Cork GAA Senior Football Team
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|National Football League||7 wins|
Gaelic football has always been seen as the weaker of the two sports in Cork. The game is strongest in the west of the county and in Cork city. Success, especially at senior level, has been much more sporadic that with hurling. The biggest hindrance to success has been the presence of next door neighbors Kerry. Cork has been the second strongest county in Munster since the 1940s and often one of the best in the country. Many very good Cork teams were unable to overcome Kerry when they met in the Munster final. Cork began the 1970s with three Munster titles in 4 years and the 1973 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. But they then ran up against the great Kerry team of the 1970s and 1980s. In 1976, the two teams drew in the final of the Munster Senior Football Championship. The replay went to extra-time, before two very controversial refereeing decisions saw Kerry victorious. Cork fell back after that for a number of years.
1980s and 1990s
In 1983 Kerry were aiming to capture a record ninth Munster title in-a-row, however, Cork pulled off one of their surprise victories. Kerry, however, won the next three Munster and All-Ireland titles. In 1987 Billy Morgan was back with Cork, this time as manager. That year Cork reclaimed the Munster Championship crown from the Kingdom. It was the first of four Munster titles in-a-row. They reached the All-Ireland final that year only to be defeated by Meath. In 1988 Cork were defeated by Meath for the second consecutive year after a replay. Having lost the previous two All-Ireland finals Cork were even hungrier for success in 1989. That year they captured the National Football League before facing Mayo in the championship decider. The game ended in victory for Cork who claimed their fifth-ever All-Ireland title. In 1990 Cork squared up to Meath in the All-Ireland final for the third time in four years. In a close game Cork emerged victorious by two points to claim a second consecutive championship.
Cork surrendered their provincial title for the next two years, however, they reclaimed it in 1993. That year they reached another All-Ireland final, however, it was Derry who won their first All-Ireland title on that occasion. Cork won the next two Munster titles as well, however, they were later defeated in the All-Ireland semi-final on both those occasions. The defeat in 1995 brought an end to one of Cork's greatest-ever periods in football history. Four years later in 1999 Cork won the Munster title for the fifth time of the decade. They later faced old rivals Meath in the All-Ireland final, however, victory went to the Leinster men on that occasion.
While it was expected that the team would build on the success of 1999, Cork went into decline as Kerry began to dominate in Munster. In 2002 Cork triumphed once again and captured the Munster title after a victory over Tipperary in a replay. The subsequent All-Ireland semi-final saw Cork take on Kerry. It was a historic occasion as it was the first time that the two sides had met in Croke Park. Unfortunately, Cork were trounced on a score line of 3–19 to 2–7. The year ended with the Cork hurling team going on strike. In turn, the football team joined in a sympathy strike. The players, who had been seeking better conditions, refused to play or train with the county again until the dispute with the county board was resolved. The players demands included having their own doctor at all Championship and League games, resolving disputes over travel arrangements and providing players with free gymnasium access. The strike was eventually resolved and all the demands were met.
Following the strike the fortunes of the Cork football team took a turn for the worse. A series of defeats in 2003 and 2004 saw the Cork football team almost at an all-time low. In 2005 Cork narrowly lost the Munster final but qualified for the All-Ireland semi-final where Kerry were once again waiting. The score line of 1–19 to 1–9 in favor of the men from the Kingdom tells its own story. In 2006 Cork won their first Munster title in four years following a defeat of Kerry. The two sides met again in the All-Ireland semi-final, however, in a similar pattern Kerry were victorious. In 2007 Cork lost their Munster crown to Kerry, however, they made use of the qualifiers and found themselves in the All-Ireland final. Kerry, the old rivals, provided the opposition in the first all-Munster All-Ireland final. The game started on a level pegging, however, Kerry ran riot and captured the title with a 3–13 to 1–9 victory. It was one of Cork's most humiliating defeats.
The Cork senior footballers and hurlers withdrew their services for almost 100 days from November 2007 until February 2008. For more on this see 2007-2008 Cork players strike. In spite of this, Cork reached the All-Ireland semi-final where they lost to old rivals Kerry after a replay. Cork regained their Munster crown in 2009. The team advanced to the All-Ireland Final, overcoming 2008 champions Tyrone along the way, to meet Kerry in the final. Cork lost on a scoreline of 1–9 to 16 points for Kerry. In April 2010, Cork won the National Football League Division 1 title with a 1–17 to 0–12 win against Mayo at Croke Park in front of a crowd of 27,005. On 19 September 2010, Cork won the All Ireland football title beating Down 0-16 to 0-15 in Croke Park. In April 2011, Cork retained the National Football League after a 0-21 to 2-14 win against Dublin.
Rivalries and supporters
In football, Kerry are undoubtedly Cork's biggest rivals as they meet year in year out in the Munster Senior Football Championship and recently in the All-Ireland series of games as well. Kerry are traditionally dominant, having won the Munster Championship over 75 times, while Cork have less than 40 titles. Kerry are similarly dominant in terms of All-Irelands won, topping the list with 36 titles as of their 2009 win while Cork have had seven titles since their 2010 triumph.
The Cork footballers have also shared a rivalry with Meath in the past, though the intensity of this lowered during the 2010s as the two teams did not meet in the Championship for a number of years following the 1999 All-Ireland Final. The teams did not meet again until 2007, as the two counties met in the semi-final. Meath went into the match as favorites but Cork came out on top, setting up a final against Kerry.
Cork football support generally tends to be smaller compared to the support for the county's hurlers. However the Cork footballers enjoy the largest following in Munster. The Cork footballers possibly don't get the same level of support as their hurling counterparts because of their comparative lack of success. This is despite Cork being the fifth most successful football county in Ireland. Cork and Kerry well always draw 30,000 plus and Fitzgeralds stadium in Killarney is often a favorite among rebel supporters. In 2009 large crowds attended games against, Limerick and Tyrone, as well as the All-Ireland final against Kerry, to see a Cork team that were considered to be serious title contenders.
Cork football squad
- Manager: Peadar Healy (Naomh Abán),
- Selector: Ronan McCarthy (Douglas), Mick 'Haulie' O'Neill (Clonakilty), Ciarán O'Sullivan (Urhan)
- Dinny Allen
- Jimmy Barrett
- Declan Barron
- Jimmy Barry-Murphy
- Niall Cahalane
- Graham Canty
- Philip Clifford
- John Coleman
- Colin Corkery
- Denis Coughlan
- Danny Culloty
- Ray Cummins
- Don Davis
- Tony Davis
- Shea Fahy
- Con Hartnett
- Donal Hunt
- Kevin Kehily
- Humphrey Kelleher
- Paudie Kissane
- Dinny Long
- Anthony Lynch
- Dave McCarthy
- Teddy McCarthy
- Billy Morgan
- Brian Murphy
- Nicholas Murphy
- Seán Óg Ó hAilpín
- Kevin O'Dwyer
- Noel O'Leary
- Colm O'Neill
- Diarmuid O'Sullivan
- Jim Power
- Larry Tompkins
Texaco Footballer of the Year winners
This is a list of people who have coached/managed the Cork senior football team in recent years.
|Name||Club||From||To||All-Ireland titles||Munster titles|
|Billy Morgan||Nemo Rangers||1986||1996||1989, 1990||1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995|
|Larry Tompkins||Castlehaven||1996||2003||1999, 2002|
|Billy Morgan||Nemo Rangers||2003||2007||2006|
|Conor Counihan||Aghada||2008||2013||2010||2008, 2009, 2012|