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The Ayrshire Cup was an annual association football regional competition in Scotland. The cup competition was a knockout tournament between football clubs in the historic county of Ayrshire. The Ayrshire Cup was first held in 1877–78, with the first winners being Mauchline.[1][2]

Ayrshire Cup
Founded1877
RegionAyrshire (Scotland)
Current championsKilmarnock
(1997-98 last competition)
Most successful club(s)Kilmarnock
(43 titles)

The competition was most recently held in the 1997–98 season, when it was won by Kilmarnock.[2] Although the Cup has not been competed for since, discussions have taken place between all the major participating clubs (Ayr United, Girvan and Kilmarnock) who have stated that they would welcome the return of the Ayrshire Cup.[3]

Contents

FormatEdit

HistoryEdit

The first time the Ayrshire Cup was competed for was in 1877–78, with the first winners being Mauchline.[2] 26 clubs entered the first year of the competition, consisting of Catrine, Largs Western, Beith Thistle, Dalry Rangers, Kilmarnock, Kilbirnie, Ayr Academicals, Kilmarnock Cricket and Football Club, Kilmarnock Portland, Kilmarnock Dean, Kilmarnock Hawthorn, Kilmaur Floors, Irvine, Mauchline, Burnfoothill Ramblers, Maybole Carrick, Tarbolton, Beith, Maybole Ladywell, Cummnock, Rankinston Mountaineers, Lanemark, Stewarton, Kilmarnock Star, Vale of Irvine, Girvan, Hurlford.

The number of entrants for the cup peaked prior to World War II at over 40, however by 1946 Ayr United and Kilmarnock were the only entrants. In 1978–79 Girvan joined the competition,[1] however the last winner outside the 'big two' (being Ayr United and Kilmarnock) was Beith in 1926–27.

Penalty shoot-outs were introduced in 1970–71.

Performance by clubEdit

Club Wins Last win Runners-up Last final lost
1 Kilmarnock 43[a] 1998 28 1997
2 Ayr United 26[a] 1997 29 1998
3 Hurlford 6 1911 7 1912
4 Galston 6 1925 6 1924
5 Ayr 4 1910 3 1909
6 Annbank 4 1895 2 1903
7 Beith 3 1927 4 1938
8 Kilmarnock Athletic 3 1897 0
9 Stevenston United 2 1920 2 1922
10 Ayr Parkhouse 1 1902 3 1910
Kilbirnie 1 1888 3 1893
11 Kilmarnock Portland 1 1882 2 1879
12 Lugar Boswell 1 1881 1 1883
13 Mauchline 1 1878 0
15 Girvan 0 3 1982
16 Lanemark 0 1 1907
Saltcoats Thistle 0 1 1901
Saltcoats Victoria 0 1 1894

Ayrshire Cup FinalsEdit

KeyEdit

(R) Replay, or repeat if original match was declared void
(SR) Second Replay
Match void
* Match went to extra time
Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time

