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Leinster Senior Football Championship

The Leinster Senior Football Championship (sponsored by Toyota, Ulster Bank, Vodafone) is the premier "knockout" competition in the game of Gaelic football played in the province of Leinster in Ireland. The series of games are organised by the Leinster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association and are played during the summer months. The competition involves the counties of Leinster playing against each other. The Leinster Football Final is played in July in Croke Park, Dublin. The winning county is presented with the Delaney Cup, named after a famous Laois GAA family,[2] and advance to the quarter finals of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

Leinster Senior Football Championship
Current season or competition:
2019 Leinster Senior Football Championship
Flag of Leinster.svg
IrishCraobh Sinsir Peile Laighean
CodeGaelic football
Founded1888
RegionLeinster (GAA)
TrophyDelaney Cup[1]
No. of teams11
Title holdersDublin (58th title)
Most titlesDublin (58 titles)
SponsorsToyota
Ulster Bank
Vodafone
TV partner(s)RTÉ2

Dublin are the most successful county, having won the championship on 55 separate occasions, more than twice as many as their nearest rivals Meath, although Wexford won 6 consecutive championships between 1913 and 1918, a feat equalled by Kildare between 1926 and 1931.[3] It was unequalled by any other team, until Dublin won their own 6-in-a-row between 1974 and 1979. Dublin have won 9 Leinster championships in a row between 2011 - 2019.

The Leinster Football Championship is run on a knock-out basis, whereby a team is eliminated from the competition once they lose. All of the counties of Leinster except Kilkenny participate in the championship. The draw is seeded, with the previous year's semi-finalists getting byes to the quarter-finals. Six of the remaining seven teams are drawn for three preliminary round matches, while the seventh team also gets a bye to the quarter-finals.

Contents

TeamsEdit

The Leinster championship is contested by 11 of the 12 counties in Leinster. Kilkenny is currently the only county not to compete, last doing so in 1982. Wicklow is the only one of the counties to have never won a Leinster Championship.

Team Colours Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial
Carlow   Red, green and gold
1944
Dublin   Sky blue and navy
2018
2018
Kildare   White
1928
2000
Kilkenny   Black and amber
1911
Laois   Blue and white
2003
Longford   Royal blue and gold
1968
Louth   Red and white
1957
1957
Meath   Green and gold
1999
2010
Offaly   White, green and gold
1982
1997
Westmeath   Maroon and white
2004
Wexford   Purple and gold
1918
1945
Wicklow   Blue and gold

Roll of honourEdit

Team Wins Years won
1 Dublin 58 1891, 1892, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1941, 1942, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
2 Meath 21 1895, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2010
3 Kildare 13 1903, 1905, 1919, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1935, 1956, 1998, 2000
4 Offaly 10 1960, 1961, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1997
Wexford 10 1890, 1893, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1925, 1945
6 Louth 8 1909, 1910, 1912, 1943, 1948, 1950, 1953, 1957
7 Laois 6 1889, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1946, 2003
8 Kilkenny 3 1888, 1900, 1911
9 Carlow 1 1944
Longford 1 1968
Westmeath 1 2004
12 Wicklow 0 Finalists 1897

Finals Listed By YearEdit

2019   Dublin 1-17 - 0-4   Meath Croke Park
Attendance: 47,027
Referee: Sean Hurson (Tyrone)
Man of the Match: Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)
Dean Rock 0-4 (0-1f), Con O'Callaghan 1-0, Cormac Costello (0-2f, 1 '45) and Paul Mannion 0-3 each, Jack McCaffrey 0-2, Philly McMahon, Brian Fenton, Brian Howard, Ciaran Kilkenny, Paddy Andrews 0-1 each Report Michael Newman 0-3 and Bryan Menton 0-1

2018   Dublin 1-25 - 0-10   Laois Croke Park
Attendance: 41,728
Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)
Man of the Match: Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)
Dean Rock 0-8 (0-5f, 1 '45), Ciaran Kilkenny 1-4, Cormac Costello 0-4, Brian Fenton, Con O'Callaghan, Paddy Andrews 0-2 each, Brian Howard, Niall Scully, Paul Mannion 0-1 each Report Donie Kingston 0-4 (0-2f), Alan Farrell and Gary Walsh 0-2 each, Kieran Lillis and Evan O'Carroll 0-1 each

