Dublin’s Cumulative Winning Margin Rose To A Whopping 60 Points In 2018

Eight white Gaelic footballs on a pitch to symbolise Dublin’s Cumulative winning margin in Leinster which rose to a staggering 60 points in 2018

Dublin kickstart their Leinster Championship campaign this evening in Portlaoise against Louth, Jim Gavin’s team are expected to win easily so the question on everyone’s lips is what will the winning margin be.

For the Wee County and the rest of the teams in Leinster a look back over the Dublin’s cumulative winning margin over the previous eight years which peaked last season at a staggering 60 points is bleak reading.

Dublin have won the last eight Leinster titles, the first of those titles won in 2011 under Pat Gilroy was by a cumulative winning margin of 12 points, in 2012 that figure almost doubled to 23 points.

In Jim Gavin’s first Leinster championship campaign in charge in 2013 the cumulative winning margin rose yet again to 39 points, it jumped again to 43 points in 2014 and increased again to 59 points in 2015.

There was a drop in the cumulative winning margin in 2016 albeit still an impressive 36 points, but it rose again in 2017 to 52 points and peaked last season at a whopping 60 points.

On average that’s a cumaltive winning margin per Leinster Championship campaign over the last eight years of 40.5 points and an average winning margin per game of 13.5 points.

Looking at Dublin’s record since Jim Gavin took over in 2013 and the cumulative winning margin per Leinster campaign is even higher at just over 48 points and the winning margin per game rises to just over 16 points.

With that record in mind it’s no surprise that no one is expecting anything but the Dubs to lift their ninth Delaney Cup in a row in late June and why there is a lack of interest in what is now a completely uncompetitive Leinster championship.

There is just in the region of 16,000 supporters expected in O’Moore Park this evening, now that’s up on last year’s quarter final against Wicklow which drew a crowd of just 11,786. But that game was a stand-alone fixture while today’s game forms part of a double header with the Meath v Carlow game.

Now some will point the finger at Dublin for the low attendances at Leinster championship games blaming their dominance of the province as the sole reason for lack of interest and maybe that is so.

But thats not Dublin‘s problem and nor should they apologise for progressing and being the best they can be, that’s their right and the plans, structures and effort was put in to make that happen, it’s not Dublin’s fault either that the rest of the teams in the province have regressed so much over the past 8 years or more.

Just look at traditional rivals Meath as an example, they hammered Dublin in 2010 to win Leinster and lost by just three points to Dublin in 2012, but they went backwards after that, the losing margin in 2013 to Dublin in the Leinster Final stretched out to seven points and in the 2014 final it was an eye opening 16 points and they haven’t even made the final since.

Hopefully though they look to be on the way back up with promotion back to Division 1 of the National League achieved earlier this year and they may once again become serious challengers to Dublin in Leinster, time will tell.

Leinster desperately needs both Meath and Kildare back as serious contenders and soon or the calls to end the Provincial competition will become even more deafening than it already is.

At this moment in time there is only one of the Provincial competitions that is classed as competitive. The Leinster, Munster and Connaught Provincial competitions are seen as foregone conclusions before a ball is even struck in anger.

Dublin and Kerry are believed to be shoe ins for Leinster and Munster and no one looks beyond Galway and Mayo for Connaught.

On the surface the Ulster championship appears competitive, but scratch beneath and is it really, the style of ultra defensive football that has been the mainstay tactic from all teams in Ulster for well over a decade has led to tight low scoring games with small winning margins giving the impression that its a highly competitive province,

The impression that the Ulster championship is the most competitive and any number of teams can win it is not the reality either as just four Counties, Armagh, Donegal, Tyrone and Monaghan have won the Anglo-Celt Cup in the last 18 years.

Putting all of that into context and the provincial system as a whole is certainly in poor health at the moment, traditional rivalries like Cork and Kerry in Munster and Galway and Mayo in Connaught and the somewhat competitive nature of Ulster keep the interest from the paying public in those competitions, but Leinster needs Meath and Kildare back competing with Dublin or attendance figures will continue to fall and calls for an end to the competition will continue to grow.

Looking at Dublin’s cumulative record per Leinster Championship campaign and their per game winning margin over the last eight years can either Meath or Kildare close that gap enough to at the very least be competitive in the short term, the top brass in the Leinster Council will hope so, the answer to that question will be answered in the coming weeks.

Dublin’s Leinster Championship Record Since 2011

 

2011 Leinster Championship:

 

Dublin 1-16

Laois 0-11

Winning Margin: 8 Points

 

Dublin 1-12

Kildare 1-11

Winning Margin: 1 Point

 

Dublin 2-12

Wexford 1-12

Winning Margin: 3 Points

 

Cumulative Winning Margin: 12 Points

 

Leinster Final Attendance: 43,983

 

2012 Leinster Championship:

 

Dublin 2-22

Louth 0-12

Winning Margin: 16 Points

 

Dublin 2-11

Wexford 1-10

Winning Margin: 4 Points

 

Dublin 2-13

Meath 1-13

Winning Margin: 3 Points

 

Cumulative Winning Margin: 23 Points

 

Leinster Final Attendance: 69,657

 

2013 Leinster Championship:

 

Dublin 1-22

Westmeath 0-09

Winning Margin: 16 Points

 

Dublin 4-16

Kildare 1-09

Winning Margin: 16 Points

 

Dublin 2-15

Meath 0-14

Winning Margin: 7 Points

 

Cumulative Winning Margin: 39 Points

 

Leinster Final Attendance: 54,485

 

2014 Leinster Championship:

 

Dublin 2-21

Laois 0-16

Winning Margin: 11 Points

 

Dublin 2-25

Wexford 1-12

Winning Margin: 16 Points

 

Dublin 3-20

Meath 1-10

Winning Margin: 16 Points

 

Cumulative Winning Margin: 43 Points

 

Leinster Final Attendance: 62,660

 

2015 Leinster Championship:

 

Dublin 4-25

Longford 0-10

Winning Margin: 27 Points

 

Dublin 5-18

Kildare 0-14

Winning Margin: 19 Points

 

Dublin 2-13

Westmeath 0-06

Winning Margin: 13 Points

 

Cumulative Winning Margin: 59 Points

 

Leinster Final Attendance: 47,840

 

2016 Leinster Championship:

 

Dublin 2-21

Laois 2-10

Winning Margin: 11 Points

 

Dublin 0-21

Meath 0-11

Winning Margin: 10 Points

 

Dublin 2-19

Westmeath 0-10

Winning Margin: 15 Points

 

Cumulative Winning Margin: 36 Points

 

Leinster Final Attendance: 38,855

 

2017 Leinster Championship:

 

Dublin 0-19

Carlow 0-07

Winning Margin: 12 Points

 

Dublin 4-29

Westmeath 0-10

Winning Margin: 31 Points

 

Dublin 2-23

Kildare 1-17

Winning Margin: 9 Points

 

Cumulative Winning Margin: 52 Points

 

Leinster Final Attendance: 66,734

 

2018 Leinster Championship:

 

Dublin 4-25

Wicklow 1-11

Winning Margin: 23 Points

 

Dublin 2-25

Longford 0-12

Winning Margin: 19 Points

 

Dublin 1-25

Laois 0-10

Winning Margin: 18 Points

 

Cumulative Winning Margin: 60 Points

 

Leinster Final Attendance: 41,728