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Armagh county football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Armagh
Armagh GAA crest.png
Sport:Football
Irish:Ard Mhacha
Nickname(s):The Orchard men[1]
County board:Armagh GAA
Manager:Kieran McGeeney
Captain:Stefan Campbell[2]
Home venue(s):Athletic Grounds, Armagh
Recent competitive record
Current All-Ireland status:Ulster (SF in 2020)
Last championship title:2002
Current NFL Division:1 (2nd in 2020 Division 2)
Last league title:2005
First colours
Second colours
Current season

The Armagh county football team represents Armagh GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association, in the Gaelic sport of football. The team competes in the three major annual inter-county competitions; the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Ulster Senior Football Championship and the National Football League.

Armagh's home ground is the Athletic Grounds, Armagh. The team's manager is Kieran McGeeney.

The team last won the Ulster Senior Championship in 2008, the All-Ireland Senior Championship in 2002 and the National League in 2005.

Colours and crest

Armagh's county colours are orange and white. Originally they wore black and amber striped shirts until 1926 when Dominican nuns from Omeath, in County Louth knitted the team a pair of orange and white kits ahead of a Junior clash with Dublin which they have kept since.[3]

Kit evolution

Team sponsorship

The Armagh County Board negotiated a number of new sponsorship deals in 2012, including telecommunications company Rainbow Communications as principal jersey sponsor,[4] and Simply Fruit for the minor team. Previously, the county's main sponsor had been Morgan Fuels, but that 17-year relationship ended somewhat acrimoniously in 2012.[5][6]

History

Armagh was the second team to win the Ulster Senior Football Championship, doing so in 1890. In the early years of the GAA, a club that won its county championship went on to represent the county and would also wear the county colours. Armagh Harps represented Armagh in the Ulster final, beating Tyrone (Cookstown's Owen Roes), but losing to All-Ireland Champions Cork (Midleton) in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

Despite early success at provincial level, national success at junior and minor level and All-Ireland final appearances in 1953 and 1977, it took until 2002 for Armagh to win their first and only All-Ireland Senior Football Championship under manager Joe Kernan. The county won the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship (MFC), in 1949 and again in 2009, but lost the 1957 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship final to Meath.

The Era of the Two Brians: 1995–2001

Joe Kernan's Golden Era: 2002–06

Joe Kernan is widely regarded as Armagh's most successful manager having won one League title, four Ulster SFCs and one All-Ireland SFC.

Kernan–McGeeney interim: 2007–14

Peter McDonnell was appointed Armagh managed for the 2007–2009 seasons. During his time as Armagh manager, McDonnell won one Ulster SFC. After a disappointing 2009 campaign which resulted in Armagh being defeated by Tyrone, Peter McDonnell stepped down as Armagh manager.

Paddy O'Rourke, from the neighbouring county of Down, replaced McDonnell as Armagh manager between 2010 and 2012. During this time O'Rourke won the National Football League Division 2 title.

Paul Grimley replaced O'Rourke as Armagh manager for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Grimley resigned following a one-point defeat to Donegal in the 2014 All-Ireland SFC quarter-final.

Kieran McGeeney era: 2015–

In August 2014, Kieran McGeeney took over as manager for an initial five-year term.[7]

2015 season

In his first season as Armagh manager, McGeeney secured promotion to Division 2 of the National Football League after beating Fermanagh in the final.

In his first Ulster SFC game as manager, Donegal defeated Armagh on a scoreline of 0–8 to 2-11. Armagh's championship continued via the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers, in which the county defeated Wicklow but then Galway defeated it in Round 2.

2016 season

The 2016 NFL campaign ended with four teams finishing on the same points but by virtue of having a poor scoring difference Armagh were relegated to Division 3. In the 2016 Ulster SFC, Cavan defeated Armagh forcing Armagh to continue via the All-Ireland SFc qualifiers. This ended in defeat to Laois in Round 1.

2017 season

Armagh's 2017 NFL campaign ended with Tipperary beating Armagh in the last league game, this resulted in Armagh missing out on promotion back to Division 2.

In the 2017 Ulster SFC, Armagh went out to neighbouring team, Down. However, Armagh recovered with wins over Fermanagh, Westmeath, Tipperary and Kildare to book a place in an All-Ireland SFC quarter-final in which rivals Tyrone won through.

2018 season

Armagh started the 2018 season with promotion to Division 2 of the NFL but the county's Ulster SFC ended with a loss to Fermanagh at the quarter-final stage. Armagh continued its championship via the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers, in which the county defeated Westmeath, Sligo and Clare but was unable to overcome 2018 Connacht SFC finalists Roscommon.

