North Caledonian Cup

The North Caledonian Cup, originally known as the North of Scotland Junior Cup and later the North of Scotland 2nd XI Cup is an annual senior association football cup for competition between football clubs across the Highlands & Islands of Scotland.

The new North Caledonian Cup, introduced after the original had been sent to Hampden Park for safekeeping.

The cup is a registered Scottish FA competition which runs under the auspices of the North Caledonian FA.

OriginsEdit

First introduced during the 1887-88 season under the auspices of the Inverness Junior Football Association, the North Caledonian Cup was initially known as the North of Scotland Junior FA Cup, introduced as an association football cup for competition between juniors clubs from Inverness and the surrounding districts across the North of Scotland. In the season that followed, the Inverness Junior FA became known as the North of Scotland Junior FA and the cup would become its marquee competition[1] would make up the entrants.

The first competition was competed for between eighteen teams across the North of Scotland and was won in its first season by Inverness based junior club Crusaders F.C.[2]

HistoryEdit

In its infancy, much like the Highland Football League, cup entrants were mostly based in the Inverness area and its surrounding districts and for the latter part of the 19th century the competition was dominated by the 2nd XI combinations entered by senior clubs. It was not until the 1902 that the trophy eventually left Inverness when the Dingwall Vics - who would later become known as Ross County - won the trophy two years in succession. While reserve clubs were still a dominant force, the growth of junior clubs eventually led to teams from Tain, Grantown-on-spey and Muir of Ord adding their name to the trophy.

When the North of Scotland Junior FA dropped its junior moniker in favour of "2nd XI" senior status in the 1935, the competition became known as the North of Scotland 2nd XI Cup.

By the late 1960s, a surge in the formation of senior clubs throughout Ross-shire, Sutherland and Caithness resulted in a break-up in the dominance of Highland Football League "2nd XI" sides. In 1984, the association took the decision to rename the association again in a bid to "shake off" the reserve football stigma which had been attached to the cup since its introduction 97 years prior and the trophy became known as the North Caledonian Cup. Since 1972, only six senior reserve teams have won the trophy, the last being Inverness Caledonian Thistle 'A' in 1998-99.

In 2008, the original trophy was retired due to being in a state of poor repair and was sent to Hampden for safe keeping and refurbishment. Thought the competition's lineage remained intact, a new trophy was introduced to replace the original. At the same time, the cup was briefly recognized and referred to as the Jock Mackay Memorial Cup before the competitions became two separate cups.

Past WinnersEdit

Season Winner Score Runners-up Venue Notes
2020-21 Competition not completed due to suspension of football activities as a result of COVID-19 outbreak.
2019-20 Competition not completed due to suspension of football activities as a result of COVID-19 outbreak.
2018-19 Invergordon F.C. [2] 2 - 0 Alness United F.C. Dudgeon Park, Brora
2017-18 St Duthus F.C. [6] 3 - 1[3][4] Golspie Sutherland F.C. King George V Park, Golspie
 
St Duthus F.C., winners of the North Caledonian Cup for 2017-18.
2016-17 Golspie Sutherland F.C. [8] 2 - 1 Invergordon F.C. Dudgeon Park, Brora
2015-16 Golspie Sutherland F.C. [7] 4 - 2[5] Lewis & Harris F.C. Dalmore Park, Alness
2014-15 Lewis & Harris F.C. 1 - 0 Golspie Sutherland F.C. Dalmore Park, Alness First team from the Western Isles to win the cup.
2013-14 Alness United F.C. [3] 3 - 1 Muir of Ord Rovers F.C. Pavilion Park, Muir of Ord
2012-13 Muir of Ord Rovers F.C. [6] 1 - 0 Thurso F.C. Dalmore Park, Alness
2011-12 Halkirk United F.C. [3] 2 - 1[6] Golspie Sutherland F.C. Dudgeon Park, Brora
2010-11 Thurso F.C. [3] 4 - 1 Invergordon F.C. King George V Park, Golspie
2009-10 Muir of Ord Rovers F.C. [5] 2 - 1[7] Halkirk United F.C. Bonar Bridge Park Competition re-introduced to season calendar as the "North Caledonian Cup". Jock Mackay Memorial Cup run as a separate competition from this season onwards.
2008-09 Halkirk United F.C. [2] 5 - 2 Thurso F.C. Recreation Grounds, Invergordon Contested and promoted as the Jock Mackay Memorial Cup
2007-08 Golspie Sutherland F.C. [6] 2 - 2 p[8] Inverness City F.C. Recreation Grounds, Invergordon 1. Golspie won 3-1 on penalties.

2. Contested and promoted as the Jock Mackay Memorial Cup

2006-07 Inverness City F.C. 2 - 2 p[9] Golspie Sutherland F.C. Recreation Grounds, Invergordon 1. Inverness City won 5-4 on penalties.

2. Contested and promoted as the Jock Mackay Memorial Cup

2005-06 Halkirk United F.C. 3 - 1 aet Alness United F.C. Seaboard Park, Balintore 1. 1-1 at full-time.

