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The National Hurling League (NHL) is an annual hurling competition between the county teams of Irelandmarker. Contested by 35 teams (32 Irish County teams plus London and South Down and Fingal(sub county representations to increase hurlings reach)), it operates on a system of promotion and relegation between four different divisions, with Division One comprising the top eight teams in the country. It is sponsored by Allianzmarker and therefore officially known as the Allianz National Hurling League.

The league is organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association and is played from February until May when the final is held. The prize for the winning team is the Dr. Croke Cup.

The Division One title has been won at least once by ten different counties, nine of which have won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are Tipperary, who have won the competition 20 times. Kilkenny are the current champions.

History

The NHL was first held in 1925-1926, 38 years after the first All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, with Cork being the first winners. The League has traditionally played second fiddle to the All-Ireland, with most counties using it as a warm-up for the All-Ireland. This was not helped by the fact that the League was played in winter (November-March usually) while the championship had the more attractive summer dates and knockout structure.

In 2002 the league was changed to a February-April calendar, which has increased interest with attendances growing and live games broadcast on TG4.

Previous Winners

Recent finals

All-Ireland champions
All-Ireland runners-up


Year Winners Score Runners-up Score Venue Winning Captain
1970-71 Limerick 3-12 (21) Tipperary 3-11 (20) Cork Athletic Grounds Tony O'Brien
1971-72 Cork 3-14 (23) Limerick 2-14 (20) Gaelic Groundsmarker Frank Norberg
1972-73 Wexford 4-13 (25) Limerick 3-7 (16) Gaelic Groundsmarker John Quigley
1973-74 Cork 6-15 (33) Limerick 1-12 (15) Gaelic Groundsmarker John Horgan
1974-75 Galway 4-9 (21) Tipperary 4-6 (18) Semple Stadiummarker John Connolly
1975-76
(R)
Kilkenny 0-16 (16)
6-14 (32)
Clare 2-10 (16)
1-14 (17)
Semple Stadiummarker
Semple Stadiummarker
Phil ‘Fan’ Larkin
1976-77 Clare 2-8 (14) Kilkenny 0-9 (9) Semple Stadiummarker John McNamara
1977-78 Clare 3-10 (9) Kilkenny 1-10 (13) Semple Stadiummarker Seán Stack
1978-79 Tipperary 3-15 (24) Galway 0-8 (8) Gaelic Groundsmarker Paddy Williams
1979-80
(R)
Cork 2-10 (16)
4-15 (27)
Limerick 2-10 (16)
4-6 (18)
Páirc Uí Chaoimhmarker
Páirc Uí Chaoimhmarker
Dermot Mac Curtain
1980-81 Cork 3-11 (20) Offaly 2-8 (14) Semple Stadiummarker Dónal O'Grady
1981-82 Kilkenny 2-14 (20) Wexford 1-11 (14) Croke Parkmarker Brian Cody
1982-83 Kilkenny 2-14 (20) Limerick 2-12 (18) Semple Stadiummarker Liam Fennelly
1983-84 Limerick 3-16 (25) Wexford 1-9 (12) Semple Stadiummarker Leonard Enright
1984-85 Limerick 3-12 (21) Clare 1-7 (10) Semple Stadiummarker Leonard Enright
1985-86 Kilkenny 2-10 (16) Galway 2-6 (15) Semple Stadiummarker Frank Holohan
1986-87 Galway 3-12 (21) Clare 3-10 (19) Semple Stadiummarker Conor Hayes
1987-88 Tipperary 3-15 (24) Galway 2-9 (15) Croke Parkmarker Conor Hayes
1988-89 Galway 2-16 (22) Tipperary 4-8 (20) Croke Parkmarker Conor Hayes
1989-90 Kilkenny 0-19 (18) New York 0-9 (9) Gaelic Parkmarker Kevin Fennelly
1990-91 Offaly 2-6 (12) Wexford 0-10 (10) Croke Parkmarker Danny Owens
1991-92 Limerick 0-14 (14) Tipperary 0-13 (13) Gaelic Groundsmarker J. O'Connor
1992-93 Cork
(R)
(R2)

2-11 (17)
0-18 (18)
3-11 (20)

Wexford 2-11 (17)
3-9 (18)
1-12 (15)

Semple Stadiummarker
Semple Stadiummarker
Semple Stadiummarker

Brian Corcoran
1993-94 Tipperary 2-14 (20) Galway 0-12 (12) Gaelic Groundsmarker George Frend
1994-95 Kilkenny 2-12 (18) Clare 0-9 (9) Semple Stadiummarker Bill Hennessy
1995-96 Galway 2-10 (16) Tipperary 2-8 (14) Gaelic Groundsmarker Michael Coleman
1997 Limerick 1-12 (15) Galway 1-9 (12) Cusack Parkmarker Gary Kirby
1998 Cork 2-14 (20) Waterford 0-13 (13) Semple Stadiummarker Diarmuid O'Sullivan
1999 Tipperary 1-14 (17) Galway 1-10 (13) Cusack Parkmarker Tommy Dunne
2000 Galway 2-18 (24) Tipperary 2-13 (19) Gaelic Groundsmarker Joe Rabbitte
2001 Tipperary 1-19 (22) Clare 0-17 (17) Gaelic Groundsmarker Tommy Dunne
2002 Kilkenny 2-15 (21) Cork 2-14 (20) Semple Stadiummarker Andy Comerford
2003 Kilkenny 5-14 (29) Tipperary 5-13 (28) Croke Parkmarker D.J. Carey
2004 Galway 2-15 (21) Waterford 1-13 (16) Gaelic Groundsmarker Ollie Canning
2005 Kilkenny 3-20 (29) Clare 0-15 (15) Semple Stadiummarker Peter Barry
2006 Kilkenny 3-11 (20) Limerick 0-14 (14) Semple Stadiummarker Jackie Tyrrell
2007 Waterford 0-20 (20) Kilkenny 0-18 (18) Semple Stadiummarker Michael 'Brick' Walsh
2008 Tipperary 3-18 (27) Galway 3-16 (25) Semple Stadiummarker Eoin Kelly
2009 Kilkenny 2-26 (32) Tipperary 4-17 (29) Semple Stadiummarker Henry Shefflin


All-time results

The letters AI indicate the county also won the All-Ireland that year. The League has traditionally been seen as a poor predictor of summer form: only 25% (19 / 77) of League winners have gone on to win the All-Ireland.



Performance by County

County Winners Winning Years
Tipperary 20 1928, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1979, 1988, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2008
Cork 14 1926, 1930, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1953, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1993, 1998
Kilkenny 14 1933, 1962, 1966, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009
Limerick 11 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1947, 1971, 1984, 1985, 1992, 1997
Galway 8 1931, 1951, 1975, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2004
Clare 3 1946, 1977, 1978
Wexford 3 1956, 1958, 1973
Waterford 2 1963, 2007
Dublin 2 1929, 1939
Offaly 1 1991


Division Placings for 2010 season

Division 1 Division 2 Division 3A Division 3B Division 4
Kilkenny Clare Kerry Wicklow Longford
Galway Wexford Meath Roscommon Monaghan
Dublin Antrim Derry Fingal Leitrim
Waterford Carlow Armagh Louth Fermanagh
Limerick Laois Mayo Donegal South Down
Cork Westmeath London Tyrone Cavan
Offaly Down Sligo
Kildare


Teams not competing:

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