2019 season

The 2019 campaign began with Armagh securing its Division 2 status. Armagh's 2019 Ulster SFC started off with a quarter-final win against neighbours Down, which would mark McGeeney's first win in Ulster as manager of Armagh. In the quarter-final Cavan and Armagh were inseparable in the first game but Cavan took the victory in the replay. In the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers, Armagh faced Monaghan, winning the game by a scoreline of 2–17 to 1–12. In Round 3 of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers, Armagh lost to Mayo by one point.

In August 2019, McGeeney was given a two-year extension to his term as manager.[8]

2020 season

Despite approaching the game as favourite, Armagh struggled to overcome Derry in a "gruelling" 2020 Ulster SFC quarter-final.[9] The county then exited the Ulster SFC once more, this time after a "poor" showing at the semi-final stage, ten points down at half-time (Armagh only managed two points in the entire half) and twelve points the difference at the end.[10] No All-Ireland SFC qualifiers occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus ended Armagh's season.

2021 season

The 2021 season started with a reduced league where Armagh played against Monaghan, Tyrone and Donegal in the North division. Their first game back in division one was against Monaghan where Armagh would win 1-16 to 1-12 at Brewster Park. Next up Armagh played Tyrone losing by five points on a score of 2-10 to 2-15 and having to use five of their seven subs in the first half. In their closing match Armagh drew 1-16 a piece with Donegal who have managed to rack up big scores against Armagh in recent meetings. Although Armagh put in some good performance in division one it did not save them from having to go up against Roscommon in a relegation playoff. Armagh secured their division 1 status with a comfortable 1-17 to 0-11 win.

In August 2021, Armagh triggered the one-year option to retain McGeeney as manager for the 2022 season.[11]

Current management team

Appointed in August 2014, given two-year extension with one-year extra option in August 2019, some additions noted.

Current squad

Team as per Armagh vs Tyrone in the National Football League Division 1, 22 May 2021

No. Player Position Club
1 Blaine Hughes Goalkeeper Carrickcruppen
2 Ryan Kennedy Right Corner Back Ballymacnab
3 Aidan Forker Full Back Maghery
4 James Morgan Left Corner Back Crossmaglen Rangers
5 Connaire Mackin Right Half Back Shane O'Neill's
6 Aaron McKay Centre Back Dromintee
7 Ciaron O'Hanlon Left Half Back Killeavy
8 Niall Grimley Midfield Madden
9 Jarlath Óg Burns Midfield Silverbridge
10 Jemar Hall Centre Forward Forkhill
11 Rian O'Neill Left Half Forward Crossmaglen Rangers
12 Greg McCabe Right Corner Forward Shane O'Neill's
13 Rory Grugan Right Half Forward Ballymacnab
14 Oisin O'Neill Full Forward Crossmaglen Rangers
15 Stefan Campbell (c) Left Corner Forward Clan na Gael
No. Player Position Club
16 Shea Magill Substitute Killeavy
17 Ross Finn Substitute Granemore
18 Paul Hughes Substitute Crossmaglen Rangers
19 Barry McCambridge Substitute Clann Éireann
20 Ross McQuillan Substitute Cullyhanna
21 Brendan Donaghy Substitute Clonmore
22 Ciaran Mackin Substitute Shane O'Neill's
23 Jack Grugan Substitute Ballymacnab
24 Conor Turbitt Substitute Clann Éireann
25 Tiernan Kelly Substitute Clann Éireann
26 Jason Duffy Substitute Cullyhanna
Andrew Murnin Full Forward St Paul's

Managerial history

Peter McDonnell (right), who was then Arrmagh senior manager, with Antrim manager Liam Bradley (left) at the launch of the 2009 Dr McKenna Cup
Peter McDonnell (right), who was then Arrmagh senior manager, with Antrim manager Liam Bradley (left) at the launch of the 2009 Dr McKenna Cup
The era of the two Brians
1995–2001
NFL Provincial All Ireland Total
Games Played 38 13 5 56
Games Won 18 7 2 27
Percentage Won 47.37% 53.85% 40.00% 48.22%
Joe Kernan's Golden Era
2002–2006
NFL Provincial All Ireland Total
Games Played 38 18 14 70
Games Won 23 14 10 47
Percentage Won 60.53% 77.77% 71.43% 67.14%
Peter McDonnell
2007–2009
NFL Provincial All Ireland Total
Games Played 21 6 3 30
Games Won 10 3 0 13
Percentage Won 47.62% 50.0% 0.0% 43.33%
Paddy O'Rourke
2010–2012
NFL Provincial All Ireland Total
Games Played 22 5 7 34
Games Won 10 2 1 13
Percentage Won 45.45% 40.00% 14.29% 38.23%
Paul Grimley
2013–2014
NFL Provincial All Ireland Total
Games Played 14 4 7 25
Games Won 4 1 5 10
Percentage Won 28.57% 25.00% 71.43% 40.00%
Kieran McGeeney
2015–present
NFL Provincial All Ireland Total
Games Played 46 8 14 68
Games Won 25 2 9 36
Percentage won 54.6% 25% 64.29% 53%

[As of 13 June 2021]

Players

Records

All Stars

Armagh has a total of 24 All Star awards.

