Welsh Cup

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Welsh Cup
The Welsh Cup — taken before the 2007–08 Final.
Founded 1877
Region Wales
England
Number of teams 135
Current champions The New Saints
Most successful club(s) Wrexham
(23 times)
2014–15 Welsh Cup

The Welsh Cup (Welsh: Cwpan Cymru) is a knock-out football competition contested annually by teams from Wales.

The Football Association of Wales is the organising body of this competition, which has been run (except during the two World Wars) every year since its inception in 1877–78.[1]

In the early years of organised football in Wales, football was very much the sport of North Wales rather than the rugby union playing south – the FAW was founded in Ruabon, near Wrexham in 1876, and Wrexham remained the site of the FAW's head office until 1986; it was not until 1912 that a southern team, Cardiff City, won the Welsh Cup for the first time.

The winning team qualifies to play in the following season's UEFA Europa League (previously teams qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup, which was discontinued in 1999).

Participants[edit]

Until 1995, some clubs playing in England were also invited to play in the Welsh Cup, but could not progress to the European Cup Winners' Cup by winning the Welsh Cup.[clarification needed] Instead, the best placed Welsh club in the Welsh cup would take the European place.

From 1996 to 2011, only clubs playing in the Welsh football league system were allowed to enter the Welsh Cup. This rule excluded the six Welsh clubs who played in the English football league system: Cardiff City, Colwyn Bay, Merthyr Tydfil/Town, Newport County, Swansea City and Wrexham. On 20 April 2011, the Football Association of Wales invited these six clubs to rejoin the Welsh Cup for the 2011–12 season, but only Merthyr Town, Newport County and Wrexham accepted.[2] In March 2012, UEFA stated that Welsh clubs playing in the English football league system could not qualify for European competitions via the Welsh cup but they could qualify via the English league and cup competitions,[3] hence they were subsequently again excluded from the Welsh Cup.[4]

History[edit]

Between the 1961–62 and 1984–85 seasons, the final was played as a two-leg match, originally on a points basis rather than aggregate score. In the 1985–86 season, it reverted to a single game, to be decided by extra time and penalties as necessary.[1]

Shrewsbury Town hold the record for the most times an English team has won the Cup, a record that will remain unbroken owing to the fact that English teams have not been allowed to compete in the cup since 1995. The last English winner of the Welsh Cup was Hereford United in 1990.

Welsh Cup Final results[edit]

For a list of Welsh Cup finals including venue and attendance information see List of Welsh Cup finals.

Performance by club[edit]

Club Wins Runners-up Total final
appearances
Last final
1 Wrexham[w 1] 23 22 45 1995
2 Cardiff City[w 1] 22 10 32 1995
3 Swansea City[w 1][5] 10 8 18 1991
4 Bangor City 8 10 18 2013
5 Cefn Druids 8 6 14 2012
6 Shrewsbury Town England 6 3 9 1985
7 Barry Town 6 1 7 2003
8 Chirk A.A.A. 5 1 6 1894
9 Rhyl 4 4 8 2006
10 The New Saints[6] 4 3 7 2014
11 Chester City[7] England 3 10 13 1970
12 Merthyr Tydfil[w 1] 3 2 5 1987
13 Wellington Town[7] England 3 3 1940
14 Newtown 2 3 5 1897
15 Crewe Alexandra England 2 2 1937
15 Oswestry United[7] England 2 2 1901
17 Hereford United England 1 3 4 1990
18 Llanelli 1 2 3 2011
18 Newport County[w 1] 1 2 3 1987
18 Carmarthen Town 1 2 3 2007
18 Connah's Quay & Shotton[7] 1 2 3 1929
22 Tranmere Rovers England 1 1 2 1935
22 Lovell's Athletic[7] 1 1 2 1959
22 Oswestry White Stars[7] England 1 1 2 1885
22 Aberystwyth Town 1 2 3 2014
26 Borough United[7] 1 1 1963
26 Bristol City England 1 1 1934
26 Ebbw Vale[7] 1 1 1926
26 Flint Town United 1 1 1954
26 Inter Cardiff 1 1 1999
26 Prestatyn Town 1 1 2013
26 South Liverpool England 1 1 1939
33 Aberdare Athletic[w 1] 4 4 1923
34 Cwmbran Town 3 3 2002
34 Pontypridd 3 3 1921
36 Kidderminster Harriers England 2 2 1989
36 Northwich Victoria England 2 2 1910
36 Westminster Rovers[7] 2 2 1892
36 Whitchurch England[7] 2 2 1906
40 Afan Lido 1 1 2007
40 Aberaman 1 1 1903
40 Connah's Quay Nomads 1 1 1998
40 Davenham[7] 1 1 1887
40 Flint Town[7] 1 1 1925
40 Hednesford Town England 1 1 1992
40 Merthyr Town[w 1] 1 1 1924
40 Ruthin 1 1 1880
40 Stourbridge England 1 1 1974
40 Ton Pentre 1 1 1922
40 Port Talbot Town 1 1 2010

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Indicates a Welsh club that plays or has played in the English system.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Welsh Cup Notes". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Welsh cup exile over". South Wales Argus. 
  3. ^ "Uefa give Swansea and Cardiff European assurance". BBC Sport. 21 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Welsh clubs excluded from Welsh cup". BBC Sport. 20 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Have played in the final as Swansea Town and Swansea City.
  6. ^ Have played in the final as Llansantffraid and Total Network Solutions.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Italics indicates the club no longer exists.

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