Mid-Ulster Cup

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The Mid-Ulster Cup is a senior football competition in Northern Ireland run by the Mid-Ulster Football Association (founded 2 April 1887[1]).

First held in 1887/88, the inaugural edition was won by Milford. For 30 seasons, from 1947/48 to 1977/78, while remaining a senior competition, senior clubs declined to take part, instead fielding their reserve teams. Senior clubs returned, however, for the 1978/79 season, when the Bob Radcliffe Cup was introduced as an intermediate competition.[2]

The competition has been sponsored at various times by Golden Cow Dairies, Dukes Transport, Tennent's Lager, Bass, Ted Clarke, McEwan's Lager, Silverwood Hotel, Rushmere Shopping Centre and Belfast Telegraph.

Winners and finals[edit]

Winners 1888-1978[edit]

Incomplete list of winners[3]

Season Winner
1887/88 Milford
1888/89 Milford
1889/90 East Lancashire Regiment
1890/91 Donacloney
1891/92 Banford
1892/93 Donacloney
1893/94 Royal Irish Rifles
1894/95 Duke of Cornwall's Regiment
1895/96 Donacloney
1896/97 Milltown
1897/98 Glenavon
1898/99 Portadown
1899/00 Portadown
1900/01 Donacloney
1901/02 Glenavon
1902/03 Portadown
1903/04 not known
1904/05 Glenavon
1905/06 Portadown
1906/07 Glenavon
1907/08 Portadown
1908/09 Glenavon
1909/10 Portadown
1910/11 Glenavon
1911/12 not known
1912/13 Lurgan Celtic [I]
1913/14 Lurgan Rangers
1914/15 not known
1915/16 not known
1916/17 not known
1917/18 not known
1918/19 not known
1919/20 not known
1920/21 not known
1921/22 not known
1922/23 not known
1923/24 not known
1924/25 Glenavon
1925/26 Glenavon
1926/27 not known
1927/28 not known
1928/29 not known
1929/30 not known
1930/31 Glenavon
1931/32 Portadown
1932/33 Glenavon
1933/34 Portadown
1934/35 Gilford Crusaders
1935/36 Sunnyside
1936/37 Newry Town
1937/38 Glenavon
1938/39 Hanover United FC
1939/40 to

1946/47

Not Held
1947/48 Glenavon Reserves
1948/49 Banbridge Town
1949/50 Banbridge Town
1950/51 Seapatrick
1951/52 Seapatrick
1952/53 Tandragee Rovers
1953/54 Tandragee Rovers
1954/55 Seapatrick
1955/56 Tandragee Rovers
1956/57 Newry Town
1957/58 Glenavon Reserves
1958/59 Banbridge Town
1959/60 Tandragee Rovers
1960/61 Portadown Reserves
1961/62 Tandragee Rovers
1962/63 Portadown Reserves
1963/64 Newry Town
1964/65 Portadown Reserves
1965/66 Glenavon Reserves
1966/67 Newry Town
1967/68 Blane's
1968/69 Newry Town
1969/70 Portadown Reserves
1970/71 Dungannon Swifts
1971/72 Glenavon Reserves
1972/73 New Century
1973/74 Banbridge Town
1974/75 Newry Town
1975/76 Dungannon Swifts
1976/77 Glenavon Reserves
1977/78 Newry Town

Finals since 1979[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-Up Notes
1978/79 Newry Town 2-1 Portadown
1979/80 Banbridge Town Newry Town
1980/81 Portadown Glenavon
1981/82 Portadown Glenavon
1982/83 Portadown Glenavon
1983/84 Glenavon 2-0 Newry Town
1984/85 Newry Town 4-1 Portadown
1985/86 Glenavon 1-0 Oxford United
1986/87 Newry Town Glenavon
1987/88 Dungannon Swifts Glenavon
1988/89 Glenavon 1-0 Newry Town
1989/90 Newry Town 4-0 Banbridge Town
1990/91 Glenavon 3-1 Portadown
1991/92 Glenavon 2-1 Portadown After extra-time.

Trophy withheld as Glenavon fielded ineligible player.

1992/93 Portadown 2-1 Newry Town
1993/94 Portadown 3-0 Dungannon Swifts
1994/95 Portadown 4-1 Newry Town
1995/96 Bangor 3-1 Dungannon Swifts
1996/97 Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Distillery
1997/98 Portadown 0-0 Dungannon Swifts (6-5 pens)
1998/99 Glenavon 3-1 Ards
1999/00 Newry Town 1-0 Banbridge Town
2000/01 Armagh City 3-1 Newry Town
2001/02 Portadown 5-1 Lurgan Celtic 2nd replay (held over to following season).

Game 1: 2-2; Game 2: 1-1 (abandoned - waterlogged pitch).

2002/03 Portadown 3-1 Dungannon Swifts Portadown withdrew from future editions of competition.[4]
2003/04 Loughgall 2-2 Newry Town (3-1 pens)
2004/05 Glenavon 1-0 Loughgall [5]
2005/06 Dungannon Swifts 3-1 Glenavon
2006/07 Newry City 2-1 Annagh United [6]
2007/08 Loughgall 2-0 Banbridge Town After extra-time[7]
2008/09 Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Loughgall [8]
2009/10 Glenavon 3-2 Loughgall [9]
2010/11 Glenavon 2-0 Dungannon Swifts [10]
2011/12 Newry City 1-0 Glenavon [11]
2012/13 Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Banbridge Town After extra-time.[12]
2013/14 Dungannon Swifts 3-1 Annagh United After extra-time.[13]
2014/15 Dungannon Swifts 3-2 Armagh City After extra-time

Performance by club[edit]

Club Total
wins
Last win
Glenavon 24 2010/11
Portadown 21 2002/03
Newry City 14 2011/12
Dungannon Swifts 9 2014/15
Banbridge Town 5 1979/80
Tandragee Rovers 5 1961/62
Donacloney 4 1900/01
Seapatrick 3 1954/55
Loughgall 2 2007/08
Milford 2 1888/89
Armagh City 1 2000/01
Bangor 1 1995/96
Banford 1 1891/92
Cornwall Regiment 1 1894/95
Gilford Crusaders 1 1934/35
1st Lancashire Regiment 1 1889/90
Lurgan Celtic [I] 1 1912/13
Lurgan Rangers 1 1913/14
Milltown 1 1896/97
Royal Irish Rifles 1 1893/94
Sunnyside 1 1935/36
Blane's 1 1967/68
New Century 1 1972/73

See also[edit]

County Antrim Shield

North West Senior Cup

Bob Radcliffe Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belfast News-Letter, 9 April 1887
  2. ^ Mid-Ulster Cup 1887-1987 Centenary Souvenir Programme
  3. ^ Belfast Telegraph Soccer Yearbook 2006-07 (Malcolm Brodie MBE) Page 72
  4. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Irish | Ports retain Mid Ulster Cup
  5. ^ Mid-Ulster Cup Final
  6. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Irish | Newry win Mid-Ulster Cup decider
  7. ^ Loughgall Football Club
  8. ^ Swifts lift Mid-Ulster Cup
  9. ^ Mid-Ulster Cup Final: Glenavon 3-2 Loughgall
  10. ^ Belfast Telegraph, 12 April 2011
  11. ^ Newry City beat Glenavon in Mid-Ulster Cup final, BBC, 7 March 2012
  12. ^ Dungannon Swifts Claim Mid Ulster Cup, Belfast Newsletter, 4 May 2013
  13. ^ Portadown Times