2017   Dublin 2-23 - 1-17  Kildare Croke Park
Attendance: 66,734
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)
Man of the Match: Con O'Callaghan (Cuala)
Con O'Callaghan 0-12 (0-6f), Bernard Brogan 0-5, James McCarthy and Dean Rock 1-0 each, Ciaran Kilkenny 0-2, Paul Mannion, Paddy Andrews, Shane B. Carthy, Brian Howard 0-1 each Report [1] Paddy Brophy 1-3 (0-1f), Kevin Feely 0-5 (0-4f), Daniel Flynn and Cathal McNally 0-2 each, Johnny Byrne, Keith Cribbin, Niall Kelly, David Slattery, Fionn Dowling 0-1 each

2016   Dublin 2-19 - 0-10  Westmeath Croke Park
Attendance: 38,885
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)
Man of the Match: Bernard Brogan (St. OP/ER)
Dean Rock 0-8f, Bernard Brogan 1-4, Kevin McManamon 1-2, Paddy Andrews 0-2, John Small, Paul Flynn, Diarmuid Connolly 0-1 each Report John Heslin 0-6 (0-5f), Ger Egan 0-2, Denis Corroon, Callum McCormack 0-1 each

2015   Dublin 2-13 - 0-6   Westmeath Croke Park
Attendance: 47,840
Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)
Man of the Match: Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincents)
Bernard Brogan 1-1, Jack McCaffrey 1-0, Ciaran Kilkenny and Diarmuid Connolly 0-3 each, Dean Rock 0-2f, Philip McMahon, James McCarthy, Michael Darragh Macauley, Alan Brogan 0-1 each. Report John Heslin 0-3 (0-2f), Kieran Martin 0-2, Francis Boyle 0-1

2014   Dublin 3-20 – 1-10   Meath Croke Park
Attendance: 62,660
Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)
Man of the Match: Kevin McManamon (St. Judes)
Bernard Brogan 1-6 (0-4f), Kevin McManamon 1-5, Eoghan O’Gara 1-1, Diarmuid Connolly, Stephen Cluxton (1 '45), Cian O’Sullivan, Alan Brogan, Jack McCaffrey, Paul Flynn, Dean Rock, Cormac Costello 0-1 each Report [2] Mickey Newman 1-2 (0-1f), Shane O’Rourke (0-2f), Andy Tormey, Stephen Bray 0-2 each, Damien Carroll and David Bray 0-1 each

2013   Dublin 2-15 – 0-14   Meath Croke Park
Attendance: 54,485
Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)
Man of the Match: Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)
Paul Mannion 1-4 (0-2f), Paul Flynn 1-1, Stephen Cluxton (0-2f, 0-1 ’45′) and Ciaran Kilkenny 0-3 each, Dean Rock 0-2 (0-1f), Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan (0-1f) 0-1 each. Report Michael Newman 0-8 (0-6f), Stephen Bray and Eamonn Wallace 0-2 each, Brian Meade and Joe Sheridan 0-1 each


Dublin2–13 – 1–13Meath
B Brogan 1-7 (0-4f), D Bastick 1-0, A Brogan, E O’Gara 0-2 each, K McManamon and J McCarthy 0-1 each Report B Farrell 0-7 (0-6f), J Queeney 1-0, G Reilly 0-3, S Bray, J Sheridan (1 '45), D Tobin 0-01 each
Attendance: 69,657
Referee: Martin Duffy (Sligo)

Dublin2–12 – 1–12Wexford
J McCarthy 1-0, A Brogan, B Brogan (1f) 0-03 each, S Cluxton (1'45), D Bastick, P Flynn, B Cullen, K McMenamin, R McConnell 0-01 each, G Molloy 1-0 (o.g.) Report B Brosnan 0-9 (4f, 2 '45), R Barry 1-0, C Lyng 0-2, A Flynn 0-1
Attendance: 43,983
Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

Meath1–12 – 1–10Louth
G Reilly 0–4, C Ward 0–4, J Sheridan 1–0, S Bray 0–2, A Moyles, N Crawford 0–1 each. Report B White 0–4, JP Rooney 1–1, C Judge 0–2, P Keenan, A McDonnell, A Reed 0–1 each.
Attendance: 48,875
Referee: Martin Sludden (Tyrone))

Dublin2–15 – 0–18Kildare
B Brogan 0–7, B Cahill, J Sherlock 1–1 each, C Keaney 0–3, A Brogan 0–2, C Whelan 0–1. K Donnelly 0–3, M Conway, J Kavanagh, P O'Neill, R Sweeney, A Smith, J Doyle 0–2 each, D Earley, R Kelly, E Callaghan 0–1 each.

