Munster Senior Club Football Championship

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Munster Senior Club Football Championship
Current season or competition:
2018 Munster Senior Club Football Championship
Colours of Munster Council.svg
IrishCraobh na Mumhan
CodeGaelic football
Founded1964; 54 years ago (1964)
RegionMunster (GAA)
TrophyO'Connor Cup
No. of teams6
Title holdersDr.Crokes (8th title)
Most titlesNemo Rangers (16 titles)
SponsorsAllied Irish Banks
TV partner(s)TG4
MottoThe toughest of them all
Official websiteMunster GAA

The Munster Senior Club Football Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship) is an annual gaelic football competition for the champion clubs of each county. It has been organised by the Munster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1964.

The series of games are played during the autumn and winter months with the final usually being played in late November. The prize for the winning team is the O'Connor Cup. The championship has always been played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the championship.

The Munster Championship is an integral part of the wider All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. The winners of the Munster final join the champions of Connacht, Leinstermand Ulster in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship.

Six clubs currently participate in the Munster Championship. The title has been won at least once by 16 different teams. The all-time record-holders are Nemo Rangers who have won 16 championship titles.

Nemo Rangers were the title-holders after defeating Dr. Croke's by 0-16 to 0-11 in the 2017 championship final.[1]

The championship[edit]

Overview[edit]

The Munster Championship is a single elimination tournament. Each team is afforded only one defeat 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]

Quarter-finals: Four teams contest this round. The two winning teams advance directly to the semi-finals. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Semi-finals: Four teams contest this round. The two winning teams advance directly to the final. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

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

Qualification[edit]

County Championship
Clare Clare Senior Football Championship
Cork Cork Senior Football Championship
Kerry Kerry Senior Football Championship
Limerick Clare Senior Football Championship
Tipperary Tipperary Senior Football Championship
Waterford Waterford Senior Football Championship

Wins listed by club[edit]

Team Wins Years won County Runners Up Years runners up
1 Nemo Rangers 16 1972, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2017 Cork 2 1977, 2015
2 Dr. Crokes 8 1990, 1991, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018 Kerry 2 2010, 2017
3 St. Finbarr's 4 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986 Cork 3 1976, 1984, 1985
4 East Kerry 3 1965, 1968, 1970 Kerry 0
University College Cork 3 1971, 1973, 1999 Cork 1 2011
Castlehaven 3 1989, 1994, 1997 Cork 1 2012
5 Austin Stacks 2 1976, 2014 Kerry 2 1974, 1975
Castleisland Desmonds 2 1984, 1985 Kerry 1 1982
Laune Rangers 2 1995, 1996 Kerry 0
Kilmurry Ibrickane 2 2004, 2009 Clare 2 1993, 2008
6 Shannon Rangers 1 1964 Kerry 0
St. Nicholas' 1 1966 Cork 0
Beara 1 1967 Cork 0
Thomond College 1 1977 Limerick 0
O'Donovan Rossa 1 1992 Cork 0
Doonbeg 1 1998 Clare 4 1972, 1983, 1991, 1999
An Ghaeltacht 1 2003 Kerry 0
Dromcollogher-Broadford 1 2008 Limerick 0
Clonmel Commercials 1 2015 Tipperary 4 1966, 1971, 1990, 1994
7 St. Senan's 0 Clare 4 1989, 1992, 2003, 2005
Kilrush Shamrocks 0 Clare 3 1978, 1979, 1981
The Nire 0 Waterford 3 2006, 2014, 2016
Stradbally 0 Waterford 2 1980, 2004
Kilrossanty 0 Waterford 2 1986, 1988
Moyle Rovers 0 Tipperary 2 1995, 1998
Fethard 0 Tipperary 2 1997, 2001
Cooraclare 0 Clare 1 1965
John Mitchels 0 Kerry 1 1967
Mid Kerry 0 Kerry 1 1968
Carbery 0 Cork 1 1969
Muskerry 0 Cork 1 1970
Loughmore-Castleiney 0 Tipperary 1 1973
Newcastle West 0 Limerick 1 1987
Clonakilty 0 Cork 1 1996
Glenflesk 0 Kerry 1 2000
Monaleen 0 Limerick 1 2002
Ballinacourty 0 Waterford 1 2007
Kerins O'Rahilly's 0 Kerry 1 2009
Cratloe 0 Clare 1 2013
St Josephs, Miltown Malbay 0 Clare 1 2018

