Cork Senior Football Championship

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Cork Senior Football Championship
Current season or competition:
2018 Cork Senior Football Championship
IrishCraobh Peile Sinsearach Chorcaí
CodeGaelic football
Founded1887; 132 years ago (1887)
RegionCork (GAA)
TrophyAndy Scannell Cup
No. of teams26
Title holdersSt Finbarrs GAA currentordinal = 9 (th title)
Most titlesNemo Rangers (20 titles)
SponsorsEvening Echo
TV partner(s)TG4 (final only)
Official websitehttp://gaacork.ie/

The Cork Senior Football Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Evening Echo Cork County Senior Football Championship) is an annual Gaelic football competition organised by the Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top Gaelic football teams in the county of Cork in Ireland.

The series of games are played during the summer and autumn months with the county final currently being played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in October. The prize for the winning team is the Andy Scannell Cup. Initially played as a knock-out competition, the championship currently uses a double elimination format whereby each team is guaranteed at least two games.

The Cork County Championship is an integral part of the wider Munster Senior Club Football Championship. The winners of the Cork county final join the champions of the other five counties to contest the provincial championship.

Twenty-six teams currently participate in the Cork County Championship. The title has been won at least once by 29 different teams. The all-time record-holders are Nemo Rangers, who have won a total of 20 titles.

Nemo Rangers are the title-holders after defeating St. Finbarr's by 4-12 to 3-13 in the 2017 championship final replay.[1]

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Civil unrest following the burning of Cork during the War of Independence lead to the 1921 championship being cancelled.

Following the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884, new rules for Gaelic football and hurling were drawn up and published in the United Irishman newspaper. In 1886, county committees were established, with the Cork County Board affiliating on 19 December 1886. The inaugural championship was played during the summer of 1887, with Lees winning the first title. Since then the championship title has been awarded every year except on two occasions. Civil unrest following the burning of Cork at the height of the War of Independence resulted in the 1921 and 1922 championships being cancelled.

Club dominance[edit]

City club Lees were the dominant force during the first thirty years of the championship. Between 1887 and 1914 they won ten championship titles before going into a period of decline. Their hegemony was closely followed by Fermoy who enjoyed their own golden era by winning six championships between 1895 and 1906. Lees city based rivals, Nils, also featured regularly in county finals and won six titles between 1894 and 1925.

Macroom joined the roll of honour by winning their first championship in 1909. Seven more titles followed up to 1935. After University College Cork made the breakthrough and dominated the 1920s, the following decade was dominated by divisional sides. Beara lead the way by claiming four championship titles between 1932 and 1940, while Duhallow and Carbery also won two championship titles at this time. Clonakilty made their own breakthrough by winning their first championship in 1939. It was the first of seven titles up to 1952. The rest of the decade belonged to St. Finbarr’s, who became the first single-entity club to win championship titles in both hurling and Gaelic football. After a period in the doldrums, UCC were back as a dominant force by winning five championships between 1960 and 1973.

Since winning their first championship title in 1972, Nemo Rangers have gone on to dominate the championship. In the 45 years since then they have won a total of 20 championship titles. In spite of brief periods of dominance by other teams, most notably St. Finbarr’s who won five titles between 1976 and 1985, Nemo Rangers have established themselves as the preeminent team of Cork Gaelic football.

Formats used[edit]

For over 100 years the championship used a single elimination format. Each team was afforded only one defeat before being eliminated from the championship. The creation of the divisions in the 1920s added a new dimension to the championship. These divisional teams, which were composed of junior and intermediate players, competed in a preliminary section with the two winning teams advancing to the championship proper which retained its single elimination format. The introduction of a "back door" system at inter-county level in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship in 1997 lead to the idea of introducing a second chance for defeated teams at county level. In the twenty-year period from the late 1990s to 2017, the championship underwent a number of format changes. The provision of a second chance for defeated teams was later expanded to allow teams the opportunity of being defeated twice and still remain in the championship. The splitting of the intermediate grade in two resulted in the introduction of relegation in 2006. Prior to this teams were allowed to decide for themselves if they wanted to regrade or retain their senior status. In 2015 the championship once again reverted to a double elimination format.

The championship[edit]

Overview[edit]

The Cork County Championship is a double elimination tournament. Each team is afforded two defeats before being eliminated from the championship. Pairings for matches are drawn at random and there is no seeding.

Each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a period of extra time, however, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a replay takes place and so on until a winner is found.

