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Dublin county football team

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Dublin GAA crest.png
Irish:Áth Cliath
Nickname(s):The Dubs
The Jackeens
The Capital men[1]
The Boys in Blue
The Liffeysiders
The Metropolitans
County board:Dublin GAA
Manager:Dessie Farrell
Captain:Stephen Cluxton
Most appearances:Stephen Cluxton (?)
Top scorer:Dean Rock (?–?)
Home venue(s):Parnell Park, Dublin
Recent competitive record
Current All-Ireland status:W in 2020
Last championship title:2020
Current NFL Division:1 (2nd in 2020)
Last league title:2018
First colours
Second colours

The Dublin county football team represents Dublin in men's Gaelic football and is governed by Dublin 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 Leinster Senior Football Championship and the National Football League.

Dublin's official home ground is Parnell Park, Donnycarney. Generally, the team plays home games at Croke Park, however. The team's manager is Dessie Farrell.

The team last won the Leinster Senior Championship in 2020, the All-Ireland Senior Championship in 2020 and the National League in 2018.

Dublin claimed ten consecutive Leinster Senior Football Championships following a three-point victory over Wexford in 2011, a three-point victory over Meath in 2012, a seven-point victory over Meath in 2013, a sixteen-point victory over Meath in 2014, a thirteen-point victory over Westmeath in 2015, a fifteen-point victory over Westmeath in 2016, a nine-point victory over Kildare in 2017, an eighteen-point victory over Laois in 2018, a sixteen-point victory over Meath in 2019 & a twenty one-point victory over Meath in 2020.

Colours and crest

Kit evolution

Till 1918, Dublin wore the colours of the Club Champions as was also the case in many other counties. In 1918 they adopted the well-known sky shirt with the Dublin shield, even if the kit has been for many years different compared to the actual one: collar and shorts were in fact white and the socks hooped, white and blue. The change to the present look, with dark blue details, shorts and socks, was made in 1974.[2]

1983 All-Ireland SFC Final
2011 All-Ireland SFC Final
2013 All-Ireland SFC Final
2016–2018 All-Ireland SFC Finals
2019–March 2020 suspension of play
October 2020 NFL resumption–[3][4][needs update]

Team sponsorship

The following is a list of sponsors of the Dublin county football team (senior).

Years Sponsor
Manufacturer Sponsor
1880s–1990 O'Neills No Sponsor
1990 Kaliber
1991 league games National Irish Bank
1991–2009 Arnotts
2010–2013 Vodafone
2014– AIG[5]


Wexford defeated Dublin in the final of the 1890 Leinster Senior Football Championship (SFC). Dublin won its first Leinster SFC the following year by defeating Kildare in the final, and followed up by winning its first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC) by defeating Cork by a scoreline of 2–1 to 1–1 in the 1891 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final. Dublin retained the Leinster SFC in 1892, defeating Louth in the final and then retained the All-Ireland SFC with victory over Kerry by a scoreline of 1–4 to 0–3 in the 1892 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.

Heffernan and Hanahoe: 1974–1986

"In '73, a Dublin footballer had no profile whatsoever. We were regularly beaten in the first round of the Leinster Championship... Dublin didn't really train in those days. We prepared for one championship match, were usually beaten by Laois or Longford and then had the summer off... But then when (Kevin) Heffernan came back into it in '74, it was a different ball game... Much more rigorous in terms of tolerating any drinking or messing".

David Hickey on the difference in Dublin before Heffernan and after Heffernan.[6]

Starting from the 1970s, the Dublin team managed by Kevin Heffernan (and briefly by Tony Hanahoe) won four All-Ireland SFCs (1974, 1976, 1977 and 1983) and seven Leinster Senior Football Championship (SFC) titles (six of which were consecutive). It was also the first team to play in six consecutive All-Ireland SFC finals (from 1974 to 1979), a feat later matched by Kerry in 2009.

