List of FA Vase finals

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Nantwich Town, the 2006 FA Vase winners, display the trophy during a celebratory parade

The Football Association Challenge Vase, commonly known as the FA Vase, is a knockout cup competition in English football, organised by and named after The Football Association (the FA). It was staged for the first time in the 1974–75 season, effectively replacing the FA Amateur Cup, which was discontinued after the abolition of official amateur status by the FA.[1] While the leading teams from the Amateur Cup switched to the existing FA Trophy, the lower-level teams entered the new FA Vase.[2] As of 2013, the Vase is open to all clubs in levels five to seven of the National League System, equivalent to levels nine to eleven of the overall English football league system, although clubs from other leagues may apply to enter if their stadiums meet certain requirements.

The record for the most wins is held by Whitley Bay, with four victories.[3] Whitley Bay have also won in three consecutive seasons. Billericay Town, Halesowen Town and Tiverton Town have each won the Vase in two consecutive seasons.[3]

The Vase is currently held by South Shields, who beat Cleethorpes Town 4–0 in the 2017 final.

History

Eventual winners Whitley Bay (striped shirts) take on Glossop North End in the 2009 final

The first FA Vase final was won by Hoddesdon Town of the Spartan League who, despite being regarded as underdogs, beat Epsom & Ewell of the Surrey Senior League.[4][5][6] In three of the four following seasons, Billericay Town won the competition to become the first team to win the Vase on three occasions, a feat matched in 2010 by Whitley Bay.[3] During the 1980s, the tournament was won by teams that represented many different leagues from all parts of the country, from Whickham of the Wearside League in the northeast to Forest Green Rovers of the Hellenic League in the south.[7][8] Halesowen Town became the second team to win the Vase in consecutive seasons, with victories in 1985 and 1986.[9]

In the 1990s, Guiseley and Tiverton Town both appeared in the final more than once.[3] Tiverton became the third club to win consecutive finals, emerging victorious in 1998 and 1999.[10] Two years later Taunton Town won the Vase, giving clubs from the Western League three wins in four seasons.[11] From 2008-2017, all nine finals involved a team from Northern League Division One, with eight of them taking the trophy. Brigg Town of the Northern Counties East League became the fourth club to win the Vase more than once in 2003, seven years after the club's first victory, and six years later Whitley Bay became the fifth club to achieve the feat.[3]

Finals

Originally, if the final finished with the scores level after extra time, the teams would play again in a replay at a later date;[12] more recently the final has always been decided on the day, with a penalty shootout as required.[13] The winning club receives the FA Vase itself and, as of 2010, prize money of £20,000, in addition to that accumulated for winning earlier rounds.[14]

Key

(R) Replay
* Match went to extra time

Results

Season Winner[3] Score[3] Runners–up[3] Venue[12]
1974–75 Hoddesdon Town 2–1 Epsom & Ewell Wembley Stadium (original)
1975–76 Billericay Town  †1–0 * Stamford Wembley Stadium (original)
1976–77 Billericay Town  †1–1 * Sheffield Wembley Stadium (original)
1976–77 (R) Billericay Town 2–1 Sheffield City Ground
1977–78 Blue Star 2–1 Barton Rovers Wembley Stadium (original)
1978–79 Billericay Town 4–1 Almondsbury Greenway Wembley Stadium (original)
1979–80 Stamford 2–0 Guisborough Town Wembley Stadium (original)
1980–81 Whickham  †3–2 * Willenhall Town Wembley Stadium (original)
1981–82 Forest Green Rovers 3–0 Rainworth Miners Welfare Wembley Stadium (original)
1982–83 VS Rugby 1–0 Halesowen Town Wembley Stadium (original)
1983–84 Stansted 3–2 Stamford Wembley Stadium (original)
1984–85 Halesowen Town 3–1 Fleetwood Town Wembley Stadium (original)
1985–86 Halesowen Town 3–0 Southall Wembley Stadium (original)
1986–87 St Helens Town 3–2 Warrington Town Wembley Stadium (original)
1987–88 Colne Dynamoes  †1–0 * Emley Wembley Stadium (original)
1988–89 Tamworth  †1–1 * Sudbury Town Wembley Stadium (original)
1988–89 (R) Tamworth 3–0 Sudbury Town London Road
1989–90 Yeading  †0–0 * Bridlington Town Wembley Stadium (original)
1989–90 (R) Yeading  †1–0 * Bridlington Town Elland Road
1990–91 Guiseley  †4–4 * Gresley Rovers Wembley Stadium (original)
1990–91 (R) Guiseley 3–1 Gresley Rovers Bramall Lane
1991–92 Wimborne Town 5–3 Guiseley Wembley Stadium (original)
1992–93 Bridlington Town 1–0 Tiverton Town Wembley Stadium (original)
1993–94 Diss Town  †2–1 * Taunton Town Wembley Stadium (original)
1994–95 Arlesey Town 2–1 Oxford City Wembley Stadium (original)
1995–96 Brigg Town 3–0 Clitheroe Wembley Stadium (original)
1996–97 Whitby Town 3–0 North Ferriby United Wembley Stadium (original)
1997–98 Tiverton Town 1–0 Tow Law Town Wembley Stadium (original)
1998–99 Tiverton Town 1–0 Bedlington Terriers Wembley Stadium (original)
1999–2000 Deal Town 1–0 Chippenham Town Wembley Stadium (original)
2000–01 Taunton Town 2–1 Berkhamsted Town Villa Park
2001–02 Whitley Bay  †1–0 * Tiptree United Villa Park
2002–03 Brigg Town 2–1 A.F.C. Sudbury Boleyn Ground
2003–04 Winchester City 2–0 A.F.C. Sudbury St Andrew's
2004–05 Didcot Town 3–2 A.F.C. Sudbury White Hart Lane
2005–06 Nantwich Town 3–1 Hillingdon Borough St Andrew's
2006–07 Truro City 3–1 A.F.C. Totton Wembley Stadium (new)
2007–08 Kirkham & Wesham 2–1 Lowestoft Town Wembley Stadium (new)
2008–09 Whitley Bay 2–0 Glossop North End Wembley Stadium (new)
2009–10 Whitley Bay 6–1 Wroxham Wembley Stadium (new)
2010–11 Whitley Bay 3–2 Coalville Town Wembley Stadium (new)
2011–12 Dunston UTS 2–0 West Auckland Town Wembley Stadium (new)
2012–13 Spennymoor Town 2–1 Tunbridge Wells Wembley Stadium (new)
2013–14 Sholing 1–0 West Auckland Town Wembley Stadium (new)
2014–15 North Shields  †2–1 * Glossop North End Wembley Stadium (new)
2015–16 Morpeth Town 4–1 Hereford Wembley Stadium (new)
2016–17 South Shields 4–0 Cleethorpes Town Wembley Stadium (new)

