Swansea in the Welsh Cup

 WM 24.4.13 Swans v PontypriddThe Football Association of Wales Challenge Cup was instigated in 1877, and has been the major knock-out trophy for teams in Wales. Originally contested mainly by teams in the north, where football was stronger than rugby, it was not until 1912 that a South Wales team won the Cup – Cardiff City!  Swansea Town won the competition in 1913 in their first professional season.

For many years victory in the Cup has brought entry to  European competition, currently to the Europa League. Up until 1995 English clubs in the border counties played in the Welsh Cup, but the highest-finishing Welsh club would go forward into the European competition if an English club lifted the trophy.

Since 1996 only clubs playing in the Welsh football league system have been allowed to enter the Welsh Cup. This rule excluded the six Welsh clubs who played in the English football league system: Swansea City, Cardiff City, Newport County, Wrexham, Colwyn Bay and Merthyr Tydfil/Town.

Swansea’s record in the competition is the third-best in Wales, having contested 18 finals, winning 10. Wrexham is the most successful club, having played in 45 Welsh Cup finals.

Swansea’s wins:

Opponent Venue Score (Swansea first)
1913 Pontypridd Ninian Park, Cardiff 0-0
1913 Pontypridd  (replay) Tonypandy 1-0
1932 Wrexham Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1-1
1932 Wrexham (replay) Vetch Field, Swansea 2-0
1950 Wrexham Ninian Park, Cardiff 4-1
1961 Bangor Ninian Park, Cardiff 3-1
1966 Chester (1st Leg) Vetch Field, Swansea 3-0
1966 Chester (2nd Leg) Sealand Road, Chester 0-1
1966 Chester (play-off) Sealand Raod, Chester 2-1
1981 Hereford United (1st Leg) Vetch Field, Swansea 1-0
1981 Hereford United (2nd Leg) Edgar Street, Hereford 1-1
1982 Cardiff City (1st Leg) Ninian Park, Cardiff 0-0
1982 Cardiff City (2nd Leg) Vetch Field, Swansea 2-1
1983 Wrexham (1st Leg) Racecourse Ground, Wrexham 1-2
1983 Wrexham (2nd Leg) Vetch Field, Swansea 2-0
1989 Kidderminster Harriers Vetch Field, Swansea 5-0
1991 Wrexham National Stadium, Cardiff 2-0

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