Gold Cup (Northern Ireland)

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The Gold Cup is a defunct cup competition which involved competitors from Ireland and from 1921 onwards, just for Northern Ireland. It was initially run by the New Irish Football Association but later, and mainly, by the Irish Football Association.

The competition was first played in the 1911-12 season after seven of the eight participating clubs left the IFA (only Linfield FC remained) after a dispute over money and founded the New IFA. This new organisation introduced the cup as the "New Irish Cup". At the end of the season after many discussions, the dissident clubs returned to the IFA and the tournament was not held in 1912-13. However, it was revived by the IFA in 1913-14. In the seasons 1915-16 to 1918-19 it was played in a league format. This involved a play-off between the two teams topping the table in the first of these seasons. The competition was last staged in 2001.

Last year of competition[edit]

The last season that the Gold Cup was competed for was during the 2000/01 season. Glentoran were the victors after defeating Coleraine in the final. It was Glentoran's third Gold cup victory in as many seasons.

Format[edit]

The format for the Gold Cup varied throughout its history, but most commonly it was organised on a knock-out basis.

The format over the years was as follows:

Years No. of seasons Format
1911-1912 and 1913-15 3 knock-out
1915-1919 4 league
1919-1920 1 knock-out
1920-1923 3 league
1923-1940 17 knock-out
1940-1947 7 league
1947-1976 29 knock-out
1976-1985 9 group system plus final
1985-1986 1 league followed by top-four knock-out
1986-1999 13 group system plus final
1999-2001 2 knock-out

In 1915-16, there was a play-off between the top two teams.

Sponsorship[edit]

From the late 1970s on the Gold Cup was sponsored by Hennessy, TNT (1984/85-1994/95), Sun Life (1995/96-1996/97) and Nationwide (1997/98-2000/01).[1]

