Conference League Cup

Conference League Cup
Founded 1979
Abolished 2009
Region   England
Number of teams 68 (2008–09)
Last champions A.F.C. Telford United (2008–09)
Most successful club(s) Bromsgrove Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Northwich Victoria
& Runcorn
(2 wins each)

The Conference League Cup (formerly known as the Setanta Shield for sponsorship reasons, and before that the Bob Lord Trophy) was a football competition open to clubs playing in the Football Conference.


The Conference League Cup was formed for the inaugural season of the Football Conference, in 1979–80 and existed for twenty-two seasons before being axed at the end of the 2000–01 season.[ citation needed]

it was briefly reformed for the 2004–05 season, in the form of the Conference Challenge Cup, [1] but following a poor response it was again agreed not to renew the competition for the next season.[ citation needed]

With the transfer of sponsorship of the Conference to Blue Square for the start of the 2007–08 season two seasons later, the re-introduction of the competition was announced, scheduled to commence that very year. [2] On 23 June 2009 the Conference League Cup's sponsor, Setanta's GB division went into administration [3] and ceased broadcasting. [4]