Format[edit]

Divisional and college section[edit]

Round 1: Eight teams contest this round. The four winning teams advance to Round 2. The four losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Round 2: Four teams contest this round. The two winning teams advance to Round 3 of the championship proper. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Club section[edit]

Preliminary round: 2 teams contest this round. The winning team advances to Round 1. The losing team advances to Round 2.

Round 1: 18 teams contest this round. The nine losing teams advance to Round 2. The nine winning teams advance to Round 3.

Round 2: The nine losing teams from Round 1 and the losing team from the preliminary round contest this round. The five winning teams advance to Round 3. The five losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Round 3: The nine winning teams from Round 1, the five winning teams from Round 2, and the 2 divisional teams contest this round. The eight winning teams advance to the Quarter-finals. The eight losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Quarter-finals: 8 teams contest this round. The 4 winning teams advance to the Semi-finals. The 4 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Semi-finals: 4 teams contest this round. The 2 winning teams advance to the Semi-finals. The 2 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Final: The final is contested by the two semi-final winners.

Trophy[edit]

The winning team is presented with the Andy Scannell Cup. Andy Scannell, a teacher at Clondulane National School outside Fermoy, was a County Senior Football selector when Cork won the Sam Maguire in 1945. He was later Chairman of the North Cork Division before taking office as Cork County Chairman in the early '50s, and steered the county to All-Ireland hurling victory during his term.

Wins listed by club[edit]

# Team Winner Winning Years
1 Nemo Rangers 20 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017
2 Lees 12 1887, 1888, 1896, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1914, 1923, 1955
3 Macroom 10 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1926, 1930, 1931, 1935, 1958, 1962
UCC 10 1920, 1927, 1928, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1969, 1973, 1999, 2011
4 Clonakilty 9 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1996, 2009
St. Finbarr's 9 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1985, 2018
5 Fermoy 7 1895, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1905, 1906, 1945
6 Nils 6 1894, 1901, 1915, 1917, 1924, 1925
Beara 6 1932, 1933, 1934, 1940, 1967, 1997
7 St. Nicholas 5 1938, 1941, 1954, 1965, 1966
Castlehaven 5 1989, 1994, 2003, 2012, 2013
8 Carbery 4 1937, 1968, 1971, 2004
Collins 4 1929, 1949, 1951, 1953
9 Duhallow 3 1936, 1990, 1991
10 Bantry Blues 2 1995, 1998
Imokilly 2 1984, 1986
Cobh 2 1918, 1919
Clondrohid 2 1891, 1892
Midleton 2 1889, 1890
11 O'Donovan Rossa 1 1992
Muskerry 1 1970
Avondhu 1 1961
Garda 1 1950
Millstreet 1 1948
Collegians 1 1916
Dohenys 1 1897
Dromtarriffe 1 1893
Ballincollig 1 2014
Carbery Rangers 1 2016

Finals listed by year[edit]

