Wexford commemorative jersey catches the eye
The Wexford footballers looked resplendent yesterday for their Leinster SFC first round clash with Laois wearing special commemorative jerseys to mark the 100 year anniversary of an era when they were the undisputed Kings of football.
Between 1915 and 1918, Wexford won four straight All-Ireland SFC titles, defeating Kerry, Mayo, Clare and Tipperary in the finals.
Prior to those wins, they had been beaten in two successive All-Ireland Football Finals by Kerry.
That Wexford team also won six Leinster Football Championships in a row from 1913 to 1918 and were trained by Jem Roche who had fought for the World Boxing Heavyweight crown in 1907.
For a long time on Saturday it looked like the Wexford footballers had summoned the spirit of their all-conquering forefathers as they roared into a 1-10 to 0-3 half-time lead over Laois.
But in the end they were defeated after extra-time as Laois mounted a stirring comeback.