Cardiff Combination League

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Cardiff Combination League
Cardiff Combination Football League Logo.png
Founded10 August 1939 [1]
CountryFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Number of teams26
Level on pyramid79
Promotion to South Wales Alliance League
Current championsVoided
Most championships Caerau (Ely) 10
Website Cardiff Combination League

The Cardiff Combination Football League is a football league covering the city of Cardiff and surrounding areas in South Wales. The leagues are at the seventh, eighth and ninth levels of the Welsh football league system.


The most successful club in the league's history is Caerau (Ely), with ten top division titles.


The league is composed of three divisions.

Member clubs 2020–21

Premier Division

  • Aberystwyth Exiles
  • Avenue Hotspur
  • Cathays Conservatives
  • Docks Albion AFC
  • Fairwater
  • Glamorgan AFC
  • Homeguard
  • St Mellons Athletic
  • Thornhill AFC
  • Tiger Bay AFC

Division One

  • Aberystwyth Exiles 2nds
  • Avenue Hotspur 2nds
  • Cardiff Hibernian
  • Cardiff Jets
  • Glamorgan AFC 2nds
  • Grange Allstars
  • Llanishen Wanderers

Division Two

  • Cardiff Central
  • Cathays Conservatives 2nds
  • Cathays United
  • Chuffy's Ely
  • CSKA Sophia Gardens
  • Fairwater 2nds
  • Pontprennau Pumas
  • Radyr Rangers
  • The Cardiff Sueño

Promotion and relegation

Promotion from the Premier Division is possible to the South Wales Alliance League, with the champion of the league playing the other tier 7 champions from the South Wales regional leagues via play-off games to determine promotion.

Champions - Top Division

The top division has been called the Senior Division or Premier Division throughout its history. A full set of the champions can be found below. [2]


  • 1941–42: Fairoak
  • 1941–42: Grange Albion
  • 1942–43: No competition
  • 1943–44: No competition
  • 1944–45: No competition
  • 1945–46: Grange Albion
  • 1946–47: A – Cardiff City Colts; B – Cogan British Legion
  • 1947–48: Fairoak
  • 1948–49: Fairoak
  • 1949–50: Fairoak


  • 1950–51: Fairoak
  • 1951–52: Cogan
  • 1952–53: Cogan
  • 1953–54: Fairoak
  • 1954–55: Roath Rangers
  • 1955–56: Roath Rangers
  • 1956–57: Roath Rangers
  • 1957–58: The Nomads
  • 1958–59: Roath Rangers
  • 1959–60: Roath Rangers


  • 1960–61: Roath Rangers
  • 1961–62: The Nomads
  • 1962–63: Caerau (Ely)
  • 1963–64: Bell Rangers
  • 1964–65: Roath Rangers
  • 1965–66: Roath Rangers
  • 1966–67: Roath Rangers
  • 1967–68: Cardiff Draconians
  • 1968–69: Galbalfa
  • 1969–70: Ely Rangers





  • 2000–01: AFC St Mellons
  • 2001–02: Heath Park United
  • 2002–03: AFC Butetown
  • 2003–04: Avenue Hotspur
  • 2004–05: AFC Butetown
  • 2005–06: Baybridge
  • 2006–07: Avenue Hotspur
  • 2007–08: Thornhill United
  • 2008–09: Adamsdown Athletic
  • 2009–10: STM Sports (promoted)


  • 2010–11: Cardiff Hibernians (promoted)
  • 2011–12: Rafa
  • 2012–13: Avenue Hotspur
  • 2013–14: FC Zenith
  • 2014–15: STM Sports Old Boys
  • 2015–16: Thornhill
  • 2016–17: STM Sports Old Boys
  • 2017–18: STM Sports Old Boys (promoted to South Wales Alliance League)
  • 2018–19: Fairwater
  • 2019–20: Fairwater [3]


Number of top flight championships by club

  • Caerau (Ely) – 10 titles
  • Roath Rangers – 9 titles
  • Cardiff Draconians – 8 titles (4 named as Galbalfa Draconians after amalgamation with Gabalfa in 1983–84)
  • Fairoak – 7 titles
  • Ely Rangers – 5 titles
  • Avenue Hotspur – 3 titles
  • STM Sports Old Boys – 3 titles
  • AFC Butetown – 2 titles
  • Anthony's – 2 titles
  • Butetown YC – 2 titles
  • Cogan – 2 titles
  • Fairwater – 2 titles
  • Grange Albion – 2 titles
  • The Nomads – 2 titles
  • Adamsdown Athletic – 1 title
  • AFC St Mellons – 1 title
  • Baybridge – 1 title
  • Bell Rangers – 1 title
  • Cardiff City Colts – 1 title
  • Cardiff Hibernians – 1 title
  • Cavalier – 1 title
  • Cogan British Legion – 1 title
  • Ely West End – 1 title
  • Galbalfa – 1 title
  • Heath Park Avenue – 1 title
  • Home Guard (Ely) – 1 title
  • FC Zenith – 1 title
  • Rafa – 1 title
  • STM Sports – 1 title
  • Thornhill – 1 title
  • Thornhill United – 1 title
  • Whitchurch – 1 title
  • Whitchurch Hospital Grasshoppers – 1 title

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