Blaxnit Cup

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Blaxnit Cup
Founded 1967
Abolished 1974
Number of teams 8

The Blaxnit Cup, is a defunct club football competition which featured teams from both football associations on the island of Ireland, in a similar format to the current Setanta Cup. It was inaugurated in 1967 as a cross-border competition between clubs from the League of Ireland from the Republic of Ireland and the Irish League from Northern Ireland and ran until 1974.[1] The competition was sponsored by Blaxnit, a sock and hosiery manufacturer based in Newtownards.

The competition featured four teams from each league. The Blaxnit Cup was the third cross-border competition. Previous competitions included the Dublin and Belfast Intercity Cup 1941/42-1948/49 and the North-South Cup 1961/62-1962/63.

After the demise of the Blaxnit Cup teams from both sides of the border continued to compete in the Texaco Cup 1973/74-1974/75, the Tyler Cup 1978-1980 and since 2005 in the Setanta Sports Cup.

The tournament suffered from lack of interest and security concerns.


Finals played over two legs except 1973-74, aggregate score given.

1967-68 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 3-2 Northern Ireland Crusaders
1968-69 Northern Ireland Coleraine 4-3 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers
1969-70 Northern Ireland Coleraine 4-2 Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers
1970-71 Northern Ireland Linfield 3-2 Republic of Ireland Cork Hibernians
1971-72 Republic of Ireland Cork Hibernians 5-3 Northern Ireland Coleraine
1972-73 Northern Ireland Glentoran 6-2 Republic of Ireland Cork Hibernians
1973-74 Northern Ireland Ards 3-1 Northern Ireland Ballymena United


  1. ^ "All-Ireland Cross-Border Cup Competitions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 

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