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Clare county football team

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Clare GAA crest.png
Irish:An Clár
Nickname(s):The Banner men[1][2]
County board:Clare GAA
Manager:Colm Collins
Home venue(s):Cusack Park, Ennis
Recent competitive record
Current All-Ireland status:Munster (QF) in 2020
Last championship title:None
Current NFL Division:2 (6th in 2020)
Last league title:None
First colours
Second colours

The Clare county football team represents Clare in men's Gaelic football and is governed by Clare GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the three major annual inter-county competitions; the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Munster Senior Football Championship and the National Football League.

Clare's home ground is Cusack Park, Ennis. The team's manager is Colm Collins.

The team last won the Munster Senior Championship in 1992, but has never won the All-Ireland Senior Championship or the National League.


Clare have won 2 Munster Football titles at senior level. They compete in Division 2 of the National Football League.

A First Munster title And All-Ireland Final Appearance (1917)

Clare won their first Munster Senior Football Championship in 1917, defeating Cork on a scoreline of 5-4 to 0-1. This was after losing deciders in 1912 and 1915 to Kerry and in 1916 to Cork. Clare were then faced by Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final and emerged victorious by 2-1 to 0-5. However, in that year's All-Ireland Final, Clare were narrowly defeated by Wexford on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-5. Wexford had won the All-Ireland in 1915 & 1916 and would complete a four in-a-row in 1918.

A Second Munster title (1992)

Clare football's greatest day since arrived in 1992 when, under the stewardship of John Maughan of Mayo, they won their second Munster Senior Football Championship by beating Kerry in the final in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick by 2-10 to 0-12. This victory was aided in no small part by two second half goals from Colm Clancy and Martin Daly. This victory was also historic in that it is the only year from 1936 to the present day that neither Kerry nor Cork were crowned Munster champions. Clare's luck would run out however and in the All-Ireland Semi-final, they went down to Dublin on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-12. Full back on the team of 1992 was Seamus Clancy, brother of full-forward Colm, and he was rewarded for his outstanding performances in the 1992 championship with a place on the All-Star team of that year.[3]

Milltown Massacre

Low point for the football team was the Milltown Massacre in 1979. During a game played in Milltown Malbay the Clare team lost from Kerry GAA by a scoreline of 1-9 to 9-21, a difference of 35 points.[4]


Clare has its own supporters' club, which is separate from the supporters' club of the county hurling team.[5]

Current management team

Apppointed in October 2013, some additions noted.

Current squad

Team as per Clare vs Limerick in the Munster SFC quarter-final, 28 May 2017

No. Player Position Club
1 Joe Hayes Goalkeeper Lissycasey
2 Dean Ryan Right Corner Back Éire Óg
3 Kevin Hartnett Full Back Meelick
4 Martin McMahon Left Corner Back Kilmurry Ibrickane
5 Pearse Lillis Right Half Back Cooraclare
6 Gordon KellyRET Centre Back Miltown Malbay
7 John Hayes Left Half Back Kilrush
8 Gary Brennan (c)RET Midfield Clondegad
9 Cathal O'Connor Midfield Coolmeen
10 Shane Brennan Right Half Forward Clondegad
11 Séan Collins Centre Forward Cratloe
12 Jamie Malone Left Half Forward Corofin
13 Keelan Sexton Right Corner Forward Kilmurry Ibrickane
14 Eoin Cleary Full Forward Miltown Malbay
15 David Tubridy Left Corner Forward Doonbeg
No. Player Position Club
16 Cillian Roche Substitute Cooraclare
17 Shane McGrath Substitute Thomas Davis
18 Podge Collins Substitute Cratloe
19 Enda Coughlan Substitute Kilmurry Ibrickane
20 Shane Hickey Substitute Kilmurry Ibrickane
21 Liam Markham Substitute Cratloe
22 Jack O'Dea Substitute Kilfenora
23 Seán Malone Substitute Miltown Malbay
24 Darren Nagle Substitute Liscannor
25 Gearoid O'Brien Substitute Miltown Malbay
26 Ciaran Russell Substitute Éire Óg
69 David Egan Substitute Kilmihil

RET Player has since retired from the county team.
INJ Player has had an injury which has affected recent involvement with the county team.
WD Player has since withdrawn from the county team due to a non-injury issue.

