BOLTON HOSPITAL CUP: This year's results so far, reports plus history of competition and past winners

Eagley celebrate winning the trophy in 2013

Eagley celebrate winning the trophy in 2013

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Breightmet Utd 1 Turton 1 (Turton won 4-1 on pens) Another game that was decided by penalties, started with a penalty in the 23rd minute dispatched by Turton’s Keiran Sissons.

The lead lasted just 13 minutes when Kyle Bailey equalised in the 36th minute.

Turton were reduced to 10 men when Phil Johnson was sent off.

In the second half Breightmet could not make the extra man tell but with one minute of normal time remaining Turton keeper Josh McGreavy made an incredible point blank save to take the game to penalties.

Josh McGreavy then carried on where he left off and saved two of three penalties Breightmet while Turton scored all four and won the tie 4-1.

Tempest 6 Bolton Wyresdale 0 A young Wyresdale side, kicking into a strong wind and the sun in the keeper’s eyes, conceded in the 10th minute to a 25- yard curler from Josh Melling.

On 22 minutes the sun played a part again when Wyre’s keeper Alek Buchannon misjudged a free kick and Tom Halligan had a simple tap in.

On 62 minutes Ross McNair had a simple tap in at the far post and five minutes later Ben Hyde was fouled in the box and got up and despatched the penalty himself.

Matt Carter (71) and an Ash Fallow free kick on 79 minutes completed the scoring, CMB 3 vLadybridge 1 CMB won the Lostock derby with two goals by Liam Carr on 21 and 55 minutes. Andrew Warburton made it three on 67 minutes and J Desousa scored a consolation goal on 71 minutes.

Old Boltonians 3 Little Lever 2 Local Lancashire Amateur League Premier Division rivals Old Boltonians and Little Lever gave a very entertaining display of attacking football.

Little Lever took the lead in the seventh minute from a John Burke corner which deflected in off an Old Bolts defender.

It was then end to end and Old Bolts got the equaliser with a spectacular backward header from a fully 18 yards from Rob Taylor which looped over the stranded keeper.

Ten minutes into second half Little Lever had a penalty saved by Old bolts keeper Andy Hodgeson and on 58 minutes Old Bolts had a goal disallowed for offside.

Four minutes later Matt McClellan ran through the Little Lever defence and fired across the keeper into the far corner.

A penalty from Paul Wheatcroft made it 3-1 to Old Bolts and Little Lever scored a consolation goal right on full time.

It was the first tie in the opening five games to be decided in normal time Castle Hill 0 Bolton County 0 (Castle Hill won 4-1 on penalties) For the fourth game in a row the tie had to be decided on penalties.

The home side started brightly with Danny Warburton looking dangerous.

The small pitch did not suit County’s style of football, but in the 51st minute Bolton County were awarded a penalty.

Jordan Whittle stepped up and Scott Longworth, diving to his left, made a great save.

It stayed 0-0 and Castle Hill keeper Scott Longworth saved two of County’s three penalties while Castle Hill scored four to win the shootout 4-1.

Eagley 0 Stoneclough 0 (Eagley won 4-1 on penalties) On a lovely sunny evening, both teams were very evenly matched in the first half, with both creating chances.

Stoneclough had their keeper Andrew Mulroney to thank for keeping Eagley at bay in the second half and with neither team able to break the deadlock the game went to penalties.

Eagley scored all their four and Stoneclough missed their first and third.

Atherton LR 2 Hindsford 2 (Hindsford won 4-2 on penalties) A young LR started very brightly and went ahead through Matty Boland after six minutes.

Chances went begging at both ends before Boland headed his second goal on 35 minutes.

Hindsford started to come more into the game in the second half, kicking down the slope, and scored two in two minutes when Sub Tom Valentine scored on 75 minutes and David Moreno on 77 minutes.

The game then went to a penalty shootout which Hindsford won 4-2.

Can anyone help solve the mystery of the unknown Bolton Hospital Cup winners from the 1930s?

The first ever winners were Farnworth in 1930 but there is no record of who won in 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934 before Tonge United won in 1935.

Organiser Andy Whittle is also trying to build a complete history of the Hospital Cup.

The history of the Hospital Cup The Bolton Hospital Cup was started in the 1930/31 season and was initially known as the Bolton Royal Infirmary Cup.

The first winners were Farnworth FC.

Initially the money raised helped to pay for the broadcast of Bolton Wanderers matches to the local hospitals via a specially installed land line.

Unfortunately the service came to an abrupt end when workmen constructing the new A666 St Peters Way through the town, ripped up the cables.

Since then, many thousands of pounds have been raised for charity, thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers and to the clubs involved.

