1872 Cup

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1872 Cup
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 2007–08
Number of teams 2
Regions Scotland Scotland (Scottish Rugby Union)
Holders Glasgow Warriors (2016–17)
Most titles Glasgow Warriors (7 titles)

The 1872 Cup – also known as the 1872 Challenge Cup – is a men's rugby union tournament contested every year between the two Scottish professional clubs Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby.

Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby use their Pro14 league matches against one another to decide the Cup winners. The highest aggregate score in the home and away ties decides the 1872 Champions.

Not only is the Glasgow – Edinburgh fixture the oldest inter-district rugby match in the world but the derby is classed as one of the biggest in world rugby. Former Edinburgh coach, the South African Alan Solomons states: "These games are massive. For me, this is one of the big derbies of world rugby."[1]

History[edit]

The 1872 Cup marks the history of the world's oldest representative match.[2] On 23 November 1872 a Glasgow District side met an Edinburgh District side at Burnbank, the home ground of Glasgow Academicals RFC. Rugby Union was 20 a side in those days. Edinburgh won the first match. However there was no cup to be won – and no cup was won until 1995.

District sides[edit]

Scotland was to have 4 District Sides: North and Midlands; South; Glasgow District and Edinburgh District. These sides would regularly play each other and a Scottish Inter-District Championship was introduced in 1953. A Scottish Exiles side was also introduced in the later McEwans District Championship.

Professionalism and the Inter-City Cup[edit]

The 4 District Sides North and Midlands, South, Glasgow and Edinburgh were to become Caledonia Reds, Border Reivers, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby with professionalism. These teams challenged in the Inter-District Championship for European qualification to the Heineken Cup. A Cup was offered by the Sponsors, the estate agents Slater, Hogg and Howison in 1995. In 1997–98 the competition received a new sponsor: Inter-City Trains – and the Cup became known as the Inter-City Cup.

When Caledonia Reds and Border Reivers were merged into the Glasgow and Edinburgh sides, Glasgow and Edinburgh played one-off matches for the Inter-City Cup from 1998 to 2002. The Cup became the Virgin Trains Cup with sponsorship in 2001–02 with the Welsh-Scottish League matches between the pair being used to determine the winner.[3]

When the Border Reivers were revived in 2002 the Inter-City Cup was forgotten about and it sat in the old Glasgow & District Rugby Union office in Somerset Place, Glasgow for a few years. Unfortunately the Reivers folded again in 2007.

1872 Cup begins[edit]

The Cup was revived and rebranded by Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby as the 1872 Cup in season 2007–08. 1872 thus marking the date of the oldest derby match in rugby union history between the original Glasgow and Edinburgh amateur district sides on which the professional clubs were founded.[4]

Format of the Challenge Cup[edit]

Previously, the two league encounters of the Pro12 were used to decide the winner of the 1872 Challenge Cup. Usually, these fixtures were scheduled as double-headers; home/away to rival one week and away/home to rival the next. These double-headers were often scheduled around the weekends of Christmas and New Year. The 2016-17 season's 1872 Cup matches did not follow the double header format.[5]

The aggregate score of Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby in the fixtures is taken into account in deciding the winner.

Where the aggregate score is tied the holder retains the trophy.[6]

The format of the 1872 Cup for the 2017-18 season will be over 3 Pro14 matches.[7]

Sponsorship[edit]

Crabbie's have been announced as the sponsor of the 2016-17 season's 1872 Cup.[8]

List of results[edit]

Two-match format (2007–08 to 2016–17)[edit]

