Welsh Cup

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Welsh Cup
Cwpan Cymru - Welsh Cup.jpg
Number of teams135
Qualifier for UEFA Europa Conference League
Current champions The New Saints
(7 titles)
Most successful club(s) Wrexham
(23 titles)
Soccerball current event.svg 2019–20 Welsh Cup

The FAW Welsh Cup (Welsh : Cwpan Cymdeithas Pêl-droed Cymru) is a knock-out football competition contested annually by teams in the Welsh football league system. It is considered the most prestigious of the cup competitions in domestic Welsh association football.


The Football Association of Wales is the organising body of this competition, which has been run (except during the two World Wars and the COVID-19 pandemic) 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 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 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, which was discontinued in 1999). Currently, the full sponsored name of the competition is the JD Welsh Cup.


Until 1995, Welsh clubs playing in the Welsh or English leagues were invited to play in the Welsh Cup. On occasion some English clubs, mostly teams from border areas (for example, Chester City, Crewe Alexandra, Hereford United and Shrewsbury Town), were also invited to participate. However, in the event of an English club winning the Welsh Cup, they were not allowed to progress to the European Cup Winners' Cup. Instead, the best placed Welsh club in the Welsh Cup competition 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 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]


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 because 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


Performance by club

ClubWinnersRunners-upFinal appearancesLast final
Wrexham [w 1] 2322451995
Cardiff City [w 1] 2210321995
Swansea City [w 1] [5] 108181991
Bangor City 810182013
Cefn Druids 86142012
The New Saints [6] 74112019
Shrewsbury Town Flag of England.svg 6391985
Barry Town 6172003
Chirk A.A.A. 5161894
Rhyl 4482006
Chester City [7] Flag of England.svg 310131970
Merthyr Tydfil [w 1] 3251987
Wellington Town [7] Flag of England.svg 331940
Newtown 2462015
Oswestry United [7] Flag of England.svg 221901
Crewe Alexandra Flag of England.svg 221937
Hereford United Flag of England.svg 1341990
Aberystwyth Town 1342018
Connah's Quay & Shotton [7] 1231929
Newport County [w 1] 1231987
Carmarthen Town 1232007
Llanelli 1232011
Oswestry White Stars [7] Flag of England.svg 1121885
Tranmere Rovers Flag of England.svg 1121935
Lovell's Athletic [7] 1121959
Connah's Quay Nomads 1232019
Ebbw Vale [7] 111926
Bristol City Flag of England.svg 111934
South Liverpool Flag of England.svg 111939
Flint Town United 111954
Borough United [7] 111963
Inter Cardiff 111999
Prestatyn Town 112013
Bala Town 112017
Aberdare Athletic [w 1] 441923
Pontypridd 331921
Cwmbran Town 332002
Westminster Rovers [7] 221892
Whitchurch Flag of England.svg [7] 221906
Northwich Victoria Flag of England.svg 221910
Kidderminster Harriers Flag of England.svg 221989
Ruthin 111880
Davenham [7] 111887
Aberaman 111903
Ton Pentre 111922
Merthyr Town [w 1] 111924
Flint Town [7] 111925
Stourbridge Flag of England.svg 111974
Hednesford Town Flag of England.svg 111992
Afan Lido 112007
Port Talbot Town 112010


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Indicates a Welsh club that plays or has played in the English system.

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  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. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Italics indicates the club no longer exists.