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Conference League Cup

The Conference League Cup (formerly known as the Setanta Shield for sponsorship reasons, and before that the Bob Lord Trophy) was a football competition open to clubs playing in the Football Conference.

Conference League Cup
Region England
Number of teams68 (2008–09)
Last championsA.F.C. Telford United (2008–09)
Most successful club(s)Bromsgrove Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Northwich Victoria
& Runcorn
(2 wins each)


The Conference League Cup was formed for the inaugural season of the Football Conference, in 1979–80 and existed for twenty-two seasons before being axed at the end of the 2000–01 season.[citation needed]

it was briefly reformed for the 2004–05 season, in the form of the Conference Challenge Cup,[1] but following a poor response it was again agreed not to renew the competition for the next season.[citation needed]

With the transfer of sponsorship of the Conference to Blue Square for the start of the 2007–08 season two seasons later, the re-introduction of the competition was announced, scheduled to commence that year.[2] On 23 June 2009 the Conference League Cup's sponsor, Setanta's GB division went into administration[3] and ceased broadcasting.[4] The tournament has not been held since 2009; part of the reason for this has been the inclusion of National League (Conference) sides in the Football League Trophy


The competition was a knockout tournament with pairings drawn at random – like the FA Cup there is a minimal form of seeding, in that members of the (higher-level) Conference National enter together at a later stage in the tournament, and the draw for each round took place after the completion of the round before.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Oliver, Pete (7 June 2004). "Conference cup is restored". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Setanta Shield announced with league match draw date". BBC Sport. 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-06-26.
  3. ^ Ziegler, Martin (23 June 2009). "Setanta enters administration". London: The Independent. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  4. ^ James Robinson; Leigh Holmwood (23 June 2009). "Setanta goes off air with loss of more than 200 jobs". London: Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  5. ^ "History". Football Conference. Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2012.

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