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U-21 Hastings Cup (1986-2017)

Liam Hastings Cup

The Liam Hastings Cup was an inter-county U-21 tournament organised by Longford County Board from the 1986 season (starting in November 1985) to the 2017 season (ending in Feb 2017). It was the most successful U-21 tournament in the history of the GAA and was won by 13 different counties over the years. It was the brainchild of Longford County Secretary John Greene, and came into existence because of the lack of competition for Under 21 grade. John proposed in 1985 that the competition be based on the Fr. Manning Cup and that the Longford County Board should sponsor the trophy. Longford won the Hastings Cup in 1997, 2005, 2006 and 2013. The cup itself was the old ‘Moto Weekend’ cup which had originally been presented by the Longford Arms Hotel to the Longford Chamber of Commerce for an inter-county senior game between Longford and another county at the end of a series of organised weekend business events in the 1960’s, all aimed at promoting business in Longford. The competition ended in the late 1960’s and the cup was gifted to the Longford County Board. This cup was repurposed, becoming the Hastings Cup.

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The cup was named after Liam Hastings (Liam O hOistin), a native of Drummin in Mayo who moved to Longford as a schools inspector in the 1950’s and became involved in the Longford Slashers club. Liam was a member of the great Mayo panel of 1950-51 (image above), winning two All-Ireland medals. Liam won several Connacht Colleges medals with St. Jarlaths of Tuam, captaining them to the 1940 Connacht Colleges title. He also won a Mayo JFC medal with Westport in 1940. Between 1948 and 1952 he won four Connacht Senior Football Championship medals, and in 1950 and 1951 won an historic back-to-back of All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals as a member of the Mayo squad. He also won a National Football League medal with Mayo in 1949 as well as three Kildare County SFC medals with Newbridge, and Sigerson Cup medals with UCD. During his time in Longford he became chairman of the Longford County Board and was one of a key few who were instrumental in the decision to purchase a new cup for the Longford Senior Football championship in 1960 which was named the Seán Connolly cup. During his term as County Board Chairman, the first dressing rooms and stand were built at Pearse Park. He was eventually transferred to Clonmel, but returned many times to Longford, giving a memorable speech during the celebrations following the National League win in 1966 when he spoke about how he regarded the victory as one of the greatest and most rewarding events of his life. Liam died suddenly a short few months later at the age of 44. When Longford won the Hastings Cup for the first time in June 1997, a minutes silence was held before the game in memory of Liam’s wife Mary Hastings who had died earlier that week. It is also worth noting that the Longford Slashers club presents the Liam Hastings award each year to the person who has given outstanding service to the Slashers club.

The competition originally included five teams from Longford, Leitrim, Westmeath, Roscommon and Cavan and was initially played on a league basis with the top two teams playing a final. Sligo joined the tournament shortly after, and by the 1992 season, Fermanagh and Monaghan had joined to make it an eight-county competition, and Donegal were added to the competition by the mid 1990’s, followed soon after by Galway, Mayo, Armagh, Offaly and a few years later by Tyrone and Down, Kildare and others as the competition grew in popularity. In 2002 a new GAA rule meant that the Longford County Board no longer had permission to run competitions with more than four teams. The competition had grown to include 25 counties at that point and the new rule meant no Hastings Cup could be held in 2003. In 2004 the competition returned but scaled back to just the four neighbouring counties of Longford, Cavan, Westmeath and Roscommon. By the 2015 season the number of teams had increased to sixteen, including Longford, Tipperary, Galway, Kildare, Kerry, Meath, Roscommon, Cavan, Mayo, Wicklow, Monaghan, Westmeath, Leitrim, Laois, Clare and Offaly. The following year in 2016 the number reduced back to eight counties (Longford, Cavan, Westmeath, Leitrim, Offaly, Roscommon, Meath & Wicklow).

The change of grade from U-21 to U-20 from the 2018 season spelled the end for the Hastings Cup and the competition came to an end in January 2017 with Meath defeating Longford in the last decider in Abbeylara. The legacy of the Hastings Cup lives on through the many team managers and top-class players who went on to become household names having started their careers in the Hastings Cup. While the competition is no longer active, it has made a significant contribution to the larger GAA story.

