London Challenge Cup

1958-59

Tottenham Hotspur won the 1958 edition of the London Challenge Cup with a 3-1 victory over West Ham United on 1st December 1958, under the White Hart Lane floodlights in front of a healthy attendance of 18,195. Although this was supposed to be recorded as a Tottenham reserve team fixture, according to the following Saturday’s programme versus Preston North End, the game was ‘a preview of the Boxing day league encounter, for both clubs substantially fielded their first teams’ and both sides ‘provided first class entertainment’.

Tottenham line up: Hollowbread; Baker, Henry; Dodge, Norman, Iley; Brooks, Harmer, Dunmore, Smith, Jones.

Scorers: Brooks, Smith 2.

At the time of writing I don’t have the actual West Ham line-up, but according to the programme it was due to be: Rhodes; Bond, Cantwell; Malcolm, Brown, Nelson; Grice, Woosnam, Keeble, Dick, Musgrove.

Scorer: Grice.

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Tottenham reached the final with victories over Charlton Athletic (4-0 home), Finchley (2-1 home) and Queens Park Rangers (7-0 home). West Ham defeated Millwall, Leyton Orient and Arsenal along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

Finchley, the non-leaguers from the Athenian League were in the competition by virtue of having finished as runners-up to Sutton United in the previous season’s London Senior Cup final. They finished mid-table in the Athenian that year and gave Spurs a hard fight in Round Two. An attendance of 4,505 showed the London Challenge Cup was a worthwhile and valuable competition, even on a Monday evening.

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1950-51

I came across the Chelsea FC handbook for 1951-52 recently and it had the result and line-ups for the 1950-51 final which is detailed below:

Brentford 1 Charlton Athletic 2 (at Stamford Bridge 4th December 1950)

Brentford: Gaskell; Monk, Manley; Bragg, Hart, Bristowe; Balls, Anders, Garneys, Coote, Girling. Scorer: Anders.

Charlton Athletic: Uytenbogaardt; Campbell, Neilsen; Johnson, Allison, Hammond; Fell, Lumley (T), D’Arcy, Purves, Duffy. Scorer: D’Arcy 2.

Charlton had a fairly decent reserve team at this time as they won the Football Combination the season before (1949-50).

There is also a recent website detailing match reports and scores from some of the London Challenge Cups from 1908 to 1928. A very interesting and useful resource for the London football historian. It can be accessed here: https://londonchallengecup.weebly.com/index.html

September 2018

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Searching for some information on this now defunct football cup competition I could only find limited details of winners and the results of the revived cup on the Wikipedia and Football Club History Database websites (see below). Then I came across a full list of winners and finalists in some old paperwork which I think is possibly from an old London Football Association handbook which I no longer have.

The London Challenge Cup was organised by the London F.A. and first competed for in 1908 and was started after the London Senior Cup began in 1882. All of the London professional sides entered the competition along with some selected non-league professional sides and four of the leading amateur clubs of the day, these were offered to the four semi-finalists in the previous season’s London Senior Cup, usually making the numbers up to sixteen with four rounds and sometimes a preliminary round.

There was an unofficial change in the 1930s when the Football League first division clubs started playing their reserve teams although the strength of teams was left to individual clubs and some would include first team regulars. The Spurs history website http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/history/honours lists two first team cup winners (1911 and 1929) and six reserve team wins (1937, 1948, 1959, 1964, 1971 and 1974). An Arsenal history website is also interesting at http://www.blog.woolwicharsenal.co.uk/archives/8383 for details of their cup finals.

Six non-league teams made it through to the final of the competition in the years prior to the short revival and these were Leyton (1908/09 and 1927/28), Tooting & Mitcham United (1959/60), Dagenham (1967/68 and 1971/72), Wimbledon (1969/70 and 1970/71), Enfield (1972/73) and Hayes (1973/74), although none of them managed to lift the trophy.

The competition finally succumbed to the removal of the distinction between amateur and professional players in 1974 and ceased to be, although it was revived in 1990 until 2000 mainly for non-league teams with Leyton Orient being the only Football League team to win it.

