Forfarshire Cup

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The Forfarshire Cup is a football competition in Scotland competed for by teams in the Forfarshire Football Association from Angus, Dundee and Perth. The name of the competition is often baffling to some, as "Forfarshire" is an archaic and anglicised name for Angus which became official in the late 19th century around the time of Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889 which restructured and renamed many of Scotland's counties, however the name quickly fell into disuse and was very rarely used in everyday conversation and non existent today.

The Forfarshire Football Association was founded in 1883 and comprised eighteen clubs. Twelve from Dundee, two from Arbroath and one each from Broughty Ferry and Lochee (both independent of Dundee at the time), Coupar Angus and Montrose. The association immediately put up a trophy for competition between its member clubs. At that time, cup competitions were the only form of organised football in Scotland. In the early days of Scottish football the county cups were regarded as just as prestigious as the Scottish Cup, especially outwith the west of Scotland and the Central Belt whose teams were most successful in the Scottish Cup, with the result that they often attracted substantial crowds. Even in 1911, several special trains conveyed supporters of Arbroath to Dens Park for the final against Dundee Hibs and they contributed to a crowd of more than 7,000.

The competition has continued to be played every season as of 2006, although the Dundee clubs left in the 1980s. Dundee United asked the Forfarshire FA for permission to field their reserve team, as it had become virtually impossible for United to find suitable dates for their ties due to their regular participation in European competition. When this was refused the club withdrew from the competition and the FFA; shortly afterwards, Dundee followed suit. United re-entered the competition in the 2001–02 season, and the club now fields a mixture of first team and reserve/youth players. Even long before this Dundee played reserve teams in the eary 20th Century and withdrew from various seasons' competitions. Dundee withdrew completely for a few years in the early 50's and also in the 60's due to fixture congestion.[1] From 2011-12 season, the competition was played as an Under-19 tournament.

Dundee, to date, have won 28 trophies and as such are the most successful team in the competition's history.

Forfarshire FA remains an Affiliated Association of the Scottish Football Association.

List of winners[edit]

