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DEVON PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS 1922-1995

The Devon Professional Championship was launched as a triangular knockout tournament in 1922/23. It was contested fifty times between its inauguration and 1994/95 with Argyle leading the way with 23 victories. Exeter City triumphed 14 times and Torquay United had 9 wins. In 1960/61 the tournament became known as the Devon Professional Challenge Bowl and for one season consisted of a clash between Second Division Argyle and a combined team from Exeter City and Torquay United (both then of the Fourth Division). In later years the competition was suspended due to both a lack of popularity and fixture problems (the Bowl usually interfering with important end of season matches) and returned only briefly during the mid 80's and 90's. When it returned for the last time in 1993 it was as a pre-season tournament and lasted just two seasons. The trophy is now competed for as the Devon St Lukes' Bowl and includes local non-league teams as well as mainly reserve XI's from the professional sides.


SEASON DATE ROUND RESULT (competition winners in bold) VENUE
1922/23 Jan 24th Semi Final Torquay United 1-0 Exeter City Plainmoor
  Mar 21st Final Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Torquay United Home Park
1923/24 Sep 26th Semi Final Exeter City 1-0 Torquay United Plainmoor
  Oct 10th Final Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Exeter City Home Park
1924/25 Feb 11th Semi Final Exeter City 7-1 Torquay United  Plainmoor
  Apr 1st Final Plymouth Argyle 3-2 Exeter City  St James Park
1925/26 Nov 18th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Torquay United Plainmoor
  Mar 10th Final Exeter City 2-1 Plymouth Argyle  Home Park
1926/27 Feb 16th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 5-1 Torquay United  Plainmoor
  Mar 9th Final Exeter City 3-1 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
1927/28 Mar 28th Semi Final Torquay United 0-0 Plymouth Argyle  Plainmoor
  Apr 16th Replay Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Torquay United  Home Park
  Apr 30th Final Exeter City 4-2 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
1928/29   Semi Final1    
  Apr 24th Final Plymouth Argyle 3-2 Exeter City St James Park
1929/30 Apr 16th Semi Final Exeter City 3-2 Torquay United St James Park
  Apr 30th Final Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Exeter City Home Park
1930/31 Apr 23rd Semi Final Torquay United 6-2 Exeter City Plainmoor
  Apr 29th Final Plymouth Argyle 5-1 Torquay United Home Park
1931/32 Apr 13th Semi Final Exeter City 3-0 Torquay United St James Park
  Apr 20th Final Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Exeter City  Home Park
1932/33 Apr 5th Semi Final Torquay United 3-1 Exeter City St James Park
  Apr 24th Final Plymouth Argyle 3-1 Torquay United Home Park
1933/34 Sep 13th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 3-1 Torquay United Plainmoor
  Sep 27th Final Plymouth Argyle 3-2 Exeter City St James Park
1934/35 Sep 26th Semi Final Torquay United 5-1 Exeter City St James Park
  Oct 3rd Final Torquay United 3-0 Plymouth Argyle  Plainmoor
1935/36 Oct 9th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 5-0 Exeter City Home Park
  Nov 13th Final Torquay United 1-0 Plymouth Argyle  Home Park
1936/37 Apr 21st Semi Final Exeter City 2-1 Plymouth Argyle  Home Park
  Apr 28th Final Exeter City 1-1 Torquay United St James Park
  Oct 13th Replay Torquay United 1-0 Exeter City Plainmoor
1937/38 Dec 1st Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 5-2 Exeter City Home Park
  Apr 26th Final Plymouth Argyle 3-0 Torquay United Home Park
1938/39 Sep 28th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 6-4 Exeter City Home Park
  Oct 5th Final Torquay United 2-2 Plymouth Argyle  Plainmoor
    Replay2    
1945/46 Apr 10th Semi Final Exeter City 2-1 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
  May 4th Final Torquay United 4-0 Exeter City St James Park
1947/48 Apr 5th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Exeter City Home Park
  Apr 12th Final Torquay United 1-0 Plymouth Argyle  Home Park
1948/49 Apr 25th Semi Final Torquay United 3-1 Exeter City Plainmoor
  May 2nd Final Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Torquay United Home Park
1949/50 Apr 17th Semi Final Exeter City 3-0 Torquay United St James Park
  May 3rd Final Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Exeter City  St James Park
