Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup

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Schoolhouse celebrate their extra time winner
Schoolhouse celebrate their extra time winner
Schoolhouse celebrate their extra time winner
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A brief history of the Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup...

The growth in Sunday football saw Norfolk FA introduce the Sunday Senior Cup in 1960 and the first final was won by Culley & Co as they beat Unity 4-2. Unity bounced straight back though as they become the second name engraved on the trophy with a 2-1 win against Loke United the following year.

The early years of the competition were dominated by Loke United as they captured the cup an impressive five times in six seasons. The dominant side in the 70’s were Unity Emeralds as they reached four successive finals, losing in 1974-75 to Five Star before claiming a hat-trick of victories with wins against Lingwood Caverners, Wymondham Sunday and Alley Cats.

Another name that Sunday League aficionados will remember fondly is Schooners, who were victorious in 1979-80, 81-82 and 82-83. Hobbies also won the trophy three times in the 80’s whilst Unity Emeralds reached another three finals, winning one of them.

Sadly none of those clubs are in existence any more, but life in football does not stand still and other clubs stepped forward to take up the mantle. None more so than Norwich Busmen, who were the team to beat in the early 90’s reaching four finals out of five and winning two of them, then Poringland Wanderers were successful in successive seasons, taking the cup home in 1994-95 and 95-96.

The power base in the county then moved west for a time as Fenman Freehouse were winners in 1998-99 and again the following season. Having returned to the final in 2001-02, only to lose to Coach & Horses, Fenman then engraved their name on the trophy twice more with wins against North Lynn Harvesters and Hethersett Athletic before losing in the 2004-05 final to Horsford United.

In recent times a number of teams have had repeat visits to Carrow Road for the final of the competition. Camden were winners in 2006-07 and beaten finalists in 2007-08, whilst Marlborough beat El Sol 5-1 in the 2008-09 final before losing 3-0 to Dog House in 2010-11. They rectified that in 2011-12, when they comfortably beat Camden 4-1 to lift the trophy. Dog House are another who have been regular visitors and the 2012-13 season saw them win their 4th (2nd as Dog House) Sunday Senior Cup with a 3-2 victory against Windmill. AFC Wanderers lifted the trophy in 2013-14 as they beat Windmill 2-1 at Carrow Road. Schoolhouse won back to back titles as they beat El Sol 4-2 in 2015 and then Riverside Rovers 1-0 in 2016. It was 3rd time lucky for Windmill in 2017 as they beat CSKA Emneth 4-2 in extra time.

Recent Finals

  • 2016-17 Windmill beat CSKA Emneth 4-2
  • 2015-16 Schoolhouse beat Riverside Rovers (aet) 1-0
  • 2014-15 Schoolhouse beat El Sol 4-2
  • 2013-14 AFC Wanderers beat Windmill 2-1
  • 2012-13 Dog House beat Windmill 3-2

To view the 2017-18 Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup fixtures and results click here.

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