Northern Premier League Challenge Cup

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Northern Premier League Challenge Cup
Founded 1968
Region  England
Number of teams 68 (2015–16)
Current champions Bamber Bridge F.C. (2nd title)
Most successful club(s) Marine (4 titles)
Website Evo-Stik League Website
2016–17

The Northern Premier League Challenge Cup (also known as the Integro Doodson League Cup for sponsorship reasons) is a knock-out cup competition organised by the Northern Premier League. Teams from all three Northern Premier League divisions take part in the tournament, with Premier Division sides receiving a bye to the round of 32.[1]

History[edit]

The Challenge Cup's first season was in 1968–69.[2] At this point the Northern Premier League consisted of just one division. As the league was expanded, the competition accepted teams from the new divisions. As of 2016, the most cups won by any club stands at four (Marine). Runcorn, Lancaster City, and North Ferriby United are the only clubs to successfully defend the title. Only one Welsh team has ever won the Challenge Cup: Bangor City in the competition's inaugural season.[2]

From 1973 to 2007, the winners of the Challenge Cup qualified for the Peter Swales Shield where they would play the champions of the Premier Division. This practice ended upon the splitting of Division One into two divisions: Division One North and Division One South, but was reinstated for two years from 2011 to 2012.

From 1994–95 to 2009–10 it was also known as the Unibond Challenge Cup.[3] From 2011–12 to 2014–15, the Challenge Cup is known as the Doodson Sport Cup[4] and was again renamed to the Integro Doodson League Cup for the 2015–16 season.[5]

Finals[edit]

Key[edit]

Key to list of winners
(R) Replay
dagger Match was won during extra time
double-dagger Match was won on a penalty shoot-out
Italics Team from outside NPL Premier Division
(since the formation of NPL Division One in the 1987–88 season)

Results[edit]

NPL Challenge Cup winners
Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Attendance References
1968–69 Bangor City Runcorn [6][7]
Runcorn Bangor City
Bangor City won 5–2 on aggregate
1969–70 Altrincham Macclesfield Town [6][7]
Macclesfield Town Altrincham
Altrincham won 4–3 on aggregate
1970–71 Fleetwood Town Macclesfield Town [6][7]
Macclesfield Town Fleetwood Town
1–1 aggregate score
Fleetwood Town  †1–0 (R) Macclesfield Town Springfield Park, Wigan, Lancashire
1971–72 Wigan Athletic Gainsborough Trinity [6][7]
Gainsborough Trinity Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic won 4–2 on aggregate
1972–73 Northwich Victoria Wigan Athletic [6][7]
Wigan Athletic Northwich Victoria
Northwich Victoria won 3–2 on aggregate
1973–74 Boston United Altrincham [6][7]
Altrincham Boston United
Boston United won 4–3 on aggregate
1974–75 Runcorn Stafford Rangers [6][7]
Stafford Rangers Runcorn
Runcorn won 2–1 on aggregate
1975–76 Boston United Mossley York Street, Boston, Lincolnshire 2,212 [6][7][8]
Mossley Boston United Seel Park, Mossley, Tameside 711
Boston United won 4–3 on aggregate
1976–77 Scarborough 1–0 Runcorn Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [6][7]
1977–78 Matlock Town 3–0 Boston United Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [6][7][9]
1978–79 Mossley 4–1 Northwich Victoria Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester 5,054 [6][7][8]
1979–80 Runcorn 2–0 Lancaster City Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [6][7]
1980–81 Runcorn 4–3 Marine Maine Road, Manchester [6]
1981–82 Gainsborough Trinity 1–0 Mossley Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester 1,658 [6][8]
1982–83 Burton Albion 2–1 Macclesfield Town Maine Road, Manchester [6]
1983–84 South Liverpool  †1–1 double-dagger Hyde United Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [6][10]
1984–85 Marine 3-2 Goole Town Maine Road, Manchester [6]
1985–86 Hyde United 1–0 Marine Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [6][11]
1986–87 Macclesfield Town 2–0 Burton Albion Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [6][12]
1987–88 Goole Town  †2–2 double-dagger Barrow Maine Road, Manchester 1,579 [6][13]
1988–89 Mossley 2–1 Fleetwood Town Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester 2,110 [6][8]
1989–90 Hyde United 1–0 Gateshead Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [6][14]
1990–91 Southport 4–1 Buxton Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester 1,700 [6][15][16]
1991–92 Marine 1–0 Frickley Athletic Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [6][17]
1992–93 Winsford United  †1-1 double-dagger Warrington Town Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester [6][18]
1993–94 Spennymoor United 3–1 Hyde United Wetherby Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire 585 [6][19]
1994–95 Bamber Bridge 2–1 Bishop Auckland Burnden Park, Burnden, Bolton [6][20]
1995–96 Hyde United  †1–1 double-dagger Leek Town Burnden Park, Burnden, Bolton 501 [6][21]
1996–97 Gainsborough Trinity Boston United [6]
1997–98 Altrincham Gainsborough Trinity Chesterfield [6]
1998–99 Stalybridge Celtic 2–1 Guiseley [6][22]
1999–00 Lancaster City Worksop Town [6]
2000–01 Lancaster City  †2–2 double-dagger Bishop Auckland Giant Axe, Lancaster, Lancashire 530 [6][23][24][25]
2001–02 Bradford Park Avenue 1–0 Accrington Stanley Horsfall Stadium, Bradford, West Yorkshire 471 [26][27]
Accrington Stanley  †1–0 double-dagger Bradford Park Avenue Crown Ground, Accrington, Lancashire 1,107 [6][28][29]
Accrington Stanley won 5–4 on penalties
2002–03 Marine 1–0 Gateshead Filtrona Park, South Shields, Tyne and Wear 184 [30][31]
Marine 2–0 Gateshead Arriva Stadium, Crosby, Liverpool 425 [31][32]
Marine won 3–0 on aggregate
2003–04 Droylsden 2–0 Hucknall Town Butcher's Arms Ground, Droylsden, Tameside 424 [33][34]
Droylsden 2–1 Hucknall Town Watnall Road, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire 597 [34][35][36]
Droylsden won 4–1 on aggregate
2004–05 Matlock Town 2–2 Whitby Town Causeway Lane, Matlock, Derbyshire 547 [37][38]
Matlock Town  †3–1 dagger Whitby Town Turnbull Ground, Whitby, North Yorkshire 490 [38][39]
Matlock Town won 5–3 on aggregate
2005–06 Farsley Celtic 1–0 Stocksbridge Park Steels Throstle Nest, Farsley 507 [40][41]
2006–07 Fleetwood Town 1–0 Matlock Town Wincham Park, Wincham, Northwich 426 [42][43]
2007–08 Eastwood Town 3–0 Skelmersdale United Tameside Stadium, Ashton-under-Lyne 372 [44][45]
2008–09 Guiseley  †3–2 dagger Ilkeston Town Tameside Stadium, Ashton-under-Lyne 227 [46][47]
2009–10 Boston United 2–0 Retford United Ashby Avenue, Lincoln, Lincolnshire 503 [48][49]
2010–11 Ashton United 1–0 Northwich Victoria Wincham Park, Wincham, Northwich 489 [50]
2011–12 North Ferriby United  †4–1 dagger Rushall Olympic Coronation Park, Eastwood 256 [51][52]
2012–13 North Ferriby United  †1–1 double-dagger
[a]
Curzon Ashton Throstle Nest, Farsley 179 [53][54]
2013–14 A.F.C. Fylde 1–0 Skelmersdale United Edgeley Park, Stockport 358 [55][56]
2014–15 Warrington Town  †0–0 double-dagger
[b]
Farsley Edgeley Park, Stockport 731 [57][58][59]
2015–16 Marine 2–1 Scarborough Athletic Throstle Nest, Farsley 690 [60][61][62]
2016–17 Bamber Bridge 2–1 Grantham Town Harrison Park, Leek 474 [63][64][65]

