Mid-Ulster Cup

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Mid-Ulster Cup
Organising bodyMid-Ulster Football Association
Region Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland
Most successful club(s) Glenavon (27 titles)

The Mid-Ulster Cup is a senior football competition in Northern Ireland run by the Mid-Ulster Football Association (founded 2 April 1887 [1] ). The competition has historically featured teams based in County Armagh, east County Tyrone, and west County Down, though teams from outside the Mid-Ulster FA's jurisdiction have also competed on occasion, with Bangor (affiliated to the County Antrim & District F.A.) winning the cup in 1995/96.


First held in 1887/88, the inaugural edition was won by Milford. For 30 seasons, from 1947/48 to 1977/78, while remaining a senior competition, senior clubs declined to take part, instead fielding their reserve teams. Senior clubs returned, however, for the 1978/79 season, when the Bob Radcliffe Cup was introduced as an intermediate competition. [2]

The competition is currently sponsored by EuroElectrix, and has been sponsored in the past by Golden Cow Dairies, Dukes Transport, Tennent's Lager, Bass, Ted Clarke, McEwan's Lager, Silverwood Hotel, Rushmere Shopping Centre and Belfast Telegraph.

Winners and finals

Winners 1888-1978

Incomplete list of winners [3]

1887/88 Milford
1888/89 Milford
1889/90East Lancashire Regiment
1893/94Royal Irish Rifles
1894/95Duke of Cornwall's Regiment
1897/98 Glenavon
1898/99 Portadown
1899/00 Portadown
1901/02 Glenavon
1902/03 Portadown
1903/04 Portadown
1904/05 Glenavon
1905/06 Portadown
1906/07 Glenavon
1907/08 Portadown
1908/09 Glenavon
1909/10 Portadown
1910/11 Glenavon
1911/12Lurgan Celtic [I]
1912/13Lurgan Celtic [I]
1913/14Lurgan Rangers
1914/15Lurgan Celtic [I]
1915/16not known
1916/17not known
1917/18not known
1918/19not known
1919/20not known
1920/21not known
1921/22not known
1922/23not known
1923/24not known
1924/25 Glenavon
1925/26 Glenavon
1926/27Banbridge United
1927/28not known
1928/29not known
1929/30not known
1930/31 Glenavon
1931/32 Portadown
1932/33 Glenavon
1933/34 Portadown
1934/35Gilford Crusaders
1936/37 Newry Town
1937/38 Glenavon
1938/39Hanover United FC
1939/40 to


Not Held
1947/48 Glenavon Reserves
1948/49 Banbridge Town
1949/50 Banbridge Town Dromore Athletic (Shared)
1950/51 Seapatrick
1951/52 Seapatrick
1952/53 Tandragee Rovers
1953/54 Tandragee Rovers
1954/55 Seapatrick
1955/56 Tandragee Rovers
1956/57 Newry Town
1957/58 Glenavon Reserves
1958/59 Banbridge Town
1959/60 Tandragee Rovers
1960/61 Portadown Reserves
1961/62 Tandragee Rovers
1962/63 Portadown Reserves
1963/64 Newry Town
1964/65 Portadown Reserves
1965/66 Glenavon Reserves
1966/67 Newry Town
1968/69 Newry Town
1969/70 Portadown Reserves
1970/71 Dungannon Swifts
1971/72 Glenavon Reserves
1972/73New Century
1973/74 Banbridge Town
1974/75 Newry Town
1975/76 Dungannon Swifts
1976/77 Glenavon Reserves
1977/78 Newry Town

Finals since 1979

1978/79 Newry Town 2-1 Portadown
1979/80 Banbridge Town Newry Town
1980/81 Portadown Glenavon
1981/82 Portadown Glenavon
1982/83 Portadown Glenavon
1983/84 Glenavon 2-0 Newry Town
1984/85 Newry Town 4-1 Portadown
1985/86 Glenavon 1-0 Oxford United
1986/87 Newry Town Glenavon
1987/88 Dungannon Swifts Glenavon
1988/89 Glenavon 1-0 Newry Town
1989/90 Newry Town 4-0 Banbridge Town
1990/91 Glenavon 3-1 Portadown
1991/92 Glenavon 2-1 Portadown After extra-time.

Trophy withheld as Glenavon fielded ineligible player.

1992/93 Portadown 2-1 Newry Town
1993/94 Portadown 3-0 Dungannon Swifts
1994/95 Portadown 4-1 Newry Town
1995/96 Bangor 3-1 Dungannon Swifts
1996/97 Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Distillery
1997/98 Portadown 0-0 Dungannon Swifts (6-5 pens)
1998/99 Glenavon 3-1 Ards
1999/00 Newry Town 1-0 Banbridge Town
2000/01 Armagh City 3-1 Newry Town
2001/02 Portadown 5-1 Lurgan Celtic 2nd replay (held over to following season).

Game 1: 2-2; Game 2: 1-1 (abandoned - waterlogged pitch).

2002/03 Portadown 3-1 Dungannon Swifts Portadown withdrew from future editions of competition. [4]
2003/04 Loughgall 2-2 Newry Town (3-1 pens)
2004/05 Glenavon 1-0 Loughgall [5]
2005/06 Dungannon Swifts 3-1 Glenavon
2006/07 Newry City 2-1 Annagh United [6]
2007/08 Loughgall 2-0 Banbridge Town After extra-time [7]
2008/09 Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Loughgall [8]
2009/10 Glenavon 3-2 Loughgall [9]
2010/11 Glenavon 2-0 Dungannon Swifts [10]
2011/12 Newry City 1-0 Glenavon [11]
2012/13 Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Banbridge Town After extra-time. [12]
2013/14 Dungannon Swifts 3-1 Annagh United After extra-time. [13]
2014/15 Dungannon Swifts 3-2 Armagh City After extra-time
2015/16 Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Armagh City [14]
2016/17 Warrenpoint Town 3-2 Armagh City After extra-time
2017/18 Glenavon 3-1 Newry City A.F.C. [15]
2018/19 Glenavon 4-3 Warrenpoint Town [16]
2019/20 Loughgall 3-2 Glenavon [17]
2020/21 Glenavon 1-0 Loughgall [18]

Performance by club

Last win
Glenavon 272020/21
Portadown 212002/03
Newry City 142011/12
Dungannon Swifts 102015/16
Banbridge Town 51979/80
Tandragee Rovers 51961/62
Seapatrick 31954/55
Loughgall 32019/20
Milford 21888/89
Armagh City 12000/01
Bangor 11995/96
Cornwall Regiment11894/95
Gilford Crusaders11934/35
1st Lancashire Regiment11889/90
Lurgan Celtic [I]11912/13
Lurgan Rangers11913/14
Royal Irish Rifles11893/94
New Century11972/73
Warrenpoint Town 12016/17

See also

County Antrim Shield

North West Senior Cup

Bob Radcliffe Cup

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