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Galway county football team

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Galway GAA crest 2013.jpg
Nickname(s):The Tribesmen[1]
County board:Galway GAA
Manager:Pádraic Joyce
Captain:Shane Walsh[2]
Home venue(s):Pearse Stadium, Salthill
Recent competitive record
Current All-Ireland status:Connacht (F) in 2020
Last championship title:2001
Current NFL Division:1 (3rd in 2020)
Last league title:1981
Second colours

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

Galway's home ground is Pearse Stadium, Salthill. The team's manager is Pádraic Joyce.

Galway was the first Connacht county to win an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC), but the second to appear in the final, following Mayo. The team last won the Connacht Senior Championship in 2001, the All-Ireland Senior Championship in 2001 and the National League in 1981.

Colours and crest

Kit evolution

c. 2014


Early years

The first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship took place in 1887. In that season, the tournament was an open draw, while from 1887 until 1891, counties were represented by the club who had won the county championship. The Galway championship was not started until the 1889 season however, meaning Galway had no county champions. Galway were supposed to play their first match in the All-Ireland against Wexford, but did not play, allowing Wexford a pass into the next round. The following 1888 season was supposed to see the introduction of provincial championships, but Galway were the only team in Connacht at the time. Due to the season being cut short by a tour to America, the semi-finals, for which Galway would have qualified as Connacht's representatives, never took place. They were also absent from the 1889 championship. In 1890, Galway were given a bye to the semi-final as the only Connacht team, and were, as in 1887, drawn against Wexford. Like 1887, the Tribesmen again failed to play their match, giving the Leinstermen a free pass to the final.

It wasn't until the 1900 season that Galway were involved again. 1900 saw the introduction of a new All-Ireland format. The four provincial championships would be played as usual, with the four champions playing in the "Home" championship, and the winners of the Home final going on to face London in the All-Ireland final. This was also the case for the 1901, 1902 and 1903 championships. Once more the only Connacht team, the Tribesmen advanced to the semi-finals of the Home championship. The game again failed to take place, but this time Galway were the beneficiaries, with Antrim giving the team a pass. This resulted in the bizarre situation of a Galway team reaching the Home final without playing a single match. In 1900, thirteen years after the first championship, Galway played in their first match of the competition, in the final against Tipperary, and were beaten by 2–17 to 0–1.

1901 saw the first ever Connacht championship take place. Galway beat Roscommon in the semi-finals, but were beaten by Mayo in the first ever final. With the exception of 1902 and 1904, where Galway and Mayo respectively were unopposed, a Connacht championship was staged each season after this, which until 2001's introduction of a qualifier system, granted the winner an All-Ireland semi-final berth.

Despite having represented the province a number of times by default, it wasn't until 1911, that Galway earned the right to call themselves full Connacht champions, when the Tribesmen defeated Roscommon by a single point on a score of 1–03 to 1-02. They were beaten by Cork in the semi finals, losing by 3–4 to 0–2. Galway were also Connacht champions in 1913 and 1917, without winning their semi-finals, but the 1919 championship saw them reach their first ever All-Ireland final. After beating Cavan 4–2 to 2–2 in the replay of their semi-final, the Tribesmen lost the final by 2–5 to 0–1, against Kildare.

Galway won their first ever title in the 1925 championship. The championship has become known for the farcical manner in which the play-offs took place. The Connacht final was not held in time to produce a team to play the other three provinces in the semi-finals. Mayo, the previous season's Connacht champions were nominated to represent the province. Mayo beat Wexford in their semi-final, while Kerry beat Cavan in the other semi-final. However, both Kerry and Cavan were disqualified for fielding illegal players. Mayo were declared champions without the need for a final. However, in the meantime, Galway defeated Mayo in the Connacht final, which caused confusion. The nomination of Mayo to represent Connacht was withdrawn, and Galway were declared rightful Connacht champions and All-Ireland champions.

