NIFL Charity Shield

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NIFL Charity Shield
Founded1992
RegionNorthern Ireland
Number of teams2
Current champions Linfield (2017)
Most successful club(s) Linfield – 4 titles
(3 outright titles + 1 shared)
Website NI Football League

The Northern Ireland Football League Charity Shield is the national association football super cup in Northern Ireland. It has been held on an occasional basis since its inauguration in 1992. Similar to the English FA Community Shield, it pits together the previous campaign's Irish League champions and Irish Cup winners, providing the opening match of the Irish League season. The 2014 edition, the first since 2000, saw 2013–14 NIFL Premiership champions Cliftonville face 2013–14 Irish Cup runners-up Ballymena United. Cup winners Glenavon were unable to take part due to a pre-arranged fixture. [1] Cliftonville defeated Ballymena United 4–2 on penalties following a 0–0 draw after 90 minutes, lifting the Shield for the second time. [2]

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Linfield are the current holders, after they defeated Coleraine 3–1 in the 2017 edition to win the competition for a record fourth time overall, and the first time since winning the final edition of the Shield held before its hiatus in 2000. [3] The match was again forgone in 2018, with the teams involved in European competition. [4]

Sponsorship

McEwan's Lager sponsored the competition between 1992 and 1994, and Wilkinson Sword were sponsors from 1998 until 2000, both of whom also sponsored other competitions in Irish League football. The proceeds from the 2014 and 2015 editions were donated to the Northern Ireland Hospice. [5]

Format

The Shield is held in early August as a single match. In the 1992 and 1993 editions, the trophy was shared between the two competing sides for six months when both matches finished level at full-time. However, the rules were later changed to ensure an outright winner. In the 2014 edition, a penalty shoot-out was used to determine the winner when the match ended level after 90 minutes, without extra time being played.

Matches

YearDateWinner
(number of titles)
ScoreRunner-upVenue
19928 August Glenavon (1)
Glentoran (1)
(trophy shared)
1 1 Windsor Park, Belfast
199310 August Bangor (1)
Linfield (1)
(trophy shared)
1 1
19943 August Linfield (2)2 0 Bangor
19988 August Cliftonville (1)1 0 Glentoran The Oval, Belfast
19998 August Portadown (1)2 1 Glentoran Mourneview Park, Lurgan
20005 August Linfield (3)2 0 Glentoran Windsor Park, Belfast
20142 August Cliftonville (2)0 0 (4 2 pen.) [2] Ballymena United Solitude, Belfast
20151 August Glentoran (2)1 0 [6] Crusaders
201630 July Glenavon (2)1 0 [7] Crusaders Mourneview Park, Lurgan
20175 August Linfield (4)3 1 [3] Coleraine The Oval, Belfast

Performance by club

TeamWins
(Outright Wins / Shared Titles)
Years (* Title was Shared)Runner-up
Linfield 4 (3/1)1993*, 1994, 2000, 2017-
Cliftonville 2 (2/0)1998, 2014-
Glentoran 2 (1/1)1992*, 20151998, 1999, 2000
Glenavon 2 (1/1)1992*, 2016-
Portadown 1 (1/0)1999-
Bangor 1 (0/1)1993*-
Crusaders --2015, 2016
Bangor --1994
Ballymena United --2014
Coleraine --2017

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References

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  2. 1 2 "Cliftonville beat Ballymena in Charity Shield shoot-out". BBC Sport . 2 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
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