By Tony Attwood
The London Charity Cup was a London FA County Cup. The original trophy was donated by the Rt. Hon. Reginald Harrison.
Over the years a number of London’s larger clubs have entered the competition, including Charlton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Millwall, QPR, Tottenham H, WHU, Wimbledon, and of course Arsenal.
Although the competition run until 1975 Arsenal only appear to have competed twice with their first team – in the 1889/90 and 1890/91 competitions playing as Royal Arsenal.
I haven’t found a formal statement anywhere showing when the first playing of the competition was, but I suspect it was 1890, given that Arsenal are recorded as having played in the first round and the final with nothing in between.
Here are the full results.
|1||1 Feb 1890||Great Marlow||Home||4-1||5000|
|Final||5 Mar 1890||Old Westminsters||Leyton||3-1||10000|
|1||14 Feb 1891||Crusaders||Home||1-0||7000|
|SF||4 April 1891||Old Carthusians||Away||1-1||6000|
|SF replay||8 April 1891||Old Carthusians||Away||2-2||3000|
|SF replay||11 April 1891||Old Carthusians||Away||1-2||6000|
And given that Fred Ollier, that master of all knowledge, doesn’t seem to mention the LCC, at least not in my edition, that would be that, except for a reference on a Wimbledon site of “3 October 1960… a London Charity Cup match against Arsenal”
One would imagine that this would be Arsenal Reserves – although again Ollier doesn’t mention it, and our statistical pages provided by Andy Kelly don’t have any record of this.
So if you know what happened to the London Charity Cup, especially if Arsenal played in it in later years, please add a comment.
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