Playing Field

Playing Field
Welcome to the Playing Fields

The playing field used to be located opposite Rose Cottage in Duke Street. Football competitions were held between surrounding villages at the field every Easter between 1920 and 1939, at the end of which the silver Challenge Cup was presented to the winning team. The cup was first presented by the Earl of Northbrook.

The winners of the cup were:

Football Tournament

  • 1920 Overton

  • 1921 Sutton Scotney

  • 1922 Whitchurch

  • 1923 Twyford

  • 1924 Micheldever

  • 1925 Whitchurch

  • 1926 Whitchurch

  • 1927 County Police, Winchester

  • 1928 Micheldever

  • 1929 Winchester Water & Gas Company

  • 1930 The Worthies

  • 1931 Itchen valley

  • 1932 Ropley

  • 1933 Overton

  • 1934 St Peters

  • 1935 Whitchurch

  • 1936 Mitcheldever. The mis-spelling is on the cup

  • 1937 Faringdon

  • 1938 All Saints Old Boys, Winchester

  • 1939 Micheldever

Since Micheldever were the last winners of the cup, it is still in our possession today.

In 1934 Lord and Lady Rank acquired a number of farms and pieces of land around Micheldever, and the family gave the village the current playing field. This is called the “Lord Rank Playing Field”.

The site opposite Rose Cottage was developed in 1962.

Football tournament
Football tournament

Lord Rank Playing Field
Lord Rank Playing Field

Football cups 1937

Lord Rank Playing Field
Lord Rank Playing Field

Stall at Village Fete

Football tournament
Football tournament