Ulster Cup

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The Ulster Cup was an annual football competition held by the Irish Football League for senior clubs. It was held on fifty-one occasions until being suspended after the 1998/99 season and discontinued after a one-off re-appearance in 2002/03. The last three editions were only open to First Division sides. From the mid-1980s to the early-1990s the competition was known as the Lombard Ulster Cup due to a sponsorship deal with the Lombard & Ulster Bank. It had previously been sponsored by Morans.

Format[edit]

The format of the Ulster Cup varied from season to season. It often employed a league format, with each club playing each other once and the winner declared as the team with the most points; and sometimes a group basis, with the winners decided by a play-off.

The format over the years was as follows:

Years No. of seasons Format
1948–1951 and 1952–56 7 group system plus final
1956–1957 1 league
1957–1965 8 group system plus final
1965–1983 18 league
1983–1996 16 group system plus final
1996–1997 1 knock-out
1997–1999 and 2002–03 3 league (First Division clubs only)

Winners[edit]

Winners of the Ulster Cup by season[1]

  • 1948/49 Linfield
  • 1949/50 Larne
  • 1950/51 Glentoran
  • 1951/52 (not held)*
  • 1952/53 Glentoran
  • 1953/54 Crusaders
  • 1954/55 Glenavon
  • 1955/56 Linfield
  • 1956/57 Linfield
  • 1957/58 Distillery
  • 1958/59 Glenavon
  • 1959/60 Linfield
  • 1960/61 Ballymena United
  • 1961/62 Linfield
  • 1962/63 Glenavon
  • 1963/64 Crusaders
  • 1964/65 Linfield
  • 1965/66 Coleraine
  • 1966/67 Glentoran
  • 1967/68 Linfield
  • 1968/69 Coleraine
  • 1969/70 Coleraine
  • 1970/71 Linfield
  • 1971/72 Linfield
  • 1972/73 Coleraine
  • 1973/74 Ards
  • 1974/75 Linfield
  • 1975/76 Coleraine
  • 1976/77 Glentoran
  • 1977/78 Linfield
  • 1978/79 Linfield
  • 1979/80 Linfield
  • 1980/81 Ballymena United
  • 1981/82 Glentoran
  • 1982/83 Glentoran
  • 1983/84 Glentoran
  • 1984/85 Linfield
  • 1985/86 Coleraine
  • 1986/87 Coleraine
  • 1987/88 Larne
  • 1988/89 Glentoran
  • 1989/90 Glentoran
  • 1990/91 Portadown
  • 1991/92 Bangor
  • 1992/93 Linfield
  • 1993/94 Crusaders
  • 1994/95 Bangor
  • 1995/96 Portadown
  • 1996/97 Coleraine
  • 1997/98 Ballyclare Comrades**
  • 1998/99 Distillery**
  • 2002/03 Dungannon Swifts**
    • *Ballymena United won a one-off Festival of Britain Cup played instead of the Ulster Cup in 1951/52.
    • **The last three editions were open to First Division sides only.

Summary of Winners[edit]

Team Wins Notes
Linfield 15
Glentoran 9
Coleraine 8
Crusaders 3
Glenavon 3
Distillery 2
Ballymena United 2 (plus 1 Festival of Britain Cup)
Larne 2
Bangor 2
Portadown 2
Ards 1
Ballyclare Comrades 1
Dungannon Swifts 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 1999/2000" Ed. Dr. Malcolm Brodie MBE

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