Derry Senior Football Championship

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Derry Senior Football Championship
Current season or competition:
2017 Derry Senior Football Championship
Irish Craobh Sinsear Peile Dhoire
Founded 1907
Trophy John McLaughlin Cup
Title holders Slaughtneil (5th title)
Most titles Bellaghy (21 titles)
Sponsors M & L Contracts

The Derry Senior Football Championship is an annual gaelic football club competition between the top Derry GAA clubs. The winners receive the John McLaughlin Cup and qualify to represent Derry in the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship.

Bellaghy have won the competition more than any other club with 21 titles. Bellaghy's Tom Scullion has more senior football championship medals than anyone in Derry, winning 12 medals between 1956 and 1971.

Slaughtneil are the current Derry senior champions, winning their fifth title on 24 September 2017 by defeating Ballinascreen 4-12 to 1-11 at Celtic Park in Derry City.

Bellaghy and Slaughtneil are the only teams to have won 4 consecutive Championship titles. Ballinderry have won 3 consecutive Championship titles on two separate occasions.

Format[edit]

Current Format[edit]

In 2016, the championship reverted to its traditional format. All fixtures are determined by an initial open-draw, are knock-out and are played at neutral venues, mainly Owenbeg, Dungiven.

Historical Formats[edit]

Before 1958, three regional tournaments were played to help determine the Derry Senior Football Championship finalists - the South Derry Senior Football Championship, the North Derry Senior Football Championship and the Derry City Senior Football Championship. Of the three winners, one received a bye to the final (in alternating years) and the other two played a semi-final to determine who qualified for the Derry Senior Football Championship final.

From 1958 to 2006 the championship took the form of an open-draw knock-out.

From 2007 to 2008 the championship was altered to include a round-robin group stage with the 16 teams divided into four groups. Each club in a group played each other once with the top two in each group advancing to the quarter-finals. From the quarter-finals onwards the competition was knock-out.

In 2009 a "backdoor" system was introduced -

  • The 16 clubs all play in the first round.
  • In the second round winners section the eight winning teams from round one play against each other with the four winners going into the quarter-final draw. In the second round losers section the eight beaten teams from round one play against each other.
  • In round three (also referred to as the quarter-final qualifiers) the four beaten teams from the round two winners section play the four winning teams from the round two losers section.
  • In the quarter-finals the four teams who have won their first two matches in rounds one and two play the four winners of round three.
  • The quarter-finals, semi-finais and final are knock-out.

Trophies[edit]

The cup for the winners of the Derry Senior Football Championship is named after John McLaughlin, a former leading official in the county. He was a native of Innishowen, in Co. Donegal, having been born in Fahan. A leading administrator in the county, he was for a long time chairman of the North Derry Board and he was elected chairman of the County Board about 1943/44 in succession to Paddy Larkin, a post he held until his death in 1961. The County Board decided to purchase a new cup and present it to the Senior Championship the following year. In 1989 the cup was replaced, but it is still called the John McLaughlin Cup.

  • Since 1988 the player who has scored the most in that year's championship is presented with a trophy.
  • Since 1989 the man of the match in the final is also presented with a trophy.

Wins Listed By Club[edit]

Team Wins Winning Years
1 Bellaghy 21 1956 1958 1959 1960 1961 1963 1964 1965 1968 1969 1971 1972 1975 1979 1986 1994 1996 1998 1999 2000 2005
2 Ballinderry 13 1927 1974 1980 1981 1982 1995 2001 2002 2006 2008 2011 2012 2013
3 Newbridge 10 1937 1940 1945 1948 1950 1955 1966 1967 1970 1989
4 Lavey 8 1938 1943 1954 1977 1988 1990 1992 1993
5 Dungiven 7 1947 1951 1983 1984 1987 1991 1997
6 Magherafelt 6 1939, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1949, 1978
7 Slaughtneil 5 2004, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
8 Ballinascreen 4 1934, 1935, 1941, 1973
9 Glenullin 3 1928, 1985, 2007
An Lúb 3 1936 2003 2009
11 Ballerin 2 1957 1976
Éire Óg 2 1907 1952
13 Ballymaguigan 1 1962
Clan Chonail 1 1914
Sarsfield’s* 1 1916
St Patrick’s 1 1917
Emmett’s 1 1918
Derry Guilds 1 1921
Buncrana 1 1930
Burt 1 1931
Desertmartin 1 1953
Eoghan Rua, Coleraine 1 2010

Notes:

  • 1914 Clan Chonail are a Donegal team.
  • 1916 Sarsfield's are now defunct. They were a Derry City club, a fore-runner to the modern-day Doire Colmcille club.
  • 1930 Buncrana are a Donegal team.
  • 1931 Burt are a Donegal team.