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Results by team[edit]

Results by team
Club Wins First final won Last final won Runners-up Last final lost Total final appearances
Marine 4 1985 2016 2 1986 6
Boston United 3 1974 2010 2 1997 5
Hyde United 3 1986 1996 2 1994 5
Runcorn 3 1975 1981 2 1977 5
Gainsborough Trinity 2 1982 1997 2 1998 4
Mossley 2 1979 1989 2 1982 4
Altrincham 2 1970 1998 1 1974 3
Fleetwood Town 2 1971 2007 1 1998 3
Lancaster City 2 2000 2001 1 1980 3
Matlock Town 2 1978 2005 1 2007 3
Bamber Bridge 2 1995 2017 0 2
North Ferriby United 2 2012 2013 0 2
Macclesfield Town 1 1987 1987 3 1983 4
Northwich Victoria 1 1973 1973 2 2011 3
Burton Albion 1 1983 1983 1 1987 2
Goole Town 1 1988 1988 1 1985 2
Guiseley 1 2009 2009 1 1999 2
Warrington Town 1 2015 2015 1 1993 2
Wigan Athletic 1 1972 1972 1 1973 2
A.F.C. Fylde 1 2014 2014 0 1
Ashton United 1 2011 2011 0 1
Bangor City 1 1969 1969 0 1
Droylsden 1 2004 2004 0 1
Eastwood Town 1 2008 2008 0 1
Farsley Celtic 1 2006 2006 0 1
Scarborough 1 1977 1977 0 1
South Liverpool 1 1984 1984 0 1
Southport 1 1991 1991 0 1
Spennymoor United 1 1994 1994 0 1
Stalybridge Celtic 1 1999 1999 0 1
Winsford United 1 1993 1993 0 1
Bishop Auckland 0 2 2001 2
Gateshead 0 2 2003 2
Skelmersdale United 0 2 2014 2
Barrow 0 1 1988 1
Bradford Park Avenue 0 1 2002 1
Buxton 0 1 1991 1
Curzon Ashton 0 1 2013 1
Farsley 0 1 2015 1
Frickley Athletic 0 1 1992 1
Grantham Town 0 1 2017 1
Hucknall Town 0 1 2004 1
Ilkeston Town 0 1 2009 1
Leek Town 0 1 1996 1
Retford United 0 1 2010 1
Rushall Olympic 0 1 2012 1
Scarborough Athletic 0 1 2016 1
Stafford Rangers 0 1 1975 1
Stocksbridge Park Steels 0 1 2006 1
Whitby Town 0 1 2005 1
Worksop Town 0 1 2000 1

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Score was 1–1 after 90 minutes and both teams were scoreless after extra time. North Ferriby United won 2–1 on penalties.
  2. ^ Score was 0–0 after 90 minutes and went straight to penalties. Warrington Town won 3–2 on penalties.

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