Man City Transfer Target!
Aug 11, 2010, 7:36 PM
Team(s): Tranmere Rovers, South Liverpool (the South will rise again), Cammell Laird
Post #14 of 22
Can't give you a complete answer but I don't think the NPL Shield is the same as the Chairmans Cup....
When the NPL was one division, the NPL Shield was a play off match between the League champions and the League Cup winners - usually held at the start of the following season. I'm pretty sure this is what is now called the Peter Swales Shield, which has since become an end of season competition, and is now played for between the Premier Division Champions and the winners of the Chairmans Cup. 2010 Shield was won by Guiseley, who beat Mickleover 5-3 on pens after a 1-1 draw.
As you said earlier, in the last few seasons the Chairman's Cup has been a one-off game between the respective Champions of the Northern and Southern Divisions. I'm not too clear exactly how the Chairmans Cup was structured prior to that - and it may possibly have had several guises - but your mention that it was previously a plate comp for losing teams in the main league cup sounds about right for starters.
Just going back to the Presidents Cup, when it was introduced in the early 80s it was a competition for the highest 8 teams from the previous season, excluding whichever team went up into the Conference. In other words, a top 9 finish would usually qualify for the following season's President's Cup. Again, its format seems to have changed quite a bit since then, more so since the League gradually moved from 1 to 3 divisions.