Cork Intermediate A Football Championship

The Cork Intermediate A Football Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as Bon Secours Cork County Intermediate A Football Championship and abbreviated to the Cork IAFC) is an annual Gaelic football competition organised by the Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association and contested by the second tier intermediate clubs in the county of Cork in Ireland. It is the fourth tier overall in the entire Cork football championship system.

Cork Intermediate A Football Championship
Current season or competition:
2021 Cork Intermediate A Football Championship
IrishCraobh Peile Idirmhéanach A Chorcaí
CodeGaelic football
Founded1909; 113 years ago (1909)
RegionColours of Cork.svg Cork (GAA)
TrophySeán Ó Súilleabháin Cup
No. of teams16
Title holdersColours of Cork.svg Iveleary (1st title)
Most titlesColours of Cavan.svg Bantry Blues (6 titles)
SponsorsBon Secours Hospital
Official websiteOfficial website

The Cork Intermediate Championship was introduced in 1909 as a competition that would bridge the gap between the senior grade and the junior grade. At the time of its creation it was the second tier of Cork football.

In its current format, the Cork Intermediate Championship begins in mid summer. The 16 participating club teams are drawn into four groups of four teams and play each other in a round-robin system. The two group winners proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The winner of the Cork Intermediate Championship, as well as being presented with the Seán Ó Súilleabháin Cup, gains automatic promotion to the Cork Premier Intermediate Championship for the following season.

Bantry Blues is the most successful teams in the tournament's history, having won it six times. Iveleary are the reigning champions, having beaten Mitchelstown by 0-20 to 0-07 in the 2021 final.[1]

FormatEdit

CurrentEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On 2 April 2019, a majority of 136 club delegates voted to restructure the championship.[2][3] The new format limited the number of participating clubs to 16.

OverviewEdit

Group stage: The 16 teams are divided into four groups of four. Over the course of the group stage, which features one game in April and two games in August, each team plays once against the others in the group, resulting in each team being guaranteed at least three games. Two points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. The teams are ranked in the group stage table by points gained, then scoring difference and then their head-to-head record. The top three teams in each group qualify for the knock-out stage.

Quarter-finals: The eight group stage winners contest this round. The four winners from these four games advance to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals: The four quarter-final winners contest this round. The two winners from these four games advance to the semi-finals.

Final: The two semi-final winners contest the final. The winning team are declared champions and gain automatic promotion to the following year's Cork Senior A Championship.

SponsorshipEdit

In keeping with its sponsorship deal for all Cork hurling and football championships, Permanent TSB provided the sponsorship since the 1990s. The Evening Echo became the primary sponsors of all Cork hurling and football championships in 2005 and have continued their sponsorship ever since.

VenuesEdit

Early roundsEdit

 
The rebuilt Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosted the 2018 final between Cill na Martra and Aghabullogue.

Fixtures in the opening rounds of the championship are usually played at a neutral venue that is deemed halfway between the participating teams.[citation needed]

FinalEdit

The final has always been played at one of Cork GAA's two main stadiums. On several occasions the final has been played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh as the curtain raiser to the senior final, however, in recent times Páirc Uí Rinn has been the venue of choice for the final.[4]

TrophyEdit

The winning team is presented with the Seán Ó Súilleabháin Cup. A secondary school teacher by profession, John Lock O'Sullivan (1976-2002) played with the Adrigole club and the Beara divisional team, with whom he won the Cork Senior Championship in 1997.[5] He also lined out for Cork as a member of the under-21 and junior teams. O'Sullivan died suddenly on 19 November 2002.[6]

