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Last Updated: Monday, 7 June, 2004, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Conference cup is restored
By Pete Oliver

Celebrating Chester City fans
Chester were the last winners of the Conference's League Cup
The Conference is to restore its League Cup competition next season - where it will be joined by the 44 clubs from the new Conference North and South leagues.

Formerly known as the Bob Lord Trophy, it last took place in 2000/01 when Chester beat Kingstonian in the final.

"Most of the new 44 teams wanted a cup competition and we have found a slot to put it into," confirmed Conference chief executive John Moules.

"We have got potential sponsors so it would be wrong not to pursue it."

The top-flight Conference clubs will join the competition, which was approved at the league's AGM this weekend, in the later rounds.

Meanwhile, the Conference has put forward 12 clubs -the top 10 from last season plus relegated League duo York and Carlisle - to compete in the LDV Vans Trophy next season.

It hopes to receive invitations from the Football League for the Trophy, which also involves Second and Third Division clubs.



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