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Kildare v Cork, All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-final, Sept 2, 1928

Leinster Leader, September 8, 1928, page 3




HALF-TIME-KILDARE, 1 Goal 5 points; CORK, Nil.
FULL TIME-KILDARE, 3 Goals 7 Points; CORK, 2 Points.

Referee-Mr. J. Shevlin, Roscommon.
At the Athletic Grounds, Cork, on Sunday last the Kildare holders of the All-Ireland Football Championship met Cork in the Semi-final of the 1928 All-Ireland Championship.
It was a great day for the G.A.A. in the South and the greatest enthusiasm was displayed by the 20,000 spectators who lined the pitch. The Kildare men had been accorded a most enthusiastic reception on their arrival in the Southern Capital, two bands rendering musical honours at the station as the train steamed in to the accompaniment of rousing cheers from the vast gathering which thronged the platform. A procession was formed and the visitors were escorted to the hotel where speeches of welcome were delivered and every precaution taken to ensure the comfort of the members of the visiting team. The same kindness and consideration marked the entire period of their stay and the members of the Kildare team were eloquent in their tributes to the warmth of their welcome in the capital of the South, and the unfailing kindness and courtesy of all with whom they came in contact.

The champions were well supported in the Southern contest and every district in Co. Kildare sent its quota to swell the throng that, sporting the Kildare coulurs(sic), lined the pitch and lustily cheered the champions on. The special trains were fully availed of, whilst large numbers travelled by road and the "Short Grass" invasion of Cork was one of the largest witnessed in recent years.

The day was nice and sunny with a fair wind blowing towards the town goal. Every available point of vantage was occupied by an enthusiastic gathering and continuous cheers greeted the teams as they were played around the pitch by the Cork Volunteer Pipers' Band. A great number of clergy were present with the prominent G.A.A. officials as Mr. Shevlin (the referee) sent the team into action. There was a full attendance of the Kildare County Board representatives including Mr. Tom Lawler, Chairman, and Mr. Tim Clarke, Secretary, who travelled with the team.

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