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Cuppers are intercollegiate sporting competitions at the Universities of The Bumps as opposed to a cuppers-style tournament.


The term 'Cuppers' has been used since 1882 at both Cambridge and Oxford.[1][2] Cambridge's original football cuppers was contested by twelve teams: nine college teams (Caius, St John's, Clare, St Catharine's, Pembroke, Sidney, Jesus, King's and Trinity Hall) and three alumni teams (Old Harrovians, Trinity Etonians and Trinity Rest). Since then, the competition has expanded to 31 teams, including Anglia Ruskin University. Over time, the number of sports with cuppers competitions has gradually increased. The most recent addition was Cuppers Poker (Cambridge) in 2008, won by Churchill.

The term can also apply to an intercollegiate drama competition which relies upon the involvement of new undergraduates or freshers.

Current competitions

Cuppers competitions include:[3]


  1. ^ Cambridge University Association Football Club — Men's League.
  2. ^ Oxford University Association Football Club — History of college football.
  3. ^ Cuppers Information, Oxford University Sport.
  4. ^ a b c Brian Harrison (1994), The History of the University of Oxford, 8, — The Twentieth century, p. 214,  
  5. ^ Christopher Hibbert, Edward Hibbert (1988), The encyclopaedia of Oxford, p. 382,  
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