Jim Stapleton

Jim Stapleton

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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.

Playing career


Stapleton played his club hurling with the famous Thurles Sarsfields club. In 1887 he won his only county championship title.


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...
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