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Welsh Cup
The Welsh Cup — taken before the 2007–08 Final.
Founded 1877
Region  Wales
 England
Number of teams 135
Current champions Bangor City
(7 times)
Most successful club Wrexham
(23 times)
Soccerball current event.svg Welsh Cup 2009–10

The Welsh Cup (Welsh: Cwpan Cymru) is a knock-out football competition contested annually by teams from Wales.

The Football Association of Wales is the organising body of this competition, which has been run (except during the two World Wars) every year since its inception in 1877-78. In the early years of organised football in Wales, football was very much the sport of North Wales rather than the rugby-playing south - the FAW was founded in Ruabon, near 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 European Cup Winners' Cup, which was discontinued in 1999).

Until 1995, clubs playing in those parts of England close to the Welsh border could also play in the Welsh Cup, but could not progress to the European Cup Winners' Cup by winning the cup. Since 1995, only clubs playing in the Welsh football league system have been allowed to enter the Welsh Cup. This rule excludes the 6 Welsh clubs who play in the English football league system: Cardiff City, Swansea City, Wrexham, Newport County, Merthyr Tydfil and Colwyn Bay.

The last English winner of the Welsh Cup was Hereford United in 1990.

Welsh Cup Final results 1877 to 2008–09

Season Winners Score Runners-Up
1877–78 Wrexham 1 – 0 Druids
1878–79 Newtown White Stars 2 – 1 Wrexham
1879–80 Druids 2 – 1 Ruthin
1880–81 Druids 2 – 0 Newtown White Stars
1881–82 Druids 2 – 1 Northwich Victoria
1882–83 Wrexham 1 – 0 Druids
1883–84 Oswestry United 3 – 2 Druids
1884–85 Druids 2 – 0 Oswestry United
1885–86 Druids 5 – 2 Newtown
1886–87 Chirk 4 – 2 Davenham
1887–88 Chirk 5 – 0 Newtown
1888–89 Bangor 2 – 1 Northwich Victoria
1889–90 Chirk 1 – 0 Wrexham
1890–91 Shrewsbury Town England 5 – 2 Wrexham
1891–92 Chirk 2 – 1 Westminster Rovers
1892–93 Wrexham 2 – 1 Chirk
1893–94 Chirk 2 – 0 Westminster Rovers
1894–95 Newtown 3 – 2 Wrexham
1895–96 Bangor 3 – 1 Wrexham
1896–97 Wrexham 2 – 0 Newtown
1897–98 Druids 2 – 1 Wrexham
1898–99 Druids 1 – 0 Wrexham
1899–00 Aberystwyth 3 – 0 Druids
1900–01 Oswestry United 1 – 0 Druids
1901–02 Wellington England 3 – 0 Aberdare Athletic
1902–03 Wrexham 8 – 0 Aberaman
1903–04 Druids 3 – 0 Aberdare Athletic
1904–05 Wrexham 3 – 0 Aberdare Athletic
1905–06 Wellington Town England 3 – 2 Whitchurch
1906–07 Oswestry United 2 – 0 Whitchurch
1907–08 Chester England 3 – 1 Connah's Quay
1908–09 Wrexham 1 – 0 England Chester
1909–10 Wrexham 2 – 1 England Chester
1910–11 Wrexham 6 – 1 Connah's Quay
1911–12 Cardiff City 3 – 0 Pontypridd
1912–13 Swansea Town 1 – 0 Pontypridd
1913–14 Wrexham 3 – 0 Llanelli
1914–15 Wrexham 1 – 0 Swansea Town
1915–19 No competition due to World War I
1919–20 Cardiff City 2 – 1 Wrexham
1920–21 Wrexham 3 – 1 Pontypridd
1921–22 Cardiff City 2 – 0 Ton Pentre
1922–23 Cardiff City 3 – 2 Aberdare Athletic
1923–24 Wrexham 1 – 0 Merthyr Town
1924–25 Wrexham 3 – 1 Flint Town
1925–26 Ebbw Vale 3 – 2 Swansea Town
1926–27 Cardiff City 2 – 0 Rhyl
1927–28 Cardiff City 2 – 0 Bangor City
