Kirk Cup


The Kirk Cup is the oldest hockey tournament in Ulster and the oldest provincial hockey trophy in Ireland.[1] It has become a tradition since the 1966-67 season for the final to be played on Boxing Day, a date previously reserved for the Anderson Cup Final. The final attracts the largest crowd of the Ulster hockey season. The cup is named after its donor, Mr. John Kirk, J.P, who was a member of the Antrim club. Following the creation of the Irish Hockey League, the competition remained open only to Ulster Senior League members, until 2018-19, when Irish Hockey League teams from Ulster were admitted.[2]

In the early years of the competition it was also known as the Ulster Senior Challenge Cup.

Historical format


From the introduction of the Cup in the 1897-98 season until the major re-organisation of the Ulster Senior League for the 1969-70 season, the format was that of a knockout competition. The Cup was competed for towards the end of the season.

From the 1969-70 all the teams in Senior League Section One and Two were split into four groups. The winner of each group would go forward to an open draw for semi-final matches.

From the 2000-01 until the 2008-09 season, the format of the competition was altered slightly. The eight teams in the Ulster Premier Hockey League were drawn into four groups. The top eight teams from Section One were drawn into these groups to create four groups of four teams each. The eight Section One teams were the relegated Premier League team from the previous season and the teams finishing in second to eighth places in the final league standings of the previous season.

Each club played the other teams in their Group once. The winners of each Group proceed to semi-final matches, with the ties decided via an open draw.

The Premier League reverted to ten teams for the 2009-10 season and these teams together with the top six teams in Section One were drawn into four groups of four teams. Each team played the other teams in their group once. The group winners contested the semi-final with the ties decided by an open draw. The two semi-final winners contested the final which is scheduled for Boxing Day. This format was used in 2010-11 too.

Current format


For the start of the 2011-12 season the entry was restricted to the Premier League teams. The ten Premier League teams were drawn in two pools of five teams, with each team playing the other teams in their pool once. The semi-finals saw the winner of one pool playing the runner-up of the other pool, with the winners of the semi-finals going on to contest the final. In 2016-17, the top sixteen teams in the Ulster Senior League were drawn into four groups of four, but since 2017-18 it has reverted to two groups of five.

Finals


(records incomplete)

1890s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1897-98 North Staffordshire Regiment 3 2 Antrim [3]
1898-99 Antrim 3 1 King's Own Liverpool Regiment [4]

1900s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1899-00 North Down 4 2 Cliftonville [5]
1900-01 Antrim 3 1 Banbridge [6]
1901-02 North Down 2 1 Cliftonville [7]
1902-03 Strabane 1 0 North Down [8]
1903-04 Cliftonville 1 0 Banbridge
1904-05 Antrim 2 1 Banbridge after extra time
1905-06 Banbridge 1 0 Malone
1906-07 Antrim 3 1 Downpatrick
1907-08 Malone &
North Down
SHARED
1908-09 Banbridge 5 2 Malone

1910s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1909-10 Banbridge 3 0 Malone
1910-11 Banbridge 3 2 Queen's University
1911-12 Cliftonville 2 1 North Down
1912-13 Banbridge 3 1 Queen's University
1913-14 Banbridge 2 0 Queen's University
1914-05 Not played due to World War I
1915-16 Not played due to World War I
1916-17 Not played due to World War I
1917-18 Not played due to World War I
1918-19 Not played due to World War I

1920s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1919-20 Banbridge 4 1 Queen's University
1920-21 North Down 1 0 Banbridge [9]
1921-22 South Antrim 2 1 Banbridge [10]
1922-23 Lisnagarvey 3 0 North Down [11]
1923-24 Lisnagarvey 2 0 Cliftonville [12]
1924-25 Lisnagarvey 1 0 East Antrim [13]
1925-26 Banbridge 2 1 Antrim [14]
1926-27 Banbridge 3 0 East Antrim [15]
1927-28 Antrim 1 0 East Antrim [16]
1928-29 North Down 2 1 South Antrim after extra time[17]

1930s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1929-30 Cliftonville 3 0 Derry YMCA [18]
1930-31 Cliftonville 4 1 Derry YMCA [19]
1931-32 South Antrim 2 0 East Antrim [20]
1932-33 East Antrim 2 0 Banbridge [21]
1933-34 Lisnagarvey 5 4 Cliftonville [22]
1934-35 Banbridge 1 0 North Down [23]
1935-36 North Down 2 0 Wanderers after extra time[24]
1936-37 North Down 3 1 Lisnagarvey after extra time[25]
1937-38 Banbridge 3 1 North Down after extra time[26]
1938-39 Lisnagarvey 2 1 Antrim [27]

1940s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1939-40 Not Played due to World War II
1940-41 Not Played due to World War II
1941-42 Lisnagarvey 2 1 North Down
1942-43 Lisnagarvey 2 0 Banbridge
1943-44 North Down 3 1 Banbridge after two periods of extra time[28]
1944-45 Lisnagarvey 2 1 Short & Harland
1945-46 Lisnagarvey 2 1 Wanderers
1946-47 Portrush 1 0 Banbridge [29]
1947-48 Lisnagarvey 2 1 Belfast YMCA [30]
1948-49 Portrush 3 1 Lisnagarvey [31]

