List of All-Ireland Senior Football Championship finals
The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the premier competition in Gaelic football, is an annual series of games played in Ireland during the summer and early autumn, and organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Contested by the top inter-county football teams in Ireland, the tournament has taken place every year since 1887, except in 1888 when the competition was not played due to a tour of the United States by would-be competitors.
|Number of teams||34 (qualifiers)|
8 (final series)
|Current champions||Dublin (29th title)|
|Most successful team(s)||Kerry (37 titles)|
The competition culminates on the third or fourth Sunday in September with the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final. The winning team receives the Sam Maguire Cup. The final has been played at Croke Park in Dublin since 1913, with the exception of the 1947 final which was played at the Polo Grounds in New York. Finals held before the GAA's acquirement of Croke Park were played at venues around Dublin and the counties of Cork, Kildare and Tipperary.
Teams from the southern province of Munster shared the early titles, with Limerick, Tipperary and Cork winning the first three finals. The first Championship featured club teams who represented their respective counties after their county championship. The 21 a-side final, played in Beech Hill, Donnybrook on 29 April 1888, was contested between Commercials of Limerick and Young Irelands of Louth, with Commercials winning by 1–4 to 0–3. Unlike later All-Irelands, there were no provincial championships and it was an open draw.
The second Championship was unfinished owing to the American Invasion Tour. The 1888 provincial championships had been completed (won by Tipperary, Kilkenny and Monaghan, with no Connacht teams entering) but after the Invasion Tour ended, the All-Ireland semi-final and final were not played. London reached the final four times in the early years of the competition (1900–03).
The 1903 Championship brought Kerry's first All-Ireland title. They went on to become the most successful football team in the history of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, however Dublin have won the All Ireland 5 times in a row making them the most successful team in the history of GAA Senior Football. As of 2017, they have won the competition on 37 occasions, including two four-in-a-rows (1929–32 and 1978–81) and two three-in-a-rows (1939–41 and 1984–86). Galway were the first team from the western province of Connacht to win an All-Ireland title, in 1925, while Cavan were the first from the northern province of Ulster, in 1933.
The first half of the twentieth century brought the rise of several teams who won two or more All-Ireland titles during this period, such as Kildare, Mayo, Cavan, Wexford and Roscommon. Wexford won four consecutive titles between 1915 and 1918, while Kildare were the first winners of the Sam Maguire Cup in 1928. Cavan won five titles between 1933 and 1952, including in 1947 when the final was played in New York. None of these teams have won an All-Ireland title since, with only Kildare, Mayo and Roscommon reaching the final. Most notably, Mayo have appeared in nine finals since winning their last title in 1951, losing them all (1989, 1996 after a replay, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2016 after a replay and 2017); this is the longest unbroken sequence of losing finals in the history of the competition.
A record 90,556 attended the 1961 final between Down and Offaly. In the 1990s, a significant sea change took place, as the All-Ireland was claimed by an Ulster team in four consecutive years (1991–94). Since then Ulster has produced more All-Ireland winning teams than any other province. The introduction of the qualifier system (commonly known as the "back door") in 2001 enabled Galway to reach and win that year's final despite losing to Roscommon in the Connacht semi-finals; a further five teams have since claimed the All-Ireland after coming through the qualifiers (Tyrone in 2005 and 2008, Kerry in 2006 and 2009, and Cork in 2010). The 2003 final between Tyrone and Armagh was the first to be contested by two teams from the same province.
The duration of certain championship matches increased from 60 to 80 minutes during the 1970s. They were settled at 70 minutes after five seasons of this in 1975. This applied only to the provincial finals, All-Ireland semi-finals and finals.
