Sunday 30 April 2017

All-Ireland Football qualifiers - 10 key statistics

Galway’s Gary Fahey holds the distinction of being the first captain to receive the Sam Maguire Cup on behalf of a team that won the All-Ireland title after being beaten in the provincial championships
Galway’s Gary Fahey holds the distinction of being the first captain to receive the Sam Maguire Cup on behalf of a team that won the All-Ireland title after being beaten in the provincial championships
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1. Galway's Gary Fahey holds the distinction of being the first captain to receive the Sam Maguire Cup on behalf of a team that won the All-Ireland title after being beaten in the provincial championships.

2. Six of the last 14 All-Ireland titles (Galway 2001, Tyrone 2005, -08, Kerry 2006, -09, Cork 2010) have been won through the qualifiers.

3. Only once (2010) have the four provincial winners (Meath, Kerry, Tyrone, Roscommon) been beaten in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

4. A total of 21 counties have reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals since the new system was introduced in 2001.

5. The 11 counties (excluding Kilkenny who don't compete) who have not found their way to any quarter-final are: Carlow, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Wicklow, Clare, London, Tipperary, Antrim, Leitrim and Waterford.

6. Kerry is the only county to reach the All-Ireland quarter-final every year since 2001. Dublin missed out once (2003) and Cork three times (2001, -03, -04).

7. Armagh v Tyrone in 2003 and Cork v Kerry in 2007 and 2009 are the only same-province All-Ireland finals.

8. Kerry is the only county that has never had to enter the qualifiers in Round 1. It is also the only county never to have lost a qualifier game. Dublin are next best with one defeat (v Armagh in 2003), followed by Cork with three defeats (v Galway in 2001, Roscommon in 2003, Fermanagh in 2004).

9. Leitrim, Waterford, London, Carlow, Clare and Antrim have won only 16 of 94 qualifier games between over 15 seasons.

10. Division 4 counties were excluded from the qualifiers in 2007-08.

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