2010–11 Welsh Premier League

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Welsh Premier League
Season 2010–11
Champions Bangor City
Relegated Haverfordwest County
Champions League Bangor City
Europa League The New Saints
Llanelli AFC
Neath
Matches played 186
Goals scored 639 (3.44 per match)
Top goalscorer Rhys Griffiths (25)
Biggest home win Bangor City 8–1 Port Talbot Town
The New Saints 7–0 Carmarthen Town
Biggest away win Haverfordwest County 0–4 Llanelli AFC
Neath 0–4 Llanelli AFC
Highest scoring Bangor City 8–1 Port Talbot Town

The 2010–11 Welsh Premier League was the 19th season of the Welsh Premier League since its establishment in 1992 as the League of Wales. It was reduced to a size of 12 teams from this season following a unanimous decision by the Premier League clubs in June 2009.[1] The league season began on 13 August 2010[2] and ended on 30 April 2011.[3] The New Saints were the defending champions, but lost their crown to Bangor City.

Teams[edit]

Rhyl were denied the domestic licence for competing in this season's 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).[4] Rhyl became the third Championship winning side to be relegated after Barry Town and Cwmbran Town. Rhyl had had the highest home attendances in the league for the last seven seasons.

Team summaries[edit]

Team Ground Capacity
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
Haverfordwest County Bridge Meadow Stadium 2,000
Llanelli AFC Stebonheath Park 3,700
Neath The Gnoll 7,000
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

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment
Newtown England Darren Ryan Stepped down 4 August 2010[5] England Andy Cale 7 August 2010[6]
Haverfordwest County Republic of Ireland Derek Brazil Sacked 15 November 2010[7] Wales Gavin Chesterfield 26 November 2010[8]
Haverfordwest County Wales Gavin Chesterfield Resigned 28 February 2011[9] Republic of Ireland Derek Brazil 28 February 2011[10]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bangor City (C) 32 22 4 6 80 44 +36 70 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 The New Saints 32 20 8 4 87 34 +53 68 2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Neath (O) 32 16 10 6 62 41 +21 58 Qualification to UEFA Europa League play-offs
4 Llanelli 32 15 8 9 58 41 +17 53 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
5 Prestatyn Town 32 10 10 12 44 46 −2 40 Qualification to UEFA Europa League play-offs
6 Port Talbot Town 32 8 12 12 37 48 −11 36
7 Aberystwyth Town 32 11 9 12 42 54 −12 42 Qualification to UEFA Europa League play-offs
8 Airbus UK Broughton 32 11 8 13 53 52 +1 41
9 Newtown 32 8 11 13 40 55 −15 35
10 Carmarthen Town 32 10 5 17 39 64 −25 35
11 Bala Town 32 10 3 19 41 57 −16 33 Spared from relegation 2
12 Haverfordwest County (R) 32 5 4 23 30 77 −47 19 Relegation to Cymru Alliance
Welsh Football League First Division

Source: BBC
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Winners of 2010–11 Welsh Cup.
2Bala Town were spared from relegation after 2010–11 Cymru Alliance champions Connah's Quay Nomads were denied a Premier League licence for the 2011–12 season.[11]
(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.

Results[edit]

Teams played each other twice on a home and away basis, before the league split into two groups - the top six and the bottom six. Clubs in these groups played each other twice again to bring the total fixture count to 32. This meant a decrease in fixtures from 34 games to 32 from the previous season.

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ABE AIR BAL BAN CAR HAV LLA NEA NEW PTA PRE TNS
Aberystwyth Town 2–1 2–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–0 0–2
Airbus UK Broughton 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–4 4–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–4 2–2
Bala Town 2–3 1–2 2–3 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–2 4–1 0–0 2–1 3–4
Bangor City 2–1 5–1 3–0 5–0 6–0 2–0 2–1 5–2 8–1 2–1 4–3
Carmarthen Town 2–3 1–4 4–1 0–1 2–2 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–3
Haverfordwest County 0–0 4–0 0–1 1–2 3–2 0–4 0–3 0–1 0–1 2–3 1–4
Llanelli 2–3 1–1 3–1 2–0 4–1 2–1 1–4 2–1 0–3 2–2 2–1
Neath 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 2–1 4–0 1–1 5–0 2–1 2–1 1–1
Newtown 0–0 2–3 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–6 0–0 1–0 2–2
Port Talbot Town 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–3 3–0 0–3 0–2
Prestatyn Town 4–0 1–1 2–0 4–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0
The New Saints 5–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 7–0 6–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 6–1 5–2