  • Note that until October 1923 Dundee United were known as Dundee Hibernian
  • Lochee United were a senior team not affiliated with their junior namesake
  • 1919-1920 competition was replayed after Dundee appealed against an ineligible player[2]
  • 1927-1928 competition was discontinued at the semi final stage
  • Stadium info- West Craigie Park- home of Dundee Our Boys then subsequently Dundee for one season;[3] Rollo's Pier- home of Strathmore (Dundee).[4] Strathmore later merged with Johnstone Wanderers to form Dundee Wanderers.[5] East Dock Street- home of Dundee Harp.[6]
Season Winner Runner-Up Score Venue Attendance
1883–84 Arbroath Dundee Harp 2-1 Rollo's Pier 5,000
1884–85 Dundee Harp Strathmore (Arbroath) 2-2; 15-1(R) Rollo's Pier 8,000 (replay)
1885–86 Dundee Harp Arbroath 5-3 West Craigie Park 11,000
1886–87 Dundee Harp Strathmore (Dundee) 4-2 West Craigie Park 7,000
1887–88 Arbroath Strathmore (Dundee) 10-2 East Dock Street 7,000
1888–89 Arbroath Dundee East End 2-1 East Dock Street 3,500
1889–90 Dundee Our Boys Dundee East End 2-1 East Dock Street 6,000
1890–91 Dundee Our Boys Dundee East End 6-2 East Dock Street
1891–92 Montrose Dundee East End 5-3 West Craigie Park
1892–93 Arbroath Dundee Harp 1-0 Carolina Port
1893–94 Dundee Dundee Harp 4-0 Carolina Port 10,000
1894–95 Dundee Lochee United 1-0 Gayfield Park
1895–96 Arbroath Dundee 2-0 East Dock Street
1896–97 Arbroath Forfar Athletic 2-2; 5-2(R) Carolina Port
1897–98 Dundee Wanderers Arbroath 1-1; 7-5(R) Carolina Port
1898–99 Arbroath Dundee Wanderers 4-2 Carolina Port
1899–00 Arbroath Lochee United 3-3; 1-0(R) Dens Park 5,000 (replay)
1900–01 Dundee Dundee Wanderers 1-0 Dens Park 4,000
1901–02 Dundee Wanderers Arbroath 3-2 Dens Park 6,000
1902–03 Dundee Montrose 2-1 Links Park 2,000
1903–04 Dundee Wanderers Montrose 1-1; 3-0(R) Dens Park; Gayfield Park (replay) 5,000
1904–05 Dundee Arbroath walkover
1905–06 Forfar Athletic Arbroath 1-1; 2-1(R) Dens Park; Links Park (replay)
1906–07 Arbroath Dundee 1-0 Dens Park 2,000
1907–08 Forfar Athletic Montrose 4-1 Dens Park 5,000
1908–09 Dundee Brechin City 2-0 Dens Park 3,000
1909–10 Brechin City Arbroath 4-1 Dens Park
1910–11 Dundee Hibernian Arbroath 1-0 Dens Park 7,000
1911–12 Dundee Brechin City 2-0 Dens Park 3,000
1912–13 Dundee Montrose 1-1; 7-0(R) Dens Park 3,000 (replay)
1913–14 Arbroath Dundee Hibernian 1-1; 2-1 Dens Park 8,000; 9,000 (replay)
1914–15 Dundee Hibernian Arbroath 2-0 Dens Park 5,000
1915–16 Suspended During Great War
1916–17 Suspended During Great War
1917–18 Suspended During Great War
1918–19 Suspended During Great War
1919–20 Dundee Hibernian Dundee 1-0 Dens Park 12,000
1920–21 Arbroath Dundee 2-2; 3-0(R) Dens Park; Gayfield Park 9,000; 2,000 (replay)
1921–22 Montrose Forfar Athletic 1-0 Gayfield Park 5,000
1922–23 Dundee Forfar Athletic 2-0 Dens Park
1923–24 Arbroath Forfar Athletic 3-0 Dens Park
1924–25 Dundee Arbroath 1-0 Dens Park 6,000
1925–26 Dundee Arbroath 4-2 Tannadice Park
1926–27 Montrose
1927–28 This Competition Not Completed
1928–29 Dundee United Forfar Athletic 2-1 Dens Park
1929–30 Dundee United Montrose 2-1 Dens Park
1930–31 Forfar Athletic Dundee 2-1 Dens Park
1931–32 Montrose Dundee United 1-0 Gayfield Park
1932–33 Montrose Dundee 1-1; 1-0(R) Gayfield Park 2,000; 2,500 (replay)
1933–34 Arbroath Brechin City 4-1 Tannadice
1934–35 Dundee Arbroath 1-1; 1-0(R) Tannadice 11,600; 8,600 (replay)
1935–36 Arbroath Montrose 1-0 Gayfield Park
1936–37 Arbroath Brechin City 3-1 Links Park
1937–38 Dundee Dundee United 3-0 Dens Park 3,000
1938–39 Arbroath Dundee United 2-0 Dens Park
1939–40 Arbroath Dundee 1-1; 2-0(R) Dens Park; Gayfield Park 2,000; 1,500 (replay)
1940–41 Suspended During World War II
1941–42 Suspended During World War II
1942–43 Suspended During World War II
1943–44 Suspended During World War II
