The Devon Junior Cup is an annual rugby union knock-out club competition organized by the Devon Rugby Football Union. It was first introduced in the 1888–89 season when it was won by Paignton. During the pre-war years the Devon Junior Cup was open to lower ranked teams in the county, along with the reserve sides of the larger clubs such as Exeter and Devonport Albion. Like the senior cup competition, the junior cup has periods of inactivity over its history due to World Wars, and was cancelled towards the end of the 1950s only to return in the 1986–87 season when it was won by Exeter Saracens. The Havill Plate was introduced in the 1970s for teams knocked out of the first round of the Devon Senior Cup but later included clubs knocked out of the early stages of the Junior Cup – it was discontinued after the 1998–99 season.
|Number of teams||15|
|Holders||North Tawton (8th title) (2018–19)|
|Most titles||Honiton, North Tawton (8 titles)|
The Junior Cup is the third cup competition in the county behind the Senior Cup and Intermediate Cup, and is open to club sides based in Devon that play in tier 9 (Devon League 1) of the English rugby union league system, as well as the Devon Merit Tables (outside of the league system). The current format is a knock-out cup with a first round, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, which is played at the home ground of one of the finalists. Also running alongside is a Plate competition for clubs knocked out of the first round of the Devon Junior Cup. There was also a Vase competition but this has not been contested since 2017.
Devon Junior Cup winnersEdit
Devon Junior Plate winnersEdit
|2009-10||North Tawton||41-0||Plympton Victoria||Taw Meadows, North Tawton|
|2010-11||Wessex||29-19||Dartmouth||Dartmouth Leisure Centre, Dartmouth|
|2011-12||Plymouth Argaum[a 3]||N/A||Old Plymothian & Mannamedian||N/A|
|2012-13||Buckfastleigh Ramblers||48-10||Devonport HSOB||Stonehouse Creek, Plymouth|
|2013-14||Unknown[a 4]||Unknown||Ernesettle Lane, Plymouth|
|2014-15||Plymouth Argaum||N/A[a 5]||Unknown||N/A|
|2015-16||Tamar Saracens[a 6]||N/A||South Molton||N/A|
|2016-17||North Tawton||13-10||Torington||Tawmeadow, North Tawton|
|2017-18||New Cross||28-10||Devonport HSOB||Unicorn Park, South Molton|
Devon Junior Vase winnersEdit
|2009-10||Plymouth Barbarians||26-18||Dartmouth||Keyham Park, Plymouth|
|2010-11||Plymstock Albion Oaks||27-12||Old Plymothian & Mannamedian||King George V Playing Fields, Plymouth|
|2011-12||North Tawton||24-9||Salcombe||Unicorn Park, North Tawton|
|2012-13||Old Technicians||20-12||Tamar Saracens||Weston Mill, Plymouth|
|2013-14||Topsham||18-11||Plymouth Argaum||Bickleigh Down, Plymouth|
|2014-15||New Cross||37-14||Plymstock Albion Oaks||Horsham Playing Fields, Plymouth|
|2015-16||New Cross||55-0||Devonport HSOB||Five Lanes, Kingsteignton|
|2016-17||Exeter Saracens||12-10||Old Technicians||Tawmeadow, North Tawton|
Number of winsEdit
- The 1902 final between Teignmouth and Friernhay was shared after 3 consecutive 0-0 draws.
- The 1906 final between Exeter Reserves and St. Chad's went into extra time.
- Plate was awarded to Plymouth Argaum as OPM were unable to raise a side for the final.
- Final was played between Tamar Saracens and Dartmouth at Ernesettle Road but no result of match can be found.
- The 2014-15 Plate competition was set up as a round-robin league competition between the 4 losing sides from the second round of the Devon Junior Cup with each side playing home and away.
- Details are hard to find but it appears that Tamar Saracens were awarded with the Plate after South Molton were unable to raise a time for the final.
- Two of North Tawton's cup wins were shared.
- Four of Exmouth's cup wins were won by the reserve side.
- Two of Totnes's cup wins were shared.
- Paignton's figure includes Devon Junior Cup win by reserve side as well as a win by the Paignton Scarlet Runners, which is an older version of the modern club.
- One of Brixham's cup wins was won by the reserve side.
- One of Friernhay's cup wins was shared.
- One of Teignmouth's cup wins was shared.
- This victory was won by Devonport Albion's reserve side. The club would later merge with Plymouth RFC in the 1920s to form Plymouth Albion.
- This was won by the reserve side of Exeter RFC (now Exeter Chiefs).
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