Year Winner Opponent
2018 St. Finbarr's 3–14 Duhallow 2–14
2017[2] Nemo Rangers 0-14 4-12 (R) St Finbarrs 0-14 3-13 (R)
2016[3] Carbery Rangers 1–15 Ballincollig 1–12
2015[4][5] Nemo Rangers 0–10 1–10 (R) Castlehaven 0–10 0–11 (R)
2014[6] Ballincollig 1–13 Carbery Rangers 1–10
2013[7] Castlehaven 0–16 Nemo Rangers 1–11
2012[8] Castlehaven 1–7 Duhallow 0–9
2011 UCC 1–12 Castlehaven 0–10
2010[9] Nemo Rangers 2-10 St. Finbarr's 1-8
2009 Clonakilty 1-13 St. Finbarr's 1-12
2008[10] Nemo Rangers 0-13 Douglas 0-5
2007[11] Nemo Rangers 0-12 Ilen Rovers 0-9
2006[12] Nemo Rangers 1-11 Dohenys 0-7
2005 Nemo Rangers 1-14 Muskerry 0-7
2004[13] Carbery 1-11 Bishopstown 0-7
2003 Castlehaven 1-9 Clonakilty 1-7
2002 Nemo Rangers 0-15 Bishopstown 1-7
2001 Nemo Rangers 1-14 Bantry Blues 0-6
2000 Nemo Rangers 1-14 Carbery 0-7
1999 UCC 1-11 Nemo Rangers 1-8
1998 Bantry Blues 0-17 Duhallow 2-6
1997 Beara 1-10 Castlehaven 1-7
1996 Clonakilty 1-9 UCC 0-10
1995 Bantry Blues 0-10 Muskerry 0-8
1994 Castlehaven 0-12 O'Donovan Rossa 0-10
1993 Nemo Rangers 0-13 St. Finbarr's 0-4
1992 O'Donovan Rossa 2-9 Nemo Rangers 0-10
1991 Duhallow 0-11 St. Finbarr's 0-10
1990 Duhallow 0-8 St. Finbarr's 0-6
1989 Castlehaven 0-9 St. Finbarr's 0-7
1988 Nemo Rangers 2-8 Duhallow 0-10
1987 Nemo Rangers 2-11 Imokilly 0-9
1986 Imokilly 2-4 St. Finbarr's 0-9
1985 St. Finbarr's 1-10 Clonakilty 0-9
1984 Imokilly 1-14 St. Finbarr's 2-7
1983 Nemo Rangers 4-12 Clonakilty 2-3
1982 St. Finbarr's 1-5 Duhallow 0-5
1981 Nemo Rangers 3-11 Bantry Blues 0-6
1980 St. Finbarr's 3-8 UCC1-9
1979 St. Finbarr's 3-14 Castlehaven 2-7
1978 Nemo Rangers 1-9 St. Michael's 1-3
1977 Nemo Rangers 1-8 St. Michael's 1-3
1976 St. Finbarr's 1-10 St. Michael's 1-7
1975 Nemo Rangers 4-12 Dohenys 0-7
1974 Nemo Rangers 2-8 Carbery 1-8
1973 UCC 3-8 Carbery 1-10
1972 Nemo Rangers 2-9 UCC 0-8
1971 Carbery 3-11 UCC 2-8
1970 Muskerry 3-10 Nemo Rangers 4-6
1969 UCC 0-9 St. Nicholas 0-8
1968 Carbery 1-9 Clonakilty 1-6
1967 Beara 2-5 UCC 0-7
1966 St. Nicholas 1-7 St. Finbarr's 1-6
1965 St. Nicholas 2-4 St. Finbarr's 0-6
1964 UCC 0-12 Carbery 1-6
1963 UCC 1-6 St. Nicholas 1-5
1962 Macroom 3-4 Muskerry 1-4
1961 Avondhu 1-7 Clonakilty 1-5
1960 UCC 1-7 Avondhu 0-9
1959 St. Finbarr's 1-5 Macroom 0-6
1958 Macroom 1-7 Avondhu 0-9
1957 St. Finbarr's 0-8 Lees 0-5
1956 St. Finbarr's 3-5 Millstreet 0-4
1955 Lees 3-4 Macroom 0-9
1954 St. Nicholas 2-11 Clonakilty 0-3
1953 Collins 1-8 UCC 1-4
1952 Clonakilty 1-4 Collins 0-4
1951 Collins 3-2 St. Nicholas 1-5
1950 Garda 3-7 St. Nicholas 2-5
1949 Collins 5-11 Macroom 0-1
1948 Millstreet 1-2 St. Vincent's 0-3
1947 Clonakilty 2-5 St. Nicholas 1-4
1946 Clonakilty 1-2 Fermoy 0-3
1945 Fermoy 0-6 Clonakilty 0-3
1944 Clonakilty 1-9 Fermoy 1-5
1943 Clonakilty 2-5 Fermoy 1-4
1942 Clonakilty 1-8 Fermoy 1-5
1941 St. Nicholas 1-8 Millstreet 1-5
1940 Beara 2-8 Millstreet 1-7
1939 Clonakilty 0-7 Beara 0-5
1938 St. Nicholas 2-1 Clonakilty 0-2
1937 Carbery 3-8 Duhallow West 1-1
1936 Duhallow West 2-5 Clonakilty 0-2
1935 Macroom 1-3 Clonakilty 1-2
1934 Beara 2-6 Clonakilty 2-3
1933 Beara 2-5 Clonakilty 0-4
1932 Beara 2-2 Clonakilty 1-1
1931 Macroom 2-6 Carbery 2-2
1930 Macroom 2-8 Na Deasunaigh 2-3
1929 Collins Macroom
1928 UCC 1-6 Duhallow United 0-2
1927 UCC 3-3 Macroom 1-0
1926 Macroom 1-1 UCC 0-2
1925 Nils 4-3 Macroom 0-2
1924 Nils 0-8 UCC 0-2
1923 Lees 0-3 Youghal 0-2
1922
1921
1920 UCC 5-4 Cobh 0-1
1919 Cobh 4-3 Youhal 1-0
1918 Cobh 0-3 Fermoy 0-1
1917 Nils 0-2 Lees 0-0
1916 Collegians 10-3 Fermoy 0-1
1915 Nils 2-3 Fermoy 0-1
1914 Lees 2-5 Youghal 1-2
1913 Macroom 1-2 Fermoy 0-3
1912 Macroom 1-3 Fermoy 1-1
1911 Lees 2-4 Nils 0-1
1910 Macroom 5-6 Cobh 0-2
1909 Macroom 1-6 Bantry Blues 1-2
1908 Lees 2-8 Fermoy 0-6
1907 Lees 0-7 Macroom 1-2
1906 Fermoy 0-8 Carbery Rangers 0-0
1905 Fermoy Carbery Rangers
1904 Lees Fermoy
1903 Lees 1-7 Dohenys 0-2
1902 Lees 0-10 Kanturk 1-1
1901 Nils 0-8* Fermoy 0-4
1900 Fermoy 1-9 Kinsale 1-6
1899 Fermoy Nils
1898 Fermoy 0-1* Dohenys 0-2
1897 Dohenys 0-5 Kanturk 0-4
1896 Lees 0-3 Kanturk 0-0
1895 Fermoy 0-6 Nils 0-1
1894 Nils 1-13 Kinsale Black & Whites 0-1
1893 Dromtarriffe 0-5 Castlemartyr 0-3
1892 Clondrohid 1-4 Kilmurry 0-1
1891 Clondrohid 3-5 Nils 0-2
1890 Midleton 2-3 Dromtarriffe 0-2
1889 Midleton 1-0 Macroom 0-1
1888 Lees 0-3 Dromtarriffe 0-1
1887 Lees 0-4 Lisgoold 0-01