Summary of Winners (1908-1974):

11 -Arsenal
9 – West Ham United
8 – Tottenham Hotspur
5 – Chelsea
4 – Millwall, Queens Park Rangers
3 – Fulham, Orient (one as Clapton Orient), Crystal Palace, Brentford
2 – Charlton Athletic

For the record the results of the finals are as follows:

1908-09 – Millwall 2 Leyton 0
1909-10 – Fulham 4 Tottenham Hotspur 1
1910-11 – Tottenham Hotspur 2 Fulham 1
1911-12 – Clapton Orient 3 Millwall 0
1912-13 – Crystal Palace 1 West Ham United 0 (after 0-0 draw)
1913-14 – Crystal Palace 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0
1914-15 – Millwall 2 Arsenal 1
1919-20 – Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 0
1920-21 – Crystal Palace 1 Clapton Orient 0
1921-22 – Arsenal 1 Crystal Palace 0
1922-23 – Charlton Athletic 2 Crystal Palace 1
1923-24 – Arsenal 3 Charlton Athletic 2 (Listed as 3-1 on Arsenal website, see above)
1924-25 – West Ham United 2 Clapton Orient 1
1925-26 – West Ham United 2 Arsenal 1
1926-27 – Chelsea 2 Clapton Orient 1
1927-28 – Millwall 6 Leyton 3
1928-29 – Tottenham Hotspur 5 Millwall 1
1929-30 – West Ham United 2 Brentford 1
1930-31 – Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1
1931-32 – Fulham 2 Crystal Palace 1
1932-33 – Queens Park Rangers 3 West Ham United 0
1933-34 – Arsenal 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0
1934-35 – Brentford 2 Millwall 1
1935-36 – Arsenal 4 Brentford 2
1936-37 – Tottenham Hotspur 1 Arsenal 0
1937-38 – Millwall 4 Crystal Palace 0
1938-39 – Queens Park Rangers 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1
1946-47 – West Ham United 3 Crystal Palace 2
1947-48 – Tottenham Hotspur 3 Fulham 1
1948-49 – West Ham United 2 Chelsea 1 (after 1-1 draw)
1949-50 – Chelsea 3 Brentford 0 (after 4-4 draw)
1950-51 – Charlton Athletic 2 Brentford 1
1951-52 – Fulham 1 Charlton Athletic 0
1952-53 – West Ham United 2 Brentford 1
1953-54 – Arsenal 3 Chelsea 2 (after 1-1 draw)
1954-55 – Arsenal 2 West Ham United 1 (after 1-1 draw)
1955-56 – Queens Park Rangers 2 Brentford 1
1956-57 – West Ham United 3 Millwall 1
1957-58 – Arsenal 3 West Ham United 1
1958-59 – Tottenham Hotspur 3 West Ham United 1
1959-60 – Chelsea 2 Tooting & Mitcham United 1
1960-61 – Chelsea 3 Arsenal 1
1961-62 – Arsenal 3 Millwall 1
1962-63 – Arsenal 4 Chelsea 1
1963-64 – Tottenham Hotspur 2 Chelsea 0
1964-65 – Brentford 2 Chelsea 1
1965-66 – Queens Park Rangers 4 Arsenal 0
1966-67 – Brentford 2 Fulham 1 (after 0-0 draw)
1967-68 – West Ham United 3 Dagenham 1
1968-69 – West Ham United 3 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (after 2-2 draw)
1969-70 – Arsenal 2 Wimbledon 1
1970-71 – Tottenham Hotspur 1 Wimbledon 0
1971-72 – Orient 2 Dagenham 1 (after 1-1 draw)
1972-73 – Orient 2 Enfield 1
1973-74 – Tottenham Hotspur 5 Hayes 0

and there it ended until a brief revival.

1990-91 – Carshalton Athletic 4 Welling United 2
1991-92 – Welling United 2 Dulwich Hamlet 0
1992-93 – Leyton Orient 3 Barnet 2
1993-94 – Uxbridge 3 Welling United 0
1994-95 – St Albans City 6 Fisher ‘93 0
1995-96 – Bromley 3 Leyton Pennant 2
1996-97 – Uxbridge 1 Leyton Pennant 0 (after 3-3 draw)
1997-98 – Boreham Wood 3 Uxbridge 1
1998-99 – Dulwich Hamlet 3 Uxbridge 2 (Listed as 2-1 to Dulwich on FCHD website)
1999-2000 – Uxbridge 2 Dulwich Hamlet 2 (Uxbridge won 5-4 on penalties)

Source for these ten years http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Challenge_Cup and the excellent Football Club History Database http://fchd.info/cups/londonsummary.htm.

April 2014

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