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Welsh League Cup
Founded 1992
Region  Wales
Number of teams 18
Current champions The New Saints
(3 titles)
Most successful club Barry Town
(4 titles)
Website Official website
Soccerball current event.svg 2009–10 Welsh League Cup

The Welsh League Cup (also known as the League of Wales Cup, Welsh Premier League Cup or Loosemores League Cup) is a cup competition in Welsh football organised by the Welsh Premier League. The competition was established in 1992 and is considered to be the second-most important domestic cup competition for Welsh football clubs, after the older and more prestigious Welsh Cup. Unlike the Welsh Cup where 135 teams entered in 2008–09 the competition is only open to the 18 members of the Welsh Premier League. It should not be confused with the Welsh Football League Cup, which is for the clubs in the Welsh Football League, which despite its name only conforms the south and center of Wales.

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Format

Since the inaugural season in 1992/93 the format of the competition has changed many times. The 2006/07 season saw the introduction of a new format for the competition.[1] Beginning in August, the eighteen premier league teams are split into six regionalised groups of three teams. The six group winners and two runners-up enter a quarter-final knock-out phase, followed by a two legged semi-final match before ending with the final in April.

History

The first Welsh League Cup was won by Afan Lido Port Talbot in 1992/93, who beat Caersws FC 4–3 on penalties, after drawing in the final 1–1.[2] Barry Town hold the record for the most League Cup titles; they have won the competition four times, which they did consecutively from 1996 to 1999. Bangor City hold the distinction of making the most number of appearances in the final and losing on every occasion (6).

The cup is currently held by The New Saints, who defeated Bangor City 2–0.[3]

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Sponsorship

Since 2003, the League Cup has been named after its sponsor, giving it the following name:

  • Loosemores League Cup (2003 to present), sponsored by Loosemores Solicitors (Cardiff)[1]

Prize Money

The total prize fund for the competition is £15,000. The league awards £1,000 to each losing semi-finalist, £3,000 to the runner-up and £10,000 to the competition winners.[1]

Past Cup Winners

Season-by-season list of winners and runners-up. Correct as of August 2009[4] [5]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
1992/93 Afan Lido Port Talbot
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1 - 1 Caersws
Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth
Afan Lido Port Talbot won 4-3 on penalties  
1993/94 Afan Lido Port Talbot
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1 - 0 Bangor City
Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth
1994/95 Llansantffraid FC
2 - 1 Ton Pentre F.C.
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Latham Park,
Newtown
1995/96 Connah's Quay Nomads
1 - 0 Ebbw Vale
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Recreation Ground,
Caersws
1996/97 Barry Town
2 - 2 Bangor City
Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth
Barry Town won 4-2 on penalties  
1997/98 Barry Town
1 - 1 Bangor City
Farrar Road,
Bangor
Barry Town won 5-4 on penalties  
1998/99 Barry Town
3 - 0 Caernarfon Town
Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth
1999/00 Barry Town
6 - 0 Bangor City
Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth
2000/01 Caersws
2 - 0 Barry Town
Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth
2001/02 Caersws
2 - 1 Cwmbran Town
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Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth
2002/03 Rhyl
2 - 2 Bangor City
Belle Vue,
Rhyl
Rhyl won 4-3 on penalties  
2003/04 Rhyl
4 - 0 Carmarthen Town
Latham Park,
Newtown
2004/05 Carmarthen Town
2 - 0 Rhyl
Latham Park,
Newtown
2005/06 Total Network Solutions
4 - 0 Port Talbot Town
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Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth
2006/07 Caersws
1 - 1 Rhyl
Park Avenue,
Aberystwyth
Caersws won 3-1 on penalties  
2007/08 Llanelli
2 - 0 Rhyl
Latham Park,
Newtown
2008/09 The New Saints
2 - 0 Bangor City
Latham Park,
Newtown

Results by team

Correct as of August 2009[4]

Club Wins Runners-up Total Appearance Last final
1 Barry Town 4 1 5 2001
2 Caersws 3 1 4 2007
3 The New Saints 3 0 3 2009
4 Rhyl 2 3 5 2008
5 Afan Lido 2 0 2 1994
6 Carmarthen Town 1 1 2 2005
7 Connah's Quay Nomads 1 0 1 1996
8 Llanelli 1 0 1 2008
9 Bangor City 0 6 6 2009
10 Caernarfon Town 0 1 1 1999
11 Cwmbran Town 0 1 1 2002
12 Ebbw Vale 0 1 1 1996
13 Port Talbot Town 0 1 1 2006
14 Ton Pentre F.C. 0 1 1 1995

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