North Area Football – Independent Cups and Tournaments

This page has details of the local independent cups and tournaments that have been kindly supplied to me by their organisers.

Cup/Tournament NameDescriptionWebsite
Bideford Blues & Appledore JFC 6-a-side Competition6-a-side tournament.Yes, view here Link to external website
Braunton Challenge CupAdult cup competition established in 1934.No
Combe Martin FC Annual Invitation 6-a-side TournamentAdult 6-a-side tournament.No
Holman CupAdult cup competition established in 1924.No
North Molton Sports Club 6-a-side CompetitionAdult, veterans and juniors 6-a-side tournament.No
Prostar Barnstaple 6-a-side LeagueAdult 6-a-side league established in 2006 played on Mondays, Sundays and Thursdays.Yes, view here Link to external website
South Molton 6-a-side Competition6-a-side tournaments for Adults.No
South West Hansen CupAdult cup competition established in 1919.No
Torridge Challenge CupAdult cup competition established in 1923.No
Westward Ho! Cup CompetitionAdult cup competition established in 1909.No
Winkleigh 6-a-side Competitions6-a-side tournaments for Juniors and Adults.Yes, view here Link to external website
YMCA CupSelected team entry based competition around South Molton for Adults.No

Bideford Blues & Appledore 6 A-side tournamentBideford Blues & Appledore JFC Annual 6 A-Side Youth Football Tournament

Date: June 13th-15th
Venue: Sandymere Ground, Northam, North Devon, EX39 1XX

For more information and an entry form view the club website. External website link


Braunton Cup

Season 2013-14 Final – Sunday 11th May 2014 – Mill Road, Barnstaple
Braunton 2-0 Shamwickshire Rovers

Season 2012-13 Final – Sunday 12th May 2013 – Mill Road, Barnstaple
High Bickington 0-4 Park United

Season 2011-12 Final – Sunday 13th May 2012 – Mill Road, Barnstaple
Fremington 4-2 Wrey Arms

Season 2010-11 Final – Sunday 8th May 2011 – Mill Road, Barnstaple
Shebbear United 5-3 Barnstaple AAC

Season 2009-10 Final – Sunday 9th May 2010 – Mill Road, Barnstaple
Barnstaple AAC 1-2 Braunton Reserves


Hanson Cup

Season 2013/14 – Merton
Kilkhampton 2-0 Braunton

Season 2012/13 – Vicarage Field, Torrington
Braunton 0-4 Torridgeside

Season 2011/12 – Vicarage Field, Torrington
Fremington 5-0 Torridgeside

Season 2010/11 – Monday 1st May – Vicarage Field, Torrington
Northside Atlantic 1-3 Wrey Arms

Season 2009/10 – Monday 3rd May – Vicarage Field, Torrington
Anchor 1-3 Wrey Arms


Holman Cup

Season 2013-14 Final
Braunton Reserves 2-3 Park United

Season 2012-13 Final
Braunton Reserves 0-1 Combe Martin

Season 2011-12 Final
Braunton Reserves 2-3 AET Pilton Academcials

Season 2010-11 Final
Braunton 6-2 Torrington

Season 2009-10 Final
Barnstaple AAC 4-6 Northam Lions


North Molton 6-a-side Competition

Date: June 14 & 15 & 21 – 2014
Venue: North Molton Sports Club, North Molton

The six a side tournaments at North Molton Sports Club will be on Saturday 14th June for: U/8, U/10, U/12 & U14 and Sunday 15th June for: U/7, U/9, U/11, U/13, U/15.
All teams are welcome. If you would like further information and an entry form please contact: Nickie Emery email:

The men’s and also the new veteran’s tournament will be on Saturday 21st June. Places are limited for both men’s and veteran’s tournament. If you would like further information and an entry form please contact: Tim Perry email:


South Molton 6-a-side Competition

Date: July 12- 2014
Venue: South Molton Football Club, South Molton

For entry forms contact Dave Filer / 01769572333 or 07778149912
£25 per team before June 30th or £30 per team after
Max 24 teams


Torridge Challenge Cup

The Torridge Cup Competition was born on the 9th July 1923 spawned by this group of gentlemen:- E Blatchford, G Copp, E Baker, R Lile, J Bowden, H Bell, S Ashton and LS Hutchings. The very first winners were Ilfracombe Town. Although the competition was stopped in 1939, following the war years it was restarted in 1946 and won by Barnstaple Town. The competition was again halted in 2001 due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease, which curtailed all football in North Devon.

