Wednesday 21 March 2018


Minutes since young forward Walter Walsh scored Kilkenny's only goal from open play this summer – against Dublin in the drawn Leinster semi-final at O'Moore Park.


It's 17 years since Kilkenny last failed to make it to August in the championship. On that occasion they didn't even get as far as the 1996 Leinster final. It was the year before the back-door system was introduced.


The number of years since Kilkenny last failed to reach a SHC fixture at Croke Park, when they were knocked out before the Leinster final in 1951.


Number of SHC appearances to date for record-breaking sharpshooter Henry Shefflin .


Having seen so little game-time due to injury, Shefflin failed to score a single point in this year's championship campaign.


2013 marks the first time a Brian Cody-managed Kilkenny side has failed to reach the semi-final stage of the championship.


Number of seasons since the Noresiders last lost two championship games in a season – to Wexford in the 2004 Leinster final, and then to Cork in the All-Ireland final that same year, when they crashed by 0-17 to 0-9.

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