U-21 Hastings Cup (1986-2017)

Winners Table

WonCountyYear Titles Won
9Roscommon1986, 1990, 1994, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015
5Cavan1987, 1988, 1993, 2011, 2012
4Longford1997, 2005, 2006, 2013
2Donegal1995, 1998
2Westmeath1991, 2004
1Leitrim1992
1Armagh1996
1Sligo1999
1Tyrone2000
1Mayo2001
1Kildare2002
1Offaly2016
1Meath2017

U-21 Hastings Cup (1986-2017)

List of Finals

DateHastings Cup Final
15/02/1986Hastings Cup - Final | Roscommon 0-10, Cavan 0-5 | Win ✔️
14/03/1987Hastings Cup - Final | Cavan 3-8, Leitrim 0-4 | Win ✔️
12/03/1988Hastings Cup - Final | Cavan 3-12, Sligo 3-8 | Win ✔️
10/03/1990Hastings Cup - Final | Roscommon 0-10, Cavan 1-6 | Win ✔️
02/03/1991Hastings Cup - Final | Westmeath 4-5, Leitrim 1-6 | Win ✔️
21/03/1992Hastings Cup - Final | Leitrim 2-6, Roscommon 1-8 | Win ✔️
04/05/1993Hastings Cup - Final | Cavan 0-12, Leitrim 0-10 | Win ✔️
13/05/1994Hastings Cup - Final | Roscommon 1-17, Sligo 1-14 | Win ✔️
21/07/1995Hastings Cup - Final | Donegal 2-9, Sligo 0-10 | Win ✔️
30/03/1996Hastings Cup - Final | Armagh 3-10, Galway 0-11 | Win ✔️
20/06/1997Hastings Cup - Final | Longford 1-17, Galway 1-11 | Win ✔️ 🏆
07/02/1998Hastings Cup - Final | Donegal 1-11, Roscommon 0-10 | Win ✔️
20/03/1999Hastings Cup - Final | Sligo 1-10, Monaghan 0-12 | Win ✔️
05/02/2000Hastings Cup - Final | Tyrone 0-11, Down 1-7 | Win ✔️
17/02/2001Hastings Cup - Final | Mayo 0-21, Tyrone 0-19 | Win ✔️
02/03/2002Hastings Cup - Final | Kildare 1-16, Fermanagh 3-7 | Win ✔️
03/02/2004Hastings Cup - Final | Westmeath 0-14, Longford 0-10 | Win ✔️
22/01/2005Hastings Cup - Final | Longford 1-6, Leitrim 1-5 | Win ✔️ 🏆
13/01/2006Hastings Cup - Final | Longford 1-11, Cavan 0-13 | Win ✔️ 🏆
14/02/2007Hastings Cup - Final | Roscommon 2-11, Cavan 1-12 | Win ✔️
09/02/2008Hastings Cup - Final | Roscommon 0-18, Longford 0-6 | Win ✔️
24/01/2009Hastings Cup - Final | Roscommon 2-17, Leitrim 2-6 | Win ✔️
30/01/2010Hastings Cup - Final | Roscommon 1-12, Cavan 0-10 | Win ✔️
05/02/2011Hastings Cup - Final | Cavan 0-12, Roscommon 0-9 | Win ✔️
28/01/2012Hastings Cup - Final | Cavan 2-15, Longford 2-10 | Win ✔️
19/01/2013Hastings Cup - Final | Longford 1-9, Cavan 0-10 | Win ✔️ 🏆
01/02/2014Hastings Cup - Final | Roscommon 0-13, Meath 1-3 | Win ✔️
01/02/2015Hastings Cup - Final | Roscommon 2-21, Galway 1-11 | Win ✔️
31/01/2016Hastings Cup - Final | Offaly 3-9, Cavan 1-11 | Win ✔️
28/01/2017Hastings Cup - Final | Meath 3-10, Longford 1-14 | Win ✔️

– No record of any Hastings Cup competition in 1989. 
– 2003 Hastings Cup cancelled due to change in GAA rules.
– Hastings Cup competition ended at the end 2017 season.

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