Managerial history

Name Club From To All-Ireland Munster All-Ireland 'B' NFL McGrath Cup C'Ship Record
John Maughan Crossmolina (Mayo) 1991 1994 1992 1991 1992(D2) 1991, 1994 P6
W2 D0 L4
John O'Keefe Austin Stacks, Tralee (Kerry) 1995 1997 1995(D2) 1995, 1997 P5
W1 D1 L3
Tommy Curtin
Colours of Galway.svg
St Breckan's, Lisdoonvarna
1998 1999 P2
W0 D0 L2
Pat Begley
Colours of Sligo.svg
2000 2001 2000 P5
W2 D0 L3
John Kennedy Asdee (Kerry) 2002 2004 2004 2002, 2004 P11
W4 D1 L6
Donie Buckley
Michael Brennan
Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry)
St Grellan's, Ballinasloe (Galway)
2005 2006 P8
W3 D0 L5
Páidí Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht (Kerry) 2007 2007 P3
W1 D0 L2
Frank Doherty Caltra (Galway) 2008 2009 2008 P5
W1 D0 L4
Michael McDermott
Colours of Mayo.svg
Kilmurry Ibrickane
2010 2012 P7
W1 D0 L6
Mick O'Dwyer Waterville (Kerry) 2013 2013 P2
W0 D0 L2
Colm Collins
Colours of Cavan.svg
2014 Present 2016(D3) 2019 P27
W14 D1 L12
as of October 2020


Notable players


All Stars: 1

All Star winners
Awards Players
Seamus Clancy (1992)

Competitive record

All-Ireland SFC final record

List of appearances
# Date Venue Opponent Result W/L/D
1 9 December 1917 Croke Park, Dublin Wexford 0–05 : 0–09 L


All-Ireland Championship
  • All-Ireland Senior 'B' Football Championships: 2
Provincial Championship
National Football League

Minor team

Clare have won one All-Ireland and three Munster titles at minor level. They won the first of their three Munster Minor Football Championships defeating Waterford in 1929. Clare then proceeded to qualify for the inaugural All-Ireland Minor Football Final. In the final they faced Longford and prevailed by 5-03 to 3-05, to crown Clare All-Ireland Minor Champions. Clare defeated Tipperary in the 1930 Munster final to retain their provincial crown. The Banner County had to wait until 1953 for another Munster title. On this occasion Clare defeated Cork in the decider.

Competitive record

All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final appearances

List of appearances
# Date Venue Opponent Result W/L/D
1 22 September 1929 Croke Park, Dublin Longford 5-03 : 3–05 W
2 27 September 1953 Croke Park, Dublin Mayo 1-06 : 2-11 L


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  2. ^ "Clare storm past Kildare to maintain winning start to National League Division 2". The Clare Champion. 23 May 2021.
  3. ^ "The Banner roar, Jacko's last game, Marty's phrase - 25 years today since Clare shocked Kerry". The 42. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  4. ^ Ó Muircheartaigh, Joe (2000). Ennis: Fág an Bealagh [The Chronicle of Clare 1900-2000 The Chronicle of Clare 1900-2000] Check |url= value (help). Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Can Cork GAA afford not to have its own supporters' club?". The Southern Star. 1 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Colm Collins' appointment as Clare football manager last October garnered but a few inches of space in the national papers". Irish Examiner. 1 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Former Sligo Star McGowan Looking Forward To New Role As Clare Football Coach". The Clare Champion. 2 April 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "McGowan appointed to Clare coaching role". Hogan Stand. 29 March 2021.
  9. ^ a b c "Sligo's McGowan confirmed as new coach of Clare senior footballers". Clare Echo. 29 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Clare's Gary Brennan announces inter-county retirement". RTÉ Sport. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Gordon Kelly: one of the longest-serving defenders in inter-county football hangs up his boots". 1 December 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Tubridy's record haul cannot stop Rebels but Banner qualify with Division 1 now in their sights". Irish Independent. 31 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Banner hero David Tubridy already has more history in his sights after becoming highest league scorer of all time". Irish Independent. 1 June 2021.
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