This was deemed unsatisfactory, however, and the GAA ordered the semi-finals to be replayed, with Galway taking the place of Connacht champions. However, Kerry complained that their semi-final victory over Cavan should stand. When the GAA insisted that it should not stand due to the disqualifications Kerry withdrew, leaving Cavan to automatically proceed to the final. Galway defeated Cavan in the final. The farce went on so long that the final was not played until January 10, 1926. In the end Cavan, despite having previously been disqualified, finished with a silver medal, Mayo, despite having previously been declared champions, were eliminated, and Galway, despite having previously been removed from the tournament, were champions. Officially there wasn't any championship in 1925.

Their next title came under more straightforward circumstances, in 1934. They beat Dublin 3–5 to 1–9 in the final to take the Sam Maguire Cup to Connacht for the first time since it was originally presented to the winning team in 1928. Four years later in the 1938 championship, Galway claimed their third football All-Ireland. The final with Kerry had to replayed after it finished level at 3–3 to 2–6, but the Tribesmen won the replay 2–4 to 0–7. Title number four came nearly twenty years later when Galway beat Cork 2–13 to 3–7 in the 1956 final in Croke Park.

1960s success

Galway started the decade with a Connacht title. Wins over Mayo and Sligo took the team through to the final of the 1960 Connacht Championship. A win over Leitrim put the Tribesmen through to the All-Ireland semi-finals, where they met Kerry. A goal from the Kingdom proved decisive as Galway lost by 1–08 to 0-08.

Galway and Down in action in the 1965 National League semi-final
Galway and Down in action in the 1965 National League semi-final

1966 was perhaps Galway's most successful year in football. Their Connacht campaign began in Castlebar against Roscommon, Galway winning, by a score of 1–11 to 0–5. In the final, the Tribesmen came up against Mayo in Castlebar and were fortunate to win, edging Mayo out by a single point with a final score of 0–12 to 1–8. The semi-final win over Cork was a close affair as Johnny Geraghty made two wondrous saves from Niall Fitzgerald in the second half. Galway eked out a win 1–11 to 1–9 with Jimmy Duggan again outstanding and Coleen McDonagh fitting in well and Cyril Dunne (1–7) best in attack. Meath defeated Down in the other semi-final and were firm favourites to beat Galway in the final. Galway travelled as a united front to the final and pulverized Meath to win comfortably by 1–10 to 0–7. That victory sealed a memorable "3 In A Row" of All-Ireland titles.

1970s to early 1990s

Despite a number of All-Ireland final appearances in the early 1970s and another in the 1983 championship, neither decade was as successful for the Tribesmen as the 60s had been. Galway made it to the final in 1971, 1973 and 1974, but lost each time, being beaten by Offaly, Cork and Dublin respectively.

Galway won five Connacht titles in the 1980s, but qualified for only one All-Ireland final. The team did come close to making the final at the expense of eventual All Ireland champions Offaly in 1982, leading for most of the 1982 All Ireland semi-final, before succumbing to a point from Brendan Lowry.

The one final the team did qualify for in the decade was in 1983, where they came up against Dublin, in a match now infamous for foul play and thuggery. After an undisciplined beginning to the game, Barney Rock scored a bizarre goal from 40 yards after a poor free-out from Galway goalkeeper Padraig Coyne. The Galway players protested, claiming the goal should not have stood, due to Dublin manager Kevin Heffernan interfering with play as he attended to the injured Joe McNally, but the goal stood. Not long after, following a tussle in midfield, Dublin's Brian Mullins swung back his arm and connected with Brian Talty and the referee decided to send Mullins off. Shortly before half-time a number of players clashed beneath the Hogan Stand, leading referee John Gough to send off a player from each side, Dublin's Ray Hazley and Galway's Tomás Tierney.

The match remained heated until half-time. Players from both sides clashed in the tunnel as they left the field for the break, and although rumours circulated for years about the incident, whatever happened in the tunnel, stayed in the tunnel. Whatever peace had the time apart may have brought completely disappeared five minutes after the restart, with the dismissal of Kieran Duff of Dublin after he kicked Galway's Pat O’Neill while he was on the ground. This left Dublin with 12 men on the field to Galway's 14. Galway, however, could not make their two-man advantage count and ultimately lost 1–10 to 1–8. In the aftermath of the match, Galway players Tomás Tierney and Peter Lee were given one month bans, while four individuals from the Dublin team received bans including a 12-month ban to Duff, for the kick to O'Neill's head, and a 3-month ban to manager Heffernan.[4]

Depleted by four injuries and a fifth to free-taker Gay MacManus, Galway were well beaten in 1984 semi-final by Kerry, but came close in the 1986 semi-final with Tyrone, as well as against Cork in 1987, when Larry Tompkins forced a replay. After the semi-final against Cork, however, the team hit a slump provincially, which kept them out of the reckoning for some time.

