Cork: Ups and Downs of Cork Football

1911 Cork 6-6 Antrim 1-2: 1945 Cork 2-5 Cavan 0-7. Cork endured a 34 wait from 1911 to 1945 to claim only their second All Ireland senior football title. The county again had to endure a further 28 years to claim their next title. The 1945 success became a very important football All Ireland title for Cork football fans 1911 Cork 6-6 Antrim 1-2: 1945 Cork 2-5 Cavan 0-7. Cork endured a 34 wait from 1911 to 1945 to claim only their second All Ireland senior football title. The county again had to endure a further 28 years to claim their next title. The 1945 success became a very important football All Ireland title for Cork football fans

Cork Have Nose Dived Down the ladder

 

Cork senior footballers are without question one of the most puzzling and erratic county football teams in the land. Despite living in the same province as Kerry, the county has produced many great players but at Beecher's Brook they never managed to clear the big jumps with any consistency.

 

They failed many times to deliver when their fans belief was riding high and none moreso than following the marvellous team of 1973 captained by Billy Morgan. That team had real talent but drifted into oblivion as the Kerry roller coaster from 1975 to 1983 completely dominated Munster.

 

The 1945 All Ireland victory became a legendary title and in the 1950's Cork were beaten by Louth and Galway in All Ireland finals.

It may seem to neutral fans around Ireland that Cork seem to have a divine right to claim All Ireland titles but a county with such vast resources as Cork should be regularly winning national titles in all grades.

 

It hasn't happened and in the current ill health of all Cork hurling and football teams, the rebel county are now so far down the pecking order of becoming champions in any grade, fans wait for the magic formula to restore confidence.

 

Cork team shown here: Back left to right - J. Barry (Coach); M. O'Driscoll; D. Magnier; F. O'Donovan; J. Lynch; C. Crone;

D. O'Connor; M. Sheehan (Cork Lord Mayor); W. Walsh (County Chairman).

Front - left to right - P. Cronin; D. Beckett; P. Murphy; J. Cronin; M. Tubridy; T. Crowley (Captain); H. O'Neill; E. Young; A. Scannell (Selector); J. Young (Selector).

 

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