Cromwell Cup

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Cromwell Cup
Number of Teams
The Wednesday

The Cromwell Cup was the second ever football competition (after the Youdan Cup) and was held in Sheffield, England. It was held in February 1868 and named after Oliver Cromwell, manager of the local Alexandra Theatre (not the famous Lord Protector), who donated the cup. He also played for the Garrick club. The tournament was only open to teams under two years old. The final was held at Bramall Lane, Sheffield and was won by the world's first ever Golden Goal. The trophy is still held in the Sheffield Wednesday trophy cabinet.

Sheffield Rules at the time involved rouges as well as goals. Garrick were expected to sweep aside the newly created Wednesday team. Despite this the final remained 0(0)-0(0) at the end of the regulation 90 minutes. Both captains then agreed to carry on playing for a result with the scorer of the first goal taking the trophy. After another 10 minutes of play, Wednesday finally broke the deadlock with a goal, thus claiming their first trophy, and laying claim to scoring the first ever Golden Goal.


Date Team 1 Goals (Rouges) Team 2 Ground
First Round
1 February 1868 The Wednesday 4 (3) – 0 (0) Exchange Mackenzie Ground
8 February 1868 Garrick 0 (1) – 0 (0) Wellington Mackenzie Ground
15 February 1868 The Wednesday 1 (0) – 0 (0) Garrick Bramall Lane

See also[edit]

The Youdan Cup The world's first football tournament

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