Late 1990s revival

It wasn't until 1995 that the team won another Connacht title. They beat Mayo in the Connacht final by 7 points to qualify for the semi-finals, but were knocked out with a three-point loss to Tyrone. Galway were knocked out of the next two Connacht championships by Mayo, who won the competition on both occasions, but the team did not have to wait as long as before for their next Connacht title.

In the 1998 championship, led by Mayo-born manager John O'Mahony, Galway won their first round encounter with Mayo, before overcoming Leitrim by 1–16 to 0–05 in the semi-final. The first final ended as a draw, 11 points apiece with Roscommon, but Galway won the replay in Hyde Park. In the semis, Galway came up against Ulster champions Derry, and won by 0–16 to 1-09. In the final the team faced a Kildare team that had just beaten the previous year's champions, Kerry, and were coached by 8 time All-Ireland winning manager Mick O'Dwyer. Galway went into the final as underdogs,[5] but outstanding performances from Ja Fallon and Michael Donnellan in that match, along with a superbly taken goal from a young Padraig Joyce, helped Galway overcome the Lilywhites by 1–14 to 1-10. Captain Ray Silke lifted the Sam Maguire, and Galway became the first Connacht team in 32 years to win an All-Ireland title.

2000 and 2001: New millennium success

Galway made a strong start to the new millennium. After beating Leitrim in the Connacht final, Galway faced Kildare in the semi-final, winning by 0–15 to 2–6 to progress to the final, with Pádraic Joyce scoring 7 of Galway's points.[6] Galway's opponents in the final were a Kerry team managed by eight time All-Ireland winning player, Páidí Ó Sé. Galway came from behind to draw level with Kerry at 0-14 each, putting the game through to a replay. In the replay, however, Galway were beaten by four points, with a final score of 0–17 to 1-10.

Galway came back the following year, however. Due to rule changes in the 2001 season, a qualifier round was introduced to allow teams eliminated from their provincial championship to make it through to the latter stages of the competition. Galway were forced to make use of this new 'back door' after they were knocked out of the Connacht championship in the semi-finals by Roscommon. Galway were put into Round 3 of the qualifiers, where they came up against Armagh. After a hard-fought match Galway came out as winners on a scoreline of just 0–13 to 0-12, Paul Clancy scoring the winning point.[7] After that, Galway faced beaten Munster finalists Cork in Round 4, who they beat by a score of 1–14 to 1–10 to qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

In the quarters, the team came up against Roscommon, the team that had knocked them into the qualifiers to begin with. Galway made use of their second chance, beating the Rossies by 0–14 to 1-05, to qualify for a semi-final against fellow 'back door' team Derry. Galway came out on top in the semi-final, beating the northerners by three points to qualify for the All-Ireland final, thus becoming the first team to qualify for an All-Ireland final without being champions of their own province. They went into the final as massive underdogs, however, as their opponents Meath had beaten the previous year's champions Kerry 2–14 to 0-05, and had limited Kerry to a single point in the second half.[8][9] Things did not work out as expected for Meath fans however, and after going in level at the break at 6 points apiece, Galway came out after half-time and blew Meath away, scoring 11 second half points to Meath's 2, giving a final score of 0–17 to 0-08. Pádraic Joyce alone scored 10 points in the final to take his tally to 3–45 in eight games, and finished the season as the Championship's top scorer. This time it was Gary Fahey who lifted the Sam Maguire, giving the Tribesmen their second All-Ireland win in four years, and making Galway the first ever 'back door' champions.

2002–2009: Connacht titles and qualifier struggles

The 2002 Championship saw Galway win another Connacht title, as they beat Sligo by a goal to win the final in MacHale Park. They did not fare as well outside of Connacht however, and were beaten 2–17 to 1-12 by Kerry in the quarter-final. The team won another Connacht title in the 2003 Championship, this time beating Mayo in the final. The team were again beaten in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland series however, losing to Donegal by three points.

