Connacht historical stats and facts

The first person to score a try for Connacht was a winger named Perry in the third match that Connacht ever played in an 8-3 defeat to Leinster in Lansdowne Road on Saturday 5 February 1898.

The first win for Connacht in any match was against Munster in Limerick on Thursday March 2nd 1905, the visitors winning 3-5 with a try (E Walsh) and conversion (B Dick) to a try by McGill for Munster.

Connacht’s first win at home was an 8-0 victory over Leinster on Saturday January 26th, 1907. Tries from outhalf Anderson(Galwegians) and forward Dwyer(Queen’s College) and a conversion by fullback Dee (Queen’s College)

Connacht only played against Leinster in the decade from 1910 to 1919, losing on all 4 occasions that the matches were played.

The only match that Connacht played in the 1920s was a home defeat, 3-37, to Leinster in November 1923.

Ulster played Connacht for the first time in 1936. Connacht won their first match in 21 attempts and only their 3rd ever win by overcoming Ulster 14-13 in Galway. Tries from centre Bill O’Brien(UCG), wing Noel Glennon(Corinthians) and No.8 Jimmy Reid(Corinthians) along with a conversion and penalty by Ned Toner(Corinthians) were enough to give the men in green their first win since 1905. It was the most points Connacht have ever scored.

The Sportsground saw the first match that Connacht ever drew, 3-3, against Munster with Ned Toner(Corinthians) kicking a penalty to equalise a similar score from Munster’s B O’Brien

February 1945 was the first time that Connacht managed to garner their first victory over Leinster, 3-0, with Bernie Egan(Galwegians) kicking the winning penalty, since 1907.