1925–26 National Football League (Ireland)

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1925–26 National Football League
League details
Dates 1925 – 19 September 1926
League champions
Winners Laois (1st win)
Captain Dick Miller
League runners-up
Runners-up Dublin

The 1925–26 National Football League was the 1st staging of the National Football League, a Gaelic football tournament for the Gaelic Athletic Association county teams of Ireland.

The inaugural NFL was won by Laois, captained by Dick Miller. They defeated Sligo in the semi-final after a lost game was ordered replayed, and beat Dublin in a low-scoring final despite losing two players, Paddy Lenihan and Bill Keeley, to emigration shortly before the final.[1][2][3]

Format[edit]

The league was organised on a provincial basis with a separate league for each province: three leagues for Leinster due to the large number of counties. The six league winners played a knockout tournament to decide the National Football League. It is mentioned that the three Leinster Group winners played off (Longford scratching, Laois beating Dublin) for a gold medal, but this does not seem to have formed part of the league proper.[4]

Knockout stage qualifiers[edit]

  • Leinster: 3 teams
  • Munster: 1 team
  • Connacht: 1 team[5]
  • Ulster: 1 team

Group stage[edit]

Connacht (Connacht Railway Cup)[edit]

Results[edit]

Leinster I[edit]

Results[edit]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 3 3 0 0 6 Advance to Knockout stage
Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare 3 2 0 1 4
Colours of Cork.svg Louth 3 1 0 2 2
Colours of Leitrim.svg Meath 3 0 0 3 0

Leinster II[edit]

Results[edit]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford 3 3 0 0 6 Advance to Knockout stage
Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow 3 2 0 1 4
Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 3 1 0 2 0
Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 3 0 0 3 0

Westmeath forfeited the points from their win v Offaly due to being late on the field[20]

Leinster III[edit]

Results[edit]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Laois.svg Laois 3 3 0 0 6 Advance to Knockout stage
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 3 2 0 1 4
Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 2 0 0 2 0
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny 2 0 0 2 0

Munster (Munster Football League)[edit]

Won by Kerry.

Ulster (Dr McKenna Cup)[edit]

North-West Group[edit]

Regulation games[edit]
Play-Offs[edit]

North-East Group[edit]

Regulation games[edit]
Play-Offs[edit]

Final[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-Finals[edit]

Sligo 3-1 – 0-5 Longford

Laois 1-6 – 1-5 Kerry

Semi-Finals[edit]

Dublin 0-8 – 0-5 Antrim
Referee: T. Burke, Drogheda

Sligo 3-5 – 2-6 Laois

An objection was successfully made and a replay ordered.


Laois 4-6 – 1-4 Sligo

Final[edit]

Laois 2-1 – 1-0 Dublin
Jack Brown 2-0, Tom Costello 0-1 Peter Stynes 1-0
Barrett's Park, New Ross
Referee: P McCullagh (Wexford)

Leinster League Inter-group Ties[edit]

  • The game was initially awarded to Longford as Dublin failed to finish owing to a disputed decision. Later, the Leinster Council declared the result void and ordered a replay.[49]
  • Match was abandoned with seven minutes remaining. The game was awarded to Dublin
  • Longford did not play in protest at the fact that Game 1 replay versus Dublin was awarded to Dublin

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Laois.svg Laois 2 2 0 0 4 Leinster League winners
Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 2 1 0 1 2
Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford 2 0 0 2 0

Laois won the Leinster Football League. This would appear to have been a separate competition, and this ties did not form part of the National Football League proper.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leinster’s National Football League Winning Teams
  2. ^ NFL Facts and Figures
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Laois GAA History, 1920-29
  5. ^ "National League", Irish Independent, 07/05/1926, p. 10
  6. ^ "Leitrim and Roscommon meet in Senior Football contest",Leitrim Observer, 12 June 1925, p. 1
  7. ^ "Railway Cup Semi-Final",Irish Independent, 22 June 1925, p. 9
  8. ^ Irish Independent, 29 October 1925, p. 9
  9. ^ "Kildare v Meath",Kildare Observer, 19 September 1925, p. 5
  10. ^ "Dublin's success",Irish Independent, 12 October 1925, p. 11
  11. ^ "Dublin defeat Meath",Cork Examiner, 19 October 1925, p. 5
  12. ^ "National Football League",Irish Independent, 27 October 1925, p. 9
  13. ^ "Leinster Football League",Cork Examiner, 9 November 1925, p. 6
  14. ^ "Leinster Football League",Meath Chronicle, 14 November 1925, p. 7
  15. ^ "National Football League", Westmeath Examiner, 18 July 1925, p. 8
  16. ^ Irish Independent, 12 October 1925, p. 11
  17. ^ "Belated victory", Irish Independent, 26 October 1925, p. 9
  18. ^ "Goalkeeper's busy", Irish Independent, 16 November 1925, p. 11
  19. ^ "A point victory", Irish Independent, 23 November 1925, p. 11
  20. ^ “League Figures” Irish Independent, Friday 20 November 1925
  21. ^ Irish Independent, 4 August 1925, p. 9
  22. ^ Irish Independent, 20 September 1925, p. 10
  23. ^ Irish Independent, 12 October 1925, p. 11
  24. ^ Irish Independent, 12 October 1925, p. 11
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  26. ^ "Kerry defeat Waterford", The Kerryman, 28 November 1925, p. 2
  27. ^ "Munster football league", The Kerryman, 5 December 1925, p. 2
  28. ^ "Match at Dungarvan", Cork Examiner, 30 November 1925, p. 8
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  33. ^ "Ulster League Tie", Ulster Herald, 5 December 1925, p. 12,
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  37. ^ "Irish Independent", Ulster Herald, 19 January 1926, p. 10,
  38. ^ "Ulster Tie Drawn", Irish Independent, 01 March 1926, p. 9,
  39. ^ "Ulster Football League", Ulster Herald, 20 March 1926, p. 3,
  40. ^ "Gaelic Pastimes", Meath Chronicle, 3 April 1926, p. 7,
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  42. ^ "Ulster League Surprise", Irish Independent, 7 December 1925, p. 10,
  43. ^ "Ulster League", Irish Independent, 15 December 1925, p. 10,
  44. ^ "Ulster Senior League", Irish Independent, 8 March 1926, p. 10,
  45. ^ "Champions beaten", Irish Independent, 12/04/1926, p. 9,
  46. ^ "Narrow defeat for Antrim", Irish Independent, 26/04/1926, p. 9
  47. ^ "Leix defeat Sligo in Semi-Final", Irish Independent, 28/06/1926, p. 9
  48. ^ "Level scoring", Irish Independent, 30/11/1925, p. 10
  49. ^ “Unpleasant incident”. Sunday Independent, 13/12/1923, p. 7
  50. ^ "Leinster Football League", Irish Independent, 01/02/1926, p. 9
  51. ^ "Leix win Group honours", Irish Independent, 21/12/1925, p. 9
  52. ^ "Longford not to play", Irish Independent, 26/02/1926, p. 9