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|Current champions||Stafford Rangers (13th title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Stoke City (19 titles)|
The Staffordshire Senior Challenge Cup is a football cup tournament based in the county of Staffordshire in England first competed for in 1877–78. Organised by the Staffordshire Football Association, it is competed for by a mix of clubs from Staffordshire and the surrounding areas. Both professional and amateur clubs may enter. In the modern age however professional teams such as Stoke City and Port Vale, the main clubs in Staffordshire, usually field a reserve team as they place more prestige on their respective leagues and professional cup competitions. This has left the door open for non-league sides to have more success in the cup as it is classed as a bigger achievement for them to win it.
In recent years the entries from clubs from neighbouring counties have virtually been phased out. Most County FAs now have their own separate Senior Cup competitions and this, coupled with the formation of the West Midlands county, has meant the entries for the Cup are quite low in some seasons. This has seen Market Drayton Town and Shifnal Town both enter since the turn of the millennium to make up the numbers, despite not being located in Staffordshire.
From the 2008–09 season the Staffordshire FA introduced a cut off point whereby teams lower than level 9 in the English football league system can not compete in the Senior Cup. Teams below the level of the North West Counties League Premier Division and Midland Football Alliance now compete in the sister competition the Staffordshire Senior Vase.
Stoke City are the most successful sides in the competition's history with 19 wins.
Historically the non-league side with the most wins is Stafford Rangers who have won the cup 11 times since the Second World War.
The most successful side from outside what is traditionally classed as Staffordshire are Kidderminster Harriers from Worcestershire, who won the competition 4 times in the 1980s. Worcester City and Redditch United have also won the competition from this county and Macclesfield Town and Northwich Victoria from neighbouring Cheshire
|1877–78||Stoke (1)||Talke Rangers|
|1879–80||Wednesbury Old Athletic (1)||Aston Villa|
|1880–81||Aston Villa (1)||Walsall Swifts|
|1881–82||Walsall Town (1)||Walsall Swifts|
|1882–83||West Bromwich Albion (1)||Stoke|
|1883–84||Birmingham St. George's (1)||West Bromwich Albion|
|1884–85||Walsall Town (2)||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1885–86||West Bromwich Albion (2)||Stoke|
|1886–87||West Bromwich Albion (3)||Walsall Swifts|
|1887–88||Wolverhampton Wanderers (1)||West Bromwich Albion|
|1888–89||West Bromwich Albion (4)||Leek|
|1889–90||Birmingham St. George's (2)||Walsall Town Swifts|
|1890–91||Aston Villa (2)||Stoke|
|1891–92||Burton Swifts (1)||Aston Villa|
|1892–93||Aston Villa (3)||Walsall Town Swifts|
|1893–94||Aston Villa (4)||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1894–95||Burton Wanderers (1)||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1895–96||Aston Villa (5)||Stoke|
|1896–97||Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)||Stoke|
|1897–98||Burslem Port Vale (1)||West Bromwich Albion|
|1898–99||Aston Villa (6)||Walsall|
|1899-00||West Bromwich Albion (5)||Burslem Port Vale|
|1900–01||Wolverhampton Wanderers (3)||Stoke|
|1901–02||West Bromwich Albion (6)||Stoke|
|1902–03||West Bromwich Albion (7)||Stoke|
|1903–04||Stoke (3) & Wolverhampton Wanderers (4) (Trophy shared)|
|1904–05||Small Heath (1)||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1905–06||Aston Villa (7)||Burton United|
|1906–07||Aston Villa (8)||West Bromwich Albion|
|1907–08||Birmingham (2)||West Bromwich Albion|
|1908–09||Aston Villa (9)||Birmingham|
|1909–10||Aston Villa (10)||West Bromwich Albion|
|1910–11||Aston Villa (11)||Walsall|
|1911–12||Burslem Port Vale (2)||Birmingham|
|1912–13||Aston Villa (12)||Birmingham|
|1914–15||Birmingham (3)||Aston Villa|
|1919–20||Port Vale (3)||Birmingham|
|1921–22||Wolverhampton Wanderers (4)||Walsall|
|1922–23||Walsall (2)||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1923–24||West Bromwich Albion (8)||Stoke|
|1924–25||Aston Villa (13)||West Bromwich Albion|
|1925–26||West Bromwich Albion (9)||Stoke|
|1927–28||Aston Villa (14)||Port Vale|
|1928–29||Walsall (4)||Aston Villa|
|1929–30||Stoke City (6)||Port Vale|
|1930–31||Aston Villa (15)||Walsall|
|1931–32||West Bromwich Albion (10)||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1932–33||West Bromwich Albion (11)||Aston Villa|