In January 1986, Heffernan resigned as Dublin manager.[7]

Post-Heffernan years: 1986–2008

Dublin and Meath were involved in one of the most famous of Leinster SFC encounters in 1991, the Dublin and Meath four-parter. The teams had to go to three replays in their Leinster SFC first round match before a winner could be found. This series of games had the added factor of Dublin and Meath being long-time fierce rivals, a rivalry that intensified when Meath won four from the previous five Leinster SFCs and two All-Ireland SFCs over the previous five years, to replace Dublin as the strongest team in the province of Leinster. Meath eventually won the series, thanks to a last-minute goal scored by Kevin Foley, and a point scored by David Beggy, in the third replay. Foley took seven steps for the winning goal.[citation needed]

Dublin qualified for the 1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final by defeating surprise Munster champions Clare in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final.[8] However, the county was surprised itself in the final to be defeated unexpectedly by Donegal.[9]

Dublin qualified for the 1994 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final by defeating surprise Connacht champions Leitrim in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final. However, the county lost to Down in the final on this occasion.

Gilroy, Gavin, Farrell: 2008–

Dublin against Tyrone in the 2013 National Football League final
Dublin against Tyrone in the 2013 National Football League final

In the 2010s, Dublin produced the greatest teams in modern times. The Dubs won seven All-Ireland SFCs in this decade (five of which were consecutive, the first team to achieve this feat). Six of these were won without defeat (with the exception of one loss to Jim McGuinness's Donegal in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final). Dublin limited Cork, Donegal and Kerry to a single All-Ireland SFC each during that decade.

Pat Gilroy led Dublin to the first of these All-Ireland SFCs in 2011.

Jim Gavin led Dublin to the next six from 2013, including the five-in-a-row from 2015 onwards.

He introduced new players to the team each year, starting with Paul Mannion and Jack McCaffrey in 2013, continuing with Cormac Costello and Nicky Devereaux in 2014, followed by Brian Fenton and John Small in 2015 and Davy Byrne in 2016.[10]

On 25 March 2017, when beating Roscommon by 2–29 to 0–14 in a National League game at Croke Park, Dublin set a new record of playing 35 games in League and Championship without defeat. The previous record, held by Kerry, had stood for 84 years.

Jim Gavin continued to introduce new players, with Con O'Callaghan and Niall Scully appearing in 2017 and Brian Howard and Eoin Murchan emerging in 2018.[10] But Gavin tended to wait one year from when he noticed them to introduce them to his team, O'Callaghan having been ready in 2016 and Howard in 2017.[10]

Jim Gavin stood down as manager in 2019.

Alan Brogan noted in 2020: "The only year he didn't do it [introduce new players] was last year. Last year, [Jim Gavin] kept with the same players which, in hindsight, leads you to believe that maybe he had it in the back of his mind it would be his final year".[10]

Dessie Farrell replaced him.

Current management team

As of December 2020:[11]

Current squad

Team as per Dublin vs Wexford in the 2021 Leinster SFC Quarter Final, 4 July 2021

No. Player Position Club
1 Evan Comerford Goalkeeper Ballymun Kickhams
2 Michael Fitzsimons Right Corner Back Cuala
3 David Byrne Full Back Naomh Ólaf
4 Seán McMahon Left Corner Back Raheny
5 Tom Lahiff Right Half Back St Jude's
6 Brian Howard Centre Back Raheny
7 Robbie McDaid Left Half Back Ballyboden St Enda's
8 Brian Fenton Midfield Raheny
9 James McCarthy Midfield Ballymun Kickhams
10 Paddy Small Right Half Forward Ballymun Kickhams
11 Con O'Callaghan Centre Forward Cuala
12 Niall Scully Left Half Forward Templeogue Synge St
13 Colm Basquel Right Corner Forward Ballyboden St Enda's
14 Ciarán Kilkenny Full Forward Castleknock
15 Cormac Costello Left Corner Forward Whitehall Colmcille
No. Player Position Club
16 Michael Shiel Substitute St Sylvester's
17 Jonny Cooper Substitute Na Fianna
18 Seán Bugler Substitute Plunketts/ER
19 Aaron Byrne Substitute Na Fianna
20 Eoin Murchan Substitute Na Fianna
21 Eric Lowndes Substitute St. Peregrines
22 John Small Substitute Ballymun Kickhams
23 Dara Mullin Substitute Kilmacud Crokes
24 Philly McMahon Substitute Ballymun Kickhams
25 Cian Murphy Substitute Thomas Davis
26 Peadar O'Cofaigh Byrne Substitute Cuala

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Dublin panel, with their most recent game supplied.

