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ⓘ Leinster Senior Football Championship. The Leinster Senior Football Championship is the premier knockout competition in the game of Gaelic football played in th ..




Leinster Senior Football Championship
                                     

ⓘ Leinster Senior Football Championship

The Leinster Senior Football Championship 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, and advance to the quarter finals of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

                                     

1. History

Dublin are the most successful county, having won the championship on 58 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. 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.

In 1941, the Leinster Senior Football Championship was disrupted by an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease but the postponed Leinster final were later rescheduled for November, with Dublin who would emerge as provincial winners being nominated to contest the All-Ireland semi-final in advance.

In September 2019, the Leinster Council decided against awarding champions Dublin a bye into the 2020 Leinster Senior Football Championship semi-finals; instead the system as it had until then been was maintained with Dublin as one of four 2019 semi-finalists to be given a bye into the 2020 Leinster SFC quarter-finals. Leinster did, though, introduce a semi-final draw scheduled for the Sunday night when all quarter-final winners are confirmed, meaning that semi-finalists would not know if they were on Dublins side of the draw until two weeks before such an encounter.

                                     

2. Teams

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.

                                     

3. Format

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 years 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.

                                     

4. Records and statistics

Gaps

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

Most successive titles

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

4.1. Records and statistics Teams by decade

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

  • 1980s: 4 for Dublin 1983-84-85-89
  • 1880s: 1 each for Kilkenny 1888 and Laois 1889
  • 1930s: 3 each for Kildare 1930-31-35, Dublin 1932-33-34 and Laois 1936-37-38
  • 1890s: 7 for Dublin 1891-92-94-96-97-98-99
  • 1950s: 3 each for Louth 1950-53-57, Meath 1951-52-54 and Dublin 1955-58-59
  • 1910s: 6 for Wexford 1913–14-15-16-17-18
  • 2000s: 6 for Dublin 2002-05-06-07-08-09
  • 1920s: 5 for Dublin 1920-21-22-23-24
  • 1990s: 4 each for Meath 1990-91-96-99 and Dublin 1992-93-94-95
  • 1960s: 3 each for Offaly 1960-61-69, Dublin 1962-63-65 and Meath 1964-66-67
  • 1900s: 6 for Dublin 1901-02-04-06-07-08
  • 1940s: 3 for Meath 1940-47-49
  • 2010s: 9 for Dublin 2011-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19
  • 1970s: 6 for Dublin 1974-75-76-77-78-79


                                     

4.2. Records and statistics Gaps

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

4.3. Records and statistics Most successive titles

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

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