Wins listed by county[edit]

County Winners Runners-Up Winning Clubs Runner-Up Clubs
Border Cork 29 9 Nemo Rangers (16), St. Finbarr's (4), University College Cork (3), Castlehaven (3), St. Nicholas, Beara, O'Donovan Rossa St. Finbarr's (3), Nemo Rangers (2), University College Cork, Castlehaven, Carbery, Muskerry, Clonakilty
Border Kerry 19 9 Dr. Crokes (8), East Kerry (3), Austin Stacks (2), Castleisland Desmonds (2), Laune Rangers (2), Shannon Rangers, An Ghaeltacht Dr. Crokes (2), Austin Stacks (2), Castleisland Desmonds, John Mitchels, Mid Kerry, Glenflesk, Kerin's O'Rahilly's
Border Clare 3 16 Kilmurry Ibrickane (2), Doonbeg Doonbeg (4), St. Senan's (4), Kilrush Shamrocks (3), Kilmurry Ibrickane (2), Cooraclare, Cratloe, St Josephs Miltown Malbay
Border Limerick 2 2 Thomond College, Dromcollogher-Broadford Newcastle West, Monaleen
Border Tipperary 1 9 Clonmel Commercials Clonmel Commercials (4), Moyle Rovers (2), Fethard (2), Loughmore-Castleiney
Border Waterford 0 8 The Nire (3), Stradbally (2), Kilrossanty (2), Ballinacourty

Finals listed by year[edit]

