Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy

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Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy
Founded 1885
Region Lancashire
Number of teams 28
Current champions Fylde
Most successful club(s) Chorley (15 wins)
(2013–14)

The Lancashire Football Association Challenge Trophy is an English football competition for senior non-league clubs who are members of the Lancashire County Football Association. The trophy was first played for in 1885, when it was known as the Lancashire Junior Cup. It is currently sponsored by The Co-operative Group and is known as The Co-operative Challenge Trophy. Although officially the junior cup to the Lancashire Senior Cup it is still regarded as just as important as other county cup competitions.

Format[edit]

The competition is open to senior non-league clubs within the historical boundaries of Lancashire, with the addition of Cumbria-based Kendal Town. A total of 28 clubs currently enter the competition from six different leagues. As of 2008–09 the four clubs from the Football Conference each receive byes to the second round, where they are then joined by the twelve winners from the first round.

From the 2009–10 season the semi-finals have been played at the County Ground, Thurston Road in Leyland, with the final being held at the Reebok Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers. The 2011–12 final, played on 12 March 2012, attracted a crowd of 2,673.

History[edit]

The first Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy took place in the 1885–86 season, when Bells Temperance were the winners. The only time the trophy was not competed was 1915–18 during World War I and the 1940–41 season during World War II, although it did continue for the rest of the war years. Chorley are the most successful club with fifteen wins, the first coming in 1893–94 and the last of which came in 1982–83. Former non-league clubs Morecambe, who now play in the Football League and Wigan Athletic, now in the Premier League are next with eleven wins. Morecambe's last victory coming in 2003–04 and Wigan's was in 1977–78.

The current holders are Fylde having won the trophy in the 2012–13 season with a 2–0 win over Bacup Borough at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on 11 March 2013 in front of a crowd of 725.

Past winners[edit]

A full list of past winners -[1]

Season Winners Season Winners Season Winners
1885–86 Bells Temperance 1932–33 Darwen 1977–78 Wigan Athletic
1886–87 Bells Temperance 1933–34 Lancaster Town 1978–79 Marine
1887–88 Blackpool 1934–35 Fleetwood 1979–80 Chorley
1888–89 Oswaldtwistle Rovers 1935–36 Wigan Athletic 1980–81 Barrow
1889–90 Bury 1936–37 South Liverpool 1981–82 Chorley
1890–91 Blackpool 1937–38 South Liverpool 1982–83 Chorley
1891–92 Kearsley 1938–39 South Liverpool 1983–84 South Liverpool
1892–93 Clitheroe 1939–40 Chorley 1984–85 Clitheroe
1893–94 Chorley 1940–41 (no competition) 1985–86 Morecambe
1894–95 Lytham 1941–42 Blackpool Services 1986–87 Morecambe
1895–96 Blackburn Park Road 1942–43 Blackpool Services 1987–88 Marine
1896–97 Hapton 1943–44 Blackpool Services 1988–89 Colne Dynamoes
1897–98 Skerton 1944–45 Howard & Bulloughs 1989–90 Colne Dynamoes
1898–99 Skerton 1945–46 Chorley 1990–91 Marine
1899–1900 Turton 1946–47 Rochdale Reserves 1991–92 Great Harwood Town
1900–01 Heywood 1947–48 Burscough 1992–93 Southport
1901–02 Turton 1948–49 Barrow Reserves 1993–94 Morecambe
1902–03 Turton 1949–50 Burscough 1994–95 Bamber Bridge
1903–04 Earlestown 1950–51 Rochdale Reserves 1995–96 Morecambe
1904–05 Turton 1951–52 Lancaster City 1996–97 Southport
1905–06 Colne 1952–53 Wigan Athletic 1997–98 Southport
1906–07 Earlestown 1953–54 Wigan Athletic 1998–99 Morecambe
1907–08 Nelson 1954–55 Nelson 1999–2000 Marine
1908–09 Chorley 1955–56 Wigan Athletic 2000–01 Southport
1909–10 Rochdale 1956–57 New Brighton 2001–02 Accrington Stanley
1910–11 Bacup 1957–58 Chorley 2002–03 Leigh RMI
1911–12 Rossendale United 1958–59 Chorley 2003–04 Morecambe
1912–13 Fleetwood 1959–60 Wigan Athletic 2004–05 Accrington Stanley
1913–14 Heywood United 1960–61 Chorley 2005–06 Southport
1914–15 Skelmersdale United 1961–62 Morecambe 2006–07 Burscough
1915–18 (no competition) 1962–63 Morecambe 2007–08 Southport
1918–19 Runcorn 1963–64 Chorley 2008–09 Skelmersdale United
1919–20 Southport 1964–65 Chorley 2009–10 Southport
1920–21 Accrington Stanley 1965–66 Wigan Athletic 2010–11 Fylde
1921–22 New Brighton 1966–67 Burscough 2011–12 Chorley
1922–23 Croston 1967–68 Wigan Athletic 2012–13 Fylde
1923–24 Chorley 1968–69 Morecambe 2013–14 Fylde
1924–25 Horwich RMI 1969–70 Skelmersdale United
1925–26 Morecambe 1970–71 Skelmersdale United
1926–27 Morecambe 1971–72 Wigan Athletic
1927–28 Lancaster Town 1972–73 Rossendale United
1928–29 Lancaster Town 1973–74 Wigan Athletic
1929–30 Horwich RMI 1974–75 Lancaster City
1930–31 Lancaster Town 1975–76 Chorley
1931–32 Dick, Kerr's 1976–77 Wigan Athletic

Winners by club[edit]

Club Number of Wins Most Recent Win
1 Chorley 15 2011–12
2 Morecambe 11 2003–04
Wigan Athletic 11 1977–78
4 Southport 7 2007–08
5 Lancaster City (inc. Lancaster Town) 6 1974–75
6 Burscough 4 2006–07
Marine 4 1999–2000
South Liverpool 4 1983–84
Turton 4 1904–05
Skelmersdale United 4 2008–09
11 Accrington Stanley 3 2004–05
Fylde 3 2013–14
Blackpool Services 3 1943–44
Leigh RMI (inc. Horwich RMI) 3 2002–03
Rochdale (inc. Rochdale Reserves) 3 1950–51
16 Barrow (inc. Barrow Reserves) 2 1980–81
Bells Temperance 2 1886–87
Blackpool 2 1890–91
Clitheroe 2 1984–85
Colne Dynamoes 2 1989–90
Earlestown 2 1906–07
Fleetwood 2 1934–35
Nelson 2 1989–90
New Brighton 2 1906–07
Rossendale United 2 1972–73
Skerton 2 1898–99
27 Bacup Borough (as Bacup) 1 1910–11
Bamber Bridge 1 1994–95
Blackburn Park Road 1 1895–96
Bury 1 1889–90
Colne 1 1905–06
Croston 1 1922–23
Darwen 1 1932–33
Dick, Kerr's 1 1931–32
Great Harwood Town 1 1991–92
Hapton 1 1896–97
Heywood 1 1900–01
Heywood United 1 1913–14
Howard & Bulloughs 1 1944–45
Kearsley 1 1891–92
Lytham 1 1894–95
Oswaldtwistle Rovers 1 1888–89
Runcorn 1 1918–19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lancashire Football Association Directory of Members Handbook 2007–08. Lancashire: Lancashire County Football Association. 2007. 

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