September 2021 will mark the start of the 100th Cock House Championship of the modern House era. The first championship to feature the ‘original five’ started in September 1917 with Tower being the victors. Due to World War Two the 23rd Cock House Championship which was due to take place from 1939-40 was postponed until further notice. It wasn’t until September 1944 that students returned to school, and thus the Cock House Championship could get started once again. However, this Championship was completely different and unlike any other. Not only was Tower House no longer in existence but each House sported new colours. Bridge adopted green, Castle red, Gordon dark blue and Pitt Yellow. It was exactly 50 years after this change that River were established in 1994. The ‘super House’ which mainly consisted of the most talented sportsmen achieved the incredible feat of jointly lifting the Cock House with Castle in its first year of existence. A few short years after, the ‘third quarter quell’ of Cock House Championships saw Thetford House introduced. Now the Championship is in no way comparable to the deathly nature of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, but with 6 Houses instead of 5, the odds were certainly not in anyone’s favour. Fast forward to last year and the 98th Cock House Championship was one like no other. Despite many summer events being cancelled, Pitt emerged Victors, winning it for the second year in a row. Nevertheless, Towerites have to be proud of a very strong performance, finishing 4th in their first ever Cock House Championship since the summer of 1939.

As we look ahead to the 100th Championship, the stakes could never be higher.

If you are in Bridge House none of you would have seen a Bridge House Captain lift the Cock House Cup come the last day of school, in fact, anyone from Bridge House who joined the school since September 2006 (now aged 26) would have never seen Bridge win. The last time Bridge ended a trophy drought they went on to win 7 of the next 8 Championships, could history repeat itself?

Castle and Gordon are statistically the most successful Houses ever when it comes to the Cock House Cup, lifting it a combined 55 times. But are the glory days of these two titans over? Gordonites have nearly gone an entire Math school generation with no victory, and despite Castle doing the double just a couple years ago, they haven’t come near the top since they lost the championship by a mere 2 points to Pitt in the summer of 2019. One thing that should be on students’ minds from either House is how close they are to reaching 30 Cock House Cups. Castle currently sit on 27 and Gordon 29, who will be the first to reach 30?

Pitt are statistically a ‘mid-table’ House having racked up a total of 17 victories. Over the years they have found themselves above Bridge in the overall standings but quite near the standard of Castle and Gordon. An amazing streak in the late 70’s saw them win 5 of 6 and it looked as though the tide was turning. However, Pittites had to wait until 2008 before they would be seen lifting the Cock House Cup again. Despite their history being ‘mediocre’, Pitt have asserted their true dominance in recent years. They won their first title in 11 years in quite an exemplary fashion, winning the Junior, Inter and Senior competitions as well as the overall one. They retained the Cup a year later, but with a much shorter calendar. With this year looking like it will be a similar story to last with fewer events, a true test of Pitt’s ability will become apparent in September.

For those of you in 13River you will remember the feeling of winning the Cock House Cup in Year 7, but sadly that feeling has not been re-lived since. River has 4 Cock House Cups to their name, winning 3 (1 year shared) in their first 3 years of existence. As they rebuilt, River became a strong force as we entered the 2010’s but always found themselves finishing an agonising close second, typically behind either Castle or Gordon. Can the existing Year 13’s muster up some of that winning spirit from their early days of the Math to clinch River their 5th Cock House Cup?

Thetford have seen a big change in fortune in recent years. Despite only lifting the Cock House Cup twice, I think it is safe to say they could be back to winning ways soon. A dominant comeback in House fitness last year saw them come from rock bottom to finish a close second behind Pitt. It is clear that momentum has continued and can Miss Miller get her hands on the Cock House Cup for the first time?

Prior to being disbanded in 1939, Tower were categorically the best House. Winning it 13 of a possible 22 times. With the House being resurrected in 2019, is it just a matter of time before they win again? Or will they face a similar fate to Thetford and have to wait 11 years for their first victory?

A Table showing the 100 Cock House Championship Winners