2. Game also counted as a league result.

3. Contested and promoted as the Jock Mackay Memorial Cup

2004-05 Balintore F.C. [4] 2 - 2 p Invergordon F.C. Seaboard Park, Balintore 1. Balintore won 2-1 on penalties.

2. Contested and promoted as the Jock Mackay Memorial Cup, introduced in memory of long serving North Caledonian FA and Invergordon committee member Jock Mackay.

2003-04 Thurso F.C. [2] 1 - 0[10][11][12] Balintore F.C. Dudgeon Park, Brora
2002-03 Golspie Sutherland F.C. [5] 3 - 1 Dornoch F.C. Dudgeon Park, Brora
2001-02 Thurso F.C. 2 - 1[13] Alness United F.C. King George V Park, Golspie
2000-01 Golspie Sutherland F.C. [4] Alness United F.C.
1999-00 Alness United F.C. [2]
1998-99 Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. 'A'
1997-98 Balintore F.C. [3] 3 - 2 Invergordon
1996-97 Balintore F.C. [2] 4 - 0 Halkirk United F.C. King George V Park, Golspie
1995-96 Fearn Thistle F.C.
1994-95 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [15]
1993-94 Bonar Bridge F.C. [2]
1992-93 Ross County F.C. 'A' [6]
1991-92 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [14]
1990-91 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [16]
1989-90 Tain St Duthus F.C. [5]
1988-89 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [15]
1987-88 Invergordon F.C.
1986-87 Tain St Duthus F.C. [4]
1985-86 Wick Academy F.C. [3]
1984-85 Balintore F.C.
1983-84 Tain St Duthus F.C. [3]
1982-83 Muir of Ord Rovers F.C. [4]
1981-82 Bunillidh Thistle F.C. [2]
1980-81 Wick Academy F.C. [2]
1979-80 Wick Academy F.C. First team from Caithness to win the cup.
1978-79 Tain St Duthus F.C. [2]
1977-78 Bonar Bridge F.C.
1976-77 Dingwall Thistle F.C.
1975-76 Golspie Sutherland F.C. [3]
1974-75 Golspie Sutherland F.C. [2]
1973-74 Alness United F.C.
1972-73 Ross County F.C. 'A' [5]
1971-72 Bunillidh Thistle F.C.
1970-71 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [14]
1969-70 Ross County F.C. 'A' [4]
1968-69 Golspie Sutherland F.C.
1967-68 Muir of Ord Rovers F.C. [3]
1966-67 Black Rock Rovers F.C.
1965-66 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [13]
1964-65 Brora Rangers F.C. 'A'
1963-64 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [13]
1962-63 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [12]
1960-61 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [11]
1959-60 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [12]
1958-59 Ross County F.C. 'A' [3]
1957-58 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [10]
1956-57 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [9]
1955-56 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [8]
1954-55 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [11]
1953-54 Nairn County F.C. 'A'
1952-53 Nelson F.C. (Inverness) [5]
1951-52 Loco Rangers F.C.
1950-51 Ross County F.C. 'A' [2]
1949-50 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [7]
1948-49 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [10]
1947-48 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [9]
1946-47 Ross County F.C. 'A' 5 - 4 Invergordon F.C. Grant Street Park, Inverness
1938-39 Highland Light Infantry XI
1936-37 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [6]
1935-36 Nelson F.C. (Inverness) [4]
1934-35 Muir of Ord Rovers F.C. [2]
1933-34 Muir of Ord Rovers F.C.
1932-33 Nelson F.C. (Inverness) [3] 1 - 0 Muir of Ord Rovers F.C. Kingsmills Park, Inverness
1931-32 Inverness Thistle F.C. 'A' [7]
1930-31 Inverness Thistle F.C. 'A' [6] Inverness Citadel F.C. 'A' Telford Street Park, Inverness
1929-30 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [5]
1928-29 Nelson F.C. (Inverness) [2]
1927-28 Dingwall Victoria United F.C. [3]
1926-27 Cameron Highlanders F.C. [2]
1925-26 Inverness Thistle F.C. 'A' [5]
1924-25 St Duthus F.C. 2 - 1[14] Catch-My-Pals F.C. Thistle Park, Inverness
1923-24 Fortrose & Rosemarkie Union F.C.
1922-23 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [4]
1921-22 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [8] Inverness Citadel F.C. 'A' Final was replayed after first match ended 1-1.
1920-21 Inverness Citadel F.C. 'A' [3]
1919-20 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [3]
1913-14 Albert F.C. (Inverness)
1911-12 Bishopmill F.C.
1910-11 Grantown Athletic F.C. Inverness Thistle F.C. 'A'
1909-10 Inverness Thistle F.C. 'A' [4]
1908-09 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' [2]
1907-08 Nelson F.C. (Inverness)
1906-07 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [7]
1905-06 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [6]
1904-05 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [5]
1903-04 Dingwall Victoria United F.C. [2] 4 - 3 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' Clachnacuddin Park, Inverness
1902-03 Dingwall Victoria United F.C. 1 - 0 Inverness Citadel F.C. 'A' Clachnacuddin Park, Inverness First team from outside of Inverness to win the cup.
1901-02 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' 4 - 0 Inverness Citadel F.C. 'A' Kingsmills Park, Inverness
1900-01 Inverness Thistle F.C. 'A' [3] Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' Clachnacuddin Park, Inverness
1899-00 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [4]
1898-99 Heatherley F.C.
1897-98 Inverness Citadel F.C. 'A' [2] 2 - 1 Dingwall Victoria United F.C. Thistle Park, Inverness
1896-97 Inverness Citadel F.C. 'A' 3 - 2 Inverness Celtic F.C. Clachnacuddin Park, Inverness Final was replayed after first match at Telford St Park ended 2-2.
1895-96 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [3] 3 - 1 Cameron Highlanders F.C. Kingsmills Park, Inverness
1894-95 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' [2] 5 - 1 Heatherley F.C. (Inverness) Clachnacuddin Park, Inverness
1893-94 Inverness Thistle F.C. 'A' [2] 5 - 1 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' Thistle Park, Inverness Final was replayed after first match at Clachnacuddin Park was