Results by team

Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence.

Club Wins Last final won Runners-up Last final lost
Whitley Bay 4 2011 0
Billericay Town 3 1979 0
Tiverton Town 2 1999 1 1993
Halesowen Town 2 1986 1 1983
Brigg Town 2 2003 0
Stamford 1 1980 2 1984
Taunton Town 1 2001 1 1994
Bridlington Town 1 1993 1 1990
Guiseley 1 1991 1 1992
South Shields 1 2017 0
Morpeth Town 1 2016 0
North Shields 1 2015 0
Sholing 1 2014 0
Spennymoor Town 1 2013 0
Dunston UTS 1 2012 0
A.F.C. Fylde 1 2008 0
Truro City 1 2007 0
Nantwich Town 1 2006 0
Didcot Town 1 2005 0
Winchester City 1 2004 0
Deal Town 1 2000 0
Whitby Town 1 1997 0
Arlesey Town 1 1995 0
Diss Town 1 1994 0
Wimborne Town 1 1992 0
Yeading 1 1990 0
Tamworth 1 1989 0
Colne Dynamoes 1 1988 0
St Helens Town 1 1987 0
Stansted 1 1984 0
VS Rugby 1 1983 0
Forest Green Rovers 1 1982 0
Whickham 1 1981 0
Blue Star 1 1978 0
Hoddesdon Town 1 1975 0
A.F.C. Sudbury 0 3 2005
Glossop North End 0 2 2015
West Auckland Town 0 2 2014
Hereford 0 1 2016
Tunbridge Wells 0 1 2013
Coalville Town 0 1 2011
Wroxham 0 1 2010
Lowestoft Town 0 1 2008
A.F.C. Totton 0 1 2007
Hillingdon Borough 0 1 2006
Tiptree United 0 1 2002
Berkhamsted Town 0 1 2001
Chippenham Town 0 1 2000
Bedlington Terriers 0 1 1999
Tow Law Town 0 1 1998
North Ferriby United 0 1 1997
Clitheroe 0 1 1996
Oxford City 0 1 1995
Gresley Rovers 0 1 1991
Sudbury Town 0 1 1989
Emley 0 1 1988
Warrington Town 0 1 1987
Southall 0 1 1986
Fleetwood Town 0 1 1985
Rainworth Miners Welfare 0 1 1982
Willenhall Town 0 1 1981
Guisborough Town 0 1 1980
Almondsbury Greenway 0 1 1979
Barton Rovers 0 1 1978
Sheffield 0 1 1977
Epsom & Ewell 0 1 1975

References

  1. ^ "About The FA Vase". The Football Association. 5 June 2004. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Williams, Tony (1978). The FA Non-League Football Annual 1978–79. MacDonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd. p. 8. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "F A Vase Summary". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Hoddesdon Town". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Epsom & Ewell". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "F.A. Vase 1974–75". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Whickham". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Forest Green Rovers". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Halesowen Town". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "Tiverton Town". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Taunton Town". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 28 November 2008. 
  12. ^ a b Barnes, Stuart (2008). Nationwide Football Annual 2008–2009. SportsBooks Ltd. p. 153. ISBN 1-8998-0772-1. 
  13. ^ "Rules of The FA Challenge Vase competition" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "FA Vase Prize Fund". The Football Association. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
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