The following table sets out the winning team and beaten finalist of each All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final. The vast majority of finals were contested by the winning semi-finalists, although in certain cases in the early years a provincial championship had not been completed in time and the affected province nominated a team to participate in the All-Ireland semi-final. In some of these cases, the nominated team (e.g. Dublin in 1905) won its semi-final, but was then vanquished in their provincial championship, and their place in the All-Ireland final taken by another team from that province.
|*||Final won after Replay|
|Final not played|
|Winning county won the Double (Senior Football and Hurling Championship)|
All teams are based in Ireland, except for London.
|Year||Date||Winner||Score||Runner-up||Score||Venue||Attendance||Winning margin (points)[A]|
|1887||29 April 1888||Limerick||1–4||Louth||0–3||Donnybrook||7,000||–|
|1888||Championship unfinished - the GAA committee and players travelled to the USA to promote the game abroad|
|1890||26 June 1892||Cork||2–4||Wexford||0–1||Clonturk||1,000||–|
|1891||28 February 1892||Dublin||2–1||Cork||1–1||Clonturk||2,000||–|
|1892||26 March 1893||Dublin||1–4||Kerry||0–3||Clonturk||5,000||6|
|1893||24 June 1894||Wexford||1–1||Cork||0–1||Phoenix Park||1,000||5|
|1894||21 April 1895||Dublin||0–5||Cork||1–2||Thurles||10,000||–[B]|
|1895||15 March 1896||Tipperary||0–4||Meath||0–3||Jones' Road||8,000||1|
|1896||6 February 1898||Limerick||1–5||Dublin||0–7||Jones' Road||3,500||1|
|1897||5 February 1899||Dublin||2–6||Cork||0–2||Jones' Road||4,000||10|
|1898||8 April 1900||Dublin||2–8||Waterford||0–4||Tipperary||1,000||10|
|1899||10 February 1901||Dublin||1–10||Cork||0–6||Jones' Road||2,000||7|
|1900||26 October 1902||Tipperary||3–7||London||0–2||Jones' Road||2,000||14|
|1901||2 August 1903||Dublin||0–14||London||0–2||Jones' Road||2,000||12|
|1902||11 September 1904||Dublin||2–8||London||0–4||Cork||10,000||10|
|1903||12 November 1905||Kerry||0–11||London||0–3||Jones' Road||10,000||8|
|1904||1 July 1906||Kerry||0–5||Dublin||0–2||Cork||10,000||3|
|1905||16 June 1906||Kildare||1–7||Kerry||0–5||Thurles||15,000||5|
|1906||20 October 1907||Dublin||0–5||Cork||0–4||Geraldine Park, Athy||8,000||1|
|1907||5 July 1908||Dublin||0–6||Cork||0–2||Tipperary||5,000||4|
|1908||3 October 1909||Dublin||1–10||London||0–4||Jones' Road||10,000||9|
|1909||5 December||Kerry||1–9||Louth||0–6||Jones' Road||16,000||6|
|1910||13 November 1910||Louth||W/O||Kerry||Scratch[C]||Jones' Road|
|1911||14 January 1912||Cork||6–6||Antrim||1–2||Jones' Road||11,000||19|
|1912||3 November||Louth||1–7||Antrim||1–2||Jones' Road||13,000||5|
|1913||14 December||Kerry||2–2||Wexford||0–3||Croke Park||17,000||5|
|1914||29 November||Kerry||2–3||Wexford||0–6||Croke Park||20,000||3|
|1915||7 November||Wexford||2–4||Kerry||2–1||Croke Park||27,000||3|
|1916||17 December||Wexford||3–4||Mayo||1–2||Croke Park||3,000||8|
|1917||9 December||Wexford||0–9||Clare||0–5||Croke Park||6,500||4|
|1918||16 February 1919||Wexford||0–5||Tipperary||0–4||Croke Park||12,000||1|
|1919||28 September||Kildare||2–5||Galway||0–1||Croke Park||32,000||10|
|1920||11 June 1922||Tipperary||1–6||Dublin||1–2||Croke Park||17,000||4|
|1921||17 June 1923||Dublin||1–9||Mayo||0–2||Croke Park||16,000||10|
|1922||7 October 1923||Dublin||0–6||Galway||0–4||Croke Park||11,792||2|