|1933–34||Stoke City (7)||Aston Villa|
|1934–35||Wolverhampton Wanderers (5)||Stoke City|
|1935–36||Wolverhampton Wanderers (6)||Stafford Rangers|
|1936–37||Wolverhampton Wanderers (7)||Birmingham|
|1937–38||Wolverhampton Wanderers (8)||West Bromwich Albion|
|1938–39||Stoke City (8)||Kidderminster Harriers|
|1946–47||Port Vale (4)||Stafford Rangers|
|1947–48||Stoke City (9)||Port Vale|
|1948–49||Port Vale (5)||Walsall|
|1949–50||Wolverhampton Wanderers (9)||Walsall|
|1950–51||West Bromwich Albion (12)||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1951–52||Wolverhampton Wanderers (10)||Stoke City|
|1952–53||Port Vale (6)||Walsall|
|1953–54||Aston Villa (16)||Stafford Rangers|
|1954–55||Stafford Rangers (1)||Leek Town|
|1955–56||Burton Albion (1)||Tamworth|
|1956–57||Stafford Rangers (2)||Bilston|
|1957–58||Bilston (1)||Stafford Rangers|
|1958–59||Tamworth (1)||Stafford Rangers|
|1959–60||Bilston (2)||Stafford Rangers|
|1960–61||Bilston (3)||Stafford Rangers|
|1961–62||Bilston (4)||Brierley Hill Alliance|
|1962–63||Stafford Rangers (3)||Bilston|
|1963–64||Tamworth (2)||Brierley Hill Alliance|
|1964–65||Stoke City (10)||Bilston|
|1966–67||Wolverhampton Wanderers (11)||Tamworth|
|1967–68||Walsall (5)||Kidderminster Harriers|
|1968–69||Stoke City (11) & West Bromwich Albion (13) (Trophy shared)|
|1969–70||Hednesford Town (1)||Kidderminster Harriers|
|1970–71||Stoke City (12)||Tamworth|
|1971–72||Stafford Rangers (4)||Stoke City|
|1972–73||Stafford Rangers (5)||Port Vale|
|1973–74||Hednesford Town (2)||Stoke City|
|1974–75||Stoke City (13)||Armitage|
|1975–76||Stoke City (14)||Stafford Rangers|
|1976–77||Worcester City (1)||Burton Albion|
|1977–78||Stafford Rangers (6)||Kidderminster Harriers|
|1978–79||Northwich Victoria (1)||Kidderminster Harriers|
|1979–80||Northwich Victoria (2)||Leek Town|
|1980–81||Kidderminster Harriers (1)||Stoke City|
|1981–82||Stoke City (15)||Leek Town|
|1982–83||Kidderminster Harriers (2)||Willenhall Town|
|1983–84||Kidderminster Harriers (3)||Halesowen Town|
|1984–85||Kidderminster Harriers (4)||Leek Town|
|1985–86||Eastwood Hanley (1)||Bilston|
|1986–87||Stafford Rangers (7)||Northwich Victoria|
|1987–88||Oldbury United (1)||Stafford Rangers|
|1988–89||Halesowen Town (1)||Sutton Coldfield Town|
|1989–90||Northwich Victoria (3)||Macclesfield Town|
|1990–91||Redditch United (1)||Northwich Victoria|
|1991–92||Stafford Rangers (8)||Chasetown|
|1992–93||Stoke City (16)||Hednesford Town|
|1993–94||Macclesfield Town (1)||Wednesfield Social|
|1994–95||Stoke City (17)||Paget Rangers|
|1995–96||Leek Town (1)||Newcastle Town|
|1996–97||Macclesfield Town (2)||Bilston Town|
|1997–98||Bilston Town (5)||Tamworth|
|1998–99||Stoke City (18)||Leek Town|
|2000–01||Port Vale (7)||Rocester|
|2001–02||Tamworth (4)||Newcastle Town|
|2002–03||Stafford Rangers (9)||Stoke City|
|2003–04||Kidsgrove Athletic (1)||Stafford Rangers|
|2004–05||Stafford Rangers (10)||Leek Town|
|2005–06||Rushall Olympic (1)||Stoke City|
|2006–07||Kidsgrove Athletic (2)||Rushall Olympic|
|2007–08||Rocester (1)||Kidsgrove Athletic|
|2008–09||Kidsgrove Athletic (3)||Stafford Rangers|
|2009–10||Newcastle Town (1)||Port Vale|
|2010–11||Kidsgrove Athletic (4)||Stoke City|
|2011–12||Kidsgrove Athletic (5)||Rushall Olympic|
|2012–13||Hednesford Town (3)||Rushall Olympic|
|2013–14||Rushall Olympic (2)||Port Vale|
|2014–15||Stafford Rangers (11)||Leek Town|
|2015–16||Rushall Olympic (3)||Kidsgrove Athletic|
|2016–17||Stoke City (19)||Chasetown|
|2017–18||Stafford Rangers (12)||Hednesford Town|
|2018-19||Stafford Rangers (13)||Rushall Olympic|
|Birmingham St. George||2||0|
|Brierley Hill Alliance||0||1|
|Sutton Coldfield Town||0||1|
|Wednesbury Old Athletic||1||0|
|West Bromwich Albion||13||8|
Port Vale Football Club is a professional association football club based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England. The team competes in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Port Vale is one of the few English league clubs not to be named after a geographical location, their name being a reference to the valley of ports on the Trent and Mersey Canal. They have never played top-flight football, and hold the records for the most seasons in the English Football League (109) and in the second tier (41) without reaching the first tier. After playing at the Athletic Ground in Cobridge and The Old Recreation Ground in Hanley, the club returned to Burslem when Vale Park was opened in 1950. Outside the ground is a statue to Roy Sproson, who played 842 competitive games for the club. The club's traditional rivals are Stoke City, and games between the two are known as the Potteries derby.