1928–29 Connah's Quay 3 – 0 Cardiff City
1929–30 Cardiff City 4 – 2 Rhyl
1930–31 Wrexham 7 – 0 England Shrewsbury Town
1931–32 Swansea Town 2 – 0 Wrexham
1932–33 Chester England 2 – 0 Wrexham
1933–34 Bristol City 3 – 0 Tranmere Rovers
1934–35 Tranmere Rovers 1 – 0 England Chester
1935–36 Crewe Alexandra England 2 – 0 England Chester
1936–37 Crewe Alexandra England 3 – 1 Rhyl
1937–38 Shrewsbury Town England 2 – 1 Swansea Town
1938–39 South Liverpool 2 – 1 Cardiff City
1939–40 Wellington England 4 – 0 Swansea Town
1940–46 No competition due to World War II
1946–47 Chester England 5 – 1 Merthyr Tydfil
1947–48 Lovells Athletic 3 – 0 England Shrewsbury Town
1948–49 Merthyr Tydfil 2 – 0 Swansea Town
1949–50 Swansea Town 4 – 1 Wrexham
1950–51 Merthyr Tydfil 3 – 2 Cardiff City
1951–52 Rhyl 4 – 3 Merthyr Tydfil
1952–53 Rhyl 2 – 1 England Chester
1953–54 Flint Town United 2 – 0 England Chester
1954–55 Barry Town 4 – 3 England Chester
1955–56 Cardiff City 3 – 2 Swansea Town
1956–57 Wrexham 2 – 1 Swansea Town
1957–58 Wrexham 2 – 0 England Chester
1958–59 Cardiff City 2 – 0 Lovells Athletic
1959–60 Wrexham 1 – 0 Cardiff City
1960–61 Swansea Town 3 – 1 Bangor City
1961–62 Bangor City 3 – 1 Wrexham
1962–63 Borough United 2 – 1 Newport County
1963–64 Cardiff City 5 – 3 Bangor City
1964–65 Cardiff City 8 – 2 Wrexham
1965–66 Swansea Town 2 – 1 England Chester
1966–67 Cardiff City 2 – 1 Wrexham
1967–68 Cardiff City 6 – 1 Hereford United
1968–69 Cardiff City 5 – 1 Swansea Town
1969–70 Cardiff City 4 – 1 England Chester
1970–71 Cardiff City 4 – 1 Wrexham
1971–72 Wrexham 3 – 2 Cardiff City
1972–73 Cardiff City 5 – 1 Bangor City
1973–74 Cardiff City 2 – 0 England Stourbridge
1974–75 Wrexham 5 – 2 Cardiff City
1975–76 Cardiff City 6 – 5 England Hereford United
1976–77 Shrewsbury Town England 4 – 2 Cardiff City
1977–78 Wrexham 3 – 1 Bangor City
1978–79 Shrewsbury Town England 2 – 1 Wrexham
1979–80 Newport County 5 – 1 England Shrewsbury Town
1980–81 Swansea City 2 – 1 England Hereford United
1981–82 Swansea City 2 – 1 Cardiff City
1982–83 Swansea City 4 – 1 Wrexham
1983–84 Shrewsbury Town England 2 – 0 Wrexham
1984–85 Shrewsbury Town England 5 – 1 Bangor City
1985–86 Wrexham 2 – 1 England Kidderminster Harriers
1986–87 Merthyr Tydfil 1 – 0 Newport County
1987–88 Cardiff City 2 – 0 Wrexham
1988–89 Swansea City 5 – 0 England Kidderminster Harriers
1989–90 Hereford United England 2 – 1 Wrexham
1990–91 Swansea City 2 – 0 Wrexham
1991–92 Cardiff City 1 – 0 Hednesford Town
1992–93 Cardiff City 5 – 0 Rhyl
1993–94 Barry Town 2 – 1 Cardiff City
1994–95 Wrexham 2 – 1 Cardiff City
1995–96 Llansantffraid* 3 – 3 Barry Town
1996–97 Barry Town 2 – 1 Cwmbran Town
1997–98 Bangor City* 1 – 1 Connah's Quay Nomads
1998–99 Inter Cardiff* 1 – 1 Carmarthen Town
1999–00 Bangor City 1 – 0 Cwmbran Town
2000–01 Barry Town 2 – 0 Total Network Solutions
2001–02 Barry Town 4 – 1 Bangor City
2002–03 Barry Town* 2 – 2 Cwmbran Town
2003–04 Rhyl 1 – 0 Total Network Solutions (aet)
2004–05 Total Network Solutions 1 – 0 Carmarthen Town
2005–06 Rhyl 2 – 0 Bangor City
2006–07 Carmarthen Town 3 – 2 Afan Lido
2007–08 Bangor City 4 – 2 Llanelli (aet)
2008–09 Bangor City 2 – 0 Aberystwyth Town

