2002 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship

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2002 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship
Championship details
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Derry (4th win)
Captain Gerard O'Kane
Manager Chris Brown
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Meath
Provincial Champions
Munster Kerry
Leinster Longford
Ulster Derry
Connacht Galway

The 2002 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship was the 71st staging of the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship, the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament for boys under the age of 18.

Tyrone entered the championship as defending champions, however, they were defeated by Derry in the Ulster final.

On 22 September 2002, Derry won the championship following a 1-12 to 0-8 defeat of Meath in the All-Ireland final. This was their fourth All-Ireland title overall and their first in 13 championship seasons.[1]

New format[edit]

Since its inception in 1929, the championship had always been played on a straight knock-out basis. If any team was defeated at any stage of the provincial or All-Ireland championships it meant automatic elimination. This system was deemed the fairest as the All-Ireland champions would always be the team who won all of their games.

After introducing a "back door" system in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship in 1997, a similar second chance system was now introduced for the football championship. Defeated provincial finalists would be allowed to re-enter the All-Ireland Championship at the quarter-final stage where they would be paired with a provincial champion and the chance to advance to the semi-final stage. While the format was criticised for giving a team no incentive for winning their respective provincial championship, the new format did provide an extra layer of games for developing young talent.

Results[edit]

All-Ireland Minor Football Championship[edit]

Final

Championship statistics[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Meath become the first beaten team to reach the All-Ireland final.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Ireland Minor Football Championship: Roll Of Honour". RTÉ Sport. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2011.