Dublin3–23 – 0-9Wexford
A Brogan 1–4 (1 '45'), D Connolly 1–3, C Keaney 0–6 (0-4f), T Quinn 0–4 (0-4f), M Vaughan 1–0, J Sherlock 0–3, C Moran, B Cahill, S Ryan 0–1 each. C Lyng 0–20 (0-4f), E Bradley 0–2, M Forde 3-2, R Barry 0–1.
Attendance: 80,112
Referee: G. Ó Conamha (Galway)

Dublin3–14 – 1–14Laois
M Vaughan 1–6 (0-5f), A Brogan, B Brogan 1–1 each, C Whelan, C Keaney (0-1f) 0–2 each, T Quinn, G Brennan 0–1 each. M Tierney 0–7 (0-6f, 0–1 `45'), R Munnelly 1–1, C Parkinson 0–3, B McCormack, P O'Leary, B Sheehan 0–1 each.
Attendance: 81,394
Referee: M. Hughes (Tyrone)

Dublin1–15 – 0–9Offaly
T Quinn 0–7 (0-3f), J Sherlock 1–1, A Brogan 0–4, C Keaney 0–3 (0-1f). N McNamee 0–4 (0-1f), T Deehan, C McManus (0-2f) 0–2 each, A McNamee 0–1.
Attendance: 81,754
Referee: M. Duffy (Sligo)

Dublin0–14 – 0–13Laois
T. Quinn 0-4, B. Cullen 0-3, J. Sherlock 0-2, S. O'Shaughnessy, C. Whelan, C. Moran, A. Brogan, C. Keaney 0-1 each R. Munnelly 0-5, C. Conway 0-4, N. Garvan, D. Brennan 0-2 each
Referee: J. McQuillan (Cavan)

Westmeath0–13 – 0–13Laois
D. Glennon 0-5, D. Dolan 0-4, F. Wilson, J. Fallon 0-2 each B. McDonald, C. Conway 0-3 each, R. Munnelly, S. Cooke 0-2 each, M. Lawlor, K. Fitzpatrick, D. Rooney 0-1 each
Referee: P. McEnaney (Monaghan)

Westmeath0–12 – 0–10Laois
A. Mangan 0-4, D. Dolan 0-3, D. Glennon 0-2, M. Ennis, B. Morley, F. Wilson 0-1 each R. Munnelly 0-3, K. Fitzpatrick 0-2, T. Kelly, P. Clancy, B. McDonald, D. Brennan, C. Parkinson 0-1 each
Referee: M. Monahan (Kildare)

  Laois2–13 – 1–13 Kildare
B McDonald 1–2, R Munnelly 1–1, I Fitzgerald 0–4, T Kelly 0–2, G Kavanagh, P Clancy, B Brennan, D Miller 0–1 each. J Doyle 0–5 (0-4f), P Murray 0–4 (0-3f), R Sweeney 1–0 pen, S McKenzie-Smyth 0–2, P Brennan, G Ryan 0–1 each.
Attendance: 81,786
Referee: Seamus McCormack (Meath)

Dublin2–13 – 2–11Kildare
Attendance: 78,000
Referee: M. Collins (Cork)

Meath2–11 – 0–14Dublin
R. Kealy 1-1, G. Geraghty 1-0, E. Kelly, T. Giles 0-3 each, D. Curtis 0-2, O. Murphy, R. Magee 0-1 each C. Moran 0-4, C. Whelan, D. Farrell, W. McCarthy, 0-3 each, J. Sherlock 0-1
Referee: M. Curley (Galway)

