2003 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

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2003 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Championship details
Dates 4 May - 21 September 2003
Teams 33
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Tyrone (1st win)
Captain Peter Canavan
Manager Mickey Harte
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Armagh
Captain Kieran McGeeney
Manager Joe Kernan
Provincial Champions
Munster Kerry
Leinster Laois
Ulster Tyrone
Connacht Galway
Championship statistics
No. matches played 65
Goals total 97 (1.49 per game)
Points total 1478 (22.73 per game)
Top Scorer Peter Canavan (1-48)
Player of the Year Steven McDonnell
2002
2004

The 2003 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 117th staging of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament. The championship began on 4 May 2003 and ended on 28 September 2003.

Armagh entered the championship as the defending champions.[1]

On 28 September 2003, Tyrone won the championship following a 0-12 to 0-9 defeat of Armagh in the All-Ireland final. This was their first All-Ireland title.[2]

Tyrone's Peter Canavan was the championship's top scorer with 1-48. His teammate Steven McDonnell was the choice for the Vodafone Footballer of the Year award.

Format[edit]

The provincial championships in Munster, Leinster, Ulster and Connacht were run as usual on a "knock-out" basis. These provincial games were then followed by the "Qualifier" system:

  • Round 1 of the qualifiers included all the counties (except New York) that did not qualify for the Provincial Semi-Finals. An open draw was made to give eight pairings.
  • Round 2 consisted of the eight defeated teams in the Provincial Semi-Finals playing against the eight winners from Round 1. A draw was made to determine the eight pairings.
  • Round 3 consisted of the eight winners from Round 2. Another open draw was made to determine the four pairings.
  • Round 4 consisted of the four winners from Round 3 playing against the beaten Provincial finalists. A draw was made to determine the pairings.

The All-Ireland Quarter-Finals: Each of the four Provincial Champions played one of the four winners from Round 4. The All-Ireland Semi-Finals were played on a Provincial rota basis, initially determined by the Central Council. If a Provincial Championship winning team was defeated in its Quarter-Final, the team that defeated it took its place in the Semi-Final.

Results[edit]

Connacht Senior Football Championship[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
 New York 0-12  
 Leitrim 0-14      Leitrim 1-07  
 Roscommon 0-08      Galway 2-13  
 Galway 0-12        Galway 1-14
            Mayo 0-13
          Mayo 0-14
 London 0-09      Sligo 0-11    
 Sligo 3-11  

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Munster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
 Limerick 0-16  
 Cork 0-06      Limerick 2-14  
          Clare 0-12  
            Limerick 0-09
            Kerry 1-11
          Kerry 0-25
 Waterford 1-12      Tipperary 1-10    
 Tipperary 0-18  

Quarter-finals

Semi-final

Final

Ulster Senior Football Championship[edit]

Preliminary Round Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
      
          Cavan 1-10  
          Antrim 2-09  
            Antrim 1-09  
            Tyrone 1-17  
          Derry 1-05  
          Tyrone 0-17  
            Tyrone 0-23
 Armagh 0-09        Down 1-05
 Monaghan 0-13      Monaghan 0-13  
          Down 1-12  
            Down 2-10  
            Fermanagh 0-11  
          Fermanagh 0-10       
          Donegal 0-06       
      

Preliminary round

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Leinster Senior Football Championship[edit]

First round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 Louth 4-12  
 Wicklow 2-07      Louth 0-09  
          Dublin 1-19  
            Dublin 0-14  
 Laois 1-19        Laois 0-16  
 Wexford 0-09      Laois 2-10  
          Offaly 0-13  
            Laois 2-13
 Carlow 1-12        Kildare 1-13
 Westmeath 1-17      Westmeath 0-05  
          Meath 1-11  
            Meath 1-11  
            Kildare 0-15  
          Longford 2-06       
          Kildare 1-14       
      

First round

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

All-Ireland qualifiers[edit]

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

All Ireland series[edit]

The provincial champions and the winners of round 4 contested the quarter finals. The quarter final matches would be between a provincial champion and a round 4 winner.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                 
Donegal 0-14
Galway 0-11
Donegal 1-09
Armagh 2-10
Armagh 0-15
Laois 0-13
Armagh 0-09
Tyrone 0-12
Kerry 1-21
Roscommon 3-10
Kerry 0-06
Tyrone 0-13
Tyrone 1-21
Fermanagh 0-05

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Championship statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Overall
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Peter Canavan Tyrone 1-48 51 8 6.37
2 Frankie Dolan Roscommon 1-38 41 6 6.83
Adrian Sweeney Donegal 0-41 41 8 5.12
4 Steven McDonnell Armagh 5-25 40 8 5.00
Declan Browne Tyrone 2-34 40 4 10.00
6 Oisín McConville Armagh 2-33 39 8 4.87
7 Muiris Gavin Limerick 0-27 27 4 6.75
8 Brian McDonald Laois 2-19 25 6 4.16
Paul Finlay Monaghan 0-25 25 4 6.25
Colm Quinn Offaly 0-25 25 5 5.00
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Steven McDonnell Armagh 3-4 13 Limerick
Frankie Dolan Roscommon 0-13 13 Kildare
3 Declan Browne Tipperary 1-9 12 Carlow
Frankie Dolan Roscommon 0-12 12 Kildare
5 Declan Browne Tipperary 0-11 11 Waterford
Peter Canavan Tyrone 0-11 11 Down
7 Dessie Dolan Westmeath 1-7 10 Meath
Oisín McConville Armagh 1-7 10 Waterford
9 Ciaran McManus Offaly 3-0 9 London
Mark Stanfield Louth 2-3 9 Wicklow
J. P. Rooney Louth 2-3 9 Wicklow
Dara Ó Cinnéide Kerry 1-6 9 Limerick
Paddy Bradley Derry 1-6 9 Tyrone
Peter Canavan Tyrone 1-6 9 Down
Muiris Gavin Limerick 0-9 9 Cork
Kevin Madden Antrim 0-9 9 Armagh
Declan Browne Tipperary 0-9 9 Donegal
Muiris Gavin Limerick 0-9 9 Armagh

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Limerick beat Cork for the 1st time since 1965.
  • Laois won their 1st Leinster title in 57 years for the first time since 1981 neither Dublin or Meath reached the Leinster final.
  • Tyrone won their 1st All Ireland title.
  • The old system would have seen a Galway vs Laois All Ireland semi-final.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Breheny, Martin (23 September 2002). "Armagh's deliverance". Irish Independent. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Breheny, Martin (28 September 2003). "Tyrone gain historic first All-Ireland title". Breaking News. Retrieved 23 November 2016.