Northern Premier League Challenge Cup

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Northern Premier League Challenge Cup
Founded 1968
Region  England
Number of teams 68 (2013–14)
Current champions A.F.C. Fylde (1st title)
Most successful club(s) (Marine, Boston United, Hyde United and Runcorn (3 titles)
Website Evo-Stik League Website
2014–15

The Northern Premier League Challenge Cup (also known as the Doodson Sport Cup for sponsorship reasons) is a knock-out cup competition organised by the Northern Premier League.

Teams from all three Northern Premier League divisions take part in the tournament, with Premier Division sides receiving a bye to the round of 32.[1]

History[edit]

The Challenge Cup's first season was in 1968–69.[2] At this point the Northern Premier League consisted of just one division. As the league was expanded, the competition accepted teams from the new divisions. As of 2012, the most cups won by any club stands at three, which has been achieved by four different clubs (Marine, Boston United, Hyde United and Runcorn). Runcorn, Lancaster City, and North Ferriby United are the only clubs to successfully defend the title. Only one Welsh team has ever won the Challenge Cup: Bangor City in the competition's inaugural season.[2]

From 1973 to 2007, the winners of the Challenge Cup qualified for the Peter Swales Shield where they would play the champions of the Premier Division. This practice ended upon the splitting of Division One into two divisions: Division One North and Division One South, but was reinstated in 2011.

From 1994–95 to 2009–10 it was also known as the Unibond Challenge Cup.[3] For the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons, the Challenge Cup is known as the Doodson Sport Cup.[4]

Finals[edit]

Key[edit]

Key to list of winners
(R) Replay
* Match went to extra time
dagger Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time
Italics Team from outside NPL Premier Division
(since the formation of NPL Division One in the 1987-88 season)

Results[edit]