Finals Listed By Year[edit]

Year Winner Score Runners-up Score Match report (final) Venue Referee Man of the match Winning captain C'ship top scorer
2017 Slaughtneil 4-12 Ballinascreen 1-11 [1] Celtic Park Dan Mullan Shane McGuigan Patsy Bradley Shane McGuigan (3-15)
2016 Slaughtneil 2-11 An Lúb 0-6 [2] Celtic Park Benny Quinn Padraig Cassidy Francis McEldowney Shane McGuigan (2-15)
2015 Slaughtneil 1-7 Eoghan Rua, Coleraine 0-9 [3] Celtic Park D O'Neill Paul Bradley Francis McEldowney
2014 Slaughtneil 1-8 Ballinderry 0-9 [4] Celtic Park A Campbell Patsy Bradley Francis McEldowney
2013 Ballinderry 3-10 Ballinascreen 2-7 [5] Celtic Park B Cassidy Coilin Devlin Conor Nevin Benny Heron
2012 Ballinderry 1-10 Slaughtneil 0-10 [6] Celtic Park S Hamill Enda Muldoon Ryan Scott Christopher Bradley
2011 Ballinderry 2-5 Kilrea 0-6 BBC Sport, Celtic Park D Loughrey Martin Harney Kevin McGuckin James Kielt
2010 Eoghan Rua, Coleraine 2-11 Ballinderry 0-15 Celtic Park B Cassidy Declan Mullan Richard Carey Cailen O'Boyle
2009 An Lúb 1-8 Dungiven 0-10 Celtic Park B Toland Joe O'Kane Joe O'Kane Cathal Grieve
2008 Ballinderry 0-10 Slaughtneil 0-8 BBC Sport Irish Independent Celtic Park B Toland Raymond Wilkinson Enda Muldoon Paul Bradley
2007 Glenullin 0-10

