Belfast Charity Cup

The Belfast Charity Cup was a football competition which ran from 1883 to 1941, and was based on a similar tournament in Scotland, the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup. The competition was open to senior sides from Belfast and invited intermediate teams.[1]

Belfast Charity Cup
Organising bodyIrish Football Association
Founded1883
Abolished1940
RegionNorthern Ireland Northern Ireland
Most successful club(s)Linfield (24 titles)

The last tournament was played in 1940. The following year, instead of the tournament being played, the holders Belfast Celtic played a representative match against players with cross-channel experience. The representative team won 3-1.[2]

List of finalsEdit

Key
(R) Replay
  Title was shared after match finished in a draw
Belfast Charity Cup winners
Season Winner(s) Score Runners-up
1883–84 Cliftonville 2–0 Distillery
1884–85 Oldpark 1–0 Cliftonville
1885–86 Cliftonville 6–1 Glentoran
1886–87 Cliftonville 3–2 YMCA
1887–88 Cliftonville 3–2 Linfield Athletic
1888–89 Cliftonville 4–2 Distillery
1889–90 Black Watch 5–2 Gordon Highlanders
1890–91 Linfield 7–1 Ulster
1891–92 Linfield 1–0 Distillery
1892–93 Linfield 3–2 Distillery
1893–94 Linfield 3–0 Glentoran
1894–95 Linfield 3–1 Cliftonville
1895–96 Glentoran 1–0 Cliftonville
1896–97 Cliftonville 1–1 Distillery
6–2 (replay)
1897–98 North Staffordshire Regiment 4–0 Glentoran
1898–99 Linfield 2–1 Distillery
1899–1900 Distillery 5–0 Linfield
1900–01 Linfield 4–1 Distillery
1901–02 Glentoran 2–0 Linfield
1902–03 Linfield 2–0 Glentoran
1903–04 Belfast Celtic 1–0 Glentoran
1904–05 Linfield 2–0 Glentoran
1905–06 Cliftonville 1–1 Distillery
2–0 (replay)
1906–07 Glentoran 2–0 Linfield
1907–08 Cliftonville 3–1 Linfield
1908–09 Cliftonville 0–0 Distillery
2–0 (replay)
1909–10 Belfast Celtic 2–2 Distillery
2–1 (replay)
1910–11 Glentoran 4–2 Belfast Celtic
1911–12 Belfast Celtic 3–0 Distillery
1912–13 Linfield 3–1 Belfast Celtic
1913–14 Linfield 1–0 Glentoran
1914–15 Linfield 1–0 Belfast Celtic
1915–16 Distillery 1–0 Linfield
1916–17 Linfield 1–0 Glentoran
1917–18 Linfield 1–0 Glentoran
1918–19 Linfield 1–0 Glentoran
1919–20 Belfast Celtic 3–0 Distillery
1920–21 Distillery 2–0 Glentoran
1921–22 Linfield 3–0 Cliftonville Olympic
1922–23 Glentoran 2–1 Crusaders
1920–21 Distillery 2–0 Glentoran
1923–24 Cliftonville 1–0 Barn
1924–25 Glentoran 2–1 Belfast Celtic
1925–26 Belfast Celtic
Glentoran
1–1 
1926–27 Linfield 5–2 Glentoran
1927–28 Linfield 4–0 Belfast Celtic
1928–29 Distillery
Glentoran
3–3 
1929–30 Linfield 2–0 Belfast Celtic
1930–31 Distillery 4–2 Belfast Celtic
1931–32 Belfast Celtic 2–0 Linfield
1932–33 Linfield 3–0 Distillery
1933–34 Linfield 4–1 Distillery
1934–35 Linfield 1–1 Belfast Celtic
3–2 (replay)
1935–36 Belfast Celtic
Linfield
2–2 
1936–37 Belfast Celtic 1–0 Distillery
1937–38 Linfield 3–1 Glentoran
1938–39 Belfast Celtic 1–0 Linfield
1939–40 Belfast Celtic 3–0 Glentoran

Performance by clubEdit

Team No. of wins Winning years
Linfield 24 1890–91, 1891–92, 1892–93, 1893–94, 1894–95, 1898–99, 1900–01, 1902–03, 1904–05, 1912–13, 1913–14, 1914–15, 1916–17, 1917–18, 1918–19, 1921–22, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1935–36 (shared), 1937–38
Belfast Celtic 10 1903–04, 1909–10, 1911–12, 1919–20, 1925–26 (shared), 1931–32, 1935–36 (shared), 1936–37, 1938–39, 1939–40
Cliftonville 10 1883–84, 1885–86, 1886–87, 1887–88, 1888–89, 1896–97, 1905–06, 1907–08, 1908–09, 1923–24
Glentoran 8 1895–96, 1901–02, 1906–07, 1910–11, 1922–23, 1924–25, 1925–26 (shared), 1928–29 (shared)
Distillery 5 1899–1900, 1915–16, 1920–21, 1928–29, 1930–31
Black Watch 1 1889–90
North Staffordshire Regiment 1 1897–98
Oldpark 1 1884–85

SourcesEdit

  • Malcolm Brodie, "100 Years of Irish Football", Blackstaff Press, Belfast (1980)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Belfast Charity Cup". Irish Football Club Project. Archived from the original on 2015-10-31. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Belfast Charity Competition. A Representative Match Instead Of Usual Cup Tourney". Belfast Telegraph. 16 May 1941. p. 6.