Year Winner County Opponent County
2018 Dr. Crokes 1-21 Kerry St Josephs Miltown Malbay 2-09 Clare
2017 Nemo Rangers 0-16 Cork Dr. Crokes 0-11 Kerry
2016[2] Dr. Crokes 3-15 Kerry The Nire 0-6 Waterford
2015[3] Clonmel Commercials 1-7 Tipperary Nemo Rangers 0-9 Cork
2014[4] Austin Stacks 3-5 Kerry The Nire 2-4 Waterford
2013[5] Dr. Crokes 0-13 Kerry Cratloe 0-12 Clare
2012[6] Dr. Crokes 0-19 Kerry Castlehaven 0-12 Cork
2011 Dr. Crokes 3-14 Kerry UCC 2-10 Cork
2010 Nemo Rangers 1-15 Cork Dr. Crokes 1-13 Kerry
2009 Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-7 Clare Kerins O'Rahillys 0-6 Kerry
2008 Dromcollogher-Broadford 0-6 Limerick Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-5 Clare
2007[7][8] Nemo Rangers 1-10 Cork Ballinacourty 1-7 Waterford
2006 Dr. Crokes 2-5 Kerry The Nire 0-8 Waterford
2005 Nemo Rangers 2-12 Cork St. Senan's, Kilkee 1-6 Clare
2004 Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-9 0-9 Clare Stradbally 0-9 0-8 Waterford
2003 An Gaeltacht 1-8 Kerry St. Senan's, Kilkee 1-6 Clare
2002 Nemo Rangers 4-15 Cork Monaleen 0-6 Limerick
2001 Nemo Rangers 1-11 Cork Fethard 0-10 Tipperary
2000 Nemo Rangers 0-11 Cork Glenflesk 0-7 Kerry
1999 UCC 1-17 Cork Doonbeg 0-7 Clare
1998 Doonbeg 0-7 Clare Moyle Rovers 0-4 Tipperary
1997 Castlehaven 1-14 Cork Fethard 1-8 Tipperary
1996 Laune Rangers 0-13 Kerry Clonakilty 0-10 Cork
1995 Laune Rangers 3-19 Kerry Moyle Rovers 2-4 Tipperary
1994 Castlehaven 2-14 Cork Clonmel Commercials 1-4 Tipperary
1993 Nemo Rangers 1-17 Cork Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-4 Clare
1992 O'Donovan Rossa 2-13 Cork St. Senan's, Kilkee 0-12 Clare
1991 Dr. Crokes 2-10 Kerry Doonbeg 0-8 Clare
1990 Dr. Crokes 0-15 Kerry Clonmel Commercials 0-10 Tipperary
1989 Castlehaven 0-13 Cork St. Senan's, Kilkee 1-8 Clare
1988 Nemo Rangers 1-6 Cork Kilrossanty 1-2 Waterford
1987 Nemo Rangers 5-15 Cork Newcastle West 2-3 Limerick
1986 St. Finbarr's 2-15 Cork Kilrossanty 1-5 Waterford
1985 Castleisland Desmonds 1-11 Kerry St. Finbarr's 0-5 Cork
1984 Castleisland Desmonds 2-6 Kerry St. Finbarr's 0-9 Cork
1983 Nemo Rangers 2-10 Cork Doonbeg 0-3 Clare
1982 St. Finbarr's 2-6 Cork Castleisland Desmonds 0-6 Kerry
1981 Nemo Rangers 3-9 Cork Kilrush Shamrocks 1-6 Clare
1980 St. Finbarr's 3-12 Cork Stradbally 1-8 Waterford
1979 St. Finbarr's 0-10 Cork Kilrush Shamrocks 0-4 Clare
1978 Nemo Rangers 0-8 Cork Kilrush Shamrocks 0-5 Clare
1977 Thomond College 0-12 Limerick Nemo Rangers 1-3 Cork
1976 Austin Stacks 1-7 Kerry St. Finbarr's 0-8 Cork
1975 Nemo Rangers 1-9 Cork Austin Stacks 0-10 Kerry
1974 Nemo Rangers 2-6 Cork Austin Stacks 1-7 Kerry
1973 UCC 2-8 Cork Loughmore-Castleiney 1-5 Tipperary
1972 Nemo Rangers 3-9 Cork Doonbeg 0-5 Clare
1971 UCC 2-9 Cork Clonmel Commercials 1-8 Tipperary
1970 East Kerry 0-7 Kerry Muskerry 0-6 Cork
1969 The 1969 championship was not completed.
1968 East Kerry 2-10 Kerry Carbery 1-10 Cork
1967 Beara 1-11 Cork Mid Kerry 2-7 Kerry
1966 St Nicholas 2-4 Cork John Mitchels 1-6 Kerry
1965 East Kerry 3-7 Kerry Clonmel Commercials 0-7 Tipperary
1964 Shannon Rangers 2-7 Kerry Cooraclare 0-4 Clare
  • St. Finbarrs won the Munster Senior Club Football and Hurling championships in 1980 and are currently the only Munster club team to achieve this double.

Records and statistics[edit]

Final[edit]

Team[edit]

  • Most wins: 16:
    • Nemo Rangers (1972, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2017)
  • Most appearances in a final: 18:
    • Nemo Rangers (1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2015, 2017)
  • Most appearances in a final without losing (streak): 12
    • Nemo Rangers (1978, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010)

Teams[edit]

By decade[edit]

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

Gaps[edit]

Top three longest gaps between successive championship titles:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Luke Connolly stars as Nemo Rangers inflict rare defeat on Dr Crokes". Irish Examiner. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ "No arguments as Dr Crokes prove simply the best". Irish Examiner. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Nemo Rangers stunned as Clonmel Commercials make history". Irish Examiner. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Sticky Stacks extricate themselves from another tight spot". Irish Examiner. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Buckley's late winner breaks Cratloe hearts". Irish Examiner. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Crokes get the job done early". Irish Examiner. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Consistent Rangers resume normal service". Irish Examiner. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Nemo ride out 'Courty storm". Irish Examiner. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2013.