2009–10 Welsh Premier League
|Champions||The New Saints
|Champions League||The New Saints|
|Europa League||Llanelli AFC
Port Talbot Town
Bangor City (via dom. cup)
|Goals scored||861 (2.81 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Rhys Griffiths (30)|
|Biggest home win||Pt. Talbot 7–0 Cefn Druids|
|Biggest away win||Welshpool 0–5 Prestatyn
Cefn Dr. 0–5 Prestatyn
|Highest scoring||Bangor 6–3 Bala|
The 2009–10 Welsh Premier League was the 18th season of the Welsh Premier League since its establishment in 1992 as the League of Wales. It began on 14 August 2009 and ended on 24 April 2010. Rhyl were the defending champions.
- 1 Teams
- 2 League table
- 3 Results
- 4 Top scorers
- 5 Awards
- 6 Welsh clubs in Europe 2009-10
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Bala Town were promoted from the Cymru Alliance and played in the top division for the first time in their history. Caersws survived relegation for a second straight year after ENTO Aberaman Athletic failed in their appeal to get a domestic licence after their floodlights were not up to the Welsh FA's expectations. None of the remaining top two teams in the Welsh Football League First Division could meet ground regulations.
The league was reduced to a size of 12 teams after this season following a unanimous decision by the Premier League clubs in June 2009. As a result of this, six clubs were relegated. The number of relegated teams could also have been seven or eight (the maximum), depending on whether any Cymru Alliance / Welsh Football League First Division clubs were eligible to be promoted to the 2010–11 Premier League. None of them were, so six teams were relegated, including last season's champions Rhyl.
|Aberystwyth Town||Park Avenue||5,500|
|Airbus UK Broughton||The Airfield||2,100|
|Bala Town||Maes Tegid||3,000|
|Bangor City||Farrar Road Stadium||1,500|
|Carmarthen Town||Richmond Park||3,000|
|Elements Cefn Druids||Plaskynaston Lane||2,000|
|Gap Connah's Quay||Deeside Stadium||5,500|
|Haverfordwest County||Bridge Meadow Stadium||2,000|
|Llanelli AFC||Stebonheath Park||3,700|
|Newtown AFC||Latham Park||5,000|
|Port Talbot Town||Victoria Road||2,500|
|Prestatyn Town||Bastion Road||2,500|
|The New Saints||Park Hall||2,000|
|Technogroup Welshpool Town||Maes y Dre Recreation Ground||3,000|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Gap Connah's Quay||Steve O'Shaughnessy||Sacked||Pre-Season||Mark McGregor||Pre-Season|
|Caersws||David Taylor||Mutual Consent||Pre-Season||Mickey Evans||Pre-Season|
|Aberystwyth Town||Brian Coyne||Resigned||26 September 2009||Alan Morgan||4 November 2009|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||The New Saints (C)||34||25||7||2||69||13||+56||82||2010–11 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round|
|2||Llanelli||34||25||5||4||79||26||+53||80||2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round|
|3||Port Talbot Town||34||19||8||7||56||23||+33||65|
|5||Bangor City||34||19||6||9||75||45||+30||63||2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1|
|6||Rhyl (R)||34||18||8||8||74||43||+31||62||Relegation to Cymru Alliance
Welsh Football League First Division 2
|7||Airbus UK Broughton||34||12||13||9||49||37||+12||49|
|14||Connah's Quay (R)||34||11||8||15||31||42||−11||41||Relegation to Cymru Alliance
Welsh Football League First Division
|15||CPD Porthmadog (R)||34||6||6||22||23||66||−43||24|
|16||Welshpool Town (R)||34||6||5||23||30||70||−40||23|
|17||Caersws FC (R)||34||3||4||27||26||94||−68||13|
|18||Cefn Druids (R)||34||1||6||27||16||77||−61||9|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Bangor City are the winners of the Welsh Cup 2009–10 competition and have qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
2Rhyl were denied the domestic licence for competing in the 2010–11 Welsh Premier League and were therefore relegated to the second tier. Welsh Premier League aspirants Llangefni Town (Cymru Alliance) and Afan Lido (Welsh Football League First Division) were also denied licenses meaning that no team from the second tier was promoted. Since these three teams failed to obtain licenses, the best three teams originally to be relegated, with all three obtaining their licenses, were spared from relegation (Bala Town, Haverfordwest County and Newtown AFC).
