Welsh National League (Wrexham Area)

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Guy Walmsley & Co Welsh National League
Country  Wales
Founded 1945
Number of teams 28 (15 in Division 1, 13 in Division 2)
Levels on pyramid 3 & 4
Promotion to Cymru Alliance
Relegation to Clwyd East Football League
Current champions Premier Division - Mold Alexandra
Division One - FC Nomads of Connahs Quay
Reserves - Penycae
(2013/14)
Website League Website
2013/14 Welsh National League (Wrexham Area)

The Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) is a football league in Wales and forms level 3 of the Welsh football league system in Flintshire and Wrexham County Borough, but some teams are from Denbighshire (Corwen and Llangollen Town) and Gwynedd (Llanuwchllyn). For sponsorship purposes it is currently known as the Guy Walmsley & Co Welsh National League.

History[edit]

The League grew out of the Wrexham and District League, which ran during the early years of the twentieth century. At that time the senior clubs in the Wrexham area played in English leagues such as The Combination and the Birmingham & District League. Their reserve sides, along with local amateur teams, contested the Wrexham and District League.

In the inter-war years, the new Welsh National League with its various sections was organised. Clubs from the Wrexham area, and a little beyond, joined the Northern Section.

The financial strain proved too severe for several of the clubs in the Wrexham district, and after World War II they re-organised as the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area).

Member clubs 2014–15[edit]

Club Ground Town
Premier Division
Borras Park Albion Dean Road Wrexham
Brickfield Rangers Court Road Wrexham
Brymbo Brymbo Sports Complex Broughton
Chirk Amateur Athletic Association Holyhead Road Chirk
Coedpoeth United Penygelli Playing Fields Coedpoeth
Corwen War Memorial Ground Corwen
FC Nomads of Connah's Quay Wepre Park Connah's Quay
Gresford Athletic Clappers Lane Gresford
Hawarden Rangers Gladstone Playing Field Hawarden
Llangollen Town Tower Fields Llangollen
Llay Welfare The Ring Llay
Overton Recreation Recreation Ground Overton-on-Dee
Penyffordd Abbots Lane Infant School Penyffordd
Rhos Aelwyd Ponciau Park, Ponciau Ponciau
Ruthin Town Memorial Playing Fields Ruthin
Saltney Town Saltney Community Centre Saltney
Division One
Acrefair Youth The Bont Playing Fields Froncysyllte
AFC Brynford Recreation Ground Brynford
Argoed United Argoed Sports Club Argoed
Castell Alun Colts Castell Alun Sports & Leisure Complex Hope
Caerwys Lon yr Ysgol Caerwys
F.C. Queens Park Rhosnessni Recreational Ground Wrexham
Garden Village Gresford Colliery Social Club Pandy
Johnstown Youth Moreton Playing Fields Johnstown
Lex Glyndwr Stansty Park Wrexham
Llanuwchllyn Church Street Llanuwchllyn
New Brighton Villa New Brighton Community Centre New Brighton
Penley Maelor School Penley
Point Of Ayr Ffynnongroew Recreation Ground Ffynnongroew
Venture Community The Dunks Queensway, Wrexham

Divisional Champions[edit]

The league has undergone various restructures in its history, with the number of divisions and their names changing.

For its first season the league had just one division, the Senior Division

Season Senior Division
1945–46 Llay United

In 1946 two regional divisions were introduced below the Senior Division

Season Senior Division East Division West Division
1946–47 Wrexham 'A' Rhostellyn Sports Club Gresford Athletic
1947–48 Chirk AAA Rhostyllen/Bersham BL Coedpoeth
1948–49 Johnstown United Overton St Mary's Coedpoeth

In 1949 the regionalised divisions were merged together and the resulting three divisions renamed Divisions One, Two and Three

Season Division One Division Two Division Three
1949–50 Chirk AAA Ruabon Athletic New Boughton
1950–51 Druids United Penycae Rubery Owen Rockwell
1951–52 Chirk AAA Holt Nomads Royal Pioneer Corps
1952–53 Overton St Mary's Llangollen Town Bradley Rangers

In 1953–54 Division Three was not contested due to a lack of clubs

Season Division One Division Two
1953–54 Overton St Mary's Bradley Rangers

In 1954 Division Three was revived

Season Division One Division Two Division Three
1954–55 Welshpool Gresford Colliery Bradley Rangers Reserves
1955–56 Buckley Wanderers Holt Nomads Tanyfron Youth Club
1956–57 Welshpool Rubery Owen Rockwell Ponciau Youth Club
1957–58 Brymbo Steelworks Royal Pioneer Corps Marshalls Sports Club
1958–59 Chirk AAA Rhos Aelwyd Tanyfron
1959–60 Chirk AAA Buckley Rovers Fron

In 1960 Division Three was discontinued once again

Season Division One Division Two
1960–61 Chirk AAA Pentre Broughton
1961–62 Welshpool Rhosddu