Honours

All-Ireland Senior Football Championships: 1

Year Squad[16] Scoreline
2002 Benny Tierney, Enda McNulty, Justin McNulty, Francis Bellew, Aidan O'Rourke, Kieran McGeeney, A. McCann, Paul McGrane, J. Toal, P. McKeever, John McEntee, Oisín McConville, Stevie McDonnell, Rónán Clarke, Diarmuid Marsden. Subs: B. O'Hagan for McEntee, T. McEntee for McKeever. Armagh 1-12 Kerry 0-14

All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championships: 1

Year Squad Scoreline
2004 G. Wilson, G. Smyth, F. Moriarty, Andy Mallon, Aaron Kernan, Ciaran McKeever, B. McDonald, M. Mackin, G. Swift, G. Loughran, S. Kernan, P. Toal, M. McNamee, R. Austin, B. Mallon. Subs - P. Duffy, B. Toner, J. Murtagh, M. Moore, S. O'Neill. Armagh 2-08 Mayo 1-09

All-Ireland Minor Football Championships: 2

Year Squad Scoreline
1949 L. McCorry, E. McCann, J. Brattan, J. McKnight, F. Kernan, B. O’Neill, T. McConville, E. Mee, S. Collins, T. Connolly, S. Blaney, J. Cunningham, S. Smith, P.J. McKeever, B. McGrane. Sub - M. McKnight for Collins. Armagh 1-07 Kerry 1-05
2009 S. O'Reilly, K. Downey, R. Finnegan, K. Nugent, D. McKenna, N. Rowland, J. Morgan, P. Carragher (0-1), J. Donnelly, R. Grugan (0-1, 0-1f), A. Murnin (0-1), C. King, R. Tasker (0-3), E. McVerry (0-3, 0-1f), G. McParland. Sub - C. McCafferty for Finnegan ’53, T. McAlinden (0-1) for McVerry ’54. Armagh 0-10 Mayo 0-07

All-Ireland Junior Football Championships: 1

Year Squad Scoreline
1926 C. Morgan, H. Cumiskey, Gene Hanratty, J. Vallely, Joe Harney, J. Maguire, Owen Connolly, J. Corrigan, F. McAvinchey, F. Toner, P. Fearon, J. Kernan, H. Arthurs, J. Donaghy, J. McCusker. Sub - J. McEntee for McAvinchey. Armagh 4-11 Dublin 0-04

National Football Leagues: 1

Year Squad Scoreline
2005 P. Hearty; Andy Mallon, Francis Bellew, P. McCormack 0–1; Aaron Kernan 0–1, Kieran McGeeney, C. McKeever; J. Toal, Paul McGrane; M. O'Rourke, John McEntee 0–1, Oisín McConville 0–2; Stevie McDonnell 0-10, Rónán Clarke 0–2, B. Mallon 0–4. Subs - P. McKeever 1–0, A. McCann, J. McNulty, P. Loughran, A. O'Rourke. Armagh 1-21 Wexford 1-14

References

  1. ^ "Ulster SFC: Dominant Donegal crush Orchard men". Hogan Stand. 14 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Armagh not burdened by Ulster drought". BBC Sport.
  3. ^ Neville, Conor (17 May 2016). "6 Counties Who Have Changed Their GAA Kit Colours And The Reasons Why". Balls.ie.
  4. ^ "Grimley welcomes new Armagh sponsors". Hogan Stand. 2 November 2012.
  5. ^ Keys, Colm (8 November 2012). "Morgan adds fuel to Armagh sponsor row". Irish Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  6. ^ O'Riordan, Ian (8 November 2012). "Sponsor ends ground deal with Armagh". The Irish Times. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Kieran McGeeney handed five-year term at Armagh". RTÉ. 28 August 2014.
  8. ^ "McGeeney extends stay with Armagh for further two years". RTÉ. 5 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Armagh march on after gruelling Derry battle". Irish Independent. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Donegal ease past Armagh to reach yet another Ulster final". The42.ie. 14 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Kieran McGeeney: Armagh boss to stay on as manager for 2022". BBC Sport. 3 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Donaghy joins Armagh backroom team". Hogan Stand. 14 December 2020.
  13. ^ "GAA: Kieran Donaghy joins Armagh's backroom team for 2021". BBC Sport. 16 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Derry win very special — Armagh assistant boss McCorry". BBC Sport. 1 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Banner hero David Tubridy already has more history in his sights after becoming highest league scorer of all time". Irish Independent. 1 June 2021.
  16. ^ "Armagh are champions". BBC Sport. 22 September 2002.
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