The Banner Jones Middleton Cup is an annual pre-season friendly cup competition contested between Chesterfield F.C. and Matlock Town F.C. in Matlock, Derbyshire, England. The competition was founded at the beginning of the 2002/03 season and is always held at Matlock's Causeway Lane ground.

Background and history

Chesterfield F.C. and Matlock Town F.C. have played each other annually, with only a couple of exceptions, since the 1970s. The supporters are very keen of this tie and look forward to the pre-season friendly every year. Many supporters go the match not only to watch the game, but to chat to supporters of the other club about the season passed and their aspirations of the new season.

In 2002, Banner Jones Solicitors, a local company, decided to sponsor the game and provided a cup to play for. The "Banner Jones Middleton Cup" has been played for every season since.

As the traditionally wealthier club, Chesterfield allow all gate receipts to be received by Matlock. During Chesterfield's financial crisis in 2001, The Gladiators gave a show of generosity by splitting the gate 50/50. This is usually Matlock's highest gate of the season, and can often breach the 1000 mark.


The competition follows typical friendly rules. The man of the match also gets a cash sum to give to their chosen charity.

Current Champions

Chesterfield F.C. are the current cup holders after beating Matlock Town 3-2 after being 2-0 down at half time. the match was played on the 20th July 2010.

Total wins

Club Wins Seasons won
Chesterfield F.C. 7 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11
Matlock Town F.C. 1 2002/2003


Date Home club Score Away club Attendance
6 August 2002 Matlock Town 3–1 Chesterfield 945
18 July 2003 Matlock Town 1–2 Chesterfield 1,279
20 July 2004 Matlock Town 1–3 Chesterfield 1,624
18 July 2005 Matlock Town 0–2 Chesterfield 1,263
17 July 2006 Matlock Town 0–3 Chesterfield 1,437
30 July 2007 Matlock Town 1–5 Chesterfield 1,060
25 July 2008 Matlock Town 0–1 Chesterfield 1,083
24 July 2009 Matlock Town 2–5 Chesterfield 970
20 July 2010 Matlock Town 2–3 Chesterfield 942
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