Ulster Senior Football Championship


Ulster Senior Football Championship

Infobox GAA championship main
name=Ulster Senior Football Championship


irish=Craobh Peile Uladh
sponsors=Vodafone, Ulster Bank & Toyota
trophy=Anglo-Celt Cup
first=1888
firstwin=Monaghan
current=Armagh
currentordinal=14
super=th
most=Cavan
mostordinal=39|
The Ulster Senior Football Championship is the premier Gaelic football "knockout" competition played in the province of Ulster in Ireland. The series of games are organised by the Ulster Council and are played during the summer months, and all the counties participate.

The Ulster football Final is played in July normally in St. Tiernach's Park, Clones however since 2003 it has been staged in Croke Park, Dublin. The final between Monaghan and Tyrone in 2007 returned to Clones with Tyrone lifting the cup.

The Ulster Football Championship is run on a knock-out basis in which once a team loses they are eliminated from the competition, and so compete in the All-Ireland Qualifier Series of the Sam Maguire Cup. The winner of the Championship goes on to play in the All-Ireland quarter final. Before the introduction of the qualifier series, in 2001, the winner of the Ulster Championship would compete, along with the other three provincial winners, in the All-Ireland semi-finals, and then the two winners would compete in the All-Ireland final.

Cavan are the most successful team in Ulster, having won the championship on 39 occasions. In recent years, Armagh have become the dominant force in Ulster, winning six titles in seven years between 1999 and 2006. Fermanagh remain the only team to not have won an Ulster title.

For many decades, winning the Ulster Championship was considered as much as a team from Ulster could hope for, as the other provinces would usually be much stronger than their Ulster opposition. In the 1990s however, a significant sea change took place, as the Ulster Champions won the All-Ireland four years in a row from 1991-1994. Now the Ulster Championship is considered one of the toughest provinces to compete in, and Ulster teams have gained considerable dominance on the All-Ireland scene, having won three All-Irelands from four in the early 2000s, including in 2003 when for the first time ever, the All-Ireland final was competed for by two teams from one province - Ulster. However, in the last 2 years no Ulster team has managed to make it past the quarter-final stage.

2007 Championship

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RD2=Quarter finals
RD3=Semi Final
RD4=Final
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RD2-seed03=
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RD2-seed06=
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RD2-team07=Donegal
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RD3-team01=Monaghan
RD3-team02=Derry
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RD3-seed01=
RD3-seed02=
RD3-score02=1-09
RD3-team03=Tyrone
RD3-team04=Donegal
RD3-seed03=
RD3-seed04=
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RD3-score04=1-07
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RD4-seed01=
RD4-seed02=

The encounters have all produced close matches so far. It took a replay for Down to get past Cavan in the preliminary round, and both Fermanagh and Armagh only lost their matches by a single point.

Ulster's representatives in the draw for the All-Ireland Qualifier Series are;
* Cavan eliminated by Mayo - Round One
* Fermanagh eliminated by Meath - Round Two
* Armagh eliminated by Derry - Round One
* Down eliminated by Meath - Round One
* Donegal eliminated by Monaghan - Round Three
* Derry - successfully reached All-Ireland Quarter final
* Monaghan - successfully reached All-Ireland Quarter final
* Antrim are a Division Four team in the National Football League (Ireland), and as such, are entered straight into the Tommy Murphy Cup, rather than go into the qualifiers for the Sam Maguire Cup.

Top Scorers

This is a list of the top scorers of the championship, as well as the top scorer in each individual county.

Notes:
* 1907 No final result in records
* 1904 Result not known
* 1900 Antrim were to have represented Ulster but gave walkover to Galway.
* 1892-1900 No championship. Cavan played in Leinster Senior Football Championship in 1895.
* 1889 No Ulster championship
* 1887 No Ulster championship

Top Ulster Scorers

All-time top Ulster scorers

As of 3 June 2008 according to the BBC. [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/northern_ireland/the_championship/7432831.stm |title= Ulster's hot-shots |accessdate=2008-06-15 |work=BBC Online |date=2008-06-03|accessdate=2008-06-15 ]

Notes:
*Includes Ulster Championship, All-Ireland Championship and Qualifiers.

