|Organising body||Irish Football Association|
|Most successful club(s)||Linfield (2 titles)|
The Top Four Cup was a football competition played between the top four clubs in the Irish League from 1965-66 to 1968-69. It was a knock-out competition, consisting of two semi-finals and a final.
|1965-66||??.05.66||Derry City||2 – 1||Linfield||The Oval, Belfast|
|1966-67||17.05.67||Linfield||2 – 1||Coleraine||Solitude, Belfast|
|1967-68||30.05.68||Linfield||3 – 1||Coleraine||Solitude, Belfast|
|1968-69||16.04.69||Coleraine||1 – 0||Linfield||The Oval, Belfast|
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