1944–45 Dundee Arbroath 6-0 Dens Park 6,500
1945–46 Dundee Forfar Athletic 6-1 Dens Park 4,000
1946–47 Dundee Dundee United 5-0 Dens Park 14,000
1947–48 Dundee United Arbroath 4-1 Dens Park
1948–49 Dundee Arbroath 1-1; 2-0(R) Dens Park 5,500 (replay)
1949–50 Dundee Brechin City 3-2(aet) Dens Park 3,500
1950–51 Dundee United Dundee 3-2 Dens Park 12,500
1951–52 Montrose Arbroath 2-1 Gayfield Park
1952–53 Brechin City
1953–54 Dundee United Arbroath 2-1 Tannadice 3,000
1954–55 Dundee Montrose 6-0 Dens Park 1,500
1955–56 Dundee Arbroath 2-0 Dens Park 4,500
1956–57 This Competition Not Completed
1957–58 Arbroath Forfar Athletic 3-2 Glebe Park 3,000
1958–59 Brechin City
1959–60 Dundee Forfar Athletic 3-2 Dens Park 6,500
1960–61 Dundee United
1961–62 Montrose Arbroath 2-1 Gayfield Park
1962–63 Dundee United Arbroath 2-1 (aet) Dens Park 6,000
1963–64 This Competition Not Completed
1964–65 Dundee United Dundee 1-0 Tannadice 15,000
1965–66 Dundee Brechin City 2-1 Dens Park 1,500
1966–67 Dundee Dundee United 4-3 Dens Park 7,000
1967–68 This Competition Not Completed
1968–69 Dundee United Arbroath 2-0 Tannadice
1969–70 This Competition Not Completed
1970–71 Dundee Dundee United 2-0 Tannadice 8,000
1971–72 Dundee United Dundee 4-0 Tannadice 6,500
1972–73 Montrose Dundee United Gayfield Park
1973–74 This Competition Not Completed
1974–75 Dundee United
1975–76 Dundee United Dundee 3-1 Tannadice 10,778
1976–77 Dundee United Arbroath 3-0 Gayfield Park
1977–78 This Competition Not Completed
1978–79 Forfar Athletic Dundee 3-1 Station Park 2,000
1979–80 Dundee United Dundee 2-1 Dens Park 9,027
1980–81 This Competition Not Completed
1981–82 This Competition Not Completed
1982–83 This Competition Not Completed
1983–84 Forfar Athletic Dundee 3-2 Station Park 2,308
1984–85 Dundee United Forfar Athletic 2-1 Tannadice 2,580
1985–86 Dundee Dundee United 2-0 Tannadice 5,201
1986–87 Dundee United Montrose 5-0 Tannadice 1,162
1987–88 Dundee United Dundee 3-2 Dens Park 4,773
1988–89 Dundee Arbroath 3-0 Gayfield Park
1989–90 Dundee St. Johnstone 3-2 McDiarmid Park 4,786
1990–91 Forfar Athletic
1991–92 Montrose
1992–93 St. Johnstone
1993–94 Arbroath Dundee 2-0 Gayfield Park
1994–95 Forfar Athletic
1995–96 Arbroath Forfar Athletic 3-2 Gayfield Park
1996–97 Brechin City
1997–98 Forfar Athletic
1998–99 St. Johnstone Brechin City 1-0 McDiarmid Park
1999–00 Dundee
2000–01 This Competition Not Completed
2001–02 Montrose
2002–03 This Competition Not Completed
2003–04 St. Johnstone Montrose 2-0 McDiarmid Park
2004–05 Dundee United Forfar Athletic 1-0 Station Park 1,097
2005–06 This Competition Not Completed
2006–07 St. Johnstone Arbroath 3-2 Gayfield Park
2007–08 Brechin City Montrose 2-1 Glebe Park 353
2008–09 This Competition Not Completed
2009–10 Brechin City Montrose 2-1 Links Park
2010–11 This Competition Not Completed
2011–12 St. Johnstone Dundee United 1-1 (4-2 pens.) Tannadice Park
Rank Club Number of Wins
1 Dundee 28
2 Dundee Hibernian/United 21
3 Arbroath 20
4 Montrose 10
5 Forfar Athletic 8
6 Brechin City 6
7 St. Johnstone 5
8 Dundee Harp 3
= Dundee Wanderers 3
10 Dundee Our Boys 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forfarshire FA Homepage". Forfarshire FA. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  2. ^ Price, Norrie; "They Wore the Dark Blue"
  3. ^ "Dundee's Footballing Victorians". Dundee Programme Collector. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Dundee's Footballing Victorians". Dundee Programme Collector. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  5. ^ "Dundee's Footballing Victorians". Dundee Programme Collector. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  6. ^ "Dundee's Footballing Victorians". Dundee Programme Collector. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 

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