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.[1]

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.[2]

List of finals[edit]

Season Winner Result Runner-up Final venue Notes
1878–79 The Wednesday 3–2 Heeley Bramall Lane
1879–80 Heeley 2–1 The Wednesday Bramall Lane
1880–81 Final cancelled due to the number of players banned for professionalism. See The Zulus.
1881–82 The Wednesday 5–0 Heeley Bramall Lane
1882–83 The Wednesday 4–0 Pyebank Bramall Lane
1883–84 Lockwood Brothers 6–0 Pyebank Bramall Lane
1884–85 Heeley 4–0 The Wednesday Bramall Lane Replay; first match also held at Bramall Lane (1–1).
1885–86 The Wednesday 2–0 Heeley Old Forge Ground
1886–87 Staveley 3–0 The Wednesday
1887–88 The Wednesday 2–0 Rotherham Bramall Lane
1888–89 Staveley 1–0 Rotherham Town Olive Grove
1889–90 Staveley 3–0 Rotherham Town Olive Grove 2nd replay; first match held at Bramall Lane (1–1);
1st replay held at Olive Grove (1–1).
1890–91
1891–92
1892–93
1893–94
1894–95 Mexborough This seasons cup was competed for in a league format.[2]
1895–96
1896–97
1897–98
1898–99
1899-00 This seasons cup was competed for in a league format.[2]
1900–01
1901–02
1902–03
1903–04
1904–05
1905–06
1906–07
1907–08
1908–09
1909–10
1910–11
1911–12
1912–13
1913–14
No competitive football was played between 1916 and 1919 due to World War I
1919–20
1920–21
1921–22
1922–23 Doncaster Rovers 1−0 Scunthorpe United Belle Vue Scorer: Stan Lumb (89)[2]
1923–24
1924–25
1925–26
1926–27
1927–28
1928–29
1929–30
1930–31
1931–32
1932–33
1933–34
1934–35
1935–36
1936–37
1937–38
1938–39
No competitive football was played between 1939 and 1946 due to World War II
1945–46
1946–47
1947–48
1948–49
1949–50
1950–51
1951–52
1952–53
1953–54
1954–55
1955–56
1956–57
1957–58
1958–59
1959–60
1960–61
1961–62
1962–63
1963–64
1964–65
1965–66
1966–67
1967–68
1968–69
1969–70
1970–71
1971–72
1972–73
1973–74
1974–75
1975–76
1976–77
1977–78
1978–79
1979–80
1980–81
1981–82
1982–83
1983–84 Kiveton Park

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wharncliffe Charity Cup". Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d Tony Bluff (2010). Donny:Doncaster Rovers F.C. The Complete History. Yore Publications. p. 178. ISBN 9780956984838.