2004's Championship saw the team lose their status as Connacht champions, as the team were beaten in the semi-final by Mayo. Galway were then knocked out in Round 3 of the qualifiers, against the previous year's All-Ireland winners Tyrone. In August of that year, O'Mahony left his post as manager, having been in charge of the team for seven years, winning 4 Connacht titles and 2 All-Irelands.[10] He was replaced by his fellow Mayo native, Peter Ford.

In 2005, Galway won back the Connacht title, beating Mayo on a scoreline of 0–10 to 0–8 in the final. They were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Cork, who had come up through the qualifiers, losing by 2–14 to 2–11. The 2006 Championship again saw Galway and Mayo contest the Connacht final, with Mayo coming out on top. Galway were then knocked out by Westmeath in their next match, losing by one point in their Round 4 match. 2007 saw the team beat Mayo by 7 points in the first round of the Connacht championship, before overcoming Leitrim by 0–17 to 1–10 in the semi-finals. In the final, however, Galway were on the wrong side of an upset, losing by a single point to Sligo, who had not won a Connacht championship since 1975. Again Galway lost their qualifier match, being beaten by Meath on a score of 2–14 to 1-14. Ford left his post at the end of the championship, being replaced by Liam Sammon.

The 2008 Championship saw the Tribesmen regain the Connacht title, with a victory over Mayo in the final by a score of 2–12 to 1–14. In the quarter-finals Galway fell to the eventual All-Ireland runners-up, Kerry, by a score of 1–21 to 1–16. In 2009's Championship, Galway's opener was a match away to London, where they won 1–18 to 1–07. They then met Sligo in the semi-final, where only a point from Joe Bergin and a Seán Armstrong goal in injury time separated the sides, as Galway won by 1–13 to 0-12, making it to their fifth straight Connacht final. Galway again faced rivals Mayo, who came into the match on the back of an impressive 3–18 to 0–07 victory over Roscommon. Mayo lead for much of the final, with the score at 2–11 to 0–10 late in the match. Galway attempted a late fightback, which started with a Michael Meehan free, and with 72 minutes on the clock, Meehan scored a goal that pulled Galway level at 2–11 to 1–14. In the 73rd minute, however, Peadar Gardiner of Mayo put over the winning point, ending Galway's comeback. Galway went into the final round of the qualifiers, where they lost by one point to Donegal, ending their 2009 campaign. This was Sammon's last campaign in charge, and he left his post at the end of the championship.


After the resignation of Liam Sammon, former All-Ireland winning Armagh manager Joe Kernan became the new Galway football manager. The senior footballers had, overall, a disappointing season in 2010. The National League campaign saw the team come close to relegation. Galway won three and lost four of their League games. They defeated Monaghan 1–20 to 1-14, Tyrone 1–15 to 0-14 and Dublin 1–14 to 0-14, but lost to Mayo 1–10 to 2-14, Cork 1–17 to 1-19, Kerry 1–9 to 2-16 and Derry 1–12 to 2-13.

Galway nearly suffered a disastrous start to the 2010 Connacht Championship, just scraping past minnows New York by 2–13 to 0-12. The Connacht semi-final against Sligo showed little improvement, and at half-time, Galway trailed Sligo 1–8 to 0–2. However, Galway managed to salvage an undeserved draw, with an Eoin Concannon goal and a Gareth Bradshaw point levelling the match at 1-10 each. Sligo beat Galway in the replay, on a score of 1–14 to 0-16, knocking Galway into the qualifiers. The Tribesmen faced Wexford in the Round 2 game in Pearse Stadium, a week after the Sligo defeat. Their 1–11 to 0–13 defeat against Wexford dumped the team out of the Championship, their second single point qualifier defeat in a row, and Kernan resigned on 4 August 2010, after only one year in charge. Kernan said he felt his position as manager was being 'undermined'.