|1923||28 September 1924||Dublin||1–5||Kerry||1–3||Croke Park||18,500||2|
|1924||16 April 1925||Kerry||0–4||Dublin||0–3||Croke Park||28,844||1|
|1926||17 October||Kerry||1–4||Kildare||0–4||Croke Park||35,500||3|
|1927||25 September||Kildare||0–5||Kerry||0–3||Croke Park||36,529||2|
|1928||30 September||Kildare||2–6||Cavan||2–5||Croke Park||24,700||1|
|1929||22 September||Kerry||1–8||Kildare||1–5||Croke Park||43,839||3|
|1930||28 September||Kerry||3–11||Monaghan||0–2||Croke Park||33,280||18|
|1931||27 September||Kerry||1–11||Kildare||0–8||Croke Park||42,350||6|
|1932||25 September||Kerry||2–7||Mayo||2–4||Croke Park||25,816||3|
|1933||24 September||Cavan||2–5||Galway||1–4||Croke Park||45,188||4|
|1934||23 September||Galway||3–5||Dublin||1–9||Croke Park||36,143||2|
|1935||22 September||Cavan||3–6||Kildare||2–5||Croke Park||50,380||4|
|1936||27 September||Mayo||4–11||Laois||0–5||Croke Park||50,168||18|
|1937||17 October||Kerry||4–4||Cavan||1–7||Croke Park||51,234||6|
|1938||23 October||Galway||2–4||Kerry||0–7||Croke Park||47,851||3|
|1939||24 September||Kerry||2–5||Meath||2–3||Croke Park||46,828||2|
|1940||22 September||Kerry||0–7||Galway||1–3||Croke Park||60,821||1|
|1941||7 September||Kerry||1–8||Galway||0–7||Croke Park||45,512||4|
|1942||20 September||Dublin||1–10||Galway||1–8||Croke Park||37,105||2|
|1943||10 October||Roscommon||2–7||Cavan||2–2||Croke Park||47,193||5|
|1944||24 September||Roscommon||1–9||Kerry||2–4||Croke Park||79,245||2|
|1945||23 September||Cork||2–5||Cavan||0–7||Croke Park||67,329||4|
|1946||27 October||Kerry||2–8||Roscommon||0–10||Croke Park||65,661||4|
|1947||14 September||Cavan||2–11||Kerry||2–7||Polo Grounds, New York||34,491||4|
|1948||26 September||Cavan||4–5||Mayo||4–4||Croke Park||74,645||1|
|1949||25 September||Meath||1–10||Cavan||1–6||Croke Park||79,460||4|
|1950||24 September||Mayo||2–5||Louth||1–6||Croke Park||76,174||2|
|1951||23 September||Mayo||2–8||Meath||0–9||Croke Park||78,201||5|
|1952||12 October||Cavan||0–9||Meath||0–5||Croke Park||62,515||4|
|1953||27 September||Kerry||0–13||Armagh||1–6||Croke Park||86,155||4|
|1954||26 September||Meath||1–13||Kerry||1–7||Croke Park||75,276||6|
|1955||25 September||Kerry||0–12||Dublin||1–6||Croke Park||87,102||3|
|1956||7 October||Galway||2–13||Cork||3–7||Croke Park||70,772||3|
|1957||22 September||Louth||1–9||Cork||1–7||Croke Park||72,732||2|
|1958||28 September||Dublin||2–12||Derry||1–9||Croke Park||73,371||6|
|1959||27 September||Kerry||3–7||Galway||1–4||Croke Park||85,897||9|
|1960||25 September||Down||2–10||Kerry||0–8||Croke Park||87,768||8|
|1961||24 September||Down||3–6||Offaly||2–8||Croke Park||90,556||1|
|1962||23 September||Kerry||1–12||Roscommon||1–6||Croke Park||75,771||6|
|1963||22 September||Dublin||1–9||Galway||0–10||Croke Park||87,106||2|
|1964||27 September||Galway||0–15||Kerry||0–10||Croke Park||76,498||5|
|1965||26 September||Galway||0–12||Kerry||0–9||Croke Park||77,735||3|
|1966||25 September||Galway||1–10||Meath||0–7||Croke Park||71,569||6|
|1967||24 September||Meath||1–9||Cork||0–9||Croke Park||70,343||3|
|1968||22 September||Down||2–12||Kerry||1–13||Croke Park||71,294||2|
|1969||28 September||Kerry||0–10||Offaly||0–7||Croke Park||67,828||3|
|1970||27 September||Kerry||2–19||Meath||0–18||Croke Park||71,775||7|
|1971||26 September||Offaly||1–14||Galway||2–8||Croke Park||70,789||3|
|1972||15 October||Offaly||1–19||Kerry||0–13||Croke Park||66,136||9|