1-09

Bellaghy 1-06

1-09*

Celtic Park

Celtic Park

B Toland

D O'Connor

Gerard O'Kane Paddy Bradley Conleith Gilligan (1-26)
2006 Ballinderry 2-11 An Lúb 0-9 Celtic Park JJ Cleary Conleith Gilligan Conleith Gilligan Conleith Gilligan & Paddy Bradley (0-18)
2005 Bellaghy 2-7 An Lúb 1-6 Celtic Park S McGuigan Joe Diver Joe Cassidy Joe Cassidy (0-21)
2004 Slaughtneil 1-08 Bellaghy 0-09 Glen T O'Kane Padrig Kelly Shane Kelly Jim Kelly (3-12)
2003 An Lúb 0-11 Ballinderry 0-7 Celtic Park Padraig O'Kane Johnny McBride Jim Kelly (1-15)
2002 Ballinderry 1-11 An Lúb 0-6 Celtic Park Conleith Gilligan Gerard Cassidy Gerard Cassidy (0-26)
2001 Ballinderry 1-9 Bellaghy 0-11 Ballinascreen Declan O'Connor Gerard Cassidy Adrian McGuckin Gerard Cassidy & Gavin Diamond (1-26)
2000 Bellaghy 0-09 Ballinderry 0-08 Ballinascreen Aidan McAlynn Gareth Doherty Ciaran McNally Seanie McGuckin (2-28)
1999 Bellaghy 1-11 Ballinderry 0-11 Ballinascreen Dessie Kearney Damian Cassidy Karl Diamond Gerard Cassidy (3-22)
1998 Bellaghy 1-13 Lavey 2-04 Celtic Park Anthony O'Neill Gavin Diamond Kevin O'Neill Gavin Diamond (1-21)
1997 Dungiven 2-09 Castledawson 0-09 Celtic Park Dessie Kearney Joe Brolly Emmett McKeever Joe Brolly (1-25)
1996 Bellaghy 2-11 Dungiven 0-07 The Irish News Celtic Park PJ Cassidy David O'Neill Gareth Doherty Éamonn Burns (2-24)
1995 Ballinderry 1-08 Bellaghy 0-08 Glen Anthony O'Neill Gerard Cassidy & Adrian McGuckin Raymond Bell Karl Diamond (1-18)
1994 Bellaghy 2-10 Ballinascreen 0-08 Swatragh Phonsey Guyler Damian Cassidy Danny Quinn Karl Diamond (0-24)
1993 Lavey 3-05 Swatragh 0-08 Glenullin Matt Armstrong Colm McGurk Anthony Scullion Anthony Tohill (2-26)
1992 Lavey 2-06 Ballinascreen 0-09 Bellaghy Owen Roe O'Neill Seamus Downey Anthony Scullion Eamonn Burns (2-17)
1991 Dungiven 3-5 Newbridge 0-4 Ballinascreen Noel McGurk Shane Heavern Plunkett Murphy Damian Cassidy (4-6)
1990 Lavey 3-14 Ballinascreen 1-07 Magherafelt F. Connolly Brian McCormick Johnny McGurk Eamonn Burns (0-24)
1989 Newbridge 3-04 Castledawson 0-09 Ballinascreen Billy McKeever Liam Devlin Damian Barton Fergal Kearney (1-14)
1988 Lavey 0-11 Newbridge 0-06 Glen Kevin Cassidy Henry Downey Hugh Martin McGurk (1-19)
1987 Dungiven NO FINAL Liam McElhinney
1986 Bellaghy 3-05 Ballinderry 1-06 Ballinascreen Anthony O'Neill Tommy Doherty
1985 Glenullin 1-09 Ballinderry Shamrocks 1-05 Ballinascreen John Diamond Dermot McNicholl
1984 Dungiven 0-09 Castledawson 0-08 Greenlough Murty Higgins Plunkett Murphy
1983 Dungiven 1-04 Magherafelt 1-03 Ballinascreen Sean Bradley Colm McGuigan
1982 Ballinderry 0-07 Dungiven 0-05 Swatragh Patsy Mulholland Dessie Rocks
1981 Ballinderry 0-07 Banagher 0-05 Ballerin Murty Higgins Pat McGuckin
1980 Ballinderry 0-07

0-11

Lavey 0-04

1-08*

Magherafelt / Ballinascreen Patsy Mulholland Sean McIvor
1979 Bellaghy 0-14

1-05

Magherafelt 0-03

0-08*

Ballinascreen Bobby Mullan Hugh McGoldrick
1978 Magherafelt 1-04 Banagher 1-03 Swatragh Louis Downey Gerry O'Loughlin
1977 Lavey 1-18 Ballinderry Shamrocks 0-07 Magherafelt Seamus Mullan Niall Hurley
1976 Ballerin 0-9 Dungiven 0-3 Magherafelt Murty Higgins Eamon Moloney
1975 Bellaghy 1-09

1-05

Magherafelt 0-03

0-08*

Ballinascreen Patsy Mulholland Frankie O'Loane
1974 Ballinderry 1-04 Banagher 1-03 Ballerin Willie Harkin Sean McGuckin
1973 Ballinascreen 2-14 Bellaghy 1-10 Magherafelt Dermot Mullan Tommy McKenna
1972 Bellaghy 0-14 Ballerin 1-08 Dungiven Tom McFeely Larry Diamond
1971 Bellaghy 2-12 Lavey 0-05 Magherafelt Larry Diamond
1970 Newbridge 3-08 Bellaghy 0-13 Magherafelt Patsy McLarnon
1969 Bellaghy 1-09 Slaughtneil 0-08 Magherafelt Tom Quinn
1968 Bellaghy 2-03 Newbridge 0-07 Magherafelt Tom Scullion
1967 Newbridge 0-11 Magherafelt 1-07 Ballinascreen Brian Devlin
1966 Newbridge 2-10 Dungiven 0-03 Magherafelt Mickey Gribben
1965 Bellaghy 3-11 Ballerin 0-10 Dungiven Barry McFadden Tom Scullion
1964 Bellaghy 2-09 Ballerin 0-10 Magherafelt Barry McFadden Tom Scullion
1963 Bellaghy 2-12 Newbridge 2-08 Magherafelt Jim McGuigan Tom Scullion
1962 Ballymaguigan 2-10