FinalsEdit

Season Winner[4] Score [4] Runner-up [4] Venue [4] Attendance [4] Notes
1877–78 Mauchline 4–3 Kilmarnock Portland Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock 5,000
1878–79 Kilmarnock Athletic 1–1 * Kilmarnock Portland Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1878–79 (R) Kilmarnock Athletic 2–1 * Kilmarnock Portland Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 4,000
1879–80 Beith 1–0 Kilbirnie Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock 5,000
1880–81 Lugar Boswell 5–0 Annbank Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 5,000
1881–82 Kilmarnock Portland 4–0 Kilmarnock Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock
1882–83 Kilmarnock Athletic 0–0* Lugar Boswell Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1882–83 (R) Kilmarnock Athletic 3–2 Lugar Boswell Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 4,000
1883–84 Kilmarnock 2–2* Hurlford Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock
1883–84 (R) Kilmarnock 1–0 Hurlford Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock
1884–85 Kilmarnock 2–0 Hurlford Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock 3,000
1885–86 Kilmarnock 2–1 Ayr Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1886–87 Hurlford 4–1 Kilbirnie Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 6,000
1887–88 Kilbirnie 4–3 Hurlford Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 5,000
1888–89 Hurlford 2–0 Ayr Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 6,000
1889–90 Annbank 3–2 Hurlford Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 7,000
1890–91 Kilmarnock 7–1 Hurlford Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock
1891–92 Annbank 3–0 Hurlford Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1892–93 Annbank 5–2 Kilbirnie Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1893–94 Hurlford 2–2* Saltcoats Victoria Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock
1893–94 (R) Hurlford 2–1 Saltcoats Victoria Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock 5,000
1894–95 Annbank 2–2*[b] Kilmarnock Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1894–95 (R) Annbank 4–2[b] Kilmarnock Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1895–96 Kilmarnock 7–2 Galston Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock 5,000
1896–97 Kilmarnock Athletic 1–1* Kilmarnock Beresford Park, Ayr
1896–97 (R) Kilmarnock Athletic 3–0 Kilmarnock Somerset Park, Ayr
1897–98 Kilmarnock 9–3 Galston Holm Quarry, Kilmarnock
1898–99 Kilmarnock 6–3 Galston Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1899–00 Kilmarnock 4–0 Ayr Parkhouse Somerset Park, Ayr 4,000 - 5,000
1900–01 Ayr 1–1* Stevenston Thistle Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 6,000
1900–01 (R) Ayr 2–1 Stevenston Thistle Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 3,000 - 4,000
1901–02 Ayr Parkhouse 1–0 Galston Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1902–03 Galston 4–3‡[c] Annbank Beresford Park, Ayr
1902–03 Galston 1–1‡[c] Annbank Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 3,000
1902–03 Galston 2–0[c] Annbank Somerset Park, Ayr
1903–04 Galston 4–1 Beith Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1904–05 Ayr 1–0 Kilmarnock Beresford Park, Ayr 5,000
1905–06 Ayr 1–0 Ayr Parkhouse Beresford Park, Ayr 3,800
1906–07 Hurlford 3–1 Lanemark Somerset Park, Ayr
1907–08 Galston 2–2* Kilmarnock Somerset Park, Ayr
1907–08 (R) Galston 2–1 Kilmarnock Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1908–09 Hurlford 1–1* Ayr Beresford Park, Ayr
1908–09 (R) Hurlford 1–0 Ayr Beresford Park, Ayr
1909–10 Ayr 1–0 Ayr Parkhouse Somerset Park, Ayr 5,000
1910–11 Hurlford 3–2 Ayr United Beresford Park, Ayr
1911–12 Ayr United 2–0 Hurlford Beresford Park, Ayr
1912–13 Galston 3–3* Ayr United Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1912–13 (R) Galston 2–1 Ayr United Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1913–14 Galston 3–2 Stevenston United Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1914–15 Stevenston United 0–0* Kilmarnock Riverside Park, Galston
1914–15 (R) Stevenston United 2–1 * Kilmarnock Riverside Park, Galston
No competition from 1915–16 to 1918–19 due to World War I
1919–20 Stevenston United 1–0 Galston Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1920–21 Kilmarnock
1921–22 Kilmarnock 5–2 Stevenston United Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1922–23 Kilmarnock 5–0 Ayr United
1923–24 Beith Galston
1924–25 Galston 4–1 Kilmarnock Rugby Park, Kilmarnock 1,000
1925–26 Ayr United 3–3 (agg) Beith
1925–26 (R) Ayr United 4–1 Beith
1926–27 Beith
1927–28 Kilmarnock
1928–29 Ayr United 5–1 Kilmarnock Somerset Park, Ayr 1,000
1929–30 Kilmarnock
1930–31 Kilmarnock 5–1 Beith Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
1931–32 Incomplete
1932–33 Ayr United 3–1 Kilmarnock 2,000
1933–34 No Competition
1934–35 Kilmarnock 3–3* Ayr United
1934–35 (R) Kilmarnock 8–0 Ayr United
1935–36 Ayr United 2–2* Kilmarnock
1935–36 (R) Ayr United 3–2 Kilmarnock
1936–37 No Competition
1937–38 Ayr United 7–1 Beith
1938–39 Ayr United 2–2* Kilmarnock
1938–39 (R) Ayr United 3–1 Kilmarnock
No competition from 1939–40 to 1945–46 due to World War II
1946–47 Kilmarnock 4–2 Ayr United
1947–48 No Competition
1948–49 No Competition
1949–50 Ayr United 3–1 (agg) Kilmarnock
1950–51 Kilmarnock 6–1 (agg) Ayr United
1951–52 Kilmarnock 4–3 (agg) Ayr United
1952–53 Kilmarnock 5–0 (agg) Ayr United
1953–54 Kilmarnock 5–1 (agg) Ayr United
1954–55 Kilmarnock 3–0 Ayr United
1955–56 Kilmarnock 7–0 (agg) Ayr United
1956–57 Kilmarnock 1–0 Ayr United
1957–58 Ayr United 2–1 (agg) Kilmarnock
1958–59 Kilmarnock[d] 4–4 (agg) Ayr United[d]
1959–60 Kilmarnock 3–2 (agg) Ayr United
1960–61 Ayr United 3–0 Kilmarnock
1961–62 Kilmarnock 7–2 (agg) Ayr United
1962–63 Incomplete
1963–64 Incomplete
1964–65 Ayr United 1–0 Kilmarnock
1965–66 Kilmarnock 3–1 (agg) Ayr United
1966–67 Incomplete
1967–68 Incomplete
1968–69 Ayr United Kilmarnock
1969–70 Ayr United 2–0 Kilmarnock
1970–71 Ayr United 2–2 (agg)
(5–4p)†
Kilmarnock
1971–72 Kilmarnock 3–1 (agg) Ayr United
1972–73 Kilmarnock 2–1 (agg) Ayr United
1973–74 Kilmarnock 1–1 (5–4p)† Ayr United
1974–75 Ayr United 1–0 Kilmarnock
1975–76 Ayr United 4–0 (agg) Kilmarnock
1976–77 Ayr United 2–2 (6–5p)† Kilmarnock
1977–78 Ayr United 2–1 Kilmarnock
1978–79 Kilmarnock 4–0 Girvan
1979–80 Ayr United 10–2 (agg) Girvan
1980–81 Kilmarnock 2–0 (agg) Ayr United
1981–82 Kilmarnock 12-0 Girvan
1982–83 Kilmarnock 1–0 Ayr United
1983–84 Kilmarnock 2–1 Ayr United
1984–85 Kilmarnock 2–1 Ayr United
1985–86 Ayr United 2–1 Kilmarnock
1986–87 Kilmarnock 3–0 Ayr United
1987–88 Ayr United 2–0 Kilmarnock
1988–89 Ayr United 2–0 Kilmarnock
1989–90 Kilmarnock 2–1* Ayr United
1990–91 Ayr United 2–1 Kilmarnock
1991–92 Kilmarnock 4–0 Ayr United
1992–93 Kilmarnock 2–1 Ayr United
1993–94 Kilmarnock 3–3 (3–2p)† Ayr United 3,613
1994–95 Ayr United 4–3 Kilmarnock
1995–96 Kilmarnock 1–0 Ayr United
1996–97 Ayr United 2–0 Kilmarnock 2,176
1997–98 Kilmarnock 4–2 Ayr United 4,652

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Includes one title shared between Kilmarnock and Ayr United in 1959
  2. ^ a b Annbank and Kilmarnock refused to play the final at Warner Park, Stevenston, which had been stipulated as the venue by the Ayrshire Football Association. The cup and badges were withheld but the teams played a game for the Championship.
  3. ^ a b c The game at Somerset Park on April 18 1902 was unfinished due to a break-in by Annbank supporters. Annbank lodged another protest regarding Ralston of Galston but this was thrown out by the Ayrshire F.A. The Association also voted by 7 votes to 2 to award the Cup to Galston as Annbank had wanted the game replayed as the game had not been completed. This was after a protested game won 4-3 by Galston at Beresford Park, Ayr and a 1-1 draw at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock on Apr 11
  4. ^ a b Title shared between Kilmarnock and Ayr United

Ayrshire Cups in other categoriesEdit

Ayrshire Cups continue to operate at Junior level[5][6] – the region's clubs have a strong presence nationally, winning the Scottish Junior Cup on multiple occasions[7] – and in the local amateur league.[8][9]

The Ayrshire Cup was last run in the 2017-18 season, with Kilwinning Rangers winning the last edition after defeating Largs Thistle.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ayrshire Cup". Scottish football historical archive. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Ayrshire Cup 1877-1998". KillieFC. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Ayr United welcome return of the Ayrshire Cup". Ayrshire Post. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Ayrshire Cup". Scottish football historical archive. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Competition and Results 2016-17: West Region Junior FA Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup". Scottish Junior Football Association. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Auchinleck Talbot hit Cumnock for five to win Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup". Cumnock Chronicle. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Rugby Park to host all-Ayrshire Junior Cup Final". Kilmarnock F.C. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Season Archive: 2015-2016". AAFA. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Talbot weekly news:Ayrshire Amateur FA". Auchinleck Talbot F.C. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ Laing, Paul (10 June 2018). "Largs Thistle 0-1 Kilwinning Rangers - Ayrshire Cup FINAL, 9th June 2018". YouTube. Retrieved 29 June 2018.