Year Date Venue Home Score Away Trophy Winner
Agg.
2007–08 28 December 2007 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 35–31[9] Glasgow Glasgow (1)
54–49
11 April 2008 Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Glasgow 23–14[10] Edinburgh
2008–09 26 December 2008 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 39–6[11] Glasgow Edinburgh (1)
59–31
2 January 2009 Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Glasgow 25–20[12] Edinburgh
2009–10 27 December 2009 Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Glasgow 25–12[13] Edinburgh Glasgow (2)
47–27
2 January 2010 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 15–22[14] Glasgow
2010–11 27 December 2010 Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Glasgow 30–18[15] Edinburgh Glasgow (3)
47–46
2 January 2011 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 28–17[16] Glasgow
2011–12 26 December 2011 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 23–23[17] Glasgow Glasgow (4)
40–35
1 January 2012 Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Glasgow 17–12[18] Edinburgh
2012–13 21 December 2012 Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Glasgow 23–14[19] Edinburgh Glasgow (5)
44–31
29 December 2012 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 17–21[20] Glasgow
2013–14 26 December 2013 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 16–20[21] Glasgow Glasgow (6)
57–50
26 April 2014[a] Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Glasgow 37–34[23] Edinburgh
2014–15 27 December 2014 Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Glasgow 16–6[24] Edinburgh Edinburgh (2)
26–24
2 January 2015 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 20–8[25] Glasgow
2015–16 27 December 2015 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 23–11[26] Glasgow Edinburgh (3)
37–22
2 January 2016 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh[b] Glasgow 11–14[28] Edinburgh
2016–17 26 December 2016 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 12–25[29] Glasgow Glasgow (7)
43–41
6 May 2017 Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Glasgow 18–29[30] Edinburgh

Three-match format (2017–18 onwards)[edit]

With the introduction of South African teams to the Pro14, Glasgow and Edinburgh were designated to different conferences, resulting in one meeting during the season. As well as this, two additional derby matches were scheduled by the league, resulting in a three-game format for the Cup. The winner of the Cup will be the team that wins most matches, with the previous format of aggregate scores now being the first tie-break criteria.[31]

Year Date Venue Home Score Away
2017–18 23 December 2017 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh 18–17[32] Glasgow
30 December 2017 Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Glasgow 17–0[33] Edinburgh
27/28/29 April 2018 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Edinburgh Glasgow

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match originally scheduled for 1 January 2014, but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.[22]
  2. ^ Match originally scheduled to be played at Scotstoun Stadium, but was moved due to a waterlogged pitch.[27]

See also[edit]

Other celtic derbies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edinburgh v Glasgow: Townsend can coach Scotland – Solomons". BBC Sport. 
  2. ^ http://www.scottishrugby.org/tournaments-events/1872-scottish-cup
  3. ^ "Professional Teams Vie For New Trophy". 
  4. ^ "1872 Cup: Rugby's oldest derby fixture". scotsman.com. 
  5. ^ http://www.edinburghrugby.org/news/16/07/13/guinness-pro12-reveal-fixtures-201617-season
  6. ^ "Laidlaw returns for 1872 Cup decider". scottishrugby.org. 
  7. ^ http://www.glasgowwarriors.org/news/17/08/01/important-information-season-ticket-members
  8. ^ http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2016/10/rugby-1872-cup-edinburgh-v-glasgow/
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  14. ^ "Edinburgh 15-22 Glasgow". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
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  21. ^ Murray, Keir (26 December 2013). "Edinburgh 16-20 Glasgow Warriors". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
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  25. ^ Lindsay, Clive (2 January 2015). "Edinburgh 20-8 Glasgow Warriors". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  26. ^ English, Tom (27 December 2015). "Edinburgh 23-11 Glasgow Warriors". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  27. ^ "1872 Scottish Cup fixture moved to BT Murrayfield". Glasgow Warriors. Glasgow Warriors plc. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  28. ^ "Glasgow Warriors 11-14 Edinburgh". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  29. ^ Burke, Andy (26 December 2016). "Edinburgh 12-25 Glasgow Warriors". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  30. ^ "Glasgow Warriors 18-29 Edinburgh". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  31. ^ "1872 Cup to be decided over three-game series". Scottish Rugby Union. Scottish Rugby Union Limited. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  32. ^ "Edinburgh 18-17 Glasgow Warriors". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  33. ^ Burke, Andy (30 December 2017). "Glasgow Warriors 17-0 Edinburgh". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 30 December 2017. 

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