History of the Bankes Cup

The original Bankes Football Cup (donated by Walter Bankes of Kingston Lacy House) was first contested back in 1889 by Poole Town and Blandford football clubs.

It was then played alternatively between Poole Town, Blandford and Wimborne Town.

Unfortunately the original cup was lost during the First World War but after the war finished, the Competition was restarted.

Its popularity grew and a further three cups were donated by Ralph Bankes (Walter's son) to cope with the increased entries - consequently, this cup competition is a huge part of our local history and should be both remembered and supported by our community.

All the money raised by the Competition is donated to local charities, many of which often get overlooked and therefore is given back to the community.

The Original Cups

These cups are very much part of the history of the Bankes family and Kingston Lacy Estate and are held on our behalf by the National Trust

The original Bankes Cup donated by Walter Bankes in 1889
A group of original cups donated by Ralph Bankes in 1921
The Saturday Senior Cup from 1921
An additional cup donated by Ralph Bankes in 1921