Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield
The Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield (Chinese: 香港高級組銀牌), known commonly as the Senior Shield, is the oldest football knockout inter-club competition in Asia. Traditionally, only the teams in the Hong Kong Premier League are entered into the competition. However, on occasion teams in lower divisions, usually the champions of the Junior Shield, are invited in order to increase the number of participating teams.
|Founded||1895 (as Hongkong Football Cup)|
1896 (as Hongkong Challenge Shield)
|Number of teams||10|
|Most successful club(s)||South China|
|2019–20 Hong Kong Senior Shield|
The current Senior Shield holders are Eastern.
Hongkong Football Cup was a knockout cup competition which was established in 1895. It had been renamed to Hongkong Challenge Shield due to the changes of the trophy. It had been divided in Senior Shield and Junior Shield since 1922–23 season. The knockout format has been used except in 1982–83 and 1996–97 seasons. In 1982–83, group matches format was used. In 1996-1997, a double knock-out system were used. Before 1978, a re-match would be played after a draw. After 1978, extra time and penalty kicks were used. Penalty shoot-out has been used for 3 times in the final in history (1988, 1994, 1995). But starting from 2011, Hong Kong Challenge Shield is a two-legged home-and-away ties competition.
Lee Kin Wo is the player who has won the most number of Senior Shield. He won it for 10 times between 1987 and 2005. (Eastern: 1987, 1993, 1994; South China: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003; Sun Hei: 2005). Ho Ying Fan and Wu Kwok Hung have won the competition for 9 times.
In 1987–1988, it was the first time to have external sponsor for the competition. Camel Paints sponsored the competition for 6 consecutive years. In 1993–1994, the sponsor was Emperor Financial Services Group. In 2003–2004 and 2004–2005, Sunray Cave was the sponsor and the most recent sponsor is Choi Fung Hong.
One of the most unexpected results in the competition history is a 6:5 win by Army against Happy Valley in 1965. At the time, Army was at the bottom of the First Division League and had to relegate to the Second Division next season while Happy Valley was the league Champion.
|*||Match went to extra time|
|^||Match went to extra time with golden goal|
|†||Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time|
Results by teamEdit
Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence in Hong Kong football league system.
|Club||Winners||Last Final Won|
|Royal Welch Fus.||2||1901–02|
|South Wales Borderers||2||1933–34|
|"G" Coy., King's Own Regiment||1||1897–98|
|Royal West Kent Regt.||1||1904–05|
|East Surrey Regiment||1||1923–24|
|The King's Own Borderers||1||1926–27|
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