Introduction to the Bankes Charity Cup Football Competition

The Bankes Charity Cup Football Competition, based in Dorset, dates back to 1889 and is open to clubs who are affiliated to the Dorset County FA or other County Associations.

We run leagues from Under 15s to Adults and all profits are donated to local charities.

In 2019 we celebrated our 130th Anniversary of the Bankes Charity Cup and we are delighted to announce that £1,400 has been donated to local charities from the 2018/2019 Season

Fixture on 3G - 19 December 2020

  • If you local game is off through weather there is a match at Blandford School, Milldown Road, DT11 7SQ
  • Gillingham Town Reserves v Donhead Utd in a round in the Bankes Cup (Saturday Junior)
  • Change in Bankes Cup Competition Secretary

  • Please note that as from 1 December 2020 our Secretary for the Bankes Cup Competition will be Mike Pomeroy
  • Mike's contact details are email:mike.pomeroy@specialist-computing.net mobile: 07966 249391
  • We thank Steve for all his hard work whist acting as our Secretary and are pleased that he is staying on the Committee
  • Recent Updates - November 2020

  • The Bankes Cup Committee Rules have been amended to bring substitutes in line with other Competitions to have five from five which are repeated substitutions
  • The Dorset Football League has suspended all fixtures until 9 January 2021. If you have outstanding Bankes Cup Fixtures this may be the opportunity to play them provided you follow all Government and FA Guidlines during the Covid-19 epidemic
  • Arrangements for the 2020/2021 Bankes Cup Competition

  • The draw for the 2020/2021 Competition has been published Click Here for Details
  • The FA has announced that pre-season friendlies can commence from August 2020
  • It is asked that you play an initial Bankes Cup Competition match in August as a pre-season friendly
  • Bankes Cup Competition - AGM Minutes from 29 June 2020

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    5 Jan 2020 - FA update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following latest COVID-19 restrictions

    We note the UK Government’s announcement this evening with regards to the new national COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown. As a result, the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of fixtures and training across the following, with immediate effect:

  • Steps three to six of the National League System (NLS)
  • Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid
  • Regional NLS feeder leagues
  • Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite status)
  • FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs (unless under elite status)
  • All indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football, including under 18s (except organised outdoor football for disabled people which is allowed to continue)
  • Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)

  • It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and we implore everyone to follow these.

    Dialogue will continue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, leagues, competitions and County FAs and we will provide further updates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and ‘non-elite’ football when relevant.

    We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.


    Issued Tuesday 1 December 2020

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    Click here for the Revised Cup Rules for 2020/2021

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