James 'Jim' Stapleton
(1863–1949) was an Irish
sportsman. He played hurling
with his local club Thurles Sarsfields
and with the Tipperary
senior inter-county team in the 1880s. Stapleton was the first player to captain a team to an All-Ireland
hurling title in 1887.
Jim Stapleton was born in Thurles
, County Tipperary
in 1863. He was born into an area that had a strong hurling
tradition, and he grew up playing the game with his local team. On the field of play Stapleton was widely known for his strength and his stamina. Off the field he was regarded as a sincere gentleman.
Jim Stapleton died in 1949.
Stapleton played his club hurling
with the famous Thurles Sarsfields
club. In 1887 he won his only county championship
As a result of this victory in the county championship, Thurles were given the honour of representing Tipperary
in the inaugural All-Ireland Hurling Championship
. They defeated Clare
in the opening round before advancing to the final following a semi-final victory over Kilkenny
. Fate played a large role in Stapleton having the mantle of captain bestowed on him for the inaugural All-Ireland final. Because of a dispute over the railway travelling expenses, seven players including the Thurles captain Dinny Maher
were left standing on the platform of the morning of the match. Tipp's All-Ireland final meeting with Galway
proved to be their toughest test yet. At a crucial stage in the second-half... Read More