abandoned in the second half due to snow with

scores at 1-1.

1892-93 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' 4 - 1 Inverness Citadel F.C. 'A' Telford Street Park, Inverness
1891-92 Crown Strollers F.C. 3 - 2 Inverness Citadel F.C. 'A' Northern Meeting Park, Inverness
1890-91 Inverness Thistle F.C. 'A' 5 - 3 Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' Midmills Park, Inverness
1889-90 Union F.C. (Inverness) 'A' 2 - 0 Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' Needlefield Park, Inverness
1888-89 Cameron Highlanders F.C. 1 - 0 Union F.C. (Inverness) 'A' Needlefield Park, Inverness Final was replayed after first match ended 2-2.
1887-88 Crusaders F.C. (Inverness) 1 - 0[15] Crown Strollers F.C. Cameron Barracks First ever cup final.

Times Won by ClubsEdit

Team Times won Years
Inverness Caledonian F.C. 'A' 16 1892-93, 1894-95, 1895-96, 1899-00, 1904-05, 1905-06, 1906-07, 1921-22, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1954-55, 1959-60, 1965-66, 1970-71, 1988-89, 1990-91
Clachnacuddin F.C. 'A' 15 1901-02, 1908-09, 1919-20, 1922-23, 1929-30, 1936-37, 1949-50, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1960-61, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1991-92, 1994-95
Golspie Sutherland F.C. 8 1968-69, 1974-75, 1975-76, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2007-08, 2015-16, 2016-17
Inverness Thistle F.C. 'A' 7 1890-91, 1893-94, 1900-91, 1909-10, 1925-26, 1930-31, 1931-32
Muir of Ord Rovers F.C. 6 1933-34, 1934-35, 1967-68, 1982-83, 2009-10, 2012-13
Ross County F.C. 'A' 6 1946-47, 1950-51, 1958-59, 1969-70, 1972-73, 1992-93
Tain St Duthus F.C. / St Duthus F.C. 6 1924-25, 1978-79, 1983-84, 1986-87, 1989-90, 2017-18
Nelson F.C. (Inverness) 5 1907-08, 1928-29, 1932-33, 1935-36, 1953-53
Balintore F.C. 4 1984-85, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2004-05
Alness United F.C. 3 1973-74, 1999-00, 2013-14
Dingwall Victoria United F.C. 3 1902-03, 1903-04, 1927-28
Halkirk United F.C. 3 2005-06, 2008-09, 2011-12
Inverness Citadel F.C. 'A' 3 1896-97, 1897-98, 1920-21
Thurso F.C. 3 2001-02, 2003-04, 2010-11
Wick Academy F.C. 3 1979-80, 1980-81, 1985-86
Bonar Bridge F.C. 2 1977-78, 1993-94
Bunillidh Thistle F.C. 2 1971-72, 1981-82
Cameron Highlanders F.C. 2 1888-89, 1926-27
Invergordon F.C. 2 1987-88, 2018-19
Albert F.C. (Inverness) 1 1913-14
Bishopmill F.C. 1 1911-12
Black Rock Rovers F.C. 1 1966-67
Brora Rangers F.C. 'A' 1 1964-65
Crown Strollers F.C. 1 1891-92
Crusaders F.C. (Inverness) 1 1887-88
Dingwall Thistle F.C. 1 1976-77
Fearn Thistle F.C. 1 1995-96
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Union F.C. 1 1923-24
Grantown Athletic F.C. 1 1910-11
Heatherley F.C. 1 1898-99
Highland Light Infantry XI 1 1938-39
Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. 'A' 1 1998-99
Inverness City F.C. 1 2006-07
Lewis & Harris F.C. 1 2014-15
Loco Rangers F.C. 1 1951-52
Nairn County F.C. 'A' 1 1953-54
Union F.C. (Inverness) 'A' 1 1889-90

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