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Manchester FA Senior Cup
Founded1885
RegionGreater Manchester
Number of teams6
Current championsManchester United U21 (2016)
Most successful club(s)Manchester United
(incl. Newton Heath (LYR) & Reserves)
WebsiteManchester FA

The Manchester FA Senior Cup (originally known as the Manchester and District Challenge Cup, later the Manchester Cup) is an annual football tournament held between the clubs of the Manchester Football Association which was first played in 1885; the first winners were Hurst who beat Newton Heath LYR in the final.

Organisation

The Manchester Senior Cup.
The Manchester Senior Cup.

The competition featured the major professional clubs of the Manchester area — Manchester United (as Newton Heath LYR until 1892 and Newton Heath until 1902), Manchester City (as Ardwick until 1894), Bolton Wanderers, Bury, Oldham Athletic, and Stockport County — until the 1970s, after which only non-league and amateur clubs entered. The Senior Cup was not held from 1980 to 1998, but was reintroduced as a reserve team tournament for the six professional clubs, typically in round-robin format with a final usually held at the end of the season in early May.

Manchester United has won the tournament 34 times (most recently in 2016), followed by Manchester City's reserve team with 21 victories (most recently in 2010).

In 2021, a medal from the competition won by Newton Heath's Tommy Fitzsimmons in 1893, believed to be the oldest such item relating to Manchester United to have been offered for sale, was auctioned for £24,000.[1]

Winners

Season Winner
1885 Hurst
1886 Newton Heath LYR
1887 West Manchester
1888 Newton Heath LYR
1889 Newton Heath LYR
1890 Newton Heath LYR
1891 Ardwick
1892 Ardwick
1893 Newton Heath
1894 Bury
1895 Hurst
1896 Bury
1897 Bury
1898 Stockport County
1899 Stockport County
1900 Bury
1901 Manchester City
1902 Newton Heath
1903 Bury/Manchester City (shared)
1904
1905 Bury
1906
1907 Manchester City
1908 Manchester United
1909
1910 Manchester United
1911 Manchester City
1912 Manchester United
1913 Manchester United
1914 Hurst
1915 Stockport County
1916–1919 Not played
1920 Manchester United
1921
1922 Bolton Wanderers
1923 Stockport County
1924 Manchester United
1925 Bury
1926 Manchester United
1927
1928 Manchester City
1929 Manchester City
1930 Wigan Borough
1931 Manchester United
1932 Manchester City
1933 Manchester City
1934 Manchester United
1935
1936 Manchester United
1937 Manchester United
1938
1939 Manchester United
1940–1946 Not played
1947
1948 Manchester United
1949 Manchester City
1950
1951 Bury
1952 Bury
1953
1954
1955 Manchester United
1956
1957 Manchester United
1958
1959 Manchester United
1960
1961
1962 Bury
1963 Bolton Wanderers
1964 Manchester United
1965
1966
1967
1968 Bury
1969
1970
1971 Dukinfield Town
1972 Mossley
1973 Droylsden
1974 Oldham Athletic
1975 Hyde United
1976 Ashton United
1977 Mossley
1978 Ashton United
1979 Droylsden
1980–1998 Not played
1999 Manchester United Reserves
2000 Manchester United Reserves
2001 Manchester United Reserves
2002 Oldham Athletic Reserves
2003
2004 Manchester United Reserves[2]
2005 Manchester City Reserves
2006 Manchester United Reserves
2007 Manchester City Reserves
2008 Manchester United Reserves
2009 Manchester United Reserves
2010 Manchester City Reserves[3]
2011 Manchester United Reserves[4]
2012 Manchester United Reserves
2013 Manchester United Reserves[5]
2014 Manchester United Reserves[6]
2015 Bolton Wanderers U21[7]
2016 Manchester United (U21)[8]
2017

References

  1. ^ Manchester United: Winner's medal sold at auction for £24,100, Stuart Reid, Ayr Advertiser, 9 September 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2022
  2. ^ Manchester Senior Cup Winners!, TheFootballNetwork.net, 11 May 2004. Retrieved 20 February 2022
  3. ^ Manchester Senior Cup Manchester Senior Cup 2009-10, Football Club History Database. Retrieved 20 February 2022
  4. ^ Manchester Senior Cup 2010-11, Football Club History Database. Retrieved 20 February 2022
  5. ^ No Manchester Senior Cup final for 2012/13, Manchester City FC, 17 May 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2022
  6. ^ Manchester Senior Cup | 2013/2014 | Final, Soccerway. Retrieved 20 February 2022
  7. ^ Bolton Wanderers beat Manchester City to lift Manchester Senior Cup, Bolton News, 31 August 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2022
  8. ^ Manchester Senior Cup | 2013/2014 | Final, Soccerway. Retrieved 20 February 2022