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Welsh Cup

Based on the F.A. Cup, the Football Association of Wales instituted its own national cup competition six years later. Druids (of Ruabon) had entered the English competition in 1876-77, but scratched without playing a game.

Nineteen teams entered the first Welsh Cup - mainly from North Wales, but including Swansea from the South and Northwich Victoria from across the border in Cheshire. Swansea later withdrew after being drawn to play at Aberystwyth and allegedly only then realising they had entered an Association Football tournament and not one for Rugby Union!

The two most experienced teams in Wales, as expected, reached the final where Wrexham got the better of Druids by a single goal. The game was played at Acton Park, Wrexham on a field especially marked out for the occasion because the preferred venue, The Racecourse Ground, was not available.


Semi-Final Replay

Final (@ Acton Park, Wrexham, 30/3/1878)

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