Peter Swales Shield

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Peter Swales Shield
Founded 1972
Region  England
 Wales
Number of teams 66
Current champions Halesowen Town (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Boston United
(4 titles)
Website Evo-Stik League Website
2013–14

The Peter Swales Shield (previously known as the Northern Premier League Shield) is an annual one-off game organised by the Northern Premier League. It is named in memory of Peter Swales.

The game is currently played between the champions of the NPL Division One North and the champions of the NPL Division One South.[1] In years where the NPL Premier Division champions and the NPL Challenge Cup winners played, and a team wins the league double i.e. both the league and the cup; the second placed team in the Premier Division takes the Shield berth.

History[edit]

The first time the shield was contested was in August of season 1971–72.[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. Boston United are the most successful club with four titles and a runners-up. Accrington Stanley, Altrincham, Boston United, Marine, Runcorn and Wigan Athletic are the clubs which have successfully defended the title. Only one Welsh team has ever won the Challenge Cup: Bangor City in the competition's 1987–88 season.

From 1973–1989, 1996–2007 and since 2011, the winners of the Challenge Cup qualify for the Peter Swales Shield where they play the champions of the Premier Division.[3] Between 1990–1995, the winners of the President's Cup qualified instead of the Challenge Cup winners. Upon the splitting of Division One into two divisions: Division One North and Division One South, the winners of the Chairman's Cup qualified for the Shield. This ended in 2011 when F.C. Halifax Town (champions of the Premier Division) played Ashton United (winners of the Challenge Cup) in the Shield.[4]

Finals[edit]

Key[edit]

Key to list of winners
(R) Replay
* Match went to extra time
dagger Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time

Results[edit]

Northern Premier League's Peter Swales Challenge Shield winners
Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Attendance References
Premier League Champions vs Challenge Cup Winners
1971 Wigan Athletic 3–2 Fleetwood Town Springfield Park
1972 Wigan Athletic 3–0 Stafford Rangers Marston Road
1973 Boston United 2–0 Northwich Victoria Drill Field
1974 Boston United 2–1 Wigan Athletic
1975 Wigan Athletic 3–1 Runcorn Springfield Park
1976 Boston United  †2–1 * Runcorn Canal Street
1977 Boston United  †1–1 dagger Scarborough York Street
1978 Matlock Town Boston United
1979 Altrincham[a] 4–2 Mossley 1,482 [5]
1980 Runcorn 2–1 Mossley 732 [5]
1981 Runcorn 2–1 Mossley 806 [5]
1982 Gainsborough Trinity 3–2 Mossley[b] 363 [5]
1983 Burton Albion 2–0 Gateshead Eton Park [6]
1984 Barrow South Liverpool
1985 Stafford Rangers Marine
1986 Gateshead 4–2 Hyde United Ewen Fields [7][8]
1987 Bangor City[c] Macclesfield Town
1988 Chorley Goole Town
1989 Mossley 2–1 Barrow 486 [5]
1990 Leek Town[d] 2–1 Hyde United 355 [9]
Premier Division Champions vs President's Cup Winners
1991 Witton Albion Stalybridge Celtic[e]
1992 Stalybridge Celtic Morecambe
1993 Southport Winsford United
1994 Marine Guiseley
1995 Marine Lancaster City
Premier Division Champions vs Challenge Cup Winners
1996 Hyde United 4–2 Bamber Bridge 353 [10]
1997 Gainsborough Trinity Leek Town
1998 Altrincham 2–1 Barrow Holker Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria 770 [11]
1999 Altrincham Stalybridge Celtic
2000 Leigh RMI 2–1 Lancaster City Hilton Park, Leigh, Greater Manchester [12]
2001 Stalybridge Celtic 11–0 Lancaster City Bower Fold, Stalybridge, Greater Manchester [13][14]
2002 Accrington Stanley  †1–1 dagger Burton Albion Eton Park, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire [15]
2003 Accrington Stanley 2–0 Marine Crown Ground, Accrington, Lancashire 552 [16][17]
2004 Droylsden 1–0 Hucknall Town Watnall Road, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire 193 [18]
2005 Hyde United 2–0 Matlock Town 217 [19][20]
2006 Blyth Spartans 1–0 Farsley Celtic [21]
Premier Division Champions vs First Division Champions
2007 Burscough 3–1 Buxton 381 [22]
Premier Division Champions vs Chairman's Cup Winners
2008 Fleetwood Town 2–1 Bradford Park Avenue[f] Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood, Lancashire 388 [23][24]
2009 Eastwood Town 2–1 Durham City Coronation Park, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire 202 [25][26]
2010 Guiseley  †1–1 dagger Mickleover Sports [27]
Premier Division Champions vs Challenge Cup Winners
2011 F.C. Halifax Town  †1–1 dagger Ashton United Hurst Cross, Ashton-under-Lyne [4][28]
2012 Chester 3–0 North Ferriby United Deva Stadium, Chester 591 [29][30]
NPL First Division North Champions vs NPL First Division South Champions
2013 Skelmersdale United 6–1 King's Lynn Town The Walks, King's Lynn, Norfolk 321 [31][32]
2014 Halesowen Town 3–1 Curzon Ashton The Grove, Halesowen, West Midlands 440 [33][34]

Results by team[edit]

Teams that have won the cup at least once.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years
Boston United
4
1
1973, 1974, 1976, 1977
Altrincham
3
0
1979, 1998, 1999
Wigan Athletic
3
1
1971, 1972, 1975
Hyde United
2
2
1997, 2005
Marine
2
2
1994, 1995
Runcorn
2
2
1980, 1981
Stalybridge Celtic
2
2
1992, 2001
Accrington Stanley
2
0
2002, 2003
Mossley
1
4
1989
Barrow
1
1
1984
Burton Albion
1
1
1983
Fleetwood Town
1
1
2008
Gateshead
1
1
1986
Gainsborough Trinity
1
1
1997
Guiseley
1
1
2010
Leek Town
1
1
1990
Matlock Town
1
1
1978
Stafford Rangers
1
1
1985
Bangor City
1
0
1987
Blyth Spartans
1
0
2006
Burscough
1
0
2007
Chester
1
0
2012
Chorley
1
0
1988
Droylsden
1
0
2004
Eastwood Town
1
0
2009
F.C. Halifax Town
1
0
2011
Halesowen Town
1
0
2014
Leigh RMI
1
0
2000
Skelmersdale United
1
0
2013
Southport
1
0
1993
Witton Albion
1
0
1991

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ As Mossley won both the Northern Premier League and the Challenge Cup, Altrincham qualified as 2nd placed team of the NPL.
  2. ^ Mossley was the runner-up in the Northern Premier League. It is unknown why they played instead of the league champions, Bangor City
  3. ^ As Macclesfield Town won both the Northern Premier League and the Presidents Cup, Bangor City qualified as 2nd placed team of the NPL.
  4. ^ Due to Colne Dynamoes folding at the end of the season, Leek Town were selected to contest the shield as champions of Division One.
  5. ^ As Witton Albion won both the Northern Premier League and the Presidents Cup, Stalybridge Celtic qualified as 2nd placed team of the NPL.
  6. ^ Retford United would have qualified but its ground standards were not high enough for it to play in the shield.

References[edit]

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  29. ^ Graham, Chris (4 August 2012). "Blues claim Peter Swales Trophy". Chester FC. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
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  32. ^ Leatherbarrow, Neil (6 May 2013). "CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS, IT'S OFFICIAL". Skelmersdale United FC. Pitch Hero. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
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