Kildare0–14 – 0–14Dublin
B Stynes, J Sherlock, C Moran 0-3 each, J Gavin (f), C Whelan, D Farrell, J Magee, V Murphy 0-1 each P Brennan 0-5 (4f), T Fennin, J Doyle 0-3 (2f) 0-3 each, A Rainbow, R Sweeney, M Lynch 0-1 each
Referee: P Russell (Tipperary)

Kildare2–11 – 0–12Dublin
P Brennan 0-5, D Earley, T Fennin 1-0 each, W McCreery, J Doyle 0-2 each, M Lynch, B Murphy 0-1 each C Moran 0-3, C Whelan, D Farrell, V Murphy 0-2 each, J Gavin, B Stynes, J Sherlock 0-1 each
Referee: P McEneaney (Monaghan)

Meath1–14 – 0–12Dublin

Kildare1–12 – 0–10Meath

Offaly3–17 – 1–15Meath

Meath0–10 – 0–8Dublin

Dublin1–18 – 1–8Meath

Dublin1–9 – 1–8Meath

Dublin0–11 – 0–7Kildare

Dublin1–13 – 0–10Kildare

Meath1–11 – 0–8Laois

Meath1–14 – 0–14Dublin

Dublin2–12 – 1–10Meath

Meath2–5 – 0–9Dublin

Meath1–13 – 0–12Dublin

Meath0–9 – 0–7Dublin

Dublin0–10 – 0–4Laois

Dublin2–10 – 1–9Meath

Dublin2–13 – 1–11Offaly

Offaly1–16 – 1–7Dublin

Offaly1–18 – 3–9Laois

Offaly1–10 – 1–8Dublin

Dublin1–8 – 0–9Offaly

Dublin1–17 – 1–6Kildare

Dublin1–9 – 0–8Meath

Dublin2–8 – 1–9Meath

Dublin3–13 – 0–8Kildare

Dublin1–14 – 1–9Meath

Offaly3–21 – 2–12Meath

Offaly1–18 – 2–8Kildare

Offaly2–14 – 0–6Kildare

Meath2–22 – 5–12Offaly

Offaly3–7 – 1–8Kildare

Longford3–9 – 1–4Laois

Meath0–8 – 0–6Offaly

Meath1–9 – 1–8Kildare

Dublin3–6 – 0–9Longford

Meath2–12 – 1–7Dublin

Dublin2–11 – 2–9Laois

Dublin2–8 – 1–7Offaly

Offaly1–13 – 1–8Dublin
Attendance: 26,826

Offaly0–10 – 1–6Louth

Dublin1–18 – 2–8Laois

Dublin1–11 – 1–6Louth

Louth2–9 – 1–7Dublin

Kildare2–11 – 1–8Wexford

Dublin5–12 – 0–7Meath

Meath4–7 – 2–10Offaly

Louth1–7 – 0–7Wexford

Meath1–6 – 0–8Louth

Meath4–9 – 0–3Laois

Louth1–3 – 1–3Meath

Louth3–5 – 0–13Meath

Meath4–5 – 0–6Westmeath

Louth2–10 – 2–5Wexford

Meath3–7 – 1–7Laois

Laois0–11 – 1–6Kildare

Wexford1–9 – 1–4Offaly

Carlow2–6 – 1–6Dublin

Louth3–16 – 2–4Laois

Dublin0–8 – 0–6Carlow

Dublin4–6 – 1–4Carlow

Meath2–7 – 1–7Laois

Meath2–7 – 2–3Wexford

Laois2–8 – 1–3Kildare

Laois0–12 – 0–4Louth

Laois3–3 – 0–8Kildare

Kildare0–8 – 0–6Louth

Dublin1–2 – 0–5Louth

Dublin3–2 – 2–5Louth

Dublin2–9 – 1–10Louth

Dublin0–9 – 1–4Wexford

Dublin0–8 – 1–5Wexford

Dublin4–6 – 1–5Wexford

Kildare2–9 – 1–6Westmeath

Kildare0–6 – 1–3Meath

Kildare2–6 – 1–2Meath

Kildare2–3 – 0–6Laois

Kildare0–10 – 1–6Dublin

Kildare0–5 – 0–3Dublin

Kildare2–8 – 1–5Wexford

Wexford2–7 – 0–3Kildare

Dublin1–4 – 1–4Wexford

Dublin3–5 – 2–3Wexford

Dublin3–5 – 0–0Meath

Dublin1–7 – 0–2Kilkenny

Dublin0–6 – 1–3Kildare

Dublin3–3 – 1–2Kildare

Dublin1–3 – 0–3Kildare

Kildare1–3 – 1–2Dublin

Wexford2–5 – 1–4Louth

Wexford1–3 – 1–1Dublin

Wexford1–7 – 1–0Kildare