Source: Welsh Premiership Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–32[edit]

UEFA Europa League play-offs[edit]

As Llanelli AFC had already been assured of a Europa League spot by virtue of playing in the 2010–11 Welsh Cup Final against Champions-League qualified Bangor City, third-placed Neath and fifth- through eighth-placed sides Port Talbot Town, Prestatyn Town, Aberystwyth Town and Airbus UK Broughton competed in the inaugural play-offs for the second 2011–12 UEFA Europa League spot available via league placement.[12] The winners of this play-off would go on to enter the Europa League in the first qualifying round.

Quarterfinal[edit]

Aberstwyth Town and Airbus UK Broughton, as worst-placed teams of the play-off participants, had to compete an extra match in order to reduce the teams for the semi-finals to four. The winners of this match would face Neath in the semi-final.

10 May 2011
19:30 BST
Aberystwyth Town 2 – 1 Airbus UK Broughton
Stott Goal 60'
McCarten Goal 85'
Report Goal 21' (pen) Sheridan
Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
Attendance: 424

Semifinals[edit]

The semi-finals were held simultaneously on 15 May. Aberystwyth Town, having beaten Airbus, faced third-placed Neath in the first, while fifth-placed Prestatyn faced off against sixth-placed Port Talbot in the other.

15 May 2011
14:30 BST
Neath 2 – 1 Aberystwyth Town
Hughes Goal 34'
Fowler Goal 36'
Report Goal 89' McCarten
The Gnoll, Neath
Attendance: 410
Referee: Huw Jones

15 May 2011
14:30 BST
Prestatyn Town 2 – 1 Port Talbot Town
Hunt Goal 84'
Hayes Goal 88'
Report Goal 29' Surman
Remax Stadium, Port Talbot
Attendance: 383
Referee: Lee Evans

Final[edit]

The final was held at Neath's Gnoll, as they had finished higher than Prestatyn in the league and had therefore 'earned' home advantage. Neath won the game 3-2 and will play in the Europa League next season as a result.

21 May 2011
15:15 UTC±0
Neath 3 – 2 Prestatyn Town
Bond Goal 1'
Hill Goal 55', Goal 84'
[citation needed] Goal 25' Hunt
Goal 90' Fisher-Cooke
The Gnoll, Neath
Attendance: 988
Referee: Kevin Morgan

Top goalscorers[edit]

Including matches played on 18 February 2011; Source: Soccerway

Rank Scorer Team Goals
1 Wales Jamie Reed Bangor City 17
Wales Rhys Griffiths Llanelli AFC 17
3 Wales Matty Williams The New Saints 16
4 England Lee Trundle Neath 15
5 England Alan Bull Bangor City 12
England Lee Hunt Prestatyn Town 12
7 Wales Alex Darlington The New Saints 11
Republic of Ireland Richie Partridge The New Saints 11
9 England Andy Moran Airbus UK Broughton 10
England Dave Morley Bangor City 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clubs accept reduced Premier League". BBC online. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Wales - Premier League fixtures and results". Soccerway. 
  3. ^ "Post-split fixture list released". Welsh Premier League official website. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Shock as Rhyl fail in licence bid
  5. ^ "Ryan walks out on the robins". welsh-premier.com. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cale confirmed as Newtown manager". welsh-premier.com. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Haverfordwest sack Brazil". s4c.co.uk. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Gavin Chesterfield takes over at Haverfordwest". walesonline.co.uk. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Chesterfield's reign lasted three months". welsh-premier.com. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Brazil makes shock return to Haverfordwest". welsh-premier.com. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Connah’s Quay see Welsh Premier hopes dashed". www.dailypost.co.uk. Liverpool Daily Post. May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Reds book Europa League return ticket". Welsh Premier League. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 

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