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Newcastle Town Football Club is a football club based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Division One South East and play at the Lyme Valley Stadium.
Chasetown Football Club is an English football club based in the Chasetown area of Burntwood, Staffordshire. The club plays in the Northern Premier League Division One South East and is nicknamed The Scholars, having been formed by affiliates of nearby Chase Terrace High School in the Chase Terrace area of Burntwood.
Harold Augustus Davies MM was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Huddersfield Town, Port Vale and most notably, Stoke City. A creative inside-forward, he played 513 games in the league and FA Cup, scoring 122 goals. His father, also called Harry, was also a professional footballer.
Thomas Clare was an English international footballer, who played at right-back, and football manager.
The Potteries derby is the football local derby in Stoke-on-Trent between Port Vale and Stoke City. The fans of each club both consider the other to be their main rivals; this has led to a heated atmosphere at these matches. The two teams have met a total of 185 times, consisting of: 44 English Football League, 6 FA Cup, 62 friendlies, and 73 other cup games. One study in 2019 ranked it as the joint-28th biggest rivalry in English professional football, level with the Manchester derby.
Raymond Williams is an English former footballer who played as a striker. He now works as a commentator at BBC Radio Stoke.
Adrian Capes, was an English footballer. A forward, he scored a total of 135 goals in 340 league and FA Cup games in a 17-year career with Nottingham Forest, Burton Wanderers, Burton Swifts, Burslem Port Vale, and Stoke. He also played cricket for Staffordshire in the 1900 Minor Counties Cricket Championship. After retiring in 1911, he worked behind the scenes at Port Vale from 1911 to 1934. His brother, Arthur, was also a professional footballer.
John Colin Askey is an English professional football manager and former player who was most recently the manager of League Two club Port Vale. He is the son of former Port Vale player Colin Askey.
Francis McGinnes, also referred to as Frank McGinnis, was a Scottish footballer. He was described as 'the best centre-forward that ever left Scotland'. A prolific goalscorer, he was Burslem Port Vale's best player, but died suddenly just before they started their first season in the Football League in 1892–93.
The 1919–20 season was Port Vale's first season of football back in the English Football League. It was their first Football League season at The Old Recreation Ground, and their first season in which they were in the same division as rivals Stoke. The club were also referred to as "the Valiants" for the first time, a nickname coined by chairman Frank Huntbach.
The 1901–02 season was Burslem Port Vale's fourth consecutive season of football in the English Football League. The season was an unremarkable mid-table affair, however was a positive step for the club as they managed to turn a profit without selling any major players.
The 1904–05 season was Burslem Port Vale's seventh consecutive season of football in the English Football League. A poor season, the club had to apply (successfully) for re-election. The club had to continue their policy of selling their best players to survive.
The 1906–07 season was Burslem Port Vale's ninth consecutive season of football in the English Football League. The club resigned from the league on 14 June 1907.
The 1890–91 season was Burslem Port Vale's first season in the newly-formed Midland League. They finished in eighth-place, having only picked up two points away from home. They failed to go on any cup runs and were in fact beaten by a club record 12–0 margin by Aston Villa in the Second Round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup. They did though share the North Staffordshire Challenge Cup after holding Stoke to a draw in the final.
The 1891–92 season was Burslem Port Vale's second successive season in the Midland League. They managed to finish third in the table and were rewarded with a place in the Football League for the following season, justifying the club's decision to refuse to listen to offers for star forward Frank McGinnes. They also reached the semi-finals of the Staffordshire Senior Cup and won the North Staffordshire Challenge Cup, though exited the FA Cup and Birmingham Senior Cup at the first round.
The 1896–97 season was Burslem Port Vale's first season of football back in the Midland League following a four season stay in the Football League. The first half of the season saw low crowds and poor results, the consequence of which led to discussions about dissolving the club. However the club returned from the brink, as a new committee was formed, with Edward Oliver installed as chairman and Sam Gleaves appointed club secretary. Good results and large crowds followed in the second half of the campaign, and the club finished in seventh-place and narrowly missed out on re-election to the Football League. Vale were beaten by Football League opposition in the fifth qualification round in the FA Cup, whilst exiting the Birmingham Senior Cup, Staffordshire Senior Cup and Wellingborough Cup in the early stages, though they did beat Football League side Walsall in the latter competition. They won the Staffordshire Senior Charity Cup after beating Dresden United 3–0.