Welsh League Cup

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Welsh League Cup
Founded 1992
Region Wales
Number of teams 18
Current champions Carmarthen Town
(2 titles)
Most successful club(s) The New Saints
(5 titles)
2014–15 Welsh League Cup

The Welsh League Cup (also known as the League of Wales Cup, Welsh Premier League Cup or The Word Cup) is a cup competition in Welsh football organised by the Welsh Premier League. The competition was established in 1992 and is considered to be the second-most important domestic cup competition for Welsh football clubs, after the older and more prestigious Welsh Cup. Unlike the Welsh Cup, where 135 teams entered in 2008–09, the competition is only open to the members of the Welsh Premier League and a very select few other clubs. It should not be confused with the Welsh Football League Cup, which is for the clubs in the Welsh Football League, which despite its name only covers the south and center of Wales.

Format[edit]

Since the inaugural season in 1992/93 the format of the competition has changed many times. The 2006/07 season saw the introduction of a new format for the competition.[1] Beginning in August, the eighteen premier league teams are split into six regionalised groups of three teams. The six group winners and two runners-up enter a quarter-final knock-out phase, followed by a two legged semi-final match before ending with the final in April.

History[edit]

The first Welsh League Cup was won by Afan Lido Port Talbot in 1992/93, who beat Caersws FC 4–3 on penalties, after drawing in the final 1–1.[2] The New Saints hold the record for the most League Cup titles; they have won the competition five times. Bangor City hold the distinction of making the most number of appearances in the final and losing on every occasion (6).

The cup is currently held by Carmarthen Town, who defeated Bala Town 3–1 on penalties.

Sponsorship[edit]

Since 2003, the League Cup has been named after its sponsor, giving it the following name:

Prize money[edit]

The total prize fund for the competition is £15,000. The league awards £1,000 to each losing semi-finalist, £3,000 to the runner-up and £10,000 to the competition winners.[1]

Past Cup Winners[edit]

Season-by-season list of winners and runners-up. Correct as of 12 January 2013.[3][4]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1992/93 Afan Lido Port Talbot 1 - 1 Caersws Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
Afan Lido won 4-3 on penalties  
1993/94 Afan Lido Port Talbot 1 - 0 Bangor City Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
1994/95 Llansantffraid FC 2 - 1 Ton Pentre F.C. Latham Park, Newtown
1995/96 Connah's Quay Nomads 1 - 0 Ebbw Vale Recreation Ground, Caersws
1996/97 Barry Town 2 - 2 Bangor City Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
Barry Town won 4-2 on penalties  
1997/98 Barry Town 1 - 1 Bangor City Farrar Road, Bangor
Barry Town won 5-4 on penalties  
1998/99 Barry Town 3 - 0 Caernarfon Town Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
1999/00 Barry Town 6 - 0 Bangor City Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
2000/01 Caersws 2 - 0 Barry Town Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
2001/02 Caersws 2 - 1 Cwmbran Town Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
2002/03 Rhyl 2 - 2 Bangor City Belle Vue, Rhyl
Rhyl won 4-3 on penalties  
2003/04 Rhyl 4 - 0 Carmarthen Town Latham Park, Newtown
2004/05 Carmarthen Town 2 - 0 Rhyl Latham Park, Newtown
2005/06 Total Network Solutions 4 - 0 Port Talbot Town Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
2006/07 Caersws 1 - 1 Rhyl Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
Caersws won 3-1 on penalties  
2007/08 Llanelli 2 - 0 Rhyl Latham Park, Newtown
2008/09 The New Saints 2 - 0 Bangor City Latham Park, Newtown
2009/10 The New Saints 3 - 1 Rhyl The Airfield, Broughton
2010/11 The New Saints 4 - 3 Llanelli Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
2011/12 Afan Lido 1 - 1 Newtown Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
Afan Lido won 3-2 on penalties  
2012/13 Carmarthen Town 3 - 3 The New Saints Latham Park, Newtown
Carmarthen Town won 3-1 on penalties  
2013/14 Carmarthen Town 0 - 0 Bala Town Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
Carmarthen Town won 3-1 on penalties  

Results by team[edit]

Correct as of 12 January 2013[3]
Club Wins Runners-up Total Appearance Last final
1 The New Saints 5 1 6 2013
2 Barry Town 4 1 5 2001
3 Caersws 3 1 4 2007
4 Carmarthen Town 3 1 4 2014
5 Afan Lido 3 0 3 2012
6 Rhyl 2 4 6 2010
7 Llanelli 1 1 2 2011
8 Connah's Quay Nomads 1 0 1 1996
9 Bangor City 0 6 6 2009
10 Caernarfon Town 0 1 1 1999
10 Cwmbran Town 0 1 1 2002
10 Ebbw Vale 0 1 1 1996
10 Port Talbot Town 0 1 1 2006
10 Ton Pentre 0 1 1 1995
10 Newtown 0 1 1 2012
11 Bala Town 0 1 1 2014

Note: The New Saints total includes wins under previous names; Total Network Solutions and Llansantffraid.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Loosemores League Cup". www.welshpremier.com. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Welsh League Cup Final - Match Report 1992/93". welsh-premier.com. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "List of Welsh League Cup Finals". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Welsh League Cup - All Time Results". welsh-premier.com. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 

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