FA Sunday Cup

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FA Sunday Cup
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Founded 1964
Region England
Current champions New Salamis FC (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Hetton Lyons Cricket Club (4 titles)

The FA Sunday Cup is a knock-out competition founded in 1964 for English Sunday league football teams.

Prior to 1960 The Football Association did not permit clubs or players under its jurisdiction to take part in competitive football played on Sunday. A change of policy by the governing body in 1960 allowed Sunday leagues to become affiliated to County Associations and, four years later, The FA started the Sunday Cup to allow Sunday players to compete in a national knock-out tournament.[1]

The Sunday Cup trophy was presented to the FA by the Shah of Iran as a gift to mark the centenary of the FA in 1963. It was created by Iranian silversmiths.[2]

In the Cup's first season (1964–65), teams representing Sunday players in various counties entered with London winning the two-legged final 6-2 against Staffordshire.[1]

In the first final featuring club sides, Ubique United beat Aldridge Fabrications 1–0 in 1965-66.

After The Sunday Cup’s inaugural season, 1,600 requests for entry forms for the following season’s competition were received. Entries for season 2013-14 were 134. Since its inception, the competition has been won by 39 different sides.

The most successful team is Hetton Lyons Cricket Club FC with 4 wins, in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. St Joseph's (Luton) have appeared in a record five finals, winning on two occasions. Seven other teams have been successful on two occasions - Carlton United in '67 and '73, Newtown Unity in '72 and '74, Fantail in '80 and '81, Nicosia in '91 and 2004, St Joseph's (Luton) in '95 and '96, Oyster Martyrs in 2011 and '13, and Humbledon Plains Farm in 1990 and 2014.

The 2014-15 final was held at Ewood Park between OJM (Oldbury) and Campfield (Liverpool). Campfield won 2-0 to claim their first FA Sunday Cup.

The 2015-16 final was held at Selhurst Park between New Salamis (London) and Barnes AFC (London). New Salamis won 4-3 on penalties to claim their first FA Sunday Cup.[3][4]

Winners and runners-up[edit]

The results of the finals to date:

Season Winner Score Runners-up
1964–65 London 6–2 aggregate Staffordshire
1965–66 Ubique United 1–0 Aldridge Fabrications
1966–67 Carlton United 2–0 Stoke Works
1967–68 Drovers 2–0 Brook United
1968–69 Leigh Park 3–1 Loke United
1969–70 Vention United 1–0 Ubique United
1970–71 Becontree Rovers 2–0 Saltley United
1971–72 Newtown Unity 4–0 Springfield Colts
1972–73 Carlton United 2–1 Wear Valley
1973–74 Newtown Unity 3–0 Brentford East
1974–75 Fareham Town Centipedes 1–0 Players Athletic Engineers
1975–76 Brandon United 2–1 Evergreen
1976–77 Langley Park Rams Head 2–0 Newtown Unity
1977–78 Arras 2–1 Lion Rangers
1978–79 Lobster 3–2 Carlton United
1979–80 Fantail 1–0 Twin Foxes
1980–81 Fantail 1–0 Mackintosh
1981–82 Dingle Rail 2–1 Twin Foxes
1982–83 Eagle 1–1, replay 2–1 Lee Chapel North
1983–84 Lee Chapel North 4–3 Eagle
1984–85 Hobbies United 2–2, 1–1 replay, 2–1 second replay Avenue
1985–86 Avenue 1–0 Glenn Sports
1986–87 Lodge Cottrell 1–0 Avenue
1987–88 Nexday 2–0 Humbledon Plains Farm
1988–89 Almathak 3–1 East Levenshulme
1989–90 Humbledon Plains Farm 2–1 Marston Sports
1990–91 Nicosia 3–2 Ouzavich
1991–92 Theale 3–2 Marston Sports
1992–93 Seymour 1–0 Bedfont Sunday
1993–94 Ranelagh Sports 2–0 Hartlepool Lion Hotel
1994–95 St Joseph's (Luton) 2–1 B & A Scaffolding
1995–96 St Joseph's (Luton) 2–1 Croxteth & Gilmoss RBL
1996–97 Marston Sports 1–0 Northwood
1997–98 Olympic Star 1–1, 5–3 penalties St Joseph's (Luton)
1998–99 Little Paxton 2–2, 4–3 penalties St Joseph's (Luton)
1999-2000 Prestige Brighams 1–0 Albion Sports
2000–01 Hartlepool Lion Hillcarter 0–0, 3–2 penalties Houghton Centre
2001–02 Britannia 2–0 Little Paxton
2002–03 Duke of York 3–1 Allerton
2003–04 Nicosia 3–1 U K Flooring
2004–05 Gossoms End 3–2 Albion Sports
2005–06 Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 5–3 St Joseph's (Luton)
2006–07 Coundon Conservative 5–0 Lebeq Tavern Courage
2007–08 Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 3–2 Coundon Conservative
2008–09 Scots Grey 4–3 a.e.t Oyster Martyrs
2009–10 Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 4–2 Manget Tavern
2010–11 Oyster Martyrs 1–0 Paddock
2011-12 Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 5-1 Canada
2012-13 Oyster Martyrs 4-3 Barnes Albion
2013-14 Humbledon Plains Farm 5-2 Oyster Martyrs
2014-15 Campfield 2-0 OJM
2015-16 New Salamis 1–1, 4–3 penalties[3][4] Barnes AFC

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "F.A. Sunday Cup History". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 2006-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  2. ^ David Charters (2002-09-07). "Pub team's prize piece of Persian heritage; Britannia's pride of place for Shah's silver legacy". David Post. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  3. ^ a b Association, The Football. "New Salamis lift FA Sunday Cup after shootout victory - The FA Sunday Cup | The FA". www.thefa.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  4. ^ a b Hajiloizis, Mario. "New Salamis FC win the FA Sunday Cup | News". www.sigmalive.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 

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