1950/51 Apr 11th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Exeter City St James Park
  May 2nd Final Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Torquay United Plainmoor
1951/52 Mar 31st Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Torquay United3 Home Park
  May 2nd Final Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Exeter City Home Park
1952/53 Apr 29th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 4-1 Exeter City Home Park
    Final2    
1953/54 Apr 12th Semi Final Torquay United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle  Plainmoor
    Final2    
1954/55 May 3rd Semi Final Torquay United 4-1 Plymouth Argyle  Plainmoor
    Final2    
1955/56 Mar 7th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 4-0 Torquay United  Home Park
  Apr 18th Final Plymouth Argyle 3-0 Exeter City Home Park
1956/57 Apr 24th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 3-2 Torquay United Home Park
  May 2nd Final Plymouth Argyle 4-2 Exeter City Home Park
1957/58 Mar 26th Semi Final Torquay United 3-0 Plymouth Argyle  Home Park
  Apr 31st Final Torquay United 3-0 Exeter City Plainmoor
1958/59 Apr 4th Semi Final Exeter City 6-0 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
  May 1st Final Exeter City 2-1 Torquay United St James Park
1959/60 May 5th Final Plymouth Argyle 4-2 Torquay United  Home Park
1960/61 Apr 19th Final Combined XI 2-1 Plymouth Argyle  Plainmoor
1961/62 Mar 20th Semi Final Exeter City 3-1 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
  Apr 16th Final Exeter City 2-0 Torquay United Plainmoor
1962/63 Apr 24th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Torquay United  Plainmoor
  May 6th Final Exeter City 1-0 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
1963/64 Feb 3rd Semi Final1 Plymouth Argyle v Torquay United Home Park
  Apr 28th Final Exeter City 4-0 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
1964/65 Mar 25th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 3-0 Torquay United  Home Park
  Apr 29th Final Exeter City 1-0 Torquay United Home Park
1965/66 May 3rd Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 3-2 Exeter City  Home Park
  May 11th Final Plymouth Argyle 3-2 Torquay United Plainmoor
1966/67 Mar 15th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Exeter City St James Park
  May 8th Final Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Torquay United Home Park
1967/68 Mar 19th Semi Final Exeter City 3-0 Torquay United St James Park
  May 13th Final Exeter City 2-0 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
1968/69 Feb 17th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Exeter City  Home Park
  Mar 27th Final Torquay United 0-0 Plymouth Argyle  Plainmoor
  May 2nd Replay Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Torquay United  Home Park
1969/70 Apr 25th Semi Final Torquay United 2-0 Plymouth Argyle  Home Park
  Apr 28th Final Torquay United 1-0 Exeter City Plainmoor
1970/71 Mar 9th Semi Final Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Exeter City Home Park
  May 4th Final Torquay United 4-2 Plymouth Argyle  Plainmoor
1971/72 May 4th Semi Final Exeter City 2-1 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
  May 8th Final Torquay United 1-0 Exeter City Plainmoor
1972/73 Apr 9th Semi Final Exeter City 2-0 Torquay United St James Park
  May 4th Final Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Exeter City  Home Park
1973/74   Semi Final1    
  May 9th Final Exeter City 3-0 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
1984/85 Apr 29th Semi Final Exeter City 1-0 Torquay United St James Park
  May 13th Final Exeter City 1-1 Plymouth Argyle (6-5 pens) St James Park
1985/86 May 5th Semi Final Exeter City 3-0 Torquay United St James Park
  May 7th Final Exeter City 4-2 Plymouth Argyle  Home Park
1986/87 May 12th Semi Final Exeter City 5-1 Torquay United Clyst St Mary
  Aug 3rd Final Exeter City 1-0 Plymouth Argyle  St James Park
1993/94 Jul 31st   Exeter City 1-2 Torquay United St James Park
  Aug 4th   Plymouth Argyle 3-0 Exeter City  Home Park
  Aug 10th   Torquay United 0-1 Plymouth Argyle4 Plainmoor
1994/95 Aug 1st   Torquay United 1-2 Exeter City Plainmoor
  Aug 2nd   Torquay United 2-2 Plymouth Argyle  Plainmoor
  Aug 9th   Exeter City 0-3 Plymouth Argyle4 St James Park

1 Results not recorded

2 Finals not played

3 Argyle went through to final on the toss of a coin

4 Argyle won round-robin tournament


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