* won on penalties

Performance by club

The top three winners, which are the biggest professional clubs in Wales and compete in the English Football League, have not been able to add any more wins since 1995 as they are no longer allowed to compete in the competition.

Club Wins Runners-up Total Appearance Last final
1 Wrexhamw 23 22 45 1995
2 Cardiff Cityw 22 10 32 1995
3 Swansea City1w 10 8 18 1991
4 Druids 8 5 13 1904
5 Bangor City 7 8 14 2009
6 Shrewsbury Towne 6 3 9 1985
7 Barry Town 6 1 7 2003
8 Chirk A.A.A. 5 1 6 1894
9 Rhyl 4 4 8 2006
10 Chester Citye 3 10 13 1970
11 Merthyr Tydfilw 3 2 5 1987
12 Wellington Towne 3 3 1940
13 The New Saints2 2 3 5 2005
14 Crewe Alexandrae 2 2 1937
14 Oswestry Unitede 2 2 1901
16 Hereford Unitede 1 3 4 1990
17 Newtown 2 3 5 1897
18 Newport Countyw 1 2 3 1987
19 Carmarthen Town 1 2 3 2007
19 Connah's Quay & Shotton 1 2 3 1929
21 Tranmere Roverse 1 1 2 1935
21 Lovell's Athletic 1 1 2 1959
21 Oswestry White Starse 1 1 2 1885
24 Aberystwyth Town 1 1 2 2009
24 Borough United 1 1 1963
24 Bristol Citye 1 1 1934
24 Ebbw Vale 1 1 1926
24 Flint Town United 1 1 1954
24 Inter Cardiff 1 1 1999
24 South Liverpoole 1 1 1939
31 Aberdare Athletic 4 4 1923
32 Cwmbran Town 3 3 2002
32 Pontypridd 3 3 1921
34 Kidderminster Harrierse 2 2 1989
34 Llanelli 2 2 2008
34 Northwich Victoriae 2 2 1910
34 Westminster Rovers 2 2 1892
34 Whitchurche 2 2 1906
39 Afan Lido 1 1 2007
39 Aberaman 1 1 1903
39 Connah's Quay Nomads 1 1 1998
39 Davenham 1 1 1887
39 Flint Town 1 1 1925
39 Hednesford Towne 1 1 1992
39 Merthyr Town 1 1 1924
39 Ruthin 1 1 1880
39 Stourbridgee 1 1 1974
39 Ton Pentre 1 1 1922

1 Have played in the final as Swansea Town and Swansea City
2 Have played in the final as Llansantffraid and Total Network Solutions
e indicates English club
w indicates Welsh club that plays in English system
italics indicates club no longer exists

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