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Clare V Tipperary - Interesting Facts
Wednesday, 1st June 2005
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Clare v Tipperary

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Cork are already safely through to the Guinness Munster hurling final and they will discover who their opponents on June 26th will be when Clare take on Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Sunday 5th June.

Few rivalries have been as intense over the past twelve years as Clare and Tipperary and the intriguing show continues when the counties clash again on Sunday. Throw-in will be at 2.15 and the game will be screened ’live’ on RTE 2 television.

This will be their 11th championship clash since 1993. Clare lead 5-4 with one draw, underlining just how well-matched the sides have been. Tipperary were on top in 1993 but Clare started a good run in 1994 and didn’t lose
again to Tipperary until 2000. However, Tipp dominated for the next few years, winning three in a row in 2000-2001-2002 before Clare regained the initiative in 2003.

The sides have already had one competitive game this year, with Clare winning a League tie in Thurles by 1-16 to 0-15 in April.

12 YEARS: THE BANNER v THE PREMIER

1993 - Tipperary 3-27 Clare 2-12 (Munster final)
A disaster for Clare, who having beaten Cork in the semi-final, were swept aside by a rampant Tipperary side. However, Tipp were beaten in the
All-Ireland semi-final by Galway.
1994 - Clare 2-11 Tipperary 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Revenge for Clare in a game which marked the end of an era for Tipperary as
’Babs’ Keating quit as manager after eight seasons in charge. Clare beat
Kerry in the semi-final but lost the final to Limerick.
1997 - Clare 1-18 Tipperary 0-18 (Munster final)
Changed times as Clare, who had won the All-Ireland final two years
earlier, beat Tipperary for the first time in a Munster final.
1997 - Clare 0-20 Tipperary 2-13 (All-Ireland final)
Another great day for Clare who beat a Tipperary team which had reached the
All-Ireland final, via the back door, after losing to Ger Loughnane’s side
in the Munster final. The game ended in high drama with Clare goalkeeper,
Davy Fitzgerald making a great save from John Leahy in the final minute.
1999 - Clare 2-12 Tipperary 0-18 (Munster semi-final)
A late goal from a penalty by Davy Fitzgerald earned Clare a replay when it
looked as if Tipperary would end the Banner’s reign as Munster champions.
1999 - Clare 1-21 Tipperary 1-11 (Munster semi-final replay)
All very easy for Clare who led by 1-12 to 0-8 at half-time and by 1-19 to
0-10 by the 51st minute en route to a surprisingly comfortable victory.
Clare later lost the Munster final to Cork.
2000 - Tipperary 2-19 Clare 1-14 (Munster semi-final)
The end of a Clare era. Tipperary’s first win over Clare since 1993. Ger
Loughnane quit as Clare manager a few weeks later. Tipperary lost the final
to Cork.
2001 - Tipperary 0-15 Clare 0-14 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary edged home in a thrilling contest, despite losing John Leahy with
a serious knee injury. They later went on to win the All-Ireland title.
2002 - Tipperary 1-18 Clare 2-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Eoin Kelly scored 1-8 for Tipperary while David Forde countered with 2-0
for Clare as Tipp recorded their third successive championship win over the
Banner. They beat Limerick in the semi-final lost the Munster final to
Waterford.
2003 - Clare 2-17 Tipperary 0-14 (Munster quarter-final)
Clare’s first win over their great rivals since 1999 on a day when Niall
Gilligan scored 0-6, Andrew Quinn 1-2 and Jamesie O’Connor 1-1.Clare lost
the semi-final to Cork.

CLARE v TIPPERARY: THE CROWDS

Apart from the 1997 Guinness All-Ireland final, which packed Croke Park,
the biggest crowd at the Clare v Tipperary rivalry since 1993, was in the
1997 Munster final, which drew 43,560. The 40,000 barrier has been broken
four times but there was a considerable drop in 2002 when it dipped to
27,531. It dropped to 20,139 two years ago but it looks certain that there
will be a much bigger turn-out at the Limerick Gaelic Grounds next Sunday.
1993 - 41,557, 1994 - 18,215, 1997 - 43,560 (Munster final), 1997 - 65,575
(All-Ireland final), 1999 - 42,382 (draw), 1999 - 34,030 (replay), 2000 -
39,205, 2001 - 42,063, 2002 - 27,531, 2003 - 20,139

Total - 374,257

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