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Lester Charity Cup - the history
The Lester Charity Cup was named after co-founder of the league and current Chairman, Brian Lester and was first competed for during the 1980/81 campaign. The first ever winners of the trophy were formidable oufit, Roseville, who beat first division Champions Wobaston, 4-2 in the final.
Extra time has been required in five previous contests to decide the outright winner - in 1985, 1991, 2006, 2013 and 2014. The 1991 Final between Oldbury Sports and Sedgley Crown is the only tie to date that has finished goalless after the additional half hour and is one of just two finals to be decided on penalties, the other twenty two years later which saw Walsall Wood successful over Phoenix Castle.
Several non league ground have hosted the final in previous years, including Marstons Sports Ground and Bilston College in the early days and more recently, Aldersley Stadium, Willenhall Town, Wolverhampton Casuals and AFC Wulfrunians' Castlecroft Stadium - the former Wolverhampton Wanderers training ground during the 1980s.
The record for the most appearances in the Final is five, in consecutive years, between 2001 and 2005 and is held by former members, Perton Village who were triumphant in 2001, 2003 and 2005. Sedgley White Lions have also enjoyed success in the Competition, the late Dave Ferguson guiding them to glory in 1997 and 1998 with victory over Dell Sports and Netherton Colts respectively.
One of the biggest cup shocks came in 2004 when Division One Champions AFC Codsall defeated Premier League winners Perton Village 2-0 at the Dell Stadium.