You may be aware by now that a reshuffle was applied to the league’s divisional formation to accommodate the new clubs and teams joining the Manchester Football League for the upcoming campaign.
The League Management Committee have had to take a similar approach towards the cup competitions to compensate for the reduced number of league games that will be played in a number of the divisions. So with those aspects in mind, the cup competitions for the 2017/2018 season will be as follows:
All 16 teams in the Premier Division will compete in the Gilgryst Cup and will be played in a straight knock-out format.
The 23 teams from Division One and Two will be drawn into four groups. The top two teams from each group will then qualify for the knockout stages.
The 12 teams from Division Three will compete in the Open Trophy. There will be two groups of six with the top two from each group qualifying for the knockout stages.
The 22 teams from Division Four and Five will be drawn into four groups. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the knockout stages.
Draws for all cup competitions will be made at the pre-season League Meeting on Tuesday 1st August 2017 at Rochdale Sacred Heart FC - Fox Park, Belfield Mill Lane, Rochdale OL16 2UB.
The meeting will start at 7.30pm.
Dates For Your Diary - Cup Finals
Bridgewater Cup – Wednesday 25th April 2018 @ Trafford FC
Open Trophy – Wednesday 2nd May 2018 @ Trafford FC
Murray Shield – Friday 4th May 2018 @ Hyde United FC
Gilgryst Cup – Saturday 12th May 2018 @ Hyde United FC
Kick off times are to be confirmed.