This annual football competition dates from 1927 and was originally known as the Buckingham Hospital Cup. After a break due to the War, the Hospital Cup lost its original name with the advent of the National Health Service and became the Buckingham Charity Cup. Funds were then raised for a variety of charities, not just the local cottage hospital.
Today, competing clubs are drawn not only from Buckinghamshire but also from Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire with the aim to raise funds for charitable and philanthropic organisations and currently generates over £3,000 per season.
Each club is given the opportunity to nominate a charity, whether local or national, to benefit from the monies raised which comes from club entry fees, gate receipts and raffles. This year’s nominated charities have included Willen Hospice, Buckingham Hospital League of Friends, Medical Detection Dogs and St Johns Ambulance.
In 1932 it was decided to run a Junior Cup Competition for the smaller villages in the area, the first winners being Steeple Claydon. Quainton also won this trophy, three times in-a-row, in 1935, 1936 and 1937, thus becoming one of only a handful of Clubs to win both Cups - the others being Hanslope, Steeple Claydon and Winslow United. The 2016-17 season’s Junior cup consisted of 15 teams and as usual each playing under floodlights at a neutral venue. The Junior Cup final was competed for between the 2016 winners, Great Horwood and Silverstone, both of the North Bucks & District Football League, with Silverstone running out winners. In the Senior Cup Final Olney Town beat Winslow United 5-2.