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Wednesday 22 November 2017

One omen that will boost Tipp

WHEN the year ends in one is traditionally a time when Tottenham Hotspur supporters get excited given their FA Cup record.

We don't know whether Brian Cody or Declan Ryan are similarly superstitious but, if they are, there's no doubts which side the omens are pointing towards in terms of the timing of All-Ireland victories.

Kilkenny have only once won the All-Ireland title in a year ending in 1 (1911), whereas Tipperary have been successful on five occasions (1951, '61, '71, '91 and 2001). That leaves 1981 as the only '1' year in seven decades where they failed to land the title, but then they were trapped in depression for much of the 1970s-80s.

Kilkenny were beaten in the 1931 (Limerick), 1971 (Tipperary) and 1991 (Tipperary) finals, so clearly years ending in 1 are not their favourites. Of course, that won't be featuring in their team talks this week, no more than Tipperary will pay any attention to their successes in '1' years. We still thought it was worth mentioning.

Irish Independent

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