Pos. Player Club Latest call-up
GK Stephen Cluxton (c) Parnells v. Mayo
Colours of Mayo.svg
, 19 December 2020, 2020 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final
DF Cian O'Sullivan Kilmacud Crokes
? Shane Carthy Naomh Mearnóg
? Conor McHugh Na Fianna v. Roscommon
Colours of Roscommon.svg
, 16 May 2021, 2021 National Football League
? Ciaran Archer St Maur's
? Ryan Basquel Ballyboden St Enda's v. Roscommon
Colours of Roscommon.svg
, 16 May 2021, 2021 National Football League
FW Dean Rock Ballymun Kickhams v. Mayo
Colours of Mayo.svg
, 19 December 2020, 2020 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final[12]
FW Kevin McManamon St Jude's


Dublin supporters are commonly known as The Dubs, and in the 1970s as Heffo's army. While songs are still popular with the Dublin fans they tend to be Dublin-centric, such as "Molly Malone" and "Dublin in the Rare Old Times", or focus on the team itself, singing "Come on You Boys in Blue".

The Hill 16 end in Croke Park is an area for which many Dubs hold a special affection and it is not uncommon to see the Hill filled entirely with Dubs. Dublin supporters have been known to chant "Hill 16 is Dublin only" as a humorous jibe at supporters from rival teams.

The Dublin team are sometimes called The Jacks, with the ladies called The Jackies. These names came from a shortening of the word Jackeen.[13][14][15][16]


Dublin's biggest rivalry has been with nearby Meath. Both counties were the strongest sides from Leinster during the 1970s and 1980s. The 1991 four-game tie added to the intensity between the two counties. The Dublin football team also shares a rivalry with neighbours Kildare. Lesser local rivalries exist with nearby Wicklow, Laois and Westmeath.

On a national level Dublin's rivalry with Kerry is one of Ireland's most renowned. The rivalry between the two counties intensified in the 1970s and early 1980s. Other smaller footballing rivalries have developed over the decades between Dublin and teams such as Cork, Tyrone, Donegal and Galway, who Dublin played in the 1983 Final known as the Game of Shame.

Managerial history

This is a list of people who have managed the Dublin county football team since 1974.

Kevin Heffernan 1974–76

Tony Hanahoe 1976–78

Kevin Heffernan (2) 1978–86

Brian Mullins, Robbie Kelleher & Seán Doherty 1986

Gerry McCaul 1986–90

Paddy Cullen 1990–92

Pat O'Neill 1992–95

Mickey Whelan 1995–97

Tommy Carr 1997–01

Tommy Lyons 2001–04

Paul Caffrey 2004–08

Pat Gilroy 2008–12

Jim Gavin 2012–2019

Dessie Farrell 2019–



Most appearances

Stephen Cluxton made his 112th appearance in the All-Ireland Football Championship when he captained Dublin to their six-in-a-row on 19 December 2020.

Cluxton became his county's most capped player, overtaking Johnny McDonnell's record against Meath in the National League on 17 October 2020.[19]

Top scorers

  • Dean Rock is the team's all-time record scorer, surpassing the long-time record of Jimmy Keaveney against Meath on 17 October 2020. The early goal for Rock in this National League match at Parnell Park meant Rock had scored 17–442 (493), one ahead of Keaveney's 30–402 (492). Rock achieved this in 95 appearances to Keaveney's 104.[19]


Dublin has won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC) final on 30 occasions – only Kerry, with 37 All-Ireland SFC titles, has won more. Dublin defeated Mayo by five points in the 132nd All-Ireland Final on 19 December 2020. This was their eighth championship since 2011. Dublin is the only county team in men's football or hurling to have won six consecutive All-Ireland Championships.[20]

Dublin has also won the Leinster Championship on 59 occasions, and is the current Leinster champion, having beaten Meath in 2020. This result was their consecutive eighth, making history and saw it become Leinster champions for the twelfth time in thirteen years. Only Meath has split their wins, winning the Leinster Championship in 2010.

Dublin has won the National Football League on 13 occasions, most recently in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Only Kerry (20) has more league titles.


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  2. ^ – County colours Archived 28 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
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