Notes[edit]

  • The following finals were drawn: 1901, 1944, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2017
  • No scores known for 1899 and 1904
  • 1898 Objection and game awarded to Fermoy

Records[edit]

By decade[edit]

The most successful team of each decade, judged by number of Cork Senior Football Championship titles, is as follows:

Successful defending[edit]

15 teams of the 29 who have won the championship have successfully defended the title. These are:

    • Nemo Rangers on 8 attempts out of 18 (1975, 1978, 1988, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008)
    • Lees on 4 attempts out of 11 (1888, 1903, 1904, 1908)
    • Macroom on 3 attempts out of 9 (1910, 1913, 1931)
    • Clonakilty on 3 attempts out of 8 (1943, 1944, 1947)
    • Fermoyon 3 attempts out of 6 (1899, 1900, 1906)
    • University College Cork on 2 attempts out of 9 (1928, 1964)
    • St. Finbarr's on 2 attempts out of 7 (1957, 1980)
    • Beara on 2 attempts out of 5 (1932, 1934)
    • Nils on 1 attempt out of 5 (1925)
    • St. Nicholas' on 1 attempt out of 4 (1966)
    • Castlehaven on 1 attempt out of 4 (2013)
    • Duhallow on 1 attempt out of 2 (1991)
    • Cobh on 1 attempt out of 1 (1919)
    • Clondrohid on 1 attempt out of 1 (1892)
    • Midleton on 1 attempt out of 1 (1890)

Gaps[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCarthy, Ger (22 October 2017). "Nemo Rangers recover from slow start to win Cork SFC". Evening Echo. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Nemo nous steers them to thrilling 20th Cork title". Irish Examiner. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Magnificent Carbery Rangers enjoy finest hour". Irish Examiner. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Castlehaven frustrated after Mark Collins 'point' denied". Irish Examiner. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  5. ^ "19th Cork title for Nemo Rangers is one of the sweetest". Irish Examiner. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Epic turnaround gives Ballincollig their first title". Irish Independent. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Hurley's heroics herald defiant Haven response". Irish Examiner. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Nolan the hero as Castlehaven dig deep for glorious fourth title". Irish Examiner. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Kerrigan helps Nemo return to top of the pile". Irish Times. 2010-10-25. Archived from the original on 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  10. ^ "Four-in-a-row joy for Nemo". Irish Examiner. 6 October 2006. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Nemo dig deep to find edge against minnows". Irish Independent. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Gift goal puts Nemo on road to glory". Irish Examiner. 30 October 2006. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Carbery end long famine in fine style". Irish Independent. 18 October 2004. Retrieved 2 December 2013.

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