Wharncliffe Charity Cup
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The Wharncliffe Charity Cup was an invitational cup competition involving the Sheffield FA's top teams during its earliest days. The competition took its name from the Earl of Wharncliffe who sponsored the event, and was held with the aim of raising money for local good causes. In the early years all matches were held at Bramall Lane (which had one of the largest crowd capacities in Sheffield) in order to maximise the amount of money raised. The cup was also the cause of several disputes including the Zulus dispute.
The first tournament was held in the 1878–79 season, with The Wednesday claiming the first title. Public interest in the competition started to decline during the 1888–89 season when Wednesday, who had only missed one final previously, withdrew their first team from the competition, however interest was briefly revived when a newly formed team called Sheffield United entered the cup the following season. The competition was last played in 1983–84, with Kiveton Park the last winners.
In the 1915−16 season, there was no Wharncliffe Charity Cup, but there was the Wharncliffe Charity League, which included Darfield United, Dinnington Colliery, Doncaster Rovers, Hickleton Main, Kilnhurst Town, Rotherham County, South Kirkby, and Worksop Town.
List of finals