This trophy was donated by Nigerian company Joe Allen & Co, hence the title; it was played for on eight occasions between Nigeria and Gold Coast (the current Ghana), the venue alternating between the two countries.
After the final edition in 1959, last winners Gold Coast kept the trophy. The tournament was then replaced by the Nkrumah Cup, featuring additional West African nations. Ghana vs Nigeria encounters were continued in the Azikiwe Cup from 1965 onwards.
Prior to the first edition of the Jalco Cup in 1951, a first (unofficial) match between Nigeria and Gold Coast was played in 1938 at King George V Stadium, Onikan grounds, with hosts Nigeria winning 3-1 ([Kea 12], which unfortunately does not specify the precise date of the match and curiously lists a final selection of 10 (ten) players for Nigeria).
Year Winners Venue 1951 Nigeria Nigeria 1952 suspended Gold Coast 1953 Gold Coast Gold Coast 1954 Nigeria Nigeria 1955 Gold Coast Gold Coast 1956 Nigeria Nigeria 1957 shared Gold Coast 1958 Nigeria Nigeria 1959 Gold Coast Gold Coast Number of Wins Nigeria 5 (1 shared) Gold Coast 4 (1 shared) Total Record Nigeria 8 4 1 3 19-18 9 Gold Coast 8 3 1 4 18-19 7
20-10-1951 Lagos Nigeria 5-0 Gold Coast [Anieke 35, Cyril 40, Okere 58, Okoh 67, Cyril 88; att: 8,000]
Competition suspended due to political problems in Gold Coast.
11-10-1953 Accra Gold Coast 1-0 Nigeria
30-10-1954 Lagos Nigeria 3-0 Gold Coast [Balogun (2), Anyiam; half-time: 0-0]
30-10-1955 Accra Gold Coast 7-0 Nigeria [Gyamfi (3), Yara (2), Gespar, Adjei; att: 25,000; half-time: 6-0]
27-10-1956 Lagos Nigeria 3-0 Gold Coast [Okwudili, Ejoh, Longe]
27-10-1957 Accra Gold Coast 3-3 Nigeria trophy shared
25-10-1958 Lagos Nigeria 3-2 Ghana [Onyeanwuna, Buraimoh (2); Adu, Gyamfi; half-time: 1-2]
21-11-1959 Accra Ghana 5-2 Nigeria [Baba Yara, Salisu (2), Gyamfi, ?; Noquapor, Onyeali; att: 35,000; half-time: 4-0]
Sources: [Oke 00], [Kea 12]
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