|1973||23 September||Cork||3–17||Galway||2–13||Croke Park||73,308||7|
|1974||22 September||Dublin||0–14||Galway||1–6||Croke Park||71,898||5|
|1975||28 September||Kerry||2–12||Dublin||0–11||Croke Park||66,346||7|
|1976||26 September||Dublin||3–8||Kerry||0–10||Croke Park||73,588||7|
|1977||25 September||Dublin||5–12||Armagh||3–6||Croke Park||66,542||12|
|1978||24 September||Kerry||5–11||Dublin||0–9||Croke Park||71,503||17|
|1979||16 September||Kerry||3–13||Dublin||1–8||Croke Park||72,185||11|
|1980||21 September||Kerry||1–9||Roscommon||1–6||Croke Park||63,854||3|
|1981||20 September||Kerry||1–12||Offaly||0–8||Croke Park||61,489||7|
|1982||16 September||Offaly||1–15||Kerry||0–17||Croke Park||62,309||1|
|1983||18 September||Dublin||1–10||Galway||1–8||Croke Park||71,988||2|
|1984||23 September||Kerry||0–14||Dublin||1–6||Croke Park||68,365||5|
|1985||22 September||Kerry||2–12||Dublin||2–8||Croke Park||69,389||4|
|1986||21 September||Kerry||2–15||Tyrone||1–10||Croke Park||68,628||8|
|1987||20 September||Meath||1–14||Cork||0–11||Croke Park||68,431||6|
|1988||9 October||Meath||0–13||Cork||0–12||Croke Park||64,069||1|
|1989||17 September||Cork||0–17||Mayo||1–11||Croke Park||65,519||3|
|1990||16 September||Cork||0–11||Meath||0–9||Croke Park||65,723||2|
|1991||15 September||Down||1–16||Meath||1–14||Croke Park||64,500||2|
|1992||20 September||Donegal||0–18||Dublin||0–14||Croke Park||64,547||4|
|1993||19 September||Derry||1–14||Cork||2–8||Croke Park||64,500||3|
|1994||18 September||Down||1–12||Dublin||0–13||Croke Park||58,684||2|
|1995||17 September||Dublin||1–10||Tyrone||0–12||Croke Park||65,000||1|
|1996||29 September||Meath||2–9||Mayo||1–11||Croke Park||65,802||1|
|1997||28 September||Kerry||0–13||Mayo||1–7||Croke Park||65,601||3|
|1998||27 September||Galway||1–14||Kildare||1–10||Croke Park||65,886||4|
|1999||26 September||Meath||1–11||Cork||1–8||Croke Park||63,276||3|
|2000||7 October||Kerry||0–17||Galway||1–10||Croke Park||64,094||4|
|2001||23 September||Galway||0–17||Meath||0–8||Croke Park||70,842||9|
|2002||22 September||Armagh||1–12||Kerry||0–14||Croke Park||79,500||1|
|2003||28 September||Tyrone||0–12||Armagh||0–9||Croke Park||79,394||3|
|2004||26 September||Kerry||1–20||Mayo||2–9||Croke Park||79,749||8|
|2005||25 September||Tyrone||1–16||Kerry||2–10||Croke Park||82,112||3|
|2006||17 September||Kerry||4–15||Mayo||3–5||Croke Park||82,289||13|
|2007||16 September||Kerry||3–13||Cork||1–9||Croke Park||82,126||10|
|2008||21 September||Tyrone||1–15||Kerry||0–14||Croke Park||82,204||4|
|2009||20 September||Kerry||0–16||Cork||1–9||Croke Park||82,246||4|
|2010||19 September||Cork||0–16||Down||0–15||Croke Park||81,604||1|
|2011||18 September||Dublin||1–12||Kerry||1–11||Croke Park||82,300||1|
|2012||23 September||Donegal||2–11||Mayo||0–13||Croke Park||82,269||4|
|2013||22 September||Dublin||2–12||Mayo||1–14||Croke Park||82,274||1|
|2014||21 September||Kerry||2–9||Donegal||0–12||Croke Park||82,184||3|
|2015||20 September||Dublin||0–12||Kerry||0–9||Croke Park||82,243||3|
|2016||1 October||Dublin||1–15||Mayo||1–14||Croke Park||82,249||1|
|2017||17 September||Dublin||1–17||Mayo||1–16||Croke Park||82,243||1|
|2018||2 September||Dublin||2–17||Tyrone||1–14||Croke Park||82,300||6|
|2019||14 September||Dublin||1–18||Kerry||0–15||Croke Park||82,300||6|
- A Originally, a goal outweighed any number of points. In 1892, the value of a goal was set at five points; this was reduced to three in 1896.
