Pyman Cup History & Rules

By - April 15 2009

Pyman Cup Rules

The Pyman Cup celebrated its Centenary in 2004. It was back in 1903 that Harold English Pyman [right], a West Hartlepool ship-owner who was also a referee, presented this trophy for competition among the junior clubs in the area. Originally it was competed for on a League basis with the Leagues lasting until 1926, when it was suspended by the Durham County RFU due to allegations of payment irregularity over the movement of players!

A Medal Worth Having
Except for one season, since that date, the Cup has been competed for on a knockout basis by the 1st XVs of the Junior Clubs and the 2nd XVs of the Senior Clubs. With the advent of the League system, admission is now clarified as the 1st XV of Clubs at Level 9 and below together with the 2nd XVs of Clubs at Level 8 and above.

The competition today is played mainly on a Wednesday evening. For many years it ran without any formal Rules, but  the District Union has finally adopted a set of Competition Rules.