In October 2010, former Westmeath boss Tomás Ó Flatharta was appointed as manager to replace Kernan. 2011 proved to be another disappointing year for the footballers, however, as they were relegated to Division 2 of the National League. The Connacht championship started poorly, and despite taking the lead in the first half, Galway were beaten by rivals Mayo. The 1–12 to 1–6 defeat sent Galway to the qualifiers again. Galway suffered yet another one-point defeat, this time to Meath on a scoreline of 0–11 to 0-10. As a result, Tomás Ó Flatharta was axed as manager only one year after taking charge.

In October 2011, Alan Mulholland, the former Under-21 manager, was appointed as Senior manager as Ó Flatharta's replacement. The 2012 season saw a vast improvement for the team from the FBD League right through to the League quarter-final which saw wins over Derry, Meath and Monaghan, two defeats by Westmeath and Tyrone, and two draws against Louth and Kildare after extra-time. They had an impressive start to the Connacht Championship beating Roscommon comfortably by 3–15 to 0-10. This promising start to the championship proved a false dawn however, as the semi-final saw Sligo run out winners, by a margin 2–15 to 0-16, with the two goals coming from Adrian Marren. Galway were knocked out of the 2012 championship by Antrim, which raised many questions about the structures and organisation of football in the county and how the county had fallen back, having been a power in the game ten years previously.

2013 saw the Tribesmen have a mixed league campaign, missing out promotion to Division 1 for the second season in a row. They then had a dreadful start to the Connacht Championship, being humiliated in their own ground by neighbours Mayo, on a scoreline of 4–16 to 0-11. Galway ended the game with only 13 players after receiving two red cards. This defeat meant that Galway were put into the qualifiers. Despite being the first All-Ireland champions to have come through the 'back door', in 2001, Galway's form outside of the Connacht Championship had been extremely poor for a number of years, with a win over Louth in the 2004 All-Ireland standing as their only victory outside of Connacht in the Championship from 2002 to 2012.

In the first qualifier round, Galway were drawn at home to Tipperary. Galway managed their first victory outside of Connacht in just under nine years, with an unconvincing 1–12 to 0–11 win, in Pearse Stadium[11] This was followed up by a narrow win over Waterford in Round 2, Galway winning by just one point with a Michael Meehan goal proving vital.[12] This win set up a Round 3 game with Armagh, who had come through their qualifier matches with relative ease, and entered the match as favourites. Despite going into the match as underdogs, Galway produced a strong performance to knock Armagh out, beating the Ulster side by 1–11 to 0-09.[13] This win put Galway through to a Round 4 meeting with Munster runners-up Cork. Galway entered the match even more unfancied than they had been against Armagh but a strong performance saw the team come up just short, losing by a single point, having led the game by four points at one stage.[14]

2014 saw the Tribesmen have a poor start to the league, coming close to relegation to Division 3 but managed to survive after winning the last two games. The side had a strong start to the Connacht Championship with a comprehensive win over the previous year's finalists London, with a final score of 3–17 to 0-07. The win over London put Galway through to a semi-final against Sligo in Markievicz Park, a game which Galway eventually came out of as winners by a scoreline of 0–16 to 0-11. In what was Galway's first Connacht final in five years, the team faced rivals Mayo in their home ground of MacHale Park in Castlebar. Mayo, the reigning champions, ran out winners by 3–14 to 0-16, to win their fourth Connacht title in a row.[15] Qualifying for the provincial final meant that Galway were put into Round 4 of the qualifiers, the stage at which they had been knocked out in 2013. This time they faced a Tipperary team that had beaten Longford and Laois in the previous rounds. The game took place in neutral venue, with the counties meeting in O'Connor Park, Tullamore. The score was close for most of the first half, but two goals before half-time by Fiontán Ó Curraoin and then Tom Flynn put the Tribesmen into a six-point at the break. Early in the second half, two more goals from Danny Cummins and Michael Lundy gave Galway a further stranglehold on the game. Late goals from Tipperary brought the deficite back down to five points, but Galway held on for a final score of 4–17 to 4-12, putting the team through to its first quarter-final since 2008. Galway's opponents in Croke Park were Kerry with the teams meeting on August 3.However The Tribesmen fell short against the eventually All Ireland champions Kerry which resulted in Alan Mulholland stepping down as manager.[16] In September 2014, former Sligo manager Kevin Walsh was installed as the new Galway Senior Football Manager.

