1974 Cork 1-10 Mayo 1-6
1973 Tyrone 2-11 Kildare 1-6
1972 Cork 3-11 Tyrone 2-11
1971 Mayo 2-15 Cork 2-7
1970 Galway (1-8) 1-11 (R) Kerry (2-5) 1-10 (R)
1969 Cork 2-7 Derry 0-11
1968 Cork 3-5 Sligo 1-10
1967 Cork 5-14 Laois 2-3
1966 Mayo 1-12 Down 1-8
1965 Derry 2-8 Kerry 2-4
1964 Offaly 0-15 Cork 1-11
1963 Kerry 1-10 Westmeath 0-2
1962 Kerry 6-5 Mayo 0-7
1961 Cork 3-7 Mayo 0-5
1960 Galway 4-9 Cork 1-5
1959 Dublin 0-11 Cavan 1-4
1958 Dublin 2-10 Mayo 0-8
1957 Meath 3-9 Armagh 0-4
1956 Dublin 5-14 Leitrim 2-2
1955 Dublin 4-4 Tipperary 2-7
1954 Dublin 3-3 Kerry 1-8
1953 Mayo 2-11 Clare 1-6
1952 Galway 2-9 Cavan 1-6
1951 Roscommon 2-7 Armagh 1-5
1950 Kerry 3-6 Wexford 1-4
1949 Armagh 1-7 Kerry 1-5
1948 Tyrone 0-11 Dublin 1-5
1947 Tyrone 4-4 Mayo 4-3
1946 Kerry 3-7 Dublin 2-3
1945 Dublin 4-7 Leitrim 0-4
1944 No championship
1943 No championship
1942 No championship
1941 Roscommon 3-6 Louth 0-7
1940 Louth 5-5 Mayo 2-7
1939 Roscommon 1-9 Monaghan 1-7
1938 Cavan 3-3 Kerry 0-8
1937 Cavan 1-11 Wexford 1-5
1936 Louth 5-1 Kerry 1-8
1935 Mayo 1-6 Tipperary 1-1
1934 Tipperary *
1933 Kerry 4-1 Mayo 0-9
1932 Kerry 3-8 Laois 1-3
1931 Kerry 3-4 Louth 0-4
1930 Dublin 1-3 Mayo 0-5
1929 Clare 5-3 Longford 3-5
  • 1934 Semi-finalists Dublin and Tyrone were disqualified - Tipperary were awarded the title

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "New Tom Markham Cup commissioned". Hogan Stand. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "All-Ireland MFC final: classy Kingdom cruise past Tipp". Hogan Stand. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kerry win first minor title in 20 years". RTÉ.ie. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dublin 0-14 Meath 1-5". RTÉ News. 23 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tipp beat Dubs in minor football final". RTÉ Sport. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tyrone hold out in face of fierce Cork finale". Irish Times. 2010-09-20. Archived from the original on 10 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 

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