Northern NSW Football initiated the Heritage Cup in 2017 to recognise the Hunter Region’s rich football history, which dates back to 1884. The inaugural tournament was held on the weekend of the 3, 4 & 5 March 2017.
The concept, originally proposed by leading FOX Sports identity Andy Harper aims to celebrate the Region’s rich football history and acknowledge the clubs that have stood the test of time.
The following clubs, which compete in NNSWF’s Premier Competitions were invited to participate on the basis that their club had been in operation for a minimum of 100 consecutive years – Adamstown Rosebud FC, Cessnock City Hornets FC, Edgeworth Eagles FC, Lake Macquarie City FC, West Wallsend SFC & Weston Workers FC.
Plattsburg Maryland FC was invited to participate to represent the area where the Region’s first football club, the Minmi Rangers was formed in 1884.
Away from the national stage of modern football, it is important to recognise those clubs who put the game where it is today. These clubs, comprised of miners who literally walked out of the pits and onto a rough shod field to kick a ball around with mates for recreation, were the founding fathers of our great game today.
Their strength of character, their own love of the game and their persistence are all traits that carry on into today’s players. The Heritage Cup provides an ideal opportunity to acknowledge the significance of those early years and the clubs who have stood the test of time.