All-time top Ulster goalscorers

As of 15 June 2008 according to the Sunday Tribune. [cite news |first=Kieran |last=Shannon |coauthors=Leo McGeough |title=When Sunday Comes - Stevie from Killeavy: Ulster's top predator |url= |work=Sunday Tribune |publisher= |date=2008-06-15 |accessdate=2008-06-15 ]

Notes:
*Includes Ulster Championship, All-Ireland Championship and Qualifiers.

Ulster top scorers by year

*2007 Tommy Freeman (Monaghan)
*2006 Oisin McConville (Armagh) 3-25
*2005 Stephen O'Neill (Tyrone) 1-26
*2004 Colm McFadden (Donegal) & Oisin McConville (Armagh) 1-13
*2003 Peter Canavan (Tyrone) 1-38
*2002 Rory Gallagher (Fermanagh) 4-12
*2001 Rory Gallagher (Fermanagh) 0-16
*2000 Rory Gallagher (Fermanagh) 1-19
*1999 Oisin McConville (Armagh) 3-18
*1998 Joe Brolly(Derry) & Tony Boyle (Donegal) 0-13
*1997 Joe Brolly (Derry) 3-15
*1996 Peter Canavan (Tyrone) 3-13
*1995 Peter Canavan (Tyrone) 0-20
*1994 Peter Canavan (Tyrone) 1-17
*1993 John Toner (Armagh) 0-23
*1992 Enda Gormley (Derry) 0-25
*1991 Ross Carr (Down) 0-21
*1990 Manus Boyle (Donegal) 1-16
*1989 Martin McHugh (Donegal) 2-16
*1988 Stephen Conway (Tyrone) 0-17
*1987 Enda Gormley (Derry) 0-20
*1986 Brendan Mason (Down) 3-17
*1985 Eamon McEneaney (Monaghan) 3-16
*1984 Frank McGuigan (Tyrone) 0-19
*1983 Derek McDonnell (Cavan) 4-11
*1982 John Corvan (Armagh) & Peter McGinnity (Fermanagh) 1-9
*1981 E McEneaney (Monaghan) & Brendan McGovern (Down) 1-17
*1980 Patsy Hetherington (Tyrone) & Patsy Kerlin (Tyrone) 4-3
*1979 Kieran Finlay (Monaghan) 1-18
*1978 Donal Donohoe (Cavan) 0-12
*1977 Brendan Kelly (Derry) 2-10
*1976 Steve Duggan (Cavan) 1-22
*1975 Willie Walsh (Down) 3-8
*1974 Seamus Bonnar (Donegal) 6-4
*1973 Patsy Hetherington (Tyrone) 0-17
*1972 Joe Winston (Donegal) 0-26
*1971 Sean O'Connell (Derry) 1-18
*1970 Andy McCallin (Antrim) 3-15
*1969 Sean Woods (Monaghan) & Gene Cusack (Cavan) 3-7
*1968 Paddy Doherty (Down) 1-17
*1967 Charlie Gallagher (Cavan) 0-*19
*1966 PT Treacy (Fermanagh) 4-13
*1965 Charlie Gallagher (Cavan) 2-29
*1964 Charlie Gallagher (Cavan) 0-*19
*1963 Harry Laverty (Donegal) 2-10
*1962 Seamus McMahon (Cavan) & Frankie Donnelly (Tyrone) 0-11
*1961 Paddy Doherty (Down) 1-16
*1960 Con Smith (Cavan) 1-17
*1959 Paddy Doherty (Down) 1-17
*1958 Paddy Doherty (Down) 3-14
*1957 Frankie Donnelly (Tyrone) 1-14
*1956 Frankie Donnelly (Tyrone) & Victor Sherlock (Cavan) 2-7
*1955 Peter Donohoe (Cavan) 0-14
*1954 Brian Gallagher (Cavan) 0-14
*1953 Art O'Hagan (Armagh) 3-4
*1952 John Joe Cassidy (Cavan) 1-7
*1951 Joe McCallin (Antrim) 3-14
*1950 Peter Donohoe (Cavan) 3-18
*1949 Peter Donohoe (Cavan) 4-10
*1948 Peter Donohoe (Cavan) 3-12

* Scores only include Ulster Championship. All-Ireland Championship and Qualifiers are not included.

References

ee also

*Connacht Senior Football Championship
*Leinster Senior Football Championship
*Munster Senior Football Championship


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