George Wilson Cup

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George Wilson Cup
Organising body Irish Football Association
Founded1953
Region Northern Ireland
Current champions Knockbreda Reserves (2018–19)
Most successful club(s) Glentoran II (11 titles)

The George Wilson Memorial Cup is a competition open to the reserve football teams of member clubs of the NIFL Premiership. Initially it was open to all members of the B Division, both "attached and unattached" (i.e. reserve sides and independent intermediate clubs), but since 1977–78 it has been limited to reserve sides only.

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History

Founded in the 1952–53 season in memory of Crusaders official, George Wilson, the final has been traditionally held at Crusaders' home ground Seaview (with a few exceptions when matches have been held at Taylor's Avenue (Carrickfergus), Ballymena Showgrounds and Mourneview Park). Appropriately, the first winners were Crusaders Reserves.

The format has varied over the years between league format, straight knock-out and group format.

Past winners

Performance by club

TeamNo. of winsWinning years
Glentoran II 111965–66, 1966–67, 1979–80, 1986–87, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14
Linfield Swifts 101953–54, 1961–62, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1998–99, 2008–09, 2010–11
Cliftonville Olympic 51999–00, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2015–16, 2016–17
Coleraine Reserves 41954–55, 1985–86, 1991–92, 1995–96
Dundela 41964–65, 1967–68, 1971–72, 1974–75
Larne 41958–59, 1959–60, 1968–69, 1970–71
Ballyclare Comrades 31955–56, 1960–61, 1962–63
Bangor Reserves 31992–93, 1994–95, 1997–98
Crusaders Reserves 31952–53, 2006–07, 2014–15
Distillery II 31956–57, 1981–82, 1987–88
Ards II 21957–58, 1982–83
Ballymena United Reserves 21989–90, 1990–91
Dungannon Swifts Reserves 22003–04, 2005–06
Larne Olympic 21977–78, 1978–79
Ballyclare Comrades Reserves 11993–94
Brantwood 11972–73
Dungannon Swifts 11973–74
Glenavon Reserves 11963–64
Harland & Wolff Welders U20 12017–18
Knockbreda Reserves 12018–19
Limavady United 11975–76
Portadown Reserves 11996–97

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