2015 proved to be a mixed period during the league despite a good start in their first two outings with wins over Meath and Westmeath they fell short against Down and against Cavan and Laois but showed great confidence against old rivals Roscommon despite being behind by 7 points at half-time. The game against Kildare proved to be a fantastic display from the Tribesmen which resulted in Kildare being relegated to Division 3 and Galway survived yet another year to stay in Division 2.

After failing to be promoted during the league, Galway went into the 2016 Championship with little expectations. In the Connacht Semi-Final, Galway were set to face arch rival, Mayo in Castlebar. After staying rather close to the favourites for the majority of the match, Galway seemed to be slipping away. Down four with less than 20 minutes to go, Gary Sice brought the sides within a point. On the ensuing kick-out, Thomas Flynn stole the ball and went nose in towards the Mayo goalmouth and blasted one by Robbie Hennelly. Galway added two more quick points to go up two minutes after being down four. Galway held on to the lead in the end, winning 1–12 to 0–12 in what was one of the biggest shocks of the 2016 Championship. Galway took on Roscommon in the Connacht Final. Galway blew a two-point lead on a rain-soaked day in Salthill and Roscommon were able to force a replay. A week later, Galway made sure the draw was as close to the Nestor Cup as Roscommon were going to get. Two goals by Danny Cummins and one by Gary Sice propelled Galway to an 11-point victory in the replay. Galway were Connacht Champions for the 46 time, but the first time in 8 years. Galway were given what seemed to be a very fair draw for the All-Ireland Quarter-Final. After the two surprise victories, expectations were raised for the Tribesmen. A win over "Cinderella" Tipperary seemed a sure thing, and many were looking ahead to a possible Connacht Derby between Galway and Mayo in the All Ireland Semi-Final. However, it wasn't to be as Galway were blitzed by Tipperary in their most famous victory ever. Galway lost 3–13 to 1–10 in an extremely disappointing effort. Yet, it had to be noted that many strides were made in the 2016 season and many lessons learned for a young team.

Galway began 2017 with their second FBD League Title in a row. Upon starting the National League, Galway had one clear objective- get promoted to Division One. After six seasons in the Second Division, Galway finally broke free and were promoted after a campaign that saw five wins, a draw to Cork, and the only loss being a one-point defeat in Navan against Meath. In the Division Two League Final, Galway were to play first place Kildare. After a high scoring second half, Galway were able to see off the Lilywhites 0–18 to 0-16 earning their second cup on the young season and their first win in Croke Park since their 2001 All Ireland. In the Connacht Semi Final, Galway faced old rivals Mayo in a very wet soaked Pearse Stadium which was a very tight game with Mayo looked like pulling away with a win but a plucky Galway performance earned them a place in the Connacht Final winning 0–15 to 1-11. Galway faced Roscommon a repeat of the previous year but the game was much different to the year before with Roscommon running riot during the first half, The Second half was a much more tense battle but became bad tempered towards the end but Roscommon pulled away at Pearse Stadium winning 2–15 to 0-12. Galway faced Donegal in the final round of the qualifiers in Markievicz Park, Sligo which proved to be a very one sided affair with Galway making a massive improvement to blitz a very lackluster Donegal 4–17 to 0–14 to advance to yet another Quarter Final. Galway faced old Munster rivals Kerry at Croke Park who they had not beaten at headquarters since 1965 Final, The game proved to be at times quite disappointing from Galway as they failed to build on victory over Donegal despite getting close a few times Kerry pulled away thanks to the goal from Kieran Donaghy beating Galway 1–18 to 0-13 ending The Tribesmen's Championship hopes.


In 2020 they qualified for the Connacht final against Mayo without playing any matches there Quarter final against New York and Semi final against Sligo were not allowed to be played due to COVID-19 it happened to Galway qualified for Connacht finals without playing any matches in some of the years between seeded years (1933-1940) when all Connacht finals were between Galway and Mayo.

