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George Wilson Cup

The George Wilson Memorial Cup is a competition open to reserve football teams affiliated to member clubs of the Irish League. Initially it was open to all members of the B Division, both "attached and unattached" (i.e. reserve sides and independent intermediate clubs), but since 1977/78 it has been limited to reserve sides only.

History

Founded in the 1952/53 season in memory of Crusaders official, George Wilson, the final has been traditionally held at Crusaders' home ground Seaview (with a few exceptions when matches have been held at Taylor's Avenue (Carrickfergus), Ballymena Showgrounds and Mourneview Park). Appropriately, the first winners were Crusaders Reserves.

The format has varied over the years between league format, straight knock-out and group format.

List of Winners

Year Winners
1953 Crusaders Reserves
1954 Linfield FC
1955 Coleraine Reserves
1956 Ballyclare Comrades
1957 Distillery II
1958 Ards II
1959 Larne
1960 Larne
1961 Ballyclare Comrades
1962 Linfield Swifts
1963 Ballyclare Comrades
1964 Glenavon Reserves
1965 Dundela
1966 Glentoran II
1967 Glentoran II
1968 Dundela
1969 Larne
1970 Not Played
1971 Larne
1972 Dundela
1973 Brantwood
1974 Dungannon Swifts
1975 Dundela
1976 Limavady United
1977 Linfield Swifts
1978 Larne Olympic
1979 Larne Olympic
1980 Glentoran II
1981 Linfield Swifts
1982 Distillery
1983 Ards II
1984 Linfield Swifts
1985 Linfield Swifts
1986 Coleraine Reserves
1987 Glentoran II
1988 Distillery II
1989 Linfield Swifts
1990 Ballymena United Reserves
1991 Ballymena United Reserves
1992 Coleraine Reserves
1993 Reserves
1994 Ballyclare Comrades Reserves
1995 Bangor Reserves
1996 Coleraine Reserves
1997 Portadown Reserves
1998 Bangor Reserves
1999 Linfield Swifts
2000 Cliftoville Olympic
2001 Glentoran II
2002 Glentoran II
2003 Glentoran II
2004 Dungannon Swifts II
2005 Glentoran II
2006 Dungannon Swifts II
2007 Crusaders Reserves
2008 Cliftonville Olympic

Summary of Winners

Teams Wins Notes
Glentoran II 8
Linfield Swifts 8
Larne 6 (includes 4 wins by Larne Olympic)
Ballyclare Comrades 4 (includes 1 win by Ballyclare Comrades Reserves)
Coleraine Reserves 4
Dundela 4
Bangor Reserves 3
Distillery II 3
Dungannon Swifts 3 (includes 2 wins by Dungannon Swifts II)
Ards II 2
Ballymena United Reserves 2
Crusaders Reserves 2
Cliftonville Olympic 2
Brantwood 1
Glenavon Reserves 1
Limavady United 1
Portadown Reserves 1

References

  • Daily Mirror Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 2008-09 (Ed. Malcolm Brodie) Page 79
  • 1996/97 George Wilson Cup Final Programme (Glenavon Reserves vs Portadown Reserves) Page 4

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