Waterford's Kevin Moran (left) and John Mullane chase Galway's Joe Canning in 2011. Cathal Noonan
weight of history

Waterford aiming to protect incredible record against Galway when they meet in All-Ireland final

The Tribesmen must buck a historical trend on 3 September to land the big prize.


That’s Waterford’s all-time senior hurling championship record against fellow All-Ireland finalists Galway, as the counties prepare to lock horns in a 3 September decider for the very first time.

Incredibly, Galway have never beaten the Déise in a senior championship fixture – but fans of the Tribesmen know that there’s no better time to end that run.

They first locked horns in a 1938 All-Ireland semi-final and it’s been a tale of woe for Galway against Waterford ever since.

Along the way, there were three Munster championship meetings, as Galway endured a generally forgettable 11-year spell in the southern province.

The most recent clash between them took place in 2011, when a Waterford team managed by Davy Fitzgerald managed to bounce back from a 21-point Munster final mauling against Tipp to dump Galway out.

Waterford's Noel Connors walks off the pitch after the 2011 victory over Galway. Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

The much-anticipated 11th senior hurling championship fixture between Galway and Waterford next month promises to be a game to savour.

History is very much on Waterford’s side – but Galway will hope to end that barren run and land the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time since 1988.

Galway v Waterford SHC all-time results:

  • 1938 All-Ireland SHC semi-final Result: 4-8 3-1
  • 1948 All-Ireland SHC semi-final Result: 3-7 1-6
  • 1957 All-Ireland SHC semi-final Result: 4-12 1-11
  • 1959 Munster SHC quarter-final Result: 7-11 0-8
  • 1960 Munster SHC quarter-final Result: 9-8 4-8
  • 1966 Munster SHC semi-final Result: 2-16 1-9
  • 1998 All-Ireland SHC quarter-final Result: 1-20 1-10
  • 2006 All-Ireland SHC qualifier Result: 1-25 2-20
  • 2009 All-Ireland SHC quarter-final Result: 1-16 0-18
  • 2011 All-Ireland SHC quarter-final Result: 2-23 2-13

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