Finals results[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
1911–12 Belfast Celtic 2–0 Glentoran Grosvenor Park, Belfast 9,500
1912–13 not played
1913–14
Replay
Distillery 0–0 Shelbourne Shelbourne Park, Dublin
Distillery 3–2 Shelbourne Grosvenor Park, Belfast
1914/15 Shelbourne 1–0 Linfield Solitude, Belfast
1915/16 Linfield 2–0 Distillery The Oval, Belfast
1916–17 Glentoran League format Linfield
1917–18 Linfield Glentoran
1918–19 Linfield Glentoran
1919–20 Distillery 3-1 Glentoran Windsor Park, Belfast
1920–21 Linfield League format Glenavon
1921–22 Linfield Cliftonville
1922–23 Cliftonville Linfield
1923–24 Linfield 1–0 Distillery The Oval, Belfast
1924–25 Distillery 2–0 Queen's Island Celtic Park, Belfast
1925–26 Belfast Celtic 3–0 Cliftonville
1926–27 Linfield 3–2 Belfast Celtic
1927–28 Linfield Belfast Celtic
1928–29 Linfield Ards Solitude, Belfast
1929–30 Distillery
1930–31 Linfield Belfast Celtic
1931–32 Coleraine 3-0 Ballymena Solitude, Belfast 10,000
1932–33 Cliftonville
1933–34 Portadown 1–0 Glentoran Solitude, Belfast
1934–35 Belfast Celtic 4-0 Linfield Grosvenor Park, Belfast 8,000
1935–36 Linfield 3–0 Distillery Celtic Park, Belfast
1936–37 Linfield
1937–38 Portadown
1938–39 Belfast Celtic
1939–40 Belfast Celtic
1940–41 Belfast Celtic League format
1941–42 Glentoran
1942–43 Linfield
1943–44 Belfast Celtic
1944–45 Linfield
1945–46 Belfast Celtic
1946–47 Belfast Celtic
1947–48 Belfast Celtic 2–0 Distillery Solitude, Belfast
1948–49 Linfield 5–0 Glenavon Solitude, Belfast
1949–50 Linfield 3–2 Portadown The Oval, Belfast
1950–51 Linfield 5–1 Glentoran Solitude, Belfast
1951–52 Glentoran 2–1 Glenavon Windsor Park, Belfast 15,000
1952–53 Portadown 2–1 Linfield Seaview, Belfast
1953–54 Ards 2–1 Distillery Seaview, Belfast 6,000
1954–55 Glenavon 3–2 Linfield The Oval, Belfast
1955–56 Linfield 3–0 Portadown Grosvenor Park, Belfast
1956–57 Glenavon 3–1 Derry City The Oval, Belfast
1957–58 Linfield 1–0 Glenavon Grosvenor Park, Belfast
1958–59 Coleraine 1–0 Glentoran Windsor Park, Belfast
1959–60 Linfield 3–2 Portadown Solitude, Belfast
1960–61 Glentoran 4–2 Linfield Solitude, Belfast
1961–62 Linfield 4–0 Glentoran Grosvenor Park, Belfast
1962–63 Glentoran 3–1 Derry City Windsor Park, Belfast
1963–64
Replay
Linfield 2–2 Glentoran Windsor Park, Belfast
Linfield 3–2 Glentoran Windsor Park, Belfast
1964–65 Derry City 5–2 Crusaders Windsor Park, Belfast
1965–66 Linfield 6–0 Portadown The Oval, Belfast
1966–67 Glentoran 5–2 Crusaders Windsor Park, Belfast
1967–68 Linfield 3–2 Ards The Oval, Belfast
1968–69
Replay
Linfield 0–0 Glentoran Windsor Park, Belfast
Linfield 2–1 Glentoran The Oval, Belfast 20,000
1969–70 Coleraine 1–0 Glentoran Windsor Park, Belfast
1970–71 Linfield 2–1 Glentoran The Oval, Belfast 15,000
1971–72 Portadown 4–1 Ards Mourneview Park, Lurgan 5,000
1972–73 Linfield 3–0 Portadown Castlereagh Park, Newtownards
1973–74 Ards 4–1 Bangor The Oval, Belfast
1974–75 Ballymena United 3–2 Glentoran Windsor Park, Belfast 2,000
1975–76 Coleraine 2–1 Ballymena United Showgrounds, Ballymena 6,000
1976–77 Glentoran 5–1 Linfield Windsor Park, Belfast 10,000
1977–78 Glentoran 3–1 Glenavon Windsor Park, Belfast
1978–79 Portadown 2–1 Cliftonville Windsor Park, Belfast 6,000
1979–80 Linfield 2–1 Ballymena United Windsor Park, Belfast
1980–81 Cliftonville 3–1 Linfield Windsor Park, Belfast 10,000
1981–82 Linfield 0–0 (5–4 pens) Ballymena United The Oval, Belfast
1982–83 Glentoran 2–0 Linfield The Oval, Belfast
1983–84 Linfield 3–1 Glentoran Windsor Park, Belfast
1984–85 Linfield 3–1 Glentoran Windsor Park, Belfast
1985–86 Crusaders 3–1 Linfield The Oval, Belfast
1986–87 Glentoran 3–2 Linfield The Oval, Belfast
1987–88 Linfield 3–0 Newry Town The Oval, Belfast 5,000
1988–89 Linfield 1–0 Portadown Windsor Park, Belfast
1989–90
Replay
Linfield 0–0 Portadown The Oval, Belfast
Linfield 2-0 Portadown The Oval, Belfast
1990–91 Glenavon 2–1 Portadown Windsor Park, Belfast 8,000
1991–92 Glentoran 1–0 Cliftonville Windsor Park, Belfast 10,000
1992–93 Portadown 1–0 Cliftonville Windsor Park, Belfast 7,000
1993–94 Distillery 4–3 (aet) Bangor Windsor Park, Belfast 750
1994–95 Glentoran 1–1 (3–0 pens) Crusaders Windsor Park, Belfast 2,000
1995–96 Crusaders 1–0 Linfield The Oval, Belfast
1996–97 Linfield 1–0 Glenavon The Oval, Belfast 3,253
1997–98 Glenavon 4–2 Coleraine Windsor Park, Belfast 2,036
1998–99 Glentoran 3–1 Portadown Windsor Park, Belfast 2,670
1999–00 Glentoran 4–2 Linfield Windsor Park, Belfast 6,000
2000–01 Glentoran 4–3 Coleraine Windsor Park, Belfast 3,000


Performance By Club[edit]

Club Winners
Linfield 35
Glentoran 15
Belfast Celtic 10
Portadown 6
Distillery 5
Coleraine 4
Glenavon 4
Cliftonville 3
Ards 2
Crusaders 2
Ballymena United 1
Derry City 1
Shelbourne 1

Note[edit]

Between the season 1940/41 - 1946/47 the Gold Cup was competed for by the Northern Regional League Clubs and known as the "Substitute Gold Cup".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ballymena United Season by Season". Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 

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