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.
The 2020 Heritage Cup saw the introduction of the Heritage Plate. The final day of the competition will now see the two highest placed community teams battle it out to take home this coveted piece of silverware. In it’s inaugural year, the Heritage Plate was taken home by Zone League One side Merewether Advance SFC in a 3-2 over Zone League Two side, Minmi Wanderers FC.
The Third-Place Playoff saw Northern League One outfit, West Wallsend SFC take on NNSW National Premier League Side Lake Macquarie City FC. In a hotly contested battle, the deadlock couldn’t be broken in regular time. Penalties ensued, and West Wallsend had their goalkeeper Josh Sneddon to thank, with 3 penalty saves to help West Wallsend into third place in the final standings of the competition.
Finally, the main attraction, the Final of the Heritage Cup. Once again, 2020 NNSW National Premier League Champions Edgeworth Eagles flexed their muscle, mustering a 4-1 win against fellow NPL outfit Adamstown Rosebud FC who won the competition in 2017. The Eagles retain their title for a second year running, with their sights now set back on the NNSW National Premier League competition.
Heritage Cup Winners:
2017 Heritage Cup Winners – Adamstown Rosebud FC
2018 Heritage Cup Winners – Weston Workers FC
2019 Heritage Cup Winners – Edgeworth Eagles FC
2020 Heritage Cup Winners – Edgeworth Eagles FC
Heritage Plate Winners:
2020 Heritage Plate Winners - Merewether Advance SFC