NPL Challenge Cup winners
Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Attendance References
1968–69 Bangor City Runcorn [5][6]
Runcorn Bangor City
Bangor City won 5–2 on aggregate
1969–70 Altrincham Macclesfield Town [5][6]
Macclesfield Town Altrincham
Altrincham won 4–3 on aggregate
1970–71 Fleetwood Town Macclesfield Town [5][6]
Macclesfield Town Fleetwood Town
1–1 aggregate score
Fleetwood Town  †1–0 (R) Macclesfield Town Springfield Park, Wigan, Lancashire
1971–72 Wigan Athletic Gainsborough Trinity [5][6]
Gainsborough Trinity Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic won 4–2 on aggregate
1972–73 Northwich Victoria Wigan Athletic [5][6]
Wigan Athletic Northwich Victoria
Northwich Victoria won 3–2 on aggregate
1973–74 Boston United Altrincham [5][6]
Altrincham Boston United
Boston United won 4–3 on aggregate
1974–75 Runcorn Stafford Rangers [5][6]
Stafford Rangers Runcorn
Runcorn won 2–1 on aggregate
1975–76 Boston United Mossley York Street, Boston, Lincolnshire 2,212 [5][6][7]
Mossley Boston United Seel Park, Mossley, Tameside 711
Boston United won 4–3 on aggregate
1976–77 Scarborough 1–0 Runcorn Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [5][6]
1977–78 Matlock Town 3–0 Boston United Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [5][6][8]
1978–79 Mossley 4–1 Northwich Victoria Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester 5,054 [5][6][7]
1979–80 Runcorn 2–0 Lancaster City Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [5][6]
1980–81 Runcorn 4–3 Marine Maine Road [5]
1981–82 Gainsborough Trinity 1–0 Mossley Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester 1,658 [5][7]
1982–83 Burton Albion 2–1 Macclesfield Town Maine Road [5]
1983–84 South Liverpool  †1–1 dagger Hyde United Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [5][9]
1984–85 Marine Goole Town [5]
1985–86 Hyde United 1–0 Marine Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [5][10]
1986–87 Macclesfield Town 2–0 Burton Albion Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [5][11]
1987–88 Goole Town  †2–2 dagger Barrow 1,579 [5][12]
1988–89 Mossley 2–1 Fleetwood Town Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester 2,110 [5][7]
1989–90 Hyde United 1–0 Gateshead Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [5][13]
1990–91 Southport 4–1 Buxton Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester 1,700 [5][14][15]
1991–92 Marine 1–0 Frickley Athletic Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [5][16]
1992–93 Winsford United  † dagger Warrington Town Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [5][17]
1993–94 Spennymoor United 3–1 Hyde United Wetherby Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire 585 [5][18]
1994–95 Bamber Bridge 2–1 Bishop Auckland Burnden Park, Burnden, Bolton [5][19]
1995–96 Hyde United  †1–1 dagger Leek Town Burnden Park, Burnden, Bolton 501 [5][20]
1996–97 Gainsborough Trinity Boston United [5]
1997–98 Altrincham Gainsborough Trinity Chesterfield [5]
1998–99 Stalybridge Celtic 2–1 Guiseley [5][21]
1999–00 Lancaster City Worksop Town [5]
2000–01 Lancaster City  †2–2 dagger Bishop Auckland Giant Axe, Lancaster, Lancashire 530 [5][22][23][24]
2001–02 Bradford Park Avenue 1–0 Accrington Stanley Horsfall Stadium, Bradford, West Yorkshire 471 [25][26]
Accrington Stanley  †1–0 dagger Bradford Park Avenue Crown Ground, Accrington, Lancashire 1,107 [5][27][28]
Accrington Stanley won 5–4 on penalties
2002–03 Marine 1–0 Gateshead Filtrona Park, South Shields, Tyne and Wear 184 [29][30]
Marine 2–0 Gateshead Arriva Stadium, Crosby, Liverpool 425 [30][31]
Marine won 3–0 on aggregate
2003–04 Droylsden 2–0 Hucknall Town Butcher's Arms Ground, Droylsden, Tameside 424 [32][33]
Droylsden 2–1 Hucknall Town Watnall Road, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire 597 [33][34][35]
Droylsden won 4–1 on aggregate
2004–05 Matlock Town 2–2 Whitby Town Causeway Lane, Matlock, Derbyshire 547 [36][37]
Matlock Town  †3–1 * Whitby Town Turnbull Ground, Whitby, North Yorkshire 490 [37][38]
Matlock Town won 5–3 on aggregate
2005–06 Farsley Celtic 1–0 Stocksbridge Park Steels Throstle Nest, Farsley 507 [39][40]
2006–07 Fleetwood Town 1–0 Matlock Town Wincham Park, Wincham, Northwich 426 [41][42]
2007–08 Eastwood Town 3–0 Skelmersdale United Tameside Stadium, Ashton-under-Lyne 372 [43][44]
2008–09 Guiseley  †3–2 * Ilkeston Town Tameside Stadium, Ashton-under-Lyne 227 [45][46]
2009–10 Boston United 2–0 Retford United Ashby Avenue, Lincoln, Lincolnshire 503 [47][48]
2010–11 Ashton United 1–0 Northwich Victoria Wincham Park, Wincham, Northwich 489 [49]
2011–12 North Ferriby United  †4–1 * Rushall Olympic Coronation Park, Eastwood 256 [50][51]
2012–13 North Ferriby United  †1–1 dagger Curzon Ashton Throstle Nest, Farsley 179 [52][53]
2013–14 A.F.C. Fylde 1–0 Skelmersdale United Edgeley Park, Stockport 358 [54][55]

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Results by team[edit]

Teams that have won the cup at least once.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years
Runcorn
3
2
1975, 1980, 1981
Marine
3
2
1985, 1992, 2003
Boston United
3
2
1974, 1976, 2010
Hyde United
3
2
1986, 1990, 1996
Gainsborough Trinity
2
2
1982, 1997
Altrincham
2
1
1970, 1998
Fleetwood Town
2
1
1971, 2007
Lancaster City
2
1
2000, 2001
Matlock Town
2
1
1978, 2005
Mossley
2
1
1979, 1989
North Ferriby United
2
0
2012, 2013
Macclesfield Town
1
3
1987
Northwich Victoria
1
2
1973
Burton Albion
1
1
1983
Goole Town
1
1
1988
Guiseley
1
1
2009
Wigan Athletic
1
1
1972
A.F.C. Fylde
1
0
2014
Ashton United
1
0
2011
Bamber Bridge
1
0
1995
Bangor City
1
0
1969
Droylsden
1
0
2004
Eastwood Town
1
0
2008
Farsley Celtic
1
0
2006
Scarborough
1
0
1977
South Liverpool
1
0
1984
Southport
1
0
1991
Spennymoor United
1
0
1994
Stalybridge Celtic
1
0
1999
Winsford United
1
0
1993

See also[edit]

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