Northern NSW Football’s (NNSWF) 2020 Heritage Cup Draw has been released and will again showcase the code’s foundation clubs and the region’s rich football history and culture.
2020 Heritage Cup kicks off on Friday, 7 February with the first game being contested by 2019 Cup Winners Edgeworth FC and Weston Workers FC at Jack McLaughlan Oval, 7.00pm.
The tournament runs across three consecutive weeks and five match-days to limit the impact on players ahead of their respective 2020 seasons.
This year the competition will comprise of eleven (11) of the region’s oldest clubs competing for the prestigious Heritage Cup as well as, the introduction of the inaugural Heritage Plate.
Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland is pleased to introduce the Heritage Plate which will be contested by the two best-performing community clubs, on the basis that they do not qualify for the Cup Final.
“The inclusion of the Heritage Plate recognises the increasing involvement of community-based clubs competing in the local Interdistrict and Zone Football League and will serve as an entertaining curtain-raiser to the Cup Final on 23 February,” Eland said.
“The community clubs enjoy having a crack at the National Premier League (NPL) and NEW FM Northern League One sides, however, the introduction of the Heritage Plate provides further incentive and will hopefully encourage more community clubs to be involved when they are eligible,” said Eland.
Community Clubs involved in the 2020 Heritage Cup include Kurri Kurri JFC (1904) who will be competing in the tournament for the first time in 2020 and will be joined by returning community clubs Merewether Advance SFC (1894) and Minmi Wanderers FC (1884).
National Premier Leagues (NPL NNSW) heavy-weights, Weston Workers FC (1907), Lake Macquarie City FC (1912), Adamstown Rosebud (1889) and current Heritage Cup Champions, Edgeworth FC (1892) will all be looking for the silverware ahead of the NPL NNSW season, which commences on Friday, 20 March 2020.
Established in 2017, the annual Heritage Cup invites local football clubs across the Northern NSW region which have a century or more of continuous history to contest the cup.
The Heritage Cup Finals will be held on Saturday, 23 February at venue and time to be confirmed. The Player of the Final of the Heritage Cup will again be awarded the Col “Bunny” Curran Medal, which currently held by Edgeworth FC ‘s Jose Atayde.
To see the full competition draw, please see below: