Conference League Cup

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Conference League Cup
RegionFlag of England.svg  England
Number of teams68 (2008–09)
Last champions AFC Telford United (2008–09)
Most successful club(s) Bromsgrove Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Northwich Victoria
& Runcorn
(2 wins each)

The Conference League Cup (formerly known as the Setanta Shield for sponsorship reasons, and before that the Bob Lord Trophy) was a football competition open to clubs playing in the Football Conference.



The Conference League Cup was formed for the inaugural season of the Football Conference, in 1979–80 and existed for twenty-two seasons before being axed at the end of the 2000–01 season. [ citation needed ]

it was briefly reformed for the 2004–05 season, in the form of the Conference Challenge Cup, [1] but following a poor response it was again agreed not to renew the competition for the next season. [ citation needed ]

With the transfer of sponsorship of the Conference to Blue Square for the start of the 2007–08 season two seasons later, the re-introduction of the competition was announced, scheduled to commence that year. [2] On 23 June 2009 the Conference League Cup's sponsor, Setanta's GB division went into administration [3] and ceased broadcasting. [4] The tournament has not been held since 2009; part of the reason for this has been the inclusion of National League (Conference) sides in the Football League Trophy


The competition was a knockout tournament with pairings drawn at random – like the FA Cup there is a minimal form of seeding, in that members of the (higher-level) Conference National enter together at a later stage in the tournament, and the draw for each round took place after the completion of the round before. [ citation needed ]


Bob Lord Challenge Trophy
1979–80 Northwich Victoria Altrincham
1980–81 Altrincham Kettering Town
1981–82 Weymouth Enfield
1982–83 Runcorn Scarborough
1983–84 Scarborough Barnet
1984–85 Runcorn Maidstone United
1985–86 Stafford Rangers Barnet
1986–87 [5] Kettering Town Hendon
1987–88 Horwich RMI Weymouth
1988–89 Barnet Hyde United
1989–90 Yeovil Town Kidderminster Harriers
1990–91 Sutton United Barrow
1991–92 Wycombe Wanderers Runcorn
1992–93 Northwich Victoria Wycombe Wanderers
1993–94 Macclesfield Town Yeovil Town
1994–95 Bromsgrove Rovers Kettering Town
1995–96 Bromsgrove Rovers Macclesfield Town
1996–97 Kidderminster Harriers Macclesfield Town
1997–98 Morecambe Woking
1998–99 Doncaster Rovers Farnborough Town
1999–2000 Doncaster Rovers Kingstonian
2000–01 Chester City Kingstonian
Conference Cup
2004–05 Woking Stalybridge Celtic
Setanta Shield
2007–08 Aldershot Town Rushden & Diamonds
2008–09 AFC Telford United Forest Green Rovers

Source: [6] (note: source does not list finals for 1986–87 to 1988–89)

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