History of the Christie Cup
The annual event is named after benefactor, Richard Copley Christie, who was a professor of History and Political Economy at Owens College from 1854 – 1866.
After his death in 1901, his widow Mary, donated the Christie Cup and Shield which is still played for today.
Back in 1866, the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool were constituent colleges of Victoria University. As the three Universities became separate entities, the rivalry increased and over the years has led to the thrilling, action-packed competition that it is today.
Students compete in over 30 different sports, all rolled into one afternoon of competition at the host institution. As a triangular competition, Christie Championship is truly unique and is recognised nationally as one of the largest sporting varsities with more than 1,500 students taking part.
Tradition dictates that competition for the Cup is fierce and the standard of sport very high. All three universities call upon athletes who have represented their country at national level and students who have been selected in British University representative squads. Every year proves to be an exhilarating fight to the finish!
Who will be crowned the champions this year?