0-06

Castledawson 1-05

1-03*

Magherafelt Jim McGuigan / Jim Lynn Denis McKeever
1961 Bellaghy W/O Ballymaguigan Gerry McCann
1960 Bellaghy 1-05 Dungiven 2-01 Ballinascreen Gerry McCann
1959 Bellaghy 3-04 Desertmartin 1-03 Ballinascreen Peter Kearney
1958 Bellaghy 3-06 Ballymaguigan 0-07 Ballinascreen Peter Kearney
1957 Ballerin 3-8 Ballymaguigan 2-6 Dungiven
1956 Bellaghy 2-09 Drum 1-01 Magherafelt
1955 Newbridge 2-09 Dolans 1-04 Celtic Park
1954 Lavey 1-10 Banagher 1-05
1953 Desertmartin 4-09 Ballerin 0-02 Magherafelt
1952 Éire Óg, Derry 1-02 Desertmartin 1-00 Celtic Park
1951 Dungiven 4-03 Bellaghy 1-09 Cashel Green
1950 Newbridge 3-06 Dungiven 0-06 Ballinascreen
1949 Magherafelt 2-08 Eoghan Ruadh 0-06 Celtic Park
1948 Newbridge 1-06 Dungiven 0-07 Claudy Green
1947 Dungiven 2-08 Lavey 2-03 Magherafelt
1946 Magherafelt 7-07 Dolans 2-06 Celtic Park
1945 Newbridge 3-06 Dungiven 0-03 Claudy Green
1944 Lavey 1-05 Mitchels 0-00 Celtic Park
1943 Lavey 3-07 Faughanvale 0-03 Magherafelt
1942 Magherafelt W/O Glenullin Dungiven
1941 Ballinascreen 2-05 O'Connor's Limavady 1-01
1940 Newbridge beat Glenullin
1939 Magherafelt 5-07 Dungiven 1-02 Ballinascreen
1938 Lavey 0-13 Pearses 0-03 Dungiven
1937 Newbridge beat St Patrick's Brandywell
1936 An Lúb beat Park
1935 Ballinascreen NO FINAL
1934 Ballinascreen NO FINAL
1933
1932 No championship
1931 Burt 2-04 Wolfe Tones 0-01 Brandywell John Kavanagh
1930 Buncrana 2-04 St. Patrick's 0-05
1929
1928 Glenullin
1927 Ballinderry 0-03 Glenullin 0-08 (Abandoned) Magherafelt
1926
1925
1924
1923
1922
1921 Derry Guilds 2-01 St Patrick's 0-02 Brandywell
1920
1919
1918 Emmet's Celtic Park
1917 St. Patrick's beat Glenkeen Celtic Park
1916 Sarsfield's Celtic Park
1915
1914 Clann Chonail 1-04 Emmetts 1-02 Celtic Park
1913
1912
1911
1910
1909
1908
1907 Éire Óg, Derry Unknown

Notes:

  • 1907 - Éire Óg club is now defunct.
  • 1938 - Pearse's was a Derry City club, now defunct.
  • 1944 - Mitchel's was a Derry City club, now defunct.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derry SFC final: Slaughtneil complete four in-a-row in style". Hogan Stand. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Derry SFC final: Slaughtneil ease to 'treble treble'". Hogan Stand. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Derry SFC final: Slaughtneil do the 'double double'". Hogan Stand. 4 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Last-gasp Bradley goal secures title for Slaughtneil". Irish Examiner. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ballinderry repeat hat-trick". Irish Examiner. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Derry SFC final: Devlin's goal sinks Slaughtneil". Hogan Stand. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 

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