The 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.
|Opponent||Venue||Score (Swansea first)|
|1913||Pontypridd||Ninian Park, Cardiff||0-0|
|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|