West Wales FA Senior Cup

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The West Wales FA Senior Cup was the regional knock-out competition for the higher ranked clubs beneath the umbrella of the West Wales Football Association until its end in 2009.

The cup was open to clubs competing in the Welsh Football League, the League of Wales / Welsh Premier League following its formation in 1992, and also Swansea City. In later years the Senior Cup winners of the county leagues – Carmarthenshire, Neath & District, Pembrokeshire and Swansea – would be invited to take part.

Teams from outside the west Wales region – Barry, Bridgend Town, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport County – also reached early finals. The West Wales FA was affiliated to the South Wales FA until 1968, which allowed clubs from the latter association entrance to this competition.

Swansea City are by far the most successful team in the competition – winning the trophy 25 times in 38 finals, including one sharing of the competition with Llanelli in 1963 – but during the later years they would predominantly field a reserve / youth teams.[clarification needed] They last competed in the 2005–06 competition.

The last Senior Cup final – Reds take the plaudits[edit]

Llanelli were the last side to clinch the Senior Cup with a comprehensive 5–2 victory over West End in 2009.

An upset was on the cards as Welsh League outfit West End raced into a 2–0 first-half lead, only for Jordan Follows to pull one back for the Reds on the stroke of half-time.

But in the second-half the floodgates opened. Stephen Crabbe's red card didn't help West End's cause and strikes from Stuart Jones, Mark Pritchard (2) and captain Rhys Griffiths ensured that the trophy would return to Stebonheath Park for the tenth and final time.[1]

Competition Winners[edit]

Season Winners Score Runners-Up Scorers Date Other Info
1923–24 Swansea Town Pembroke Dock
1924–25[2] Swansea Town 6-1 Llanelly Saturday January 17, 1925
1925–26 Swansea Town Merthyr Town
1926–27 Swansea Town Bridgend Town
1927–28 Barry AFC Swansea Town
1928–29 Newport County Merthyr Town
1929–30 Swansea Town Newport County
1930–31[3] Llanelly 5-3 Merthyr Town Llanelly: Samuel, B Jones, Taylor 2, T Williams; Merthyr: Bayliss, Thomas, Atkins Monday April 27, 1931 Replay after original tie ended 0-0 at Merthyr on 18/04/31
1931–32[4] Merthyr Town 3-2 Llanelly Merthyr: Lowry, Alden Baggott; Llanelly: Cochrane, McIlwaine Monday November 14, 1932 The game was delayed until two months into the following season
1932–34 Competition Suspended
1934–35 Swansea Town Llanelly
1935–37 Competition Suspended
1937–38 Milford United Haverfordwest
1938–39 Swansea Town Llanelly
1939–47 Competition Suspended
1947–48 Llanelly Briton Ferry Athletic
1948–49 Swansea Town Llanelly
1949–50 Swansea Town Haverfordwest Athletic
1950–51 Llanelly Swansea Town
1951–52 No Competition
1952–53 Llanelly Swansea Town
1953–54 Swansea Town Llanelly
1954–55 Swansea Town Llanelly
1955–56 Swansea Town Llanelly
1956–57 Swansea Town Haverfordwest
1957–58 Swansea Town Llanelly
1958–59 Swansea Town Haverfordwest
1959–60 Swansea Town Llanelly
1960–61 Swansea Town Haverfordwest
1961–62 Swansea Town Llanelly
1962–63 Competition Shared Between Swansea Town & Llanelly
1963–64 Llanelly Swansea Town
1964–65 Swansea Town 3-0 Llanelli Swansea Giorgio Chinaglia
1965–66 Swansea Town Llanelli
1966–67 Ammanford Town Llanelli
1967–68 Llanelli Swansea Town
1968–70 No Competition
1970–71 Llanelli Swansea City
1971–72 Pembroke Borough Llanelli
1972–73 Pembroke Borough Llanelli
1973–74 No Competition
1974–75 Swansea City Briton Ferry Athletic
1975–76 Swansea City Ammanford
1976–77 Llanelli Swansea City
1977–78 Pembroke Borough Llanelli
1978–79 Milford Llanelli
1979–80 Ammanford Town Swansea City
1980–81 Pembroke Borough Haverfordwest County
1981–82 Haverfordwest County Pontardawe Athletic
1982–83 Pontardawe Athletic Milford United
1983–84 Swansea City Briton Ferry Athletic
1984–85 Swansea City Ammanford Town Sunday May 19, 1985 at Vetch Field, Swansea
1985–86 Milford United Swansea City
1986–87 Swansea City Briton Ferry Athletic
1987–88 Swansea City Pembroke Borough
1988–89 Haverfordwest County Pembroke Borough
1989–90 Swansea City Llanelli
1990–91 Swansea City Llanelli
1991–92 Haverfordwest County Ammanford Town
1992–93 Haverfordwest County West End
1993–94 Swansea City Ammanford
1994–95 Swansea City Morriston Town
1995–96 BP Llandarcy 3-2 Swansea City BP: Unknown; Swansea: Coates 2 at Vetch Field, Swansea
1996–97 BP Llandarcy 3-1 Swansea City
1997–98 Haverfordwest County Swansea City Wednesday May 6, 1998 at Bridge Meadow, Haverfordwest
1998–99 Haverfordwest County Llanelli
1999-00 Llanelli Carmarthen Town
2000–01 Competition Void
2001–02[5] Swansea City 6-0 Hakin United Swansea: Watkin, Cusack, Williams 3, Draper Tuesday April 30, 2002 at the Vetch Field, Swansea
2002–03[6] Swansea City 2-1 Carmarthen Town Swansea: Pritchard, King; Carmarthen: Unknown Thursday May 8, 2003 at Richmond Park, Carmarthen
2003–04 Briton Ferry Athletic Ammanford
2004–05 Briton Ferry Athletic Carmarthen Town
2005–06[7] Haverfordwest County 3-1 Carmarthen Town H'west: Elliott, O'Sullivan 2; Carmarthen: Thomas April 2006 at New Bridge Meadow, Haverfordwest
2006–07 Neath Athletic 2-1 Garden Village Neath: Rastatter OG, Price (pen); Village: Rastatter Wednesday May 16, 2007 at Llandarcy Park, Neath
2007–08[8] Neath Athletic 2-1 AET Llanelli Neath: Pockett, Pridham; Llanelli: Follows Tuesday April 23, 2008 at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli
2008–09[9] Llanelli 5-2 West End Llanelli: Follows, Jones, Pritchard 2, Griffiths; West End: Unknown at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reds win Tony Nakonecznyj West Wales Senior Cup". Llanelli AFC official website. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Llanelly Star, Saturday 24 January 1925
  3. ^ Llanelly Star, Saturday 28 April 1931
  4. ^ Llanelly Star, Saturday 19 November 1932
  5. ^ "Swansea City 6 Hakin United 0". Swansea City FC official web site. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Season ends with more silverware for youngsters". Swansea City FC official web site. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Blues crush Town to lift West Wales Senior Cup". Western Telegraph. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Llanelli 1 Neath Athletic 2 AET". Llanelli AFC official website. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Reds win Tony Nakonecznyj West Wales Senior Cup". Llanelli AFC official website. Retrieved 28 May 2011.