All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship

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For the ladies equivalent, see Dolores Tyrrell Memorial Cup.
All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
Current season or competition:
2015–16 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship
Irish Craobh Shinsear Peile Chlub na hÉireann
Founded 1970–71
Region Ireland (GAA)
Trophy Andy Merrigan Cup
Title holders Ballyboden St. Enda's (1st title)
First winner East Kerry
Most titles Nemo Rangers (7 titles)
Sponsors AIB
TV partner(s) TG4
Motto #TheToughest

The All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship is an annual Gaelic football tournament which began in season 1970-71. It is the top tier competition for the senior football clubs of Ireland and London.

The current champions are Ballyboden of Dublin who defeated Castlebar Mitchels of Mayo on 17 March 2016 to win their first title.

The current trophy is the Andy Merrigan Cup, named after a footballer who played for Castletown and Wexford who died as a result of a farm accident at the height of his playing career. It was first presented in 1974.

Format[edit]

County Championships

Ireland's 32 counties play their county championships between their senior Gaelic football clubs. Each county decides the format for determining their county champions. The format can be knockout, double-elimination, league, etc. or a combination. For instance, Kerry organise two separate championships.

Provincial Championships

Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster each organise a provincial championship for their participating county champions. All matches are knock-out and two ten minute periods of extra time are played if it's a draw at the end of normal time.

All-Ireland

The winners of the London club championship play one of the four provincial champions in a single match in mid-December referred to as a quarter-final. Two semi-finals are then played in mid-February. The All-Ireland final is traditionally played in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day, the 17th of March.

Initial Schedule

County championships – April 2015 to November 2015
Provincial championships – October 2015 to December 2015
All-Ireland quarter-final – mid-December 2015 or January 2016
All-Ireland semi-finals – mid-February 2016
All-Ireland final – 17 March 2016

History[edit]

Ulster and Connacht tournaments were first held in the 1960s before an All-Ireland tournament was mooted at the GAA National Congress in 1969. Despite opposition from many delegations the motion received the necessary two-thirds majority.

The first winners in 1970–71 were an East Kerry divisional team (nowadays amalgamations of clubs are not allowed to enter the All-Ireland). In the following year, Bellaghy GAC from Derry, became the first individual club to win the All-Ireland Club Championship by defeating UCC of Cork in the final at Croke Park.

The Andy Merrigan Cup was first awarded in 1974, donated by the Castletown club in memory of the great Wexford footballer who died in a farming accident at the height of his career.

Dublin clubs (UCD x2 and St. Vincent's of Marino) won a three-in-a-row of All-Irelands in 1974–76, before Kerry and Cork clubs began to dominate, winning 9 titles in 13 years, 1977–89, including four for Nemo Rangers of Cork. Clan na nGael (Drum and Clonown) won 7 Connacht titles in 8 years (1983–90), but did not win a single All-Ireland.

St. Mary's Burren of Down ended a 14-year Ulster drought when they were victorious in 1986. Baltinglass caused a major shock in 1990 by winning their and Wicklow's first national honour, while Nemo pulled ahead with their fifth title in 1994. In 1998, Corofin won Galway's and Connacht's first national award, six months before the county team's first All-Ireland for 32 years.

In the late 1990s the club championship rose to national prominence with regular TV coverage and the prestigious St. Patrick's Day fixture in Croke Park for the final. Crossmaglen Rangers claimed 3 All-Irelands in 4 years from 1997–2000. While the Caltra club of Galway won their first Galway title, first Connacht award and first All-Ireland in one year, 2003–04. 2006 saw Salthill-Knocknacarra of Galway complete a Connacht three-in-a-row.

