These two matches are an annual curtain raiser to the league season and are the only games played on the opening day. Academy teams compete for the Anniversary Trophy while the older boys in the Premier league play for the Midland Bank (H.S.B.C.) Shield.
The players in all four teams are those boys who were registered as team players at the end of the previous season, including boys who are too old to continue playing this season. This season’s ‘new’ players only take part when necessary to make up team numbers.
In both matches the League Champions from the previous season play the Cup Winners but in cases where one team has won both the League Championship and the Cup Final their opponents are the runners-up from the league competition.