Ulster Senior Cup (rugby union)

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The logo of the Ulster Branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union

The Ulster Senior Cup is a knock-out competition for senior rugby union teams in the province of Ulster.

It is administered by Ulster Rugby.

The most successful club is Queen's University with 23 wins. The current holder is Ballynahinch.

The winners compete with the other three provincial cup winners for the All-Ireland Cup.

Entry requirements[edit]

Entry is currently restricted to rugby clubs from Ulster that play in the All-Ireland League.

Performance by club[edit]

Performance Table
Club Winners Runners-Up Total Finals Last Title
Queen's University 23 17 40 2013-14
Instonians 19 9 28 1998-99
North of Ireland 18 18 36 1972-73
Ballymena 14 10 23 2012-13
Dungannon 10 7 17 2010-11
Collegians 8 12 20 1982-83
Malone 7 16 23 1991-92
C.I.Y.M.S. 6 6 12 1977-78
Ballynahinch 4 3 7 2016-17
Bangor 3 5 8 1985-86
Belfast Harlequins 3 2 5 2007-08
Ards 2 0 2 1986-87
Albion 1 5 6 1888-89
City of Derry 1 2 3 1999-2000
Knock 1 2 3 1910-11
Lisburn 1 1 2 1887-88
City of Armagh 1 0 1 2017-18
Banbridge 0 1 1 n/a
Carrickfergus 0 1 1 n/a
Civil Service 0 1 1 n/a
Fortwilliam 0 1 1 n/a
Holywood 0 1 1 n/a
Rainey Old Boys 0 1 1 n/a

Finals[edit]

1880s[edit]

  • 1884-85 NIFC (North of Ireland) 19-4 Lisburn
  • 1885-86 Queen's College 6-0 Albion
  • 1886-87 Queen's College 5-0 NIFC
  • 1887-88 Lisburn 5-0 Albion
  • 1888-89 Albion 4-3 Queen's College

1890s[edit]

  • 1889-90 Queen's College 13-0 Albion
  • 1890-91 Queen's College 8-0 Albion
  • 1891-92 Queen's College 6-0 Albion
  • 1892-93 NIFC 3-0 Queen's College (After extra time in Replay)
  • 1893-94 NIFC 11-8 Collegians
  • 1894-95 NIFC 3-0 Collegians
  • 1895-96 NIFC 11-3 Collegians
  • 1896-97 NIFC 9-3 Queen's College[1]
  • 1897-98 NIFC 13-0 Queen's College[2]
  • 1898-99 NIFC 16-3 Collegians[3]

1900s[edit]

  • 1899-1900 Queen's College 16-0 Holywood[4]
  • 1900-01 NIFC 14-0 Dungannon[5]
  • 1901-02 NIFC 6-0 Malone[6]
  • 1902-03 Queen's College 6-0 NIFC[7]
  • 1903-04 Malone 10-3 Queen's College
  • 1904-05 Malone 8-5 Fortwilliam
  • 1905-06 Collegians 8-0 NIFC
  • 1906-07 Malone 13-3 Collegians
  • 1907-08 NIFC 10-0 Knock
  • 1908-09 Queen's University 16-6 NIFC

1910s[edit]

  • 1909-10 Collegians 10-6 Queen's University
  • 1910-11 Knock 6-5 NIFC
  • 1911-12 Queen's University 13-0 Malone
  • 1912-13 Collegians 9-3 Knock[8]
  • 1913-14 All Senior Rugby was suspended in early 1914 due to the Home Rule crisis and the Senior Cup was not played.[9]
  • 1914-1919 Not played due to World War I

1920s[edit]

  • 1919-20 NIFC 5-0 Queen's University
  • 1920-21 Queen's University 19-6 NIFC (at Balmoral)[10]
  • 1921-22 Instonians 8-0 Queen's University (at Balmoral)[11]
  • 1922-23 Instonians 19-5 Queen's University (at Balmoral)[12]
  • 1923-24 Queen's University 16-8 Instonians (at Ravenhill)[13]
  • 1924-25 Queen's University 14-3 Instonians (at Ravenhill)[14]
  • 1925-26 Collegians 11-3 Queen's University (at Ravenhill)[15]
  • 1926-27 Instonians 8-3 NIFC (after extra time)[16]
  • 1927-28 Instonians 3-0 NIFC[17]
  • 1928-29 Instonians 23-13 NIFC[18]

1930s[edit]

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

  • 1949-50 Instonians 11-0 Malone[29]
  • 1950-51 Queen's University 15-0 NIFC
  • 1951-52 Collegians 8-3 Queen's University
  • 1952-53 C.I.Y.M.S. 9-6 Collegians
  • 1953-54 Instonians 6-0 Queen's University[30]
  • 1954-55 NIFC 17-3 Queen's University
  • 1955-56 Instonians 6-3 C.I.Y.M.S.
  • 1956-57 Instonians 6-3 Ballymena
  • 1957-58 Instonians 3-0 Ballymena
  • 1958-59 Queen's University beat C.I.Y.M.S.

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

  • 1969-70 Ballymena beat C.I.Y.M.S.
  • 1970-71 Malone 6-3 NIFC[38]
  • 1971-72 C.I.Y.M.S. 22-18 Ballymena
  • 1972-73 NIFC 25-12 Malone
  • 1973-74 C.I.Y.M.S. 16-6 Bangor
  • 1974-75 Ballymena 13-3 C.I.Y.M.S.[39]
  • 1975-76 Dungannon 12-9 Instonians[40]
  • 1976-77 Ballymena 14-4 NIFC[41]
  • 1977-78 C.I.Y.M.S. 14-12 Ballymena
  • 1978-79 Instonians 9-6 NIFC[42]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

  • 1989-90 Ballymena 17-9 Malone
  • 1990-91 Ballymena 13-0 Bangor
  • 1991-92 Malone 13-3 NIFC
  • 1992-93 Dungannon 20-18 Ballymena
  • 1993-94 Dungannon 14-10 Instonians[45]
  • 1994-95 Dungannon 21-16 Instonians
  • 1995-96 Ballymena beat Malone
  • 1996-97 Ballymena 20-13 Malone
  • 1997-98 Dungannon beat Malone
  • 1998-99 Instonians beat Malone

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

See also[edit]

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