Tipp won six before Cats got their first

TIPPERARY had won six All-Ireland senior hurling finals before Kilkenny won their first in 1904.

TIPPERARY had won six All-Ireland senior hurling finals before Kilkenny won their first in 1904.

It took Kilkenny until 1982 to catch up with the Premier County. They joined Tipp on 22 titles apiece.

Since then Kilkenny have won 10 finals to Tipp’s three. The totals now stand at Kilkenny 32, Tipperary 26.

The county colours

TIPPERARY haven’t always worn blue and gold. In the 1920 Bloody Sunday game, the Tipp footballers wore white with a green sash.

Since then Tipp have used the blue and gold.

Although Kilkenny used black and amber in various patterns from the time of their first All-Ireland appearance in 1904, it was not until 1911 that the familiar striped jersey was officially adopted.

First Jones’s Road clash

THE 1895 final between Tipp and Kilkenny - Tipperary (Boherlahan) 6-8, Kilkenny (Tullaroan) 1-0 - was the first All Ireland to be played at Jones’s Road.

Tipperary have won finals in all three centuries - 1800s’, 1900s’ and 2000s’; Kilkenny in 1900s’s and 2000s’.

Tipp have won All-Irelands at 21-a-side, 17-a-side and 15-a-side; Kilkenny in 17-a-side and 15-a-side only.

Big three won last 12 finals

The ‘big three’ of hurling, Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary, have won the last 12 senior All-Irelands, 1999 to 2010. The previous longest winning run by these counties was eight titles in-a-row, 1902-09.

• Kilkenny won seven of their first 14 senior titles by one point.

• Kilkenny are the only county to have won seven senior All-Ireland finals in a calendar decade, the 2000s’.

• Prior to 2000 a Kilkenny team had not won a senior final in a year ending in 0, 6 or 8. The last decade cleared all three outstanding digits.

First McCarthy Cup win

LAOIS referee Pat Dunphy awarded just 11 frees in the 1922 All-Ireland final between Kilkenny and Tipperary, a game that was delayed until September 1923. The Cats scored twice as many goals as points in securing the McCarthy Cup for the first time.