List of finalsEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Score
2021 Iveleary 0-20 Mitchelstown 0-07
2020[7] Rockchapel 1-10 Mitchelstown 0-09
2019[8] Knocknagree 2-10 Gabriel Rangers 1-11
2018 Cill Na Martra 2-17 Aghabullogue 1-10
2017 Kanturk 0-14 Mitchelstown 0-13
2016[9] Bandon 1-10 Rockchapel 1-07
2015[10][11] Fermoy 0-07, 1-12 (R) Mayfield 0-07, 0-09 (R)
2014[12] Éire Óg 0-14 Rockchapel 0-06
2013[13] Grenagh 0-12 Aghabullogue 0-05
2012[14] Castletownbere 1-12 Éire Óg 0-13
2011 Kinsale 1-09 Castletownbere 0-08
2010 Macroom 1-09 Kildorrery 0-10
2009 Carrigaline 0-11 Kilnamartyr 0-08
2008 Valley Rovers 1-12 Kildorrery 3-04
2007 Grenagh 2-13 Carrigaline 0-13
2006 Ballingeary 0-09, 0-05 (R) Castletownbere 0-09, 0-04 (R)
2005 Carbery Rangers 1-13 Glanmire 2-05
2004[15] Nemo Rangers 3-06 Carbery Rangers 1-10
2003 Ilen Rovers 0-15 Carrigaline 0-07
2002 Nemo Rangers 2-09 Newmarket 0-10
2001 Newcestown 0-13 Nemo Rangers 0-06
2000 Youghal 1-09, 1-01 (R) Nemo Rangers 2-06, 0-03 (R)
1999 Naomh Abán 1-08, 1-09 (R) Castletownbere 2-05, 1-06 (R)
1998 St Michael's 1-11 St. Finbarr's 0-08
1997 Douglas 0-09, 0-09 (R) Castletownbere 1-06, 1-03 (R)
1996 Clyda Rovers 0-16 Carrigaline 1-05
1995 Dohenys 0-11 Kilmurry 0-07
1994 Ballincollig 2-07 Clyda Rovers 2-04
1993 Bantry Blues 0-12 Ballincollig 0-10
1992 Mallow 1-13 Kilmurry 2-09
1991 Aghada 0-09 Ballincollig 0-08
1990 Macroom 2-10 Castletownbere 1-07
1989 Rockchapel 1-10, 0-09 (R) Mallow 1-10, 0-04 (R)
1988 Kilshannig 2-09 Ballincollig 1-07
1987 Glanmire 3-05 Fermoy 0-06
1986 Castletownbere 1-09 Kilshannig 0-08
1985 O'Donovan Rossa 3-11 Glanmire 0-08
1984 Midleton 2-11 O'Donovan Rossa 1-12
1983 Passage West 0-07, 1-06 (R) O'Donovan Rossa 0-07, 0-07 (R)
1982 Macroom 1-12 Bandon 1-08
1981 Kildorrery 0-10 Glanmire 0-08
1980 Nemo Rangers 2-06 Midleton 1-04
1979 Adrigole 2-09 Kildorrery 1-06
1978 Castlehaven 0-08 St. Finbarr's 0-03
1977 Naomh Abán 1-08 Castlehaven 1-03
1976 Glanworth 1-10 Naomh Abán 2-06
1975 Bantry Blues 0-09 Naomh Abán 0-07
1974 Bishopstown 1-10 Newcestown 1-06
1973 Canovee 2-11 Glanworth 0-06
1972 Dohenys 4-10 Glanworth 1-07
1971 Newcestown 2-11 St. Finbarr's 3-02
1970 St. Finbarr's 1-08, 3-06 (R) Youghal 1-08, 1-07 (R)
1969 St Michael's 5-08 Dohenys 1-03
1968 Cobh 1-12 St. Vincent's 1-06
1967 Urhan 2-15 Millstreet 2-06
1966 Na Piarsaigh 1-08 St. Vincent's 2-04
1965 Mitchelstown 2-08 St. Vincent's 1-05
1939–1964 No Championship
1938 Bantry Blues 1-01 Dohenys 0-02
1937 St. Nicholas 3-05, 3-03 (R) Bantry Blues 3-02, 1-02 (R)
1936 Bantry Blues 2-03 Dohenys 1-02
1935 Dromtarriffe 1-07 St. Columb's, Douglas 0-02
1934 Bantry Blues 1-01 St. Nicholas 0-03
1933 Kilmurry 2-03 Bantry Blues 0-06
1932 Fermoy 2-04 Kilmurry 0-01
1931 Clonakilty 3-06 Dromtarriffe 0-02
1930 St. Finbarr's 2-03 Dromtarriffe 1-01
1929 Mitchelstown 1-03 Owenabue 0-02
1928 Nemo Rangers 2-03 Kilmurry 0-01
1927 Duhallow United * Fermoy
1926 Buttervant 0-02 Kinsale 0-00
1925 Mitchelstown 3-04 Kilmurry 1-00
1924 O'Donovan Rossa 1-04 Mallow 0-00
1923 Shamrocks 1-01 Dohenys 0-00
1922 Not completed
1921 Not played
1920 Unfinished
1919 Nils 0-07 Macroom 0-00
1918 Millstreet 0-02 Knockavilla 0-00
1917 St. Nicholas 7-07 Fermoy 0-00
1916 Cobh 0-02, 5-03 (R) Macroom 0-02, 2-01 (R)
1915 Fermoy 1-02 Kinsale 0-00
1914 Millstreet 1-03 O'Donovan Rossa 0-00
1913 Clonakilty 2-01 O'Brien's 1-00
1912 Bantry Blues 0-01 CYMS 0-00
1911 Mitchelstown 2-05 William O'Brien's 0-00
1910 Kanturk 3-04 CYMS 0-01
1909 Cobh 0-04, 5-13 (R) CYMS 0-04, 0-04 (R)

ReferencesEdit

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