Aberdeen F.C. are the most successful team in the competition, having won it a record thirty-five times. The current champions are Formartine United after beating Cove Rangers 1–0 at Balmoor, Peterhead.
The competition was first held in 1887 and was organised by the ADFA which formed the same year. The first members were Aberdeen, Orion, Caledonian, Aberdeen Athletic, Aberdeen Rovers, Aberdeen Rangers, Bon Accord, Black Diamond, Turriff Our Boys, Albert, Rosebery, Britannia, Granite City, Aberdeen City Wanderers and Balmoral. Dr Maitland Moir, honorary president, presented the ADFA with a cup which ultimately became the property of Aberdeen after their second win in 1889. After this the ADFA bought a new trophy which was first presented after the final in 1890. The whereabouts of the original trophy is currently unknown.