1927–28 National Football League (Ireland)

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1927–28 National Football League
League details
Dates 24 April 1927 – 1928
League champions
Winners Kerry (1st win)
Captain Joe Barrett
League runners-up
Runners-up Kildare
Captain Bill "Squires" Gannon

The 1927–28 National Football League was the 2nd staging of the National Football League, a Gaelic football tournament for the Gaelic Athletic Association county teams of Ireland, held in 1927 and 1928.

The League was won by Kerry.[1][2][3]

Format[edit]

There were three divisions – Northern, Southern, and Western. Division winners played off for the NFL title.

The league was not decided by a one-match final, the three division winners played each other in a series of Inter-Divisional tests.[4] As Kerry and Kildare both defeated Mayo, it meant that the Kerry v Kildare tie was a 'de facto' final.

Results[edit]

Northern Division[edit]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare 8 7 1 0 15 Advance to Knockout stage
Colours of Cork.svg Louth 8 6 0 2 12
Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh 7 4 1 2 9
Colours of Down.svg Down 7 3 0 4 8
Colours of Laois.svg Cavan 7 3 1 3 7
Colours of Leitrim.svg Meath 7 3 0 4 4
Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 6 1 1 4 3
Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 6 1 1 4 3
Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone 6 0 1 5 1

Meath beat Down, but forfeited the points for being late on the field[13]

Southern Division[edit]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 6 6 0 0 12 Advance to Knockout stage
Colours of Laois.svg Laois 6 5 0 1 10
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 6 3 1 2 7
Colours of Cork.svg Cork 5 2 0 3 4
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny 6 1 2 3 4
Colours of Clare.svg Clare 6 1 1 4 3
Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 5 0 0 5 0

Laois were awarded the points in respect of their tie with Clare at Kilkee[22]

Western Division[edit]

Mayo won, finishing ahead of Sligo, Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim.

Inter-Divisional Tests[edit]

Kildare 0-8 – 0-5 Mayo

Kerry 0-6 – 1-1 Mayo

Kerry 2-4 – 1-6 Kildare
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Tom Shevlin, Roscommon

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L Pts Status
Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 2 2 0 0 4 NFL Winners
Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare 2 1 0 1 2 NFL runners-up
Colours of Mayo.svg Mayo 2 0 0 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Mayo GAA 1927
  3. ^ Mayo GAA 1928
  4. ^ "Inter-Divisional League Tests",Irish Independent, 23/03/1928, p.13
  5. ^ "National Football League", Irish Independent, 19/09/1927, p. 12,
  6. ^ "A Newry Surprise", Irish Independent, 31 October 1927, p. 12,
  7. ^ "Dublin footballer's big defeat", Irish Independent, 14/11/1927, p. 11,
  8. ^ "Gaelic Games", Meath Chronicle, 3 December 1927, p. 7,
  9. ^ "Gaelic Games", Meath Chronicle, 3 December 1927, p. 7,
  10. ^ "National Football League", The Cork Examiner, 28/11/1927, p. 9,
  11. ^ "Louth's good win at Dundalk", Irish Independent, 12 December 1927, p. 13,
  12. ^ "Junior Champions Still going strong", Irish Independent, 09/01/1928, p. 11,
  13. ^ "National Football League", Irish Independent, 5 December 1927, p. 12
  14. ^ "Kerry's easy win", The Kerryman, 05/03/1927, p. 11,
  15. ^ "National Football League", The Cork Examiner, 28/02/1927, p. 13,
  16. ^ "Surprise for Wexford", Irish Independent, 21/03/1927, p. 9,
  17. ^ "Champions in form", Irish Independent, 21/03/1927, p. 9,
  18. ^ "National Football League", The Cork Examiner, 25/04/1927, p. 11,
  19. ^ "Good game at Enniscorthy", Irish Independent, 10 October 1927, p. 13,
  20. ^ "National Football League", The Kerryman, 11/02/1928, p. 3,
  21. ^ "National Football League", Irish Independent, 13/02/1928, p. 11,
  22. ^ "National Football League", Irish Independent, 5 December 1927, p. 12
  23. ^ http://mayogaablog.com/?page_id=5979
  24. ^ http://mayogaablog.com/?page_id=5979
  25. ^ http://mayogaablog.com/?page_id=5979
  26. ^ "Kerry conquer Kildare", The Kerryman, 05/05/1928, p. 5