- B The 1894 replay was abandoned after Dublin walked off when some of their players were assaulted by Cork supporters. Cork led by two points at the time, but Dublin were awarded the championship as Cork were deemed to have been responsible for the abandonment.
- C The 1910 final was scratched and Louth were awarded the championship after Kerry refused to travel to Dublin as the Great Southern and Western Railway would not sell tickets to their fans at reduced rates.
- D Some confusion surrounds 1925. Kerry beat Cavan 1–7 to 2–3 in the semi-final. One source contends that, after an objection by Cavan and counter-objection by Kerry, both sides were disqualified. Another suggests that Cavan won that appeal and then lost to Galway in the final.
Results by teamEdit
|Team||Wins||First final won||Last final won||Runners-up||Last final lost||Total final |
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Another issue touched on by John O'Keeffe in his interview was the strange decision to extend senior championship provincial finals, All-Ireland semi-finals and finals to 80 minutes – which was an extra third on the previous duration of an hour. Curiously, it made little difference to the outcome of matches. Of the five finals plus 1972 replay played over 80 minutes – the length of a match was settled at 70 minutes from 1975 onwards – only the 1971 Offaly-Galway result would have been affected. Had it been played over an hour, it would have ended in a draw instead of Offaly's first All-Ireland triumph.
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They last met in the championship in the 2001 All-Ireland final when Galway powered their way to a nine-point win (0-17 to 0–8) over their fancied opponents.
- Murray, Shane (22 September 2002). "Armagh stun Kerry to claim first All-Ireland". RTÉ Sport. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 22 September 2002.
- "Tyrone are All-Ireland champions". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 September 2003. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- Breheny, Martin (27 September 2004). "Croker rout as Kerry go heavy on Mayo". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 27 September 2004.
- "Tyrone are 2005 All-Ireland senior football champions". Hogan Stand. 25 September 2005. Retrieved 25 September 2005.
- "Kerry 4-15 3-5 Mayo". BBC Sport. 17 September 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "2007 All-Ireland SFC final: Kerry trounce sad Cork". Hogan Stand. 16 September 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2007.
- Murray, Shane (21 September 2008). "Kerry 0-14 Tyrone 1-15 matchtracker". RTÉ Sport. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
- Tasker, Belinda (21 September 2009). "Kennelly enjoys 'emotional' Dublin win". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
- Leen, Tony (20 September 2010). "Rebels bring Sam home". Irish Examiner. Thomas Crosbie Holdings. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
- "Cluxton the hero as Dublin win All-Ireland". RTÉ Sport. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 18 September 2011. Archived from the original on 23 September 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
- Duggan, Keith (24 September 2012). "Sam heads for the hills as Donegal turn perceived football wisdom on its head". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Dublin beat Mayo by a point in All-Ireland football final". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
- "Recap: read how Dublin won Croke Park nail-biter". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
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