The magnificent solid silver trophy was donated by Wilfred Andrews in 1934.

It lists all the past winners of the competition and sits on a mural of the Bolton Royal Infirmary which was built by money collected by the Hospital Saturday Fund at the turn of the century. From the mid-30s there was even a Bolton Royal Infirmary Junior Cup running alongside the senior competition, the first winners in 1934/35 being Greenheys Celtic.

While it is known this junior competition continued after the second war, the exact date when it was last played is presently unknown.

The Hospital Cup competition flourished and in 1970 more than 60 local clubs entered.

With Bolton Wanderers hosting the finals at their Burnden Park ground, the popularity of the Hospital Cup was at its height.

However, changes in local football which saw some clubs vanish forever, including most of the works teams as factories closed, along with some clubs moving upwards to higher leagues meant that the competition was on the verge of coming to an end.

Someone at the time described the clubs as like "little islands".

It seemed that Little Hulton United would be the last ever winners of the Hospital Cup in 1995.

As word got round though, some good people became involved.

Gerry Luczka, John Bullen, Peter Conroy and Brian Frey all put in a lot of hard work to revitalise the competition.

They were rewarded with a lot of interest from local clubs which culminated in a thrilling final at Burnden Park which saw NWCL side Haslingden win the trophy in 1996 for the first time, but not before Eagley gave them a real fright by taking a 2-1 lead.

The competition’s organisers were dealt another blow the following season when, because of the move to the Reebok Stadium, it was not possible to stage the final at Burnden Park.

With 30 clubs having entered the competition they were stuck for a venue for the final, but Atherton LR stepped in to offer their Crilly Park pitch.

The final was played on various grounds until 2000/01 when Bolton Wanderers were again ready to allow their ground to be used for local cup finals.

The first final at the magnificent Reebok Stadium saw Atherton Town triumph over Blackrod Town and the tremendous support from Bolton Wanderers has ensured that the Hospital Cup has flourished.

But, while we all enjoy the football, we must remember the real reason for this competition is to raise much-needed money for local charities.

Bolton Hospice, Vision Aid and Bolton Steps are three which have benefited in recent times.

Every club which has entered the competition has made an important contribution towards helping people less fortunate than themselves have a better quality of life.

Year Winners Score Runners Up

1930 Farnworth

1932 Daisy Hill

1935 Tonge United

1936 Tonge United

1937 Holdens Temperance

1938 Tonge United

1939 C W Norris

1946 Walkers Yard

1947 Lomax

1948 Lomax

1949 Halliwell Athletic

1950 Fowlers

1951 Daubhill Rovers

1952 Halliwell Rovers

1953 Little Lever

1954 Walkers Institute

1955 Eagley/Raynors 0-0 Shared 0-0 ET

1956 Little Lever

1957 Willowscence Celtic

1958 Raynors

1959 Eagley Mills

1960 Raynors 3-1 Eagley

1961 Raynors

1962 Raynors

1963 Raynors

1964 Martin Jones

1965 Raynors

1966 Eagley Mills

1967 Walkers Institute

1968 Chequerbent

1969 Eagley Mills

1970 Little Lever

1971 Walkers Institute

1972 Walkers Institute

1973 Park United

1974 Atherton Colls

1975 Ramsbottom Utd

1976 Park United

1977 Walkers Institute

1978 Bolton Wyresdale

1979 Walkers Institute

1980 Horwich R M I

1981 Radcliffe St Marys

1982 Eagley Fc

1983 Bolton Wyresdale

1984 Bolton Wyresdale

1985 Atherton LR

1986 Daisy Hill

1987 Atherton Colls

1988 Little Hulton 3-0 Little Lever

1989 Bolton Wyresdale 2-1 Hindley Town

1990 Turton Fc

1991 Hindley Green

1992 Little Hulton

1993 Little Hulton

1994 Eagley Fc

1995 Atherton Town

1996 Haslingden 3-2 Eagley Fc

1997 Little Hulton

1998 Tempest Utd

1999 Ramsbottom Utd

2000 Tempest Utd

2001 Atherton Town

2002 Atherton LR

2003 Atherton Town 3-3 Blackrod Town 3-2 pens 6-5 Agg

2004 Atherton LR

2005 Atherton Town 2-1 Turton Fc

2006 Ramsbottom Utd

2007 Ramsbottom Utd

2008 Ramsbottom Utd 2-1 Stoneclough Fc

2009 Eagley Fc 3-2 Atherton LR

2010 Eagley Fc 2-1 Stoneclough Fc

2011 Atherton LR 2012 Atherton Colls

2013 Eagley Fc Tempest Utd

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