Current squad

Team as per Galway vs Mayo in the Connacht SFC final, 25 July 2021

No. Player Position Club
1 Connor Gleeson Goalkeeper Dunmore MacHales
2 Seán Kelly Right Corner Back Moycullen
3 Seán Mulkerrin Full Back Oileáin Árann
4 Liam Silke Left Corner Back Corofin
5 Kieran Molloy Right Half Back Corofin
6 Dylan McHugh Centre Back Corofin
7 Johnny Heaney Left Half Back Killanin
8 Paul Conroy Midfield St. James'
9 Matthew Tierney Midfield Oughterard
10 Damien Comer Right Half Forward Annaghdown
11 Peter Cooke Centre Forward Moycullen
12 Cathal Sweeney Left Half Forward Salthill-Knocknacarra
13 Robert Finnerty Right Corner Forward Salthill-Knocknacarra
14 Shane Walsh (c) Full Forward Kilkerrin-Clonberne
15 Paul Kelly Left Corner Forward Moycullen
No. Player Position Club
16 Bernard Power Goalkeeper Corofin
17 Johnny Duane Half Back St. James'
18 Jack Glynn Corner Back Claregalway
19 James Foley Wing Back Mountbellew–Moylough
20 Gary O'Donnell Half Back Tuam Stars
21 Tom Flynn Midfield Athenry
22 Finnian Ó Laoi Wing Forward An Spidéal
23 Éamonn Brannigan Corner Forward St. Michael's
24 Michael Farragher Wing Forward Corofin
25 Liam Costello Wing Forward Milltown
26 Dessie Conneely Corner Forward Moycullen

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.

Recent call-ups

Pádraic Joyce named his 2021 NFL panel in May 2021, complete with what was described as a "feeder squad" consisting of Oran Burke, Cormac McWalter, Cian Monahan, Evan Murphy, Patrick Kelly, Liam Boyle, Sean Fitzgerald, Colin Ryan, Antoinne Ó Laoi, Mike Farragher and Eoin McFadden.[17]

The following players have also been called up to the 2021 NFL Galway panel but did not feature in the most recent game.

Jack Glynn, Dylan McHugh, Ciaran Potter, James Foley, Sean Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Peter Cooke, Mattius Barrett, Matthew Tierney, Eamonn Brannigan, Finnian Ó Laoi, Rory Cunningham, Tomo Culhane, Padraig Costello

Darragh SilkeINJ

Jack KeadyINJ

John DalyINJ

Conor CampbellINJ

Ronan Ó BeolainINJ

Pos. Player Club Latest call-up
FW Ian BurkeWD[18] Corofin v. Mayo
Colours of Mayo.svg
, 15 November 2020, 2020 Connacht Senior Football Championship Final
DF Cillian McDaid Monivea-Abbey v. Mayo
Colours of Mayo.svg
, 15 November 2020, 2020 Connacht Senior Football Championship Final
FW Michael Daly Mountbellew-Moylough v. Mayo
Colours of Mayo.svg
, 15 November 2020, 2020 Connacht Senior Football Championship Final
DF Gareth BradshawRET Moycullen v. Mayo
Colours of Mayo.svg
, 15 November 2020, 2020 Connacht Senior Football Championship Final
MF Fiontán Ó CurraoinWD[19] Mícheál Breathnach v. Mayo
Colours of Mayo.svg
, 15 November 2020, 2020 Connacht Senior Football Championship Final
FW Jason Leonard Corofin v. Mayo
Colours of Mayo.svg
, 15 November 2020, 2020 Connacht Senior Football Championship Final
FW Gary SiceWD[19] Corofin v. Mayo
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, 15 November 2020, 2020 Connacht Senior Football Championship Final

Current management team


Notable players


Several families have seen successive members play on the county team. Joe Duggan was on Galway football teams that lost three-in-a-row in the 1940s, his son Jimmy was on teams that lost three finals in four years between 1971 and 1974. John "Tull" Dunne won two Senior All-Irelands in 1934 and 1938, His son Cyril Dunne was part of the three-in-a-row team that won 1964, 1965, 1966 Senior All-Irelands which John "Tull" Dunne Managed. Michael Donnellan was on the 1925 team that won an All Ireland by default (officially there wasn't any All-Ireland in 1925), and the 1934 team which won it without question. His sons, John Donnellan and Pat Donnellan were on the three-in-a-row teams of the 1960s and grandson Michael sent the pass to Pádraic Joyce for a breakthrough goal to win the first of two All Irelands in a four-year period in 1998.

