Staffordshire Senior Cup

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The West Bromwich Albion team display the Staffordshire Cup in 1883.

The Staffordshire Senior Challenge Cup is a football cup tournament based in the county of Staffordshire in England first competed for in 1877-78. Organised by the Staffordshire Football Association, it is competed for by a mix of clubs from Staffordshire and the surrounding areas. Both professional and amateur clubs may enter. In the modern age however professional teams such as Stoke City and Port Vale, the main clubs in Staffordshire, usually field a reserve team as they place more prestige on their respective leagues and professional cup competitions. This has left the door open for non-league sides to have more success in the cup as it is classed as a bigger achievement for them to win it.

In recent years the entries from clubs from neighbouring counties have virtually been phased out. Most County FAs now have their own separate Senior Cup competitions and this, coupled with the formation of the West Midlands county, has meant the entries for the Cup are quite low in some seasons. This has seen Market Drayton Town and Shifnal Town both enter since the turn of the millennium to make up the numbers, despite not being located in Staffordshire.

From the 2008–09 season the Staffordshire FA introduced a cut off point whereby teams lower than level 9 in the English football league system can not compete in the Senior Cup. Teams below the level of the North West Counties League Premier Division and Midland Football Alliance now compete in the sister competition the Staffordshire Senior Vase.

Aston Villa are the most successful sides in the competition's history with 16 wins. However the last of these triumphs came in 1928 and with Aston Villa being located in Birmingham in what is now classed as the West Midlands they are unlikely to add to this tally.

Stoke City are the most successful team from what is today classed at Staffordshire with 14 wins.

Historically the non-league side with the most wins is Stafford Rangers who have won the cup 10 times since the Second World War.

The most successful side from outside what is traditionally classed as Staffordshire are Kidderminster Harriers from Worcestershire, who won the competition 4 times in the 1980s. Worcester City and Redditch United have also won the competition from this county and Macclesfield Town and Northwich Victoria from neighbouring Cheshire


Results by team[edit]

Team No. of wins
Aston Villa 16
Bilston Town 5
Birmingham City 3
Blakenall 1
Burton Albion 1
Eastwood Hanley 1
Hednesford Town 3
Kidderminster Harriers 4
Kidsgrove Athletic 5
Leek Town 1
Macclesfield Town 2
Newcastle Town 1
Northwich Victoria 3
Oldbury United 1
Port Vale 3
Redditch United 1
Rocester 1
Rushall Olympic 2
Stafford Rangers 11
Stoke City 14
Tamworth 4
Walsall 4
Wednesbury Old Athletic 1
West Bromwich Albion 13
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2
Worcester City 1


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