In 2010, St. Gall's of Belfast in Antrim beat Kilmurry Ibrickane of Clare to win their first title.[1]

All-Ireland Finals Listed By Year[edit]

Year Winner Score County Opponent Score County Referee
2015-16[2][3] Ballyboden St. Enda's 2-14 Dublin Castlebar Mitchels 0-7 Mayo Conor Lane (Cork)
2014-15[4] Corofin 1-14 Galway Slaughtneil 0-7 Derry David Coldrick (Meath)
2013–14[5] St. Vincent's 4-12 Dublin Castlebar Mitchels 2-11 Mayo Eddie Kinsella (Laois)
2012–13[6] St. Brigid's 2-11 Roscommon Ballymun Kickhams 2-10 Dublin Pádraig Hughes (Armagh)
2011–12 Crossmaglen Rangers 0-15, 2-19 (R) Armagh Garrycastle 1-12, 1-7 (R) Westmeath Rory Hickey (Clare), Marty Duffy (Sligo) (R)
2010–11 Crossmaglen Rangers 2-11 Armagh St. Brigid's 1-11 Roscommon Cormac Reilly (Meath)
2009–10 St. Gall's 0-13 Antrim Kilmurry Ibrickane 1-5 Clare Derek Fahy (Longford)
2008–09 Kilmacud Crokes 1-9 Dublin Crossmaglen Rangers 0-7 Armagh Gerry Kinneavy (Galway)
2007–08 St. Vincent's 1-11 Dublin Nemo Rangers 0-13 Cork Joe McQuillan (Cavan)
2006–07 Crossmaglen Rangers 1-9, 0-13 (R) Armagh Dr. Crokes 1-9, 1-5 (R) Kerry Syl Doyle (Wexford), Eugene Murtagh (Longford) (R)
2005–06 Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-7 Galway St. Gall's 0-6 Antrim David Coldrick (Meath)
2004–05[7] Ballina Stephenites 1-12 Mayo Portlaoise 2-8 Laois Brian Crowe (Cavan)
2003–04 Caltra 0-13 Galway An Ghaeltacht 0-12 Kerry Michael Monahan (Kildare)
2002–03 Nemo Rangers 0-14 Cork Crossmolina Deel Rovers 1-9 Mayo Brian Crowe (Cavan)
2001–02 Ballinderry Shamrocks 2-10 Derry Nemo Rangers 0-9 Cork Seamus McCormack (Meath)
2000–01 Crossmolina Deel Rovers 0-16 Mayo Nemo Rangers 1-12 Cork John Bannon (Longford)
1999–00 Crossmaglen Rangers 1-14 Armagh Na Fianna 0-12 Dublin Michael Curley (Galway)
1998–99 Crossmaglen Rangers 0-9 Armagh Ballina Stephenites 0-8 Mayo John Bannon (Longford)
1997–98 Corofin 0-15 Galway Erins Isle 0-10 Dublin Pat Casserly (Westmeath)
1996–97 Crossmaglen Rangers 2-13 Armagh Knockmore 0-11 Mayo Brian White (Wexford)
1995–96 Laune Rangers 4-5 Kerry Éire Óg 0-11 Carlow Pat McEneaney (Monaghan)
1994–95 Kilmacud Crokes 0-8 Dublin Bellaghy 0-5 Derry
1993–94 Nemo Rangers 3-11 Cork Castlebar Mitchels 0-8 Mayo
1992–93 O'Donovan Rossa 1-12, 1-7 (R) Cork Éire Óg 3-6, 0-8 (R) Carlow
1991–92 Dr. Crokes 1-11 Kerry Thomas Davis 0-13 Dublin
1990–91 Lavey 2-9 Derry Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-10 Galway
1989–90 Baltinglass 2-7 Wicklow Clann na nGael 0-7 Roscommon Tommy Sugrue (Kerry)
1988–89 Nemo Rangers 1-13 Cork Clann na nGael 1-3 Roscommon
1987–88 St. Mary's Burren 1-9 Down Clann na nGael 0-8 Roscommon Denis Guerin (Dublin)
1986–87 St. Finbarr's 0-10 Cork Clann na nGael 0-7 Roscommon
1985–86 St. Mary's Burren 1-10 Down Castleisland Desmonds 1- Kerry
1984–85 Castleisland Desmonds 2-2 Kerry St. Vincent's 0-7 Dublin
1983–84 Nemo Rangers 2-10 Cork Walterstown 0-5 Meath
1982–83 Portlaoise 0-12 Laois Clann na nGael 2-0 Roscommon
1981–82 Nemo Rangers 6-11 Cork Garrymore 1-8 Mayo
1980–81 St. Finbarr's 1-8 Cork Walterstown 0-6 Meath
1979–80 St. Finbarr's 3-9 Cork St. Grellan's 0-8 Galway
1978–79 Nemo Rangers 2-9 Cork Scotstown 1-3 Monaghan Tommy Moran (Leitrim)
1977–78 Thomond College 2-14 Limerick St. John's 1-3 Antrim
1976–77 Austin Stacks 1-13 Kerry Ballerin 2-7 Derry
1975–76 St. Vincent's 4-10 Dublin Roscommon Gaels 0-5 Roscommon
1974–75 UCD 1-11 Dublin Nemo Rangers 0-12 Cork
1973–74 UCD 1-6, 0-14 (R) Dublin Clan na Gael 1-6, 1-4 (R) Armagh
1972–73 Nemo Rangers 2-11, 4-6 (R) Cork St. Vincent's 2-11, 0-10 (R) Dublin
1971–72 Bellaghy 0-15 Derry UCC 1-11 Cork Denis Guerin (Dublin)
1970–71 East Kerry 5-9 Kerry Bryansford 2-7 Down