In 1962 Division Three was revived once again

Season Division One Division Two Division Three
1962–63 Llay Welfare Gresford Athletic Summerhill
1963–64 Ruthin Town Summerhill Llanuwchllyn
1964–65 Welshpool Buckley Rovers Coedpoeth
1965–66 Brymbo Steelworks Rubery Owen Rockwell Marshalls Sports Club
1966–67 Brymbo Steelworks Coedpoeth British Celanese
1967–68 Llangollen Town Bala Town Rossett Villa
1968–69 Final tables not available

In 1969 Division Three was split into two sections, A and B

Season Division One Division Two Division Three A Division Three B
1969–70 Brymbo Steelworks Druids United Gresford Athletic Reserves Cefn Albion

In 1970 the two Division Three sections were reorganised into Divisions Three and Four

Season Division One Division Two Division Three Division Four
1970–71 Brymbo Steelworks Burntwood & Drury Rhosddu Castell Alun
1971–72 Llangollen Town Rhosddu Castell Alun Druids United Reserves
1972–73 Denbigh Town Ruabon St Marys Hawarden Rangers Treuddyn Villa
1973–74 Denbigh Town Buckley Rovers Coedpoeth Overton Athletic

In 1974 the four divisions were reduced to just two

Season Division One Division Two
1974–75 Denbigh Town Lex XI

In 1975 Division Three was reintroduced

Season Division One Division Two Division Three
1975–76 Denbigh Town Coedpoeth Castell Alun Colts

In 1976 Division Three was discontinued once again

Season Division One Division Two
1976–77 Brymbo Steelworks Castell Alun Colts
1977–78 New Broughton Cefn Albion

In 1978 Divisions Three and Four were revived

Season Division One Division Two Division Three Division Four
1978–79 Brymbo Steelworks Chirk AAA Penley Tunnel Cement

In 1978 Division Four was discontinued once again

Season Division One Division Two Division Three
1979–80 Cefn Albion Ruthin Town Grapes

In 1980 Division Four was once again revived

Season Division One Division Two Division Three Division Four
1980–81 Cefn Albion Rhostyllen Villa Grapes New Broughton
1981–82 Brymbo Steelworks Grapes Hawkesbury Villa Coedpoeth
1982–83 Brymbo Steelworks Rhos Aelwyd Coedpoeth Llay RBL

In 1983 Division Four was split into two sections, North and South

Season Division One Division Two Division Three Division Four (North) Division Four (South)
1983–84 Chirk AAA Lex XI Reserves Penycae Connah's Quay Reserves Johnstown Athletic

In 1983 the two Division Four sections were merged back together and the four divisions renamed Premier, One, Two and Three

Season Premier Division Division One Division Two Division Three
1984–85 Lex XI Llay RBL Chirk AAA Reserves Llangollen Town Reserves
1985–86 Mold Alexandra Llangollen Town Penycae Reserves Bradley
1986–87 Mold Alexandra Llay Welfare Corwen Flint Town
1987–88 Lex XI Corwen St Marys Ruabon New Broughton
1988–89 Lex XI Rhostyllen Villa Marchwiel Villa Kelloggs
1989–90 Mold Alexandra Bala Town New Broughton Kinnerton

In 1990 Division Three was discontinued

Season Premier Division Division One Division Two
1990–91 Marchwiel Villa Llay Welfare Bradley
1991–92 Wrexham Reserves Treuddyn Villa British Aerospace
1992–93 Penley Cefn Druids Reserves Rhost/Bersham
1993–94 Penycae Brymbo Reserves Rhosddu
1994–95 Oswestry Town Rhost/Bersham RBL Wrexham Colts
1995–96 Gresford Athletic Wrexham Colts Gresford Athletic Colts
1996–97 Wrexham Colts Castell AC Owens Corning
1997–98 Penley Bala Town Bradley Villa
1998–99 Corwen Bradley Villa Borras Park Albion

In 1999 Division Three was revived

Season Premier Division Division One Division Two Division Three
1999–2000 British Aerospace Hand Hotel Cefn United Buckley Town
2000–01 Gresford Athletic Cefn United Llay Welfare Colts Queen's Park
2001–02 Mold Alexandra Mynydd Isa Queen's Park Brynteg Village
2002–03 Castell Alun Colts Queen's Park Brynteg Village Ruabon Villa
2003–04 Bala Town Acrefair Youth Coedpoeth United Buckley Town Reserves
2004–05 Queen's Park Brynteg Village New Brighton Villa Mold Juniors
2005–06 Rhos Aelwyd Castell Alun Colts Bala Town Reserves Venture Community
2006–07 Brymbo Bala Town Reserves Venture Community Brymbo Reserves
2007–08 Brymbo Airbus UK reserves Garden Village FC Cefn

In 2008, all reserve and colts teams were split off, leaving two divisions for first teams and two divisions for lower teams

Season Premier Division Division One
2008–09 Llangollen Town FC Cefn
2009–10 Rhos Aelwyd Garden Village
2010–11 Penycae Penyffordd
2011–12 FC Cefn Saltney Town
2012–13 Chirk AAA Borras Park Albion
2013–14 Mold Alexandra FC Nomads of Connah's Quay

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