The Team that Beat York City in the Final of the North Riding Senior Cup

t15200This is the team that beat York City in the Final of the North Riding Senior Cup at the Victoria Ground. The team facing the camera: John Raby (right half), Des Clough Captain (centre half), Percy Musgrove (right back), Bill Ditchburn (goal keeper), Tommy Thompson (left back), Teddy Lowe (left half).

Front Row: John Taylor (outside right) Brian Armstrong, (inside right), Trevor Cockerill (centre forward), Benny Brown (inside left), Neil Moody (outside left).

I can not recall the goal scorers but maybe someone can come up with the players concerned. Much has been said about Stockton AFC over the years but they have certainly been under achievers when compared with their earlier history of winning the English Amateur Cup and being recognised as one of the top Amateur teams in the country. When we played in the Midland League we competed against professional teams week in week out, which deserves some sort of plaudits.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ben Brown.

3 thoughts on “The Team that Beat York City in the Final of the North Riding Senior Cup

  1. The Senior Football Cup was first competed for in 1881 as the Cleveland Cup. The first winners were Middlesbrough, who were also the first winners of the competition in 1902 when it was renamed. Middlesbrough have won the competition fifty-four times, which is the most by any team. The North Riding Senior Cup, is the County Cup for the North Riding of Yorkshire. (Stalwarts in the area still insist the County exists and lives on) The current holders are Middlesbrough who took the cup for the fifty fourth time by beating Guisborough 3-1 at the King George V Ground in Guisborough. The winner of the cup goes on to compete in the Eric Powell Charity Cup against the Winners of the Durham Challenge Cup. The North Riding FA, is the governing body of football in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Its headquarters are located in the town of Stokesley. Throughout the UK, the County FA is directly responsible for the governance of County Cup competitions. Clubs located within the area of the old North Riding of Yorkshire boundaries are eligible for affiliation to the Association. Membership of the governing council of the County FA is allocated among five divisions in the area and the number of councillors is determined by the relative size of each division. NR Cup Winners (totals): Middlesbrough 54 times, Scarborough 19. York 11, Stockton 8, South Bank 7, Whitby 6. Prominent but now disbanded teams Billingham Synthonia, Portrack Shamrock’s, St Augustine’s.

    The North Riding Women’s League is the major women’s competition within the region.
    With their Football Development Officer, Donna Crowther’s, as secretary, the NRWL were awarded Charter Standard status in 2013/14. A total of 11 teams are involved in the league, playing their games on Sundays at 2pm. The NRWL competition also includes a league cup for teams to compete for the title of league champions. For more information on the North Riding Women’s League, either to play or compete, please contact


  2. This Stockton AFC team had had a reasonably successful season, the season they won the North Riding Senior Cup, having beaten teams like North Shield who included the Great Frank Brennan in their team. They finished in the bottom half of the Midland League but this was thought to be something of an achievement considering the quality of the Midland league being all professional except Stockton AFC. Stockton had beaten the Boro in the Semi Final at the Victoria Ground in the previous match when the Boro fielded 11 players all with First team experience. After the semi Final win against the Boro, Brian Clough came onto the Stockton dressing room and said, ‘fancy getting beaten by an amateur Team’ to which I replied ‘You would not get a game in this team Brian’. We all had a good laugh and Brian went on to a great playing and Management Career which will take some beating especially in the Management fields.


  3. Is this the same Tommy Thompson who went on to play for Blackpool? As a child I remember Tommy and his wife Treby, they were part of my extended family from the Tilery.


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