The Blaxnit Cup, is a defunct club football competition which featured teams from both football associations on the island of Ireland, in a similar format to the later Setanta Cup. It was inaugurated in 1967 as a cross-border competition between clubs from the League of Ireland from the Republic of Ireland and the Irish League from Northern Ireland and ran until 1974.[1] The competition was sponsored by Blaxnit, a sock and hosiery manufacturer based in Newtownards.

Blaxnit Cup
Organising bodyIrish Football Association
Football Association of Ireland
Founded1967
Abolished1974
RegionNorthern Ireland Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Number of teams8
Most successful club(s)Coleraine (2 titles)

The competition featured four teams from each league. The Blaxnit Cup was the third cross-border competition. Previous competitions included the Dublin and Belfast Intercity Cup 1941/42-1948/49 and the North-South Cup 1961/62-1962/63.

After the demise of the Blaxnit Cup teams from both sides of the border continued to compete in the Texaco Cup 1973/74-1974/75, the Tyler Cup 1978-1980 and after 2005 in the Setanta Sports Cup.

The tournament suffered from lack of interest and security concerns.

FinalsEdit

Finals played over two legs except 1973–74, aggregate score given.

1967-68   Shamrock Rovers 3-2   Crusaders
1968-69   Coleraine 4-3   Shamrock Rovers
1969-70   Coleraine 4-2   Sligo Rovers
1970-71   Linfield 3-2   Cork Hibernians
1971-72   Cork Hibernians 5-3   Coleraine
1972-73   Glentoran 6-2   Cork Hibernians
1973-74   Ards 3-1   Ballymena United

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "All-Ireland Cross-Border Cup Competitions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 12 June 2007.

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