1925 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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1925 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Galway (1st win)
Captain Michael Walsh (St Grellan's, Ballinasloe)
Provincial Champions
Munster Kerry
Leinster Wexford
Ulster Cavan
Connacht Galway
Championship statistics
1924
1926

The 1925 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 39th staging of Ireland's premier Gaelic football knock-out competition. Galway were the winners.[1][2][3]

The championship has become known for the farcical manner in which the play-offs took place. The Connaught final was not held in time to produce a team that could compete against the other three provinces in the semi-finals. Mayo was therefore nominated to represent the province. Mayo beat Wexford in the semi final. Kerry beat Cavan in the other semi-final. However, both Kerry and Cavan were disqualified for fielding illegal players. This meant that Mayo were declared champions without the need for a final. However, in the meantime, Galway had defeated Mayo in the Connaught final and this put the GAA in a bind. They withdrew their nomination of Mayo to represent Connaught, and chose Galway as rightful Connaught champions. Thus, Galway became All-Ireland champions.

However, this was deemed unsatisfactory by all. So the GAA ordered the semi-finals to be replayed with Galway taking the rightful place of Connaught champions. However, Kerry complained that their semi-final victory over Cavan should stand. When the GAA insisted that it should not stand, Kerry withdrew, leaving Cavan to automatically proceed to the final. Galway defeated Cavan in the final. The farce went on so long that the final was not played until January 10, 1926. Cavan, despite having previously been disqualified, finished with a silver medal. Mayo, despite having previously been declared champions, were eliminated. Galway, despite having previously been removed from the tournament, were champions.

Results[edit]

Connacht Championship[edit]

17 May 1925
Quarter-Final
Roscommon 2-4 – 2-2 Sligo

An objection was made and a replay ordered.


28 June 1925
Semi-Final
Galway 1-1 – 1-1 Leitrim

5 July 1925
Quarter-Final, 1st Replay
Roscommon 1-5 – 1-5 Sligo

19 July 1925
Quarter-Final, 2nd Replay
Roscommon 1-3 – 0-6 Sligo

26 July 1925
Quarter-Final, 3rd Replay
Roscommon 2-0 – 0-6 Sligo

2 August 1925
Quarter-Final, 4th Replay
Roscommon 1-5 – 1-3 Sligo

An objection was made and a replay ordered.


2 August 1925
Semi-Final, 1st Replay
Galway 1-4 – 2-1 Leitrim

13 September 1925
Quarter-Final, 5th Replay
Roscommon 0-2 – 2-3 Sligo

13 September 1925
Semi-Final, 2nd Replay
Galway 1-4 – 0-5 Leitrim

4 October 1925
Semi-Final
Mayo 2-6 – 1-6 Sligo

18 October 1925
Final
Galway 1-5 – 1-3 Mayo
Tuam
Attendance: 26,000

Leinster Championship[edit]

23 August 1925
Final
Wexford 2-7 – 0-3 Kildare

Munster Championship[edit]

28 June 1925
Quarter-Final
Kerry 3-1 – 0-4 Tipperary
Cork
Referee: W. P. Aherne ( C )

19 July 1925
Quarter-Final
Cork 1-3 – 1-1 Limerick

1925
Semi-Final
Clare 2-2 – 0-1 Waterford

16 August 1925
Semi-Final
Kerry 3-8 – 1-0 Cork

13 September 1925
Final
Kerry 5-5 – 0-0 Clare

Ulster Championship[edit]

3 May 1925
Quarter-Final
Monaghan 1-3 – 0-5 Armagh

An objection was made and a replay ordered.


10 May 1925
Quarter-Final
Antrim 0-16 – 0-1 Down

24 May 1925
Quarter-Final
Cavan 1-5 – 1-3 Tyrone

14 June 1925
Quarter-Final
Fermanagh 3-6 – 0-1 Donegal

21 June 1925
Quarter-Final Replay
Monaghan 2-2 – 1-4 Armagh

5 July 1925
Semi-Final
Antrim 2-5 – 0-4 Monaghan

19 July 1925
Semi-Final
Cavan 0-18 – 0-2 Donegal

2 August 1925
Final
Cavan 2-3 – 3-0 Antrim
Monaghan
Attendance: 6,000

16 August 1925
Final Replay
Cavan 3-6 – 0-1 Antrim
Belturbet
Attendance: 6,000

All-Ireland Championship[edit]

The Connacht championship was not finished in time, so Mayo were nominated to play in the All-Ireland semi-final.


23 August 1925
Semi-Final
Kerry 1-7 – 2-3 Cavan

Both teams lodged objections against each other, and both were disqualified.


30 August 1925
Semi-Final
Mayo 2-4 – 1-4 Wexford

With both Kerry and Cavan disqualified, Mayo now had no opponent to play in the All-Ireland final. And when Galway defeated Mayo in the Connacht final, the GAA decided to award the All-Ireland title to Galway.[4] However, this was then seen as unsatisfactory, so the championship was refixtured with Kerry, Cavan, Wexford and Galway. Kerry wanted their victory over Cavan to stand, but when they were ordered to replay it, they withdrew in protest.[5][6]


Semi-Final
Cavan w/o – scr. Kerry

6 December1925
Semi-Final
Galway 3-4 – 1-1 Wexford

10 January 1926
Final
Galway 3-2 – 1-2 Cavan

References[edit]

Championship statistics[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Galway became the first Connacht county to win the All Ireland title and first not from Munster or Leinster.