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Home \ Away||ABE||AIR||BAL||BAN||CAE||CAR||CDR||GCQ||POR||HAV||LLA||NEA||NEW||PTA||PRE||RHL||TNS||WEL|
|Airbus UK Broughton||2–0||0–1||1–5||3–0||2–2||1–1||4–0||1–2||3–1||0–1||1–1||2–0||0–0||2–0||2–2||0–0||1–2|
|Port Talbot Town||1–2||2–1||0–0||2–1||4–0||0–1||7–0||1–0||5–0||1–0||0–0||2–0||2–1||1–1||2–1||2–0||3–0|
|The New Saints||4–0||2–1||0–0||2–1||4–0||2–0||4–0||3–0||5–0||4–0||1–0||2–2||2–2||1–0||5–0||4–0||4–0|
Source: Welsh Premiership Football League
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
|1||Rhys Griffiths||Llanelli AFC||30|
|2||Jamie Reed||Bangor City||24|
|3||Chris Sharp||The New Saints||23|
|5||Luke Bowen||Aberystwyth Town||17|
|6||Marc Lloyd-Williams||Airbus UK Broughton||16|
|Martin Rose||Port Talbot Town||16|
|Lee Hunt||Bangor City||15|
|10||Jack Christopher||Haverfordwest County||14|
|Andy Moran||Prestatyn Town||14|
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month|
|September||Greg Strong||Rhyl||Marc Lloyd-Williams||Airbus UK Broughton|
|October||Andrew Dyer||Neath||Lee Surman||Port Talbot Town|
|November||Andy Cale||The New Saints||Paul Smith||Bangor City|
|December||Neville Powell||Bangor City||Steve Evans||The New Saints|
|January||Colin Caton||Bala Town||Luke Sherbon||Aberystwyth Town|
|February||Andy Legg||Llanelli||Ricky Evans||Bala Town|
|March||Alan Morgan||Aberystwyth Town||Jamie Reed||Bangor City|
Player of the season
Young player of the season
Manager of the season
Team of the Season
Welsh clubs in Europe 2009-10
UEFA Champions League
After winning the league in 2008/09 Rhyl represented the league in the premier football competition, they started in the second qualifying round with a trick tie with Serbian club Partizan Belgrade. They were beaten 4-0 at home in the first leg, and hammered 8-0 in Serbia in the second leg, thus ending their participation in Europe for the season.
UEFA Europa League
The New Saints and Llanelli started in the first qualifying round of the competition. TNS were drawn against Fram from Iceland and Llanelli were handed an interesting tie with Motherwell from Scotland. In a good first leg for both sides, Llanelli produced the shock of the round with a 1-0 away win against Motherwell, giving them a wonderful chance of progression. TNS also had a good chance after a respectable 2-1 defeat in Iceland.
The second legs were disappointing however, as even though TNS took an early lead which would have earned them progression, Fram turned the game around and won 2-1, thus knocking out TNS from European competition for another season. Llanelli were also disappointed, losing 3-0 at home to Motherwell which put them out as well.
Bangor City were the only Welsh side still in European competition when they started their Europa League campaign in the second qualifying round against FC Honka from Finland. They had hope of progression and this was compounded by a positive 2-0 defeat in Finland, but unfortunately for them they lost the home leg 1-0, which knocked them out and ended Wales' participation in European competition for 2009.
The Welsh league picked a disappointing 0.250 for their participation in European competition in 2009, the only points coming from Llanelli's away win against Motherwell.
The league was ranked 46th out of 53 leagues in Europe by UEFA after the 2009-10 season.
- "Clubs accept reduced Premier League". BBC online. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- AGM votes for 12-club league
- Shock as Rhyl fail in licence bid
- "McCreesh is league's player of the season". welsh-premier.com. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
- "Managers name team of season". welsh-premier.com. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.