When Tipp held an Indian sign over struggling Rebels

From the archives: In recent years, Tipperary wins over Cork in football have become more common.

The Premier triumphed in three minor clashes in the space of four years, while January of 2013 saw them come to Páirc Uí Rinn and claim victory in the McGrath Cup.

It is exactly 70 years since the last time Tipp triumphed against Cork in the senior championship, however.

The 1940s picked up where the 1930s had left off for Cork. Only twice — in 1935 and ’38 — did the county reach the provincial final, losing to Tipp and Kerry respectively, the latter on a 4-14 to 0-6 scoreline.

Not once during the ’30s did Cork beat Kerry, and they lost to Clare and Tipperary five times — 1930, ’31, ’33, ’35 and ’39 — as well as drawing with Waterford in ’33 before winning the replay.

Therefore, despite newspaper reports making mention of “high hopes held of the Cork county senior side making a stir in football circles this season”, it was no surprise that Tipp triumphed for the sixth time in a row against Cork in Mitchelstown in May 1940.

They would fail to make the final, however, with Kerry beating Waterford instead. Cork again lost their first game in 1941, to Clare, but reached the final in ’42, losing to Kerry, and then won a Munster crown for the first time in 15 years in 1943, beating Tipp in Fermoy.

Cavan ended their campaign at the All-Ireland semi-final stage, but progress had been made and expectation was high at the outset of ’44.

On June 18, Cork travelled to take on Tipp in a semi-final in Clonmel. With William Lambe and Mick Cahill dominating the midfield proceedings and Jim Williams outstanding in goal, Tipp roared into a 1-7 to 0-2 half-time lead. The goal was scored by Ryan, with Lambe, Thomas O’Keeffe and Peter O’Neill among the points as Cork struggled to get to grips with the game.

Jim Aherne, one of the few to perform for Cork in the first half, gave them some hope as he scored a goal midway through the second period, but Tipp withstood the pressure and Lambe and Mick Casey ensured victory on a 1-9 to 1-3 scoreline, a late Cork disallowed goal of little consequence.

Tipp fell short against Kerry in the final, however, and are still waiting for a first Munster title since 1935. Cork would regroup and in 1945 they regained the Munster title before winning the All-Ireland, ending a wait of 34 years — just six of those who began the ’44 loss to Tipp would feature in the final win over Cavan.

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