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Eminent Victorians (Wales)

newtown white star fc 1878The geography of Wales is such that the counties in the north-east and eastern borders have closer transport, economic and social ties with the neighbouring English counties than they do with the industrial heartlands of South Wales. So in the late 19th century, when rugby became the sport of working people in the industrialised south-east of Wales, Association Football was becoming established in and around Wrexham, Flint, Chirk and Ruabon, which had links with the emerging industrial towns of Lancashire and the Midlands.

Teams also sprang up around the north-west coast but travelling proved such a challenge that a short-lived North Wales Coast League was formed in 1895 although this folded seven years later.

There was a cetain fluidity to the affiliation of teams on the borders. Oswestry (which is in England) affiliated to the FA of Wales but later competed in league competitions in England. Wrexham (Wales' oldest club) affiliated to the (English) FA and, aside from two seasons spent in the Welsh League (1894-96), have competed in English leagues ever since. The Welsh Cup, created in 1877, a year after the FA of Wales was formed, frequently featured English teams from the border counties until 1996 since when entry has been restricted to Welsh sides.

Sources: Charles Alcock's Football Annuals 1873, 1876, 1877, 1879, 1880, 1881 researched by Robin Horton, Welsh Football Data Archive.

Photograph courtesy of the Welsh Football Data Archive.

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1876-??
aberystwyth afc 1879

Aberystwyth

1879
1884-Present
aberystwyth town afc 1899

Aberystwyth Town

1899
1876-Present
bangor fc 1879

Bangor

1879
1876-Present
bangor city afc 1895

Bangor City

1895
1880-??
berwyn rangers fc 1880

Berwyn Rangers

1880
1876-1991
caernarfon athletic fc 1877

Carnarvon Athletic

1877
1891-1903
carnarvon ironopolis 1901

Carnarvon Ironoplis

1901
1876-Present
chirk fc 1881

Chirk

1876
1876-Present
chirk fc 1886

Chirk

1886
1876-Present
chirk fc 1894

Chirk

1894
Unknown
civil service wrexham 1880

Civil Service Wrexham

1880
1877-Present
corwen fc 1880

Corwen

1880
Unknown
hay fc 1879

Hay

1877
1875-Present
llanidloes fc 1881

Llanidloes

1880
Unknown
mold fc 1881

Mold

1881
1875-Present
newtown afc 1895

Newtown

1894
1875-Present
newtown afc 1879

Newtown White Star

1879
1875-Present
newtown white star 1880

Newtown White Star

1880
Unknown
newtown excelsior afc 1879

Newtown Excelsior

1879
1860-1993
oswestry fc 1877

Oswestry

1877
1860-1993
oswestry fc 1879

Oswestry

1879
1860-1993
oswestry united afc 1900

Oswestry United

1900
1872-1923
ruabon druids 1876

Ruabon Druids

1872
1872-1923
druids fc 1876

Ruabon Druids

1876
1872-1923
druids fc 1879

Ruabon Druids

1880
1872-1923
druids fc 1881

Ruabon Druids

1881
c1878-Present
ruthin fc 1880

Ruthin

1880
Unknown
tredegarville fc 1872

Tredegarville

1872
Unknown
wrexham albion fc 1879

Wrexham Albion

1879
c1876-c1893
wrexham grosvenor fc 1879

Wrexham Grosvenor

1879