Summary Of All-Ireland Champions[edit]

By club[edit]

Club All-Irelands Province
Nemo Rangers (Cork), 2002–03 7 Flag of Munster.svg Munster
Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh), 2011–12 6 Flag of Ulster.svg Ulster
St. Vincent's (Dublin), 2013–14 3 Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster
St. Finbarr's (Cork), 1986–87 Flag of Munster.svg Munster
Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), 2008–09 2 Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster
UCD (Dublin), 1974–75
St. Mary's Burren (Down), 1987–88 Flag of Ulster.svg Ulster
Corofin (Galway), 2014–15 Flag of Connacht.svg Connacht

Twenty unlisted clubs have managed to win a single title.

By county[edit]

L, M, U, C refer to Leinster/Munster/Ulster/Connacht championships won by clubs from the county. "Last winning team" gives the name of the club from the county which last won the All-Ireland; if no club has, the name of the last provincial champion is given in italic type.

# County All-Irelands L M U C Last winning team
1 Cork clubs 11 25 Nemo Rangers, 2002–03
2 Dublin clubs 8 20 Ballyboden St. Enda's, 2015–16
3 Armagh clubs 6 12 Crossmaglen Rangers, 2011–12
4 Kerry clubs 5 14 Laune Rangers, 1995–96
5 Galway clubs 4 15 Corofin, 2014-15
6 Derry clubs 3 12 Ballinderry Shamrocks, 2001–02
7 Mayo clubs 2 14 Ballina Stephenites, 2004–05
8 Down clubs 2 6 St. Mary's Burren, 1987–88
9 Roscommon clubs 1 13 St. Brigid's, 2012–13
10 Laois clubs 1 7 Portlaoise, 1982–83
11 Antrim clubs 1 4 St. Gall's, 2009–10
12= Wicklow clubs 1 2 Baltinglass, 1989–90
Limerick clubs 2 Thomond College, 1977–78
14= Monaghan clubs 0 6 Castleblayney Faughs, 1991–92
Carlow clubs 6 O'Hanrahans, 2000–01
16= Meath clubs 0 4 Dunshaughlin, 2002–03
Offaly clubs 4 Ferbane, 1986–87
18= Sligo clubs 0 3 St. Mary's, 1983–84
Clare clubs 3 Kilmurry Ibrickane, 2009–10
20= Tyrone clubs 0 2 Errigal Ciarán, 2002–03
Kildare clubs 2 Moorefield, 2006–07
22= Donegal clubs 0 1 St. Joseph's, 1975–76
Westmeath clubs 1 Garrycastle, 2011–12
Tipperary clubs 1 Clonmel Commercials, 2015–16

No club from Cavan, Fermanagh, Kilkenny, Leitrim, London, Longford, Louth, Waterford or Wexford has ever won a national or provincial title.

By province[edit]

Province All-Irelands Most recent winning team
Flag of Munster.svg Munster clubs 17 Nemo Rangers (Cork), 2002–03
Flag of Ulster.svg Ulster clubs 12 Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh), 2011–12
Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster clubs 10 Ballyboden St. Enda's (Dublin), 2015–16
Flag of Connacht.svg Connacht clubs 7 Corofin (Galway), 2014–15

Provincial Champions Listed By Year[edit]

All-Ireland winners are shaded gold, and counties are given in brackets.