1950s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1949-50 Banbridge 2 0 Antrim [32]
1950-51 Banbridge Parkview
1951-52
1952-53 Lisnagarvey
1953-54 Lisnagarvey 2 1 Mossley after extra time[33]
1954-55
1955-56 Parkview &
Lisnagarvey
SHARED
1956-57 Banbridge
1957-58 Belfast YMCA Banbridge
1958-59 Belfast YMCA Antrim

1960s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1959-60 Belfast YMCA 1 0 Portrush [34]
1960-61 Lisnagarvey 2 1 Banbridge [35]
1961-62 Lisnagarvey 2 0 Banbridge [36]
1962-63 Competition abandoned
due to severe winter weather
1963-64 Lisnagarvey 2 0 Antrim [37]
1964-65 Portrush 4 2 Banbridge AET - Replay - Game 1: 2-2[38][39]
1965-66 Antrim 1 0 Lisnagarvey [40]
1966-67 Parkview 2 1 Banbridge [41]
1967-68 Cliftonville 3 0 Antrim [42]
1968-69 Cliftonville 1 0 Instonians [43]

1970s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1969-70 Portrush 3 1 Instonians [44]
1970-71 Lisnagarvey Cliftonville Replay - Game 1: 1-1[45]
1971-72 Antrim &
Instonians
SHARED 2nd replay - Game 1: 2-2, Game 2:[46]
1972-73 Lisnagarvey 1 0 Friends School Old Boys [47]
1973-74 Lisnagarvey 3 0 Mossley Replay - Game 1: 1-1[48]
1974-75 Instonians 2 1 Lisnagarvey [49]
1975-76 Instonians 2 1 Cliftonville [50]
1976-77 Belfast YMCA 2 0 Instonians [51]
1977-78 Lisnagarvey 2 0 Belfast YMCA [52]
1978-79 Belfast YMCA 3 0 Antrim [53]

1980s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1979-80 Lisnagarvey Instonians Replay - Game 1: 1-1[54]
1980-81 Instonians 3 1 Banbridge [55]
1981-82 Lisnagarvey 1 1 Banbridge Replay - Lisnagarvey won 4-2 on
penalty strokes - Game 1: 2-2[56][57]
1982-83 Banbridge 2 1 Belfast YMCA [58]
1983-84 Mossley 2 0 Lisnagarvey [59]
1984-85 Belfast YMCA 3 0 Lisnagarvey [60]
1985-86 Banbridge 2 1 RUC [61]
1986-87 Banbridge 2 0 Cookstown Replay - Game 1: 1-1[62]
1987-88 Banbridge 2 1 Mossley Replay - Game 1: 1-1[63][64]
1988-89 Cookstown 1 0 Mossley [65]

1990s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1989-90 Lisnagarvey 2 0 Banbridge [66]
1990-91 Holywood 87 2 1 Lisnagarvey Replay - Game 1: 2-2[67]
1991-92 Holywood 87 1 0 Lisnagarvey [68]
1992-93 Holywood 87 2 0 Instonians [69]
1993-94 Instonians 3 1 Banbridge
1994-95 Lisnagarvey 2 1 Instonians [70]
1995-96 Lisnagarvey 2 0 Newry [71]
1996-97 Lisnagarvey 3 2 Instonians [72]
1997-98 Lisnagarvey 2 0 Annadale [73]
1998-99 Lisnagarvey 2 1 Cookstown [74]

2000s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
1999-00Annadale11Lisnagarveyafter extra time - Annadale
won 3-1 on penalty strokes[75]
2000-01Lisnagarvey21Annadale
2001-02Lisnagarvey21Instonians
2002-03Cookstown21Instonians
2003-04Annadale21BanbridgeAnnadale won with "Golden Goal"
in 7th minute of extra time
2004-05Instonians22LisnagarveyInstonians won 5-4 on
penalty strokes
2005-06Banbridge21Annadale[76]
2006-07Cookstown21Lisnagarvey[77]
2007-08Annadale32Lisnagarvey[78][79]
2008-09Cookstown43Lisnagarveyafter extra time[80]

2010s

Year Winner Runner-up Notes
2009-10Cookstown20Banbridge[81]
2010-11Banbridge42Cookstown[82]
2011-12Lisnagarvey21Cookstown[83]
2012-13Cookstown31Lisnagarvey[84]
2013-14Annadale11Lisnagarveyafter extra time - Annadale win 4-2 on penalty strokes[85]
2014-15Banbridge31Cookstown[86]
2015-16Instonians82Mossley[87][88]
2016-17 Annadale 8 1 Cookstown [89][90]
2017-18 Kilkeel 1 1 MossleyKilkeel win 3–2 on penalties. [91][92]
2018-19 Banbridge 4 1 Annadale[93]
2019-20 Banbridge 3 2 Lisnagarvey[94]

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