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Trinity College Dublin set to host the 100th Edition of Collingwood Cup from 3rd – 5th February

Published: January 30th, 2020

Trinity College Dublin are set to host the 100th edition of the Rustlers IUFU Collingwood Cup from Monday 3rd – 5th February. Trinity AFC were rewarded with a quarter-final tie with the cup holders University College Cork scheduled for Monday, 3rd February kick off from 12pm at College Park. Here’s all you need to know about the history of the tournament:

The first edition of the Irish Universities Collingwood Cup occurred in 1914. The nephew of the author of Alice in Wonderland, Professor Bertram Collingwood, lectured the then-students of University College Dublin in Physiology. Professor Collingwood was an engaging character and a keen football man, playing for the teams of Oxford University and London-based Corinthians during his life. He was a supporter of UCD AFC and promoted their endeavours which had begun to explore intervarsity competition whilst participating in the local Dublin leagues.

With other sports beginning to establish intervarsity competitions, football would also follow suit and formed their own tournament. In 1914, Professor Collingwood donated a trophy for the four-team tournament held in North Dublin. UCD, Queen’s University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin and University College Galway (now NUI Galway) participated in the inaugural edition with the semi-finals in Prospect Park in Glasnevin that would see UCD defeat Trinity 5-2 and Queen’s recording a 3-1 success against Galway. The final would take place in Dalymount Park, generously loaned for the day by Bohemian FC, as UCD would be the first victors from a 2-1 result.

With gap years taken due to the Wars and political indifference, the one hundredth edition of the famous competition will take place in 2020 with original members Trinity College Dublin hosting, and Dalymount Park primed to witness another Collingwood Cup Final.
Throughout the 107-year history of one of the island’s oldest football tournaments, there have been many changes and upsurges to the format. UCC became the fifth University to participate midway through the century and in later years would be joined by institutions such as Dublin City University, Dublin IT, Mary Immaculate College, Maynooth University, Royal College of Surgeons, St. Mary’s College Belfast, Stranmillis University College, University of Limerick, and Ulster of University.

In 2020, ten teams participated in the competition which commenced with a first round in November 2019 to reduce to eight teams who will compete in Quarter-finals, Semi-Finals and Final across three consecutive days from 3rd – 5th February hosted by Trinity College Dublin.
The competition has remained true to its roots of being an All-Island football competition with the Colleges FAI (CFAI), and Women’s Soccer Colleges (WSCAI) following suit with their own All-Island Cup competitions for Colleges and Women’s Third Level teams. The Colleges and Universities Football League (CUFL) as it stands is the sole cross-border league.

The Quarter-Finals will see a Northern derby as Queen’s and Ulster University clash in Dublin with both hopeful of bringing the trophy back across the border for the first time since 2008. Queen’s came agonisingly close in 2018 when they were defeated in the final by UCD, who hold the most successes in the competition (44).

Another key matches of the quarter finals will see cup holders UCC take on hosts Trinity AFC on Monday, 3rd February from 12pm at College Park. Come along and support Trinity Football Club as they kick off their Collingwood Cup campaign.

Collingwood Cup 2020 Tournament Match Schedule:

Monday 3rd February 2020

M3 Maynooth University v University of Limerick
AUL 2pm

M4 Queens University v Ulster University
AUL 2pm

M5 Trinity College v UCC Cork
College Park 12pm

M6 DCU v UCD
AUL 2pm

Tuesday 4th February

Farquhar Cup Semi Finals

M7 Loser M6 v Loser M3
AUL 11am

M8 Loser M4 v Loser M5.
AUL 11am

Collingwood Cup Semi Finals

M9 Winner M3 v Winner M6.
AUL 2pm

M10 Winner M4 v Winner M5.
AUL 2pm

Wednesday 5th February

Farquhar Cup Final

Winner M7 v Winner M8.
AUL 11am

Collingwood Cup Final

Winner M9 v Winner M10.
Dalymount Park 5pm