History of the Flags Festival

The Senior Flags is one of the oldest Lacrosse competitions in the World. It was first played in 1883, and has been the premier event on the English Northern Lacrosse calendar ever since. The competition was first called the Flags Final Challenge, played as it is today as a club 1st team competition.

Originally the trophy was a large finely detailed embroidered flag. The embroidery depicts two lacrosse players dressed in the kit of the period stood on each side of a shield, with the winning Clubs of the previous seasons scrolled on each side. The original Challenge Flag has now permanently on display at Stockport Lacrosse Club since 1898.

Today the Senior Flags trophy is two embroidered flags that take elements from the original challenge flag including past winners and the shield.  There are now two flags instead of the original one, this was represent the two flags that were used as goals in the early days of the sport.

The event grew into a true festival when Manchester Wac’s began hosting in the late 80’s, and introduced more and more games to the schedule including for the first time junior games. The festival then moved to Brooklands Hulmeians in the early 00’s and then finally to Rochdale LC in 2003 where it has been every since.

Today the “Flags Weekend” encompasses many of the junior and senior trophies that have been establish as the game has grown. In 2011 the festival hosted thirteen different games including for the first time the women’s championship final and play-off game.