History-chasing Portlaoise ready to dash Graigue’s hopes of an upset

With history calling, Portlaoise senior footballers will look to answer in emphatic style this weekend, as they take on Graiguecullen with a record-breaking fifth Laois SFC title in a row on the line.

With history calling, Portlaoise senior footballers will look to answer in emphatic style this weekend, as they take on Graiguecullen with a record-breaking fifth Laois SFC title in a row on the line.

While this is certainly exciting times for the club, this isn’t exactly uncharted waters for the them. It is the second time in their history that they have found themselves in this position, having racked up four titles on the bounce between 1984 and 1987, but failing to go one further in ‘88. Their opponents this Sunday, Graiguecullen, are the only other club to do likewise, claiming four titles between 1944 and 1947, but those heady days have long since passed for the club from the Carlow border.

Portlaoise are the undoubted kingpins of Laois football, and it is no understatement to day that if Graigue won this weekend, it would be one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Laois SFC. Portlaoise have been dominating the championship since the mid-sixties, as a quick look at the record books will show. Between 1964 and 2010, they amassed an incredible 23 titles in 46 years, an average of one SFC win every two years, and the swagger and formidable reputation that comes with a record like that are hallmarks of this side.

SEE THIS WEEK’S LEINSTER EXPRESS (October 12) FOR FULL PREVIEW, INTERVIEWS FROM BOTH CAMPS, PLAYER GUIDE AND A BREAKDOWN ON EACH CLUB.