Year Leinster champions Munster champions Ulster champions Connacht champions
1970–71 Gracefield (Offaly) East Kerry (Kerry) Bryansford (Down) Fr. Griffins (Galway)
1971–72 Portlaoise (Laois) UCC (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Claremorris (Mayo)
1972–73 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Fr. Griffins (Galway)
1973–74 UCD (Dublin) UCC (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Knockmore (Mayo)
1974–75 UCD (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Clan na nGael (Armagh) Rosommon Gaels (Roscommon)
1975–76 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Joseph's (Donegal) Rosommon Gaels (Roscommon)
1976–77 Portlaoise (Laois) Austin Stacks (Kerry) Ballerin (Derry) Killererin (Galway)
1977–78 Summerhill (Meath) Thomond College (Limerick) St. John's (Antrim) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1978–79 Walsh Island (Offaly) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) Killererin (Galway)
1979–80 Walsh Island (Offaly) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) St. Grellan's (Galway)
1980–81 Walterstown (Meath) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1981–82 Raheens (Kildare) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Ballinderry Shamrocks (Derry) Garrymore (Mayo)
1982–83 Portlaoise (Laois) St. Finbarr's (Cork) St. Gall's (Antrim) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1983–84 Walterstown (Meath) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Mary's Burren (Down) St. Mary's (Sligo)
1984–85 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) St. Mary's Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1985–86 Portlaoise (Laois) Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry) St. Mary's Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1986–87 Ferbane (Offaly) St. Finbarr's (Cork) Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1987–88 Portlaoise (Laois) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Mary's Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1988–89 Parnells (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Mary's Burren (Down) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1989–90 Baltinglass (Wicklow) Castlehaven (Cork) Scotstown (Monaghan) Clann na nGael (Roscommon)
1990–91 Thomas Davis (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Lavey (Derry) Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway)
1991–92 Thomas Davis (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan) Corofin (Galway)
1992–93 Éire Óg (Carlow) O'Donovan Rossa (Cork) Lavey (Derry) Knockmore (Mayo)
1993–94 Éire Óg (Carlow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Errigal Ciarán (Tyrone) Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo)
1994–95 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Castlehaven (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Tuam Stars (Galway)
1995–96 Éire Óg (Carlow) Laune Rangers (Kerry) Mullaghbawn (Armagh) Corofin (Galway)
1996–97 Éire Óg (Carlow) Laune Rangers (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Knockmore (Mayo)
1997–98 Erins Isle (Dublin) Castlehaven (Cork) Dungiven (Derry) Corofin (Galway)
1998–99 Éire Óg (Carlow) Doonbeg (Clare) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
1999–2000 Na Fianna (Dublin) UCC (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Crossmolina Deel Rovers (Mayo)
2000–01 O'Hanrahans (Carlow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Bellaghy (Derry) Crossmolina Deel Rovers (Mayo)
2001–02 Rathnew (Wicklow) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Ballinderry Shamrocks (Derry) Charlestown Sarsfields (Mayo)
2002–03 Dunshaughlin (Meath) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Errigal Ciaran (Tyrone) Crossmolina Deel Rovers (Mayo)
2003–04 St. Brigid's (Dublin) An Ghaeltacht (Kerry) An Lúb (Derry) Caltra (Galway)
2004–05 Portlaoise (Laois) Kilmurry Ibrickane (Clare) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
2005–06 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) St. Gall's (Antrim) Salthill-Knocknacarra (Galway)
2006–07 Moorefield (Kildare) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2007–08 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Ballina Stephenites (Mayo)
2008–09 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Dromcollogher-Broadford (Limerick) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Corofin (Galway)
2009–10 Portlaoise (Laois) Kilmurry Ibrickane (Clare) St. Gall's (Antrim) Corofin (Galway)
2010–11 Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) Nemo Rangers (Cork) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2011–12 Garrycastle (Westmeath) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2012–13 Ballymun Kickhams (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) St. Brigid's (Roscommon)
2013–14 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Ballinderry Shamrocks (Derry) Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo)
2014–15 St. Vincent's (Dublin) Austin Stacks (Kerry) Slaughtneil (Derry) Corofin (Galway)
2015–16 Ballyboden St. Enda's (Dublin) Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary) Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Ballyboden dominate Castlebar to win first ever All Ireland title". Irish Independent. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
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