Record payouts for Torridge Cup as entries open for this year’s competiton

PUBLISHED: 12:26 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 17 July 2017

Action from the 2017 Torridge Cup final, where Torridgeside beat Park United 2-1. Picture: Matt Smart

Action from the 2017 Torridge Cup final, where Torridgeside beat Park United 2-1. Picture: Matt Smart

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The 2016/17 competition saw almost £1,400 in prize money handed out to clubs in North Devon.

Park United have benefited from Torridge Cup prize money. Park United have benefited from Torridge Cup prize money.

Entries for the 2017/18 Torridge Cup are now open.

Last season’s competition saw record payouts in prize money for the teams that made it to the last four of the competition, with almost £1,400 paid out to clubs.

The cup, which was established in 1923, gives a share of any profits from the semi-finals and final back to the teams.

A bumper crowd of more than 500 watched Torridgeside come from behind to beat Park United 2-1 back in May.

Torridgeside were awarded £560 and Park were given £517.

Semi-finalists Braunton and Holsworthy received £69 and £101 respectively.

There were also £50 awards for standout performances from each round.

North Tawton scooped an award for beating Torrington with a 3-0 win; Park United picked one up for a 5-0 thumping of Bude Town; and Holsworthy did for beating the previous holders Boca Seniors.

Competition secretary Scott Hill said: “Last season’s competition was again a huge success and the competition continues to go from strength to strength.

“We are undoubtedly the premier independent cup competition in North Devon as our entry of 21 teams shows.

“The semi-finals of Braunton v Park Utd and Torridgeside v Holsworthy were both well attended, and with a Torrington based side in the final on a hot and sunny Mayfair day, the final crowd was as good as expected.

“We will be looking to build on this season’s success and plough back even more money into North Devon Football next year.

“Our entry fee is still only £10, so all clubs, big or small have virtually nothing to lose.

“The money given to the finalists has already been put to good use with Park United able to buy a new kit for the forthcoming season and Torridgeside able to complete their new spectator stand.

“This is what the competition is all about – giving back to the local football community

“I must also say a big thank-you to our main sponsor for this year, Regency Estate Agents, It is great to have them on board.”

For an entry form for this season’s competition, email Scott Hill at scotthill1224@gmail.com

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