Wexford v Laois - Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Preliminary Round

12 May 2018; The Wexford football centenary jersey hanging in the dressing room prior to the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Preliminary Round match between Wexford and Laois at Innovate Wexford Park in Wexford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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.

James Stafford of Wexford in action against Kieran Lillis of Laois during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Preliminary Round match between Wexford and Laois at Innovate Wexford Park in Wexford.
James Stafford of Wexford in action against Kieran Lillis of Laois during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Preliminary Round match between Wexford and Laois at Innovate Wexford Park in Wexford.

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.