Wexford2–2 – 2–2Dublin

Wexford2–5 – 1–4Dublin

Wexford3–6 – 0–1Louth

Wexford2–3 – 2–2Louth

Louth1–2 – 1–1Dublin

Kilkenny2–4 – 1–1Meath
Inchicore

Louth0–3 – 0–0Dublin

Louth2–9 – 0–4Kilkenny

Dublin1–7 – 0–3Kildare

Dublin1–11 – 0–4Offaly

Dublin1–9 – 0–8Kildare

Kildare0–12 – 1–7Louth

Dublin0–5 – 0–1Kilkenny

Kildare1–2 – 0–5Kilkenny

Kildare1–6 – 1–5Kilkenny

Kildare0–9 – 0–1Kilkenny

Dublin2–4 – 0–2Wexford

Dublin1–5 – 0–5Wexford

Dublin1–9 – 0–1Wexford
Kilkenny

Kilkenny0–12 – 0–2Louth
Inchicore

Dublin1–7 – 0–3Wexford

Dublin2–6 – 0–0Wexford

Dublin1–9 – 0–3Wicklow

Dublin2–4 – 1–5Meath

Meath0–6 – 0–2Dublin

Dublin0–4 – 0–4Meath

Dublin0–2 – 0–2Meath

Dublin1–8 – 1–2Meath

Wexford0–1 – 0–5Kilkenny

Dublinw/o – scr.Louth
Clonturk

Dublinw/o – scr.Kildare
Clonturk

Wexford1–3 – 1–2Dublin

Laois0–3 – 0–2Louth
Inchicore

Kilkenny1–4 – 0–2Wexford
Inchicore

StatisticsEdit

Teams by decadeEdit

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

  • 1880s: 1 each for Kilkenny (1888) and Laois (1889)
  • 1890s: 7 for Dublin (1891-92-94-96-97-98-99)
  • 1900s: 6 for Dublin (1901-02-04-06-07-08)
  • 1910s: 6 for Wexford (1913–14-15-16-17-18)
  • 1920s: 5 for Dublin (1920-21-22-23-24)
  • 1930s: 3 each for Kildare (1930-31-35), Dublin (1932-33-34) and Laois (1936-37-38)
  • 1940s: 3 for Meath (1940-47-49)
  • 1950s: 3 each for Louth (1950-53-57), Meath (1951-52-54) and Dublin (1955-58-59)
  • 1960s: 3 each for Offaly (1960-61-69), Dublin (1962-64-65) and Meath (1964-66-67)
  • 1970s: 6 for Dublin (1974-75-76-77-78-79)
  • 1980s: 4 for Dublin (1983-84-85-89)
  • 1990s: 4 each for Meath (1990-91-96-99) and Dublin (1992-93-94-95)
  • 2000s: 6 for Dublin (2002-05-06-07-08-09)
  • 2010s: 9 for Dublin (2011-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19)

Other recordsEdit

GapsEdit

  • Longest gaps between successive Leinster titles:
    • 57 years: Laois (1946-2003)
    • 44 years: Meath (1895-1939)
    • 42 years: Kildare (1956-1998)
    • 31 years: Louth (1912-1943)
    • 20 years: Wexford (1925-1945)

Most Successive TitlesEdit

  • 9 in a row
    • Dublin (2011-19)
  • 6 in a row
    • Wexford (1913-18)
    • Kildare (1926-31)
    • Dublin (1974-79)
  • 5 in a row
    • Dublin (2005-09)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://leinstergaa.ie/leinster-gaa/archive/leinster-gaa-trophies/
  2. ^ "GAA agree on name for Leinster trophy". Breaking News .ie. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  3. ^ Smith, Raymond (1968). "Chapter 4 - Wexford's Four-in-a-row". The Football Immortals. Dublin: Bruce Spicer Ltd. pp. 50–61.

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