Stan Calvert Cup

The Stan Calvert Cup, formally known as the Stan Calvert Memorial Cup, was an annual varsity contest that took place in Newcastle upon Tyne between the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria originally in December and February, later moving March. The annual cup ran from 1994 to 2018, before being officially cancelled at the start of the 2018 academic year when Newcastle made the decision to withdraw from the competition.[1][2]

Stan Calvert Cup
Location(s)Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, UK
Inaugurated1994 (1994)
Most recent2018 (2018)
ParticipantsNewcastle University
Northumbria University
Northumbria University (current holder)

The competition

It was named after Alnwick-born Stan Calvert, who was Newcastle University's first Director of Sport[3] from 1981, having been involved with sport at the university since the early 1960s.[4]

The competition did not take place in a single sporting event but rather over 1200 competitors in more than 70 teams compete against each other in 26 different sports, the winning university is determined by whose team won the most events. The competition took place every year since its formation in 1994 until its cancellation in 2018. The rules that determined the nature of the competition were signed by both universities in 2009.

Previous winners

Between 1994 and 2018, Newcastle University won the cup 13 times[5] and Northumbria 10 times, with 2 draws. In 2013 Newcastle retained the cup for an unprecedented 6th consecutive year, but Northumbria University regained it in 2014,[6] and retained it until the competition's final year in 2018.[7][8]

Year Winner
2018 Northumbria
2017 Northumbria
2016 Northumbria
2015 Northumbria
2014 Northumbria
2013 Newcastle
2012 Newcastle
2011 Newcastle[9]
2010 Newcastle[10]
2009 Newcastle[11]
2008 Newcastle
2007 Northumbria
2006 Newcastle
2005 Northumbria
2004 Newcastle
2003 Draw
2002 Newcastle
2001 Newcastle
2000 Northumbria
1999 Draw
1998 Newcastle
1997 Newcastle
1996 Northumbria
1995 Newcastle
1994 Northumbria


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