All Stars

Galway has 37 All Stars.

Bold denotes player also won Footballer of the Year for the year in question.

Team of the Millennium

This was a team chosen in 1999 by a panel of Galway GAA past presidents and journalists. The goal was to single out the best ever 15 players who had played for Galway in their respective positions, since the foundation of the GAA in 1884 up to the Millennium year, 2000. The players in bold also made the All-Ireland selection of the GAA Team Of The Millennium.

Johnny Geraghty
(Father Griffins)

Right Corner Back Full Back Left Corner Back
Enda Colleran
Noel Tierney
Tom Dillion
(Ahascragh & St Grellan's)

Right Half Back Centre Back Left Half Back
John Donnellan
(Dunmore McHales)
Tommy Joe Gilmore
(Cortoon Shamrocks)
Seán Óg De Paor
(An Cheathrú Rua)

John 'Tull' Dunne
(St Grellan's)
Mattie McDonagh

Right Half Forward Centre Forward Left Half Forward
Cyril Dunne
(St Grellan's)
Seán Purcell
(Tuam Stars)
Seamus Leydon
(Dunmore McHales)

Right Corner Forward Full Forward Left Corner Forward
John Keenan
(Dunmore McHales)
Frank Stockwell
(Tuam Stars)
Brendan Nestor
(Dunmore McHales)

Competitive record

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

This is Galway's record in All-Ireland SFC finals.

Year Venue Result Attendance
1919 Croke Park   Kildare 2-5   Galway 0-1 32,000
1922 Croke Park Dublin 0-6   Galway 0-4 11,7922
1925 Croke Park Galway 3-2   Cavan 1-2 Not known
1933 Croke Park Cavan 2-5   Galway 1-4 45,188
1934 Croke Park Galway 3-5   Dublin 1-9 36,143
1938 Croke Park Galway 3-3   Kerry 2-6 68,950
1938 Croke Park Galway 2-4   Kerry 0-7 47,851
1940 Croke Park Kerry 0-7   Galway 1-3 60,821
1941 Croke Park Kerry 1-8   Galway 0-7 45,512
1942 Croke Park Dublin 1-10   Galway 1-8 37,105
1956 Croke Park Galway 2-13   Cork 3-7 70,772
1959 Croke Park Kerry 3-7   Galway 1-4 85,897
1963 Croke Park Dublin 1-9   Galway 0-10 87,106
1964 Croke Park Galway 0-15   Kerry 0-10 76,498
1965 Croke Park Galway 0-12   Kerry 0-9 77,735
1966 Croke Park Galway 1-10   Meath 0-7 71,569
1971 Croke Park Offaly 1-14   Galway 2-8 70,789
1973 Croke Park Cork 3-17   Galway 2-13 73,308
1974 Croke Park Dublin 0-14   Galway 1-6 71,898
1983 Croke Park Dublin 1-10   Galway 1-8 71,988
1998 Croke Park Galway 1-14   Kildare 1-10  65,886
2000 Croke Park Galway 0-14   Kerry 0-14 Not known
2000 Croke Park Kerry 0-17   Galway 1-10 64,094
2001 Croke Park Galway 0-17   Meath 0-8 70,842

Galway won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in:

National Football League

This is Galway's record in National Football League finals.

Year Venue Winning Team Score Losing Team
1940 Croke Park Galway 2-5 v 1-5 Meath
1957 Croke Park Galway 1-8 v 0-6 Kerry
1965 Croke Park Galway 1-7 v 0-8 Kerry
1966 Croke Park Longford 0-9 v 0-8 Galway
1981 Croke Park Galway 1-11 v 1-3 Roscommon
1984 Limerick Kerry 1-11 v 0-11 Galway
2001 Croke Park Mayo 0-13 v 0-12 Galway
2004 Croke Park Kerry 3-11 v 1-16 Galway
2006 Limerick Kerry 2-12 v 0-10 Galway

Galway won the National Football League in:

  • 1940
  • 1957
  • 1965
  • 1981



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