25 Years of Rivalry: The History of the Cup

25 Years of Rivalry: The History of the Cup

The Stan Calvert Cup is a fiercely contested, annual varsity competition between Newcastle University and Northumbria University that has seen over 1500 students compete in 26 different sports from both Universities since its inception in 1994.

The competition is in memory of Stan Calvert, who was involved in Physical Recreation and Sport at Newcastle University for twenty years before becoming its first Director of Sport in 1981.

He was born in Alnwick, Northumberland and educated at Dukes School, Alnwick, before studying at Birmingham University. While at Birmingham, Stan represented British universities at soccer in 1950. Stan is remembered for his excellent work in sports administration, and in the promotion of community sport in the North East, whilst sitting as the Chairman of the Northern Sports Council. In addition to this, he was a member of more than 20 other sporting committees.

Since 1994, The Stan Calvert Cup has become one of the biggest – and most passionate – varsity events in the country. Having been contested on 22 occasions, Team Newcastle lead the way with 13 wins, having won an unprecedented six times in a row between 2008 and 2013. However Team Northumbria are slowly closing the gap, and have laid claim to the trophy now for three consecutive years. Last year, Team Northumbria won convincingly to take the title home for the seventh time.

Each year, an exciting match-up is guaranteed – the contest has ended in a draw on just two occasions, in 1999 and 2003. But who will win this year – will Team Northumbria continue their hot-streak or will Team Newcastle take home the prize for a record 14th time?