1923-24Ilfracombe Town
1924-25Bideford Town
1925-26Bideford Town
1928-29Ilfracombe Town
1929-37No Competition
1937-38Bideford Town
1939-45No Competition
1946-47Barnstaple Town
1947-48Ilfracombe Town
1950-51Barnstaple AAC
1951-52Combe Martin
1965-66North Molton
1968-69South Molton
1969-70Bideford Town
1971-72Bideford Town
1973-74RAF Chivenor
1974-75Northam Lions
1977-78No Competition
1986-87Ilfracombe Town
2000-01No Competition
2008-09Boca Seniors
2009-10Barnstaple AAC 1-0 AET Dolton
2010-11North Molton Sports Club 3-2 AET (4-2 Penalties) Holsworthy
2011-12Boca Seniors 1-0 Morwenstow
2012-13Torridgeside 5-1 Hatherleigh Town
2013-14Bideford 2-1 Torridgeside


Westward Ho! Cup

Season 2013-14 Final – Wednesday 21st May 2013 – Mill Road, Barnstaple
Braunton 3-2 Fremington

Season 2012-13 Final – Sunday 5th May 2013 – Mill Road, Barnstaple
Boca Seniors 3-0 Bude Town

Season 2011-12 Final – Sunday 6th May 2012 – Mill Road, Barnstaple
Boca Seniors 4-2 (2-2 AET) Braunton

Season 2010-11 Final – Sunday 1st May 2011 – Mill Road, Barnstaple
Boca Seniors 2-1 Braunton

Season 2009-10 Final – Sunday 2nd May 2010 – Mill Road, Barnstaple
Boca Seniors 1-3 AET Bude Town

After a century of knockout football, the Westward Ho! Cup has a fascinating history. On Sunday (2nd May 2010), the final between Boca Seniors and Bude Town marked the 100th year of one of North Devon’s longest running competitions. Originally know as the Houldsworth Cup after it was donated by Mrs Houldsworth of Westward Ho!, the cup was first played for in 1909/10. In the first final, held at the rugby ground on Bishops Tawton Road, Barnstaple YMCA beat Torrington 1-0 with a goal from WF Saunders. Torrington returned to win the trophy by the same scoreline the following year, this time at Rock Park. The first replay took place in 1922 when Ilfracombe beat Bideford Town 2-0 after the original tie finished 1-1. Incredibly, the two games were watched by estimated crowds of 6,000 and 8,000. How current secretary Doug Cole would love to see such numbers coming through the turn-stiles. He noted that one final was reported to have been switched from Mill Road to the neighbouring rugby pitch to allow more people to watch. After a six-year absence because of the Second World War, the 1947 final saw Barnstaple Town beat Appledore 2-0 with goals from Nickland and H Pickard. Although Mill Road has been the home for many years, finals have also been played at United Services in Barnstaple, Bideford Sports Ground, Barnstaple AAC, Clovelly and Torrington. In 1971, the 50th final saw Braunton shock Holsworthy to win the cup for the first time. Trailing to a goal from Dave Tilley, they hit back through Alan King and Sid Windsor. The biggest final win came in 1949 when Bideford beat Holsworthy 8-0. In recent years, Shamwickshire Rovers have been on the wrong end of heavy defeats, losing 6-0 to Witheridge in 2002 and 6-0 to Braunton in 1997, when Simon Bell scored four. For individual scoring feats, though, Barnstaple forward Hulland will take some beating. In 1961 he struck a hat-trick as Town beat Barnstaple Amateurs 4-1, and he returned the following year, scoring all five as Barum beat Bude Town 5-4 after extra time. With their name on the trophy more than 20 times, Barnstaple Town have won it more than any other club, including eight consecutive seasons between 1956 and 1963. The host club have not added to that list since 1999, when Matt Deakin and Barry Yeo sealed a 2-1 win over Ilfracombe Town. Boca Seniors first reached the final against Ilfracombe in 2000 and won the trophy three years running between 2007 and 2009. Last year’s memorable penalty shoot-out win against Barnstaple AAC saw defender Shaun Ley save two spot kicks after taking over in goal. In 1986, the cup was decided on penalties for the first time after Hatherleigh and Fremington shared a 1-1 draw. Dave Penberthy denied Terry Churchill in the shoot-out, helping Hatherleigh win the competition for the only time. This year’s winners, Bude Town, had to be patient to get their hands on the trophy outright. In 1934 they shared it with Ilfracombe Town after a replay finished 2-2. The first victory came in 1965, 4-2 against Fremington. The previous year, Launceston beat Fremington to take the cup out of Devon for the first time. Since then, Kilkhampton and Morwenstow have both taken it over the border.
Reproduced from the North Devon Journal Link to North Devon Journal website.


Winkleigh AFC Senior 6-a-side Competition

Date: tba
Venue: The Playing Fields, Winkleigh, EX19 8HQ

For more details contact Mr J Sampson, 01837 82361 or visit the official website Link to external website where you can download an entry form.

Winkleigh AFC Junior 6-a-side Competition

Date: tba
Venue: The Playing Fields, Winkleigh, EX19 8HQ

Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 14 Girls
For more details contact Mr J Sampson, 01837 82361 or visit the official website Link to external website where you can download an entry form.


Season 2013/14 Final
High Bickington 1-4 Landkey

Season 2012/13 Final
Landkey 2-0 South Molton

Season 2011/12 Final
Chittlehampton 0-1 High Bickington

Season 2009/10 Final
Chittlehampton W-L High Bickington

Season 2005/06 Final
Chittlehampton W-L High Bickington