We’re at that point in the year between seasons where we still look back on the last campaign but gradually start to focus on the one coming…
Some, like Chelsea, won’t want to forget their exploits in the Premier League in 2016/17 but what about the lesser-known champions of Sunday league football? It’s time for Rush Football take a look at some of the top teams from across the UK.
Hetton Lyons CC
Founded in 1998, Hetton Lyons CC are the most successful FA National Sunday Cup side ever since its creation in 1964, winning the national cup a grand total of 4 times (2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012). Prior to the club folding in 2015, the club also had major success on the domestic scene, winning their respective league, the Durham & District Premier League, 13 times. They also won a haul of trophies alongside this which includes the Durham FA County Cup, which they won a staggering 7 times (2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014).
Hardwick Social FC
The 2016/17 season has been one to remember for all associated with Stockton based Hardwick Social. Not only did they win the Stockton Sunday league without losing a single game (scoring the most and conceding the least in the process), they also won the Durham FA Sunday Cup and two other local cup competitions. Despite all of this, one cup victory overshadowed them all and that was the FA National Sunday Cup where they defeated defending champions New Salamis on penalties, crowning them the best Sunday league side at present.
Merseyside based Oyster Martyrs have a history full of success. For example, in the past three seasons alone they have reached 13 cup finals, winning them all. They are also 5 time finalists of the FA National Sunday Cup, lifting the trophy on 2 occasions, once in 2011 and again in 2013. Despite not reaching the final of the national competition since their last victory in 2013, the club have continued to dominate the Liverpool area, winning the most recent league campaign by 11 points. The club also has close ties to current Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, with a number of his relatives and close friends playing for the club at some stage.
New Salamis are a primarily Greek-Cypriot side located in North London. In the most recent season, they took home 4 out of a possible 5 trophies on offer, missing out on the prestigious national cup to Hardwick Social FC on penalties in the final. Regardless of that loss, they have won the cup before in 2016 when they beat Barnes AFC. They have also dominated their respective league, the KOPA League, in recent years which they have won consecutively for the past three seasons and have taken home a host of other awards to go with it. According to their Instagram page, they have vowed to take back the national cup title from Hardwick Social, hoping they will once again be crowned the best Sunday league side in England.