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Flag of Hertfordshire
|Region|| Hertfordshire |
|Number of teams||22|
|Current champions||Boreham Wood (7th title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Barnet (19 titles)|
The Herts Senior Cup, officially titled the Hertfordshire County Football Association Senior Challenge Cup, is the oldest County-based football Cup competition based exclusively in Hertfordshire, England. It was first contested in the 1886-87 season and won by Hoddesdon Town. It has been contested every year since except for the years 1915 to 1918 when it was suspended during World War I. It is usually contested by the twenty-two most senior Clubs in the County, though this number has been higher and lower in previous years.
Finals have nearly always been staged at a neutral venue in the County, apart from a few seasons in the mid-1960s when the final was played over two-legs. Since the 2004-05 season, finals have been staged at the Herts FA's headquarters at the County Ground, Letchworth Garden City, with the exception of 2010-11, when the final was moved to Underhill as the final was contested between two Football League clubs, Barnet and Stevenage, prompting safety concerns.
The current holders are Boreham Wood.
|1890–91||Watford Rovers||6–2||St. Albans|
|1892–93||St. Albans||4–1||West Hertfordshire Association|
|1893–94||West Hertfordshire||5–1||West Hertfordshire Association|
|1894–95||Hitchin||2–0||Watford St. Marys|
|1900–01||St. Albans Amateurs||1–1||Stanville|
|St. Albans Amateurs||Awarded to St Albans Amateurs after Stanville failed to appear for the replay.||Stanville|
|1901–02||St Albans Amateurs||4–2||Ware|
|1903–04||Ware||2–2||St. Albans Amateurs|
|Ware||3–1||St. Albans Amateurs|
|1904–05||Hitchin||2–0||Watford Victoria Works|
|1906–07||Ware||5–1||Hitchin Blue Cross|
|1910–11||Waltham Glendale||3–1||St. Albans City|
|1913–14||Leavesden Asylum||4–1||Hitchin Union Jack|
|1919–20||Leavesden Mental Hospital||1–0||Welwyn|
|1920–21||Watford Old Boys||2–1||Hitchin Blue Cross|
|1922–23||Hitchin Blue Cross||1–0||Watford Old Boys|
|1924–25||St Albans City||2–1||Leavesden Mental Hospital|
|1926–27||Watford Old Boys||6–4||Ware|
|1927–28||Watford Old Boys||3–1*||Baldock Town|
|1928–29||St Albans City||1-0||Apsley|
|1929–30||Leavesden Mental Hospital||3–2||Apsley|
|1930–31||Hitchin Town||0–0||Leavesden Mental Hospital|
|Hitchin Town||3–0||Leavesden Mental Hospital|
|1932–33||Bishop's Stortford||3–1||Bushey United|
|1933–34||Hitchin Town||3–2||Hertford Town|
|1934–35||St. Albans City||4–2*||Leavesden Mental Hospital|
|1935–36||Letchworth Town||3–1||Leavesden Mental Hospital|
|1936–37||Leavesden Mental Hospital||2–1||Apsley|
|1937–38||Hitchin Town||4–1||Leavesden Mental Hospital|
|1938–39||Hitchin Town||1–1||Leavesden Mental Hospital|
|Hitchin Town||3–0||Leavesden Mental Hospital|
|1940–41||Hitchin Town||3–2||Leavesden Mental Hospital|
|1941–42||Barnet||3–1||St. Albans City|
|1942–43||Hitchin Town||5–1||St. Albans City|
|1943–44||St. Albans City||4–1||Hitchin Town|
|1945–46||Barnet||6–0||R.E.M.E. (Cupid Green)|
|1946–47||St. Albans City||5–2||Berkhamsted Town|
|1947–48||Barnet||3–1||St. Albans City|
|1950–51||St. Albans City||3–0||Hitchin Town|
|1951–52||Letchworth Town||1–0||Hoddesdon Town|
|1952–53||Berkhamsted Town||4–2||St. Albans City|
|1954–55||St. Albans City||1–0||Bishop's Stortford|
|1955–56||St. Albans City||4–1||Letchworth Town|
|1956–57||St. Albans City||5–1||Hitchin Town|
|1957–58||Barnet||2–1||St. Albans City|
|1961–62||Hitchin Town||2–0||Hemel Hempstead|
|1963–64||Bishop's Stortford||3–2||Hertford Town|
|Bishop's Stortford||1–1||Hertford Town|
|1964–65||Barnet||2–2||St. Albans City|
|Barnet||3–0||St. Albans City|
|1965–66||St. Albans City||0–0||Hemel Hempstead|
|St. Albans City||2–1||Hemel Hempstead|
|1966–67||Hertford Town||5–2||Boreham Wood|
|Hertford Town||0–2||Boreham Wood|
|1967–68||St. Albans City||1–0||Hertford Town|
|1968–69||St. Albans City||3–2||Cheshunt|
|1970–71||Bishop's Stortford||1–1||St. Albans City|
|Bishop's Stortford||1–0||St. Albans City|
|1972–73||Bishop's Stortford||2–0*||Hitchin Town|
|1974–75||Hitchin Town||2–0||Boreham Wood|
|1976–77||Hitchin Town||2–0||Bishop's Stortford|
|1978–79||Watford||3–2*||St. Albans City|
|1986–87||Bishop's Stortford||2–0||Letchworth Garden City|
|1989–90||Hertford Town||2–0||St. Albans City|
|1994–95||Watford||4–0||St. Albans City|
|1996–97||Hitchin Town||4–1||Boreham Wood|
|1999–00||St. Albans City||3–1||Baldock Town|
|2001–02||Boreham Wood||3–2||London Colney|
|2004–05||St. Albans City||2–1||Boreham Wood|
|2005–06||Bishop's Stortford||1–0||Stevenage Borough|
|2006–07||Barnet||4–2||Hemel Hempstead Town|
|2011–12||Bishop's Stortford||7–2||Oxhey Jets|
|2012–13||Hemel Hempstead Town||2–0||Potters Bar Town|
|2013–14||Boreham Wood||1–1 (3–1^)||Bishop's Stortford|
|2014–15||Hemel Hempstead Town||1–0||Boreham Wood|
|2015–16||Hitchin Town||2–1||Boreham Wood|
|2016–17||Hitchin Town||2–1||Bishop's Stortford|
|2017–18||Boreham Wood||2–1||Royston Town|
|2018–19||Boreham Wood||1–0||St. Albans City|
|2019–20||Hemel Hempstead Town||Not played and awarded jointly due to Covid-19||St. Albans City|
|Club||Wins||Last final won||Runners–up||Last final lost|
|St. Albans City||15||2004–05||12||2018-19|
|Hemel Hempstead Town||7||2014–15||11||2006–07|
|Leavesden Mental Hospital||5||1936–37||7||1940–41|
|Letchworth Garden City||3||1951–52||3||1986–87|
|Watford Old Boys||3||1927–28||1||1922–23|
|St. Albans Amateurs||2||1901–02||1||1903–04|
|Hitchin Blue Cross||1||1922–23||2||1920–21|
|West Hertfordshire Association||0||N/A||2||1893–94|
|Potters Bar Town||0||N/A||1||2012–13|
|R.E.M.E. (Cupid Green)||0||N/A||1||1945–46|
|Hitchin Union Jack||0||N/A||1||1913–14|
|Watford Victoria Works||0||N/A||1||1904–05|
Hertfordshire is one of the home counties in southern England. It is bordered by Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire to the north, Essex to the east, Greater London to the south, and Buckinghamshire to the west. For government statistical purposes, it is placed in the East of England region. The county covers an area of 634 square miles (1,640 km2). The county derives its name from a hart (stag) and a ford, used as the components of the county's coat of arms and of the flag. Hertfordshire County Council is based in Hertford, once the main market town.
Watford Football Club is an English professional football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire. They play in the Championship, the second tier of English football, having been relegated from Premier League in 2020. The club recognises its foundation as 1881, aligned with that of its antecedent, Watford Rovers, and was established as Watford Football Club in 1898. After finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The team played at several grounds in their early history, before moving to Vicarage Road in 1922. They have a long-standing rivalry with nearby club Luton Town.
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Berkhamsted Town F.C. was a football club from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The club was founded in 1919, played in a black & white strip, and was nicknamed the Lilywhites or Berko. The team began the 2008–09 season playing in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, but was dissolved in January 2009 due to its outstanding debts. Supporters set up a new club, Berkhamsted F.C., in the summer of 2009.
Hoddesdon Town Football Club is a football club based in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England. They are currently members of the Essex Senior League and play at Lowfield. The club were the first-ever winners of the FA Vase.
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Oxhey Jets Football Club is an English semi-professional football club based in South Oxhey, Hertfordshire. Founded by John R Elliott BEM their General Manager. They currently compete in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division and play their home matches at The Boundary Stadium on Altham Way. The club is affiliated to the Hertfordshire Football Association.
Welwyn Garden City Football Club is a football club based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. They currently play in the Southern League Division One Central.
Sun Sports Football Club are a football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. They were established in 1901 and joined the Herts Senior County League in 1947. They are currently members of the Herts County League Division One.
Kings Langley Football Club are a semi-professional association football club in the village and civil parish of Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, England. The club have spent the majority of their history in the Hertfordshire County League, they joined the Spartan South Midlands Football League in 2001, winning the Premier Division in the 2015–16 season and are currently members of the Southern League Premier Division Central. In 2015–16 they joined Truro City, Chester FC, FC United of Manchester and Gretna FC as the only clubs in the United Kingdom with three or more successive promotions.
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