In the same vein as my look into the clubs that produce All-Stars in hurling I thought it would be interesting to have a look at Gaelic Football.
Which clubs in Gaelic Football have produced the most All-Star footballers? Are there any dual All-Star clubs?
With 675 All-Stars handed out to 400 different footballers since 1971 it’s interesting to see which clubs produce the most All-Star footballers. The table below shows all clubs who have produced 4 All Star footballers or more:
The initial expectation I had was that Kerry, with 138 All-Stars (next best Dublin with 103) would have the top club, but having omitted divisional sides – focusing on the footballers club of origin, St Vincents and Nemo Rangers stand clear with each having 9 All-Stars footballers.
Templenoe (Kerry) have 13 All-Stars from 3 Spillanes so fail to make the list. Dr Crokes, also in Kerry, have 9 All-Stars, 8 from Gooch Cooper.
In the chart below you can see which decade each club has collected All-Stars.
Austin Stacks (Kerry) and St Vincents (Dublin) were very dominant in the 1970’s whereas An Ghaeltacht (Kerry) and Moy Tir Na Nog (Tyrone) collected the vast majority of their All Stars in the 2000’s.
Despite St Vincent’s top ranking they have won one All Star in the past 24 seasons through Diarmuid Connolly. Second place Nemo Rangers have not won an All Star since 1995. The past 15 seasons has seen the rise of Kilmacud Crokes, including three different winners in the past 5 seasons.
Twelve clubs have won All-Stars in both hurling and football, an incredible achievement. Six clubs from Cork, 3 Dublin clubs, 2 Offaly clubs and 1 from Laois have won All-Stars in both codes.
Ray Cummins of Cork won All-Stars with Blackrock hurling club and St Michaels football club in Cork City.
Note: Every effort has been made to be accurate in researching the clubs of the All-Star winners (the 70’s was full of transfers during careers). If you feel like your club has been “shafted” please let me know!