Stick Or Twist? A Dilemma For Some Over The Welsh Cup


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Dan Braddock says:

    Just to let you know Shrewsbury have only won the Welsh Cup 6 times.

    It has always been a bone of contention that we were not allowed to enter the Cup Winners Cup when we won it.

    Even more so when Mr Platini said Cardiff could enter the Europa League if they won the FA Cup/Carling Cup.

  2. Gregg says:

    Unless FA Cup & Welsh Cup dates are scheduled for the same date you would still get the same situation that happened to Newport County. Their Welsh Cup game clashed with the Blue Square Premier game so they had to decide which game to field the first team in.
    Do we really want Cardiff reserves winning the Welsh Cup and thus qualifying for Europe?

  3. Paul says:

    Gregg – as Ian says the decisive factor for all clubs is money. TNS and Airbus both chose not to switch their Welsh cup ties with newport and Wrexham respectively because they felt they could potneitally gain more revenue from progressing in the Cup compared to any increase in a shared gate if these matches were played on a differnt date in front of a potentially bigger crowd. I suspect it would be different for Swansea and cardiff as they would guarantee big crowds if they switched and were allowed to play their first teams. I suspect they would allow the other team to keep all the receipts as an incentive to switich.

  4. GSB says:

    The experiment of Wrwxham and Newport rejoining the cup this season – in the FAW’s own view, supposedly to enhance the competition – has in fact turned it into a laughing stock. Both fielded youth teams whuch went out to Welsh Premier clubs (although Wrexham came within a whisker of going through) while their first teams had FA Cup and Conference commitments respectively on the same afternoons. Newport got through one round, playing the day after a Conference game. The idea of any of the so-called exiles chucking up the FA Cup for a competition where the aggregate gate for all four quarter-finals was reportedly around 700 strikes me as ludicrous.

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