History

League history

2010/2011
The league had a name change for the start of the 2010/11 season, becoming the HUWS GRAY ALLIANCE after a sponsorship agreement was agreed between Huws Gray and the league for the next three seasons. The league cup was also renamed becoming the HUWS GRAY CUP

2009/2010 Season
In one of the traumatic season in the leagues history with clubs knowing that a maximum of ten teams could be relegated with the FAW’s restructure of Welsh football she season again kicked of with only seventeen teams after the late withdrawal of Glantraeth. Llangefni Town got off to a flying start winning their first five games. By Christmas Flint Town United were top with a four point lead and it looked all over when they defeated second placed Llangefni Town with nine men to open up a nine point lead although Llangefni had two games in hand.
The league was almost reduced to sixteen clubs at one stage when Caernarfon Town almost folded but managed to survive and see the season out. Holyhead Hotspur were docked three points for failing to show up for a game at Llangollen losing an appeal to the FAW over the leagues decision.
The final month of the season saw Flint dropping points and Llangefni Town over take them at the top to be crowned Champions. Flint also lost out in the league cup final losing to Llandudno who won the trophy for the first time in their history.
at the bottom Guilsfield who had been in the drop zone at Christmas final finished sixth, an achievement that won their manager Mike Barton the manager of the season award and Darren Thomas of Llangefni Town was voted the player of the season. The bottom ten clubs were relegated to their respective feeder league with founder member Lex X1 losing their place in the league for the first time in their history


2008/9 Season
The league started with seventeen clubs after the eve of AGM resignation of Gap Queens Park. With Prestatyn Town promoted to the Welsh Premier league Llangefni Town were relegated back to the Cymru Alliance . Bala Town lead the table for most of the season and eventually won the title by three points from Holyhead Hotspur who fought them all they way. The same two sides contested the league cup final with Bala winning after extra time to become only the foutrh side to do the double. Bala’s ground passed the WPL criteria and they were promote. Llandyrnog United having struggled all season finshed bottom of the table and were relegated to the Welsh Alliance league. Llanfairpwll won the fair play award for the fifth consequtive season. Double winning manager Colin Caton was named manager of the season and Shaub Beck the leagues leading goalscorer was voted player of the season.

2007/8

The league started with eighteen teams with Denbigh Town promoted from the Welsh Alliance and last seasons Champions Llangefni Town promoted to the Welsh Premier League but was reduced to seventeen when Bodedern withdrew in October. The season started with one new side, Denbigh Town promoted from the Welsh Alliance. Queens Park changed their name to Gap Queens Park.
From start to finish Prestatyn Town were the front runners in the race for the title and finally won the league from Bala Town by fifteen points. Bala for the second season running finishing runners up. Bala did retain the league cup beating Gap Queens Park after extra who they also beat in the final of the NEWFA challenge cup. Llandudno beat Flint Town United in the NWCFA challenge cup final. Two Wrexham based sides finished in the botton two with Gresford Athletic four points adrift of Lex X1, who were deducted three points after their game at Holyhead Hotspur was abandoned. Gap Queens Park were also deducted three points during the season for playing an ineligible player. Holyhead Hotspur and Gap Queens Park did the league proud by both reaching the quarter final of the Welsh cup. Prestatyn Town were worthy winners of the title with manager Neil Gibson also winning the manager of the season award. Tim Nunnerley of Guilsfield winning the player of the season

2006/7

2004/05
2004/05 was one of the most open for many years, particularly with Caernarfon Town , Oswestry Town , Porthmadog and Welshpool Town having won four of the previous five titles. Airbus UK gained promotion to the Welsh Premier in summer 2004, despite an appeal from relegated Barry Town, when the Planemakers constructed a new stand and installed retractable floodlights. For the fourth consecutive season, the Cymru Alliance did not receive a club on relegation from the Welsh Premier, but did gain three new members. Bala Town (Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) champions), Llandyrnog United (Welsh Alliance runners-up) and Penrhyncoch (Mid Wales League winners), replacing Amlwch Town who returned to the Welsh Alliance after two years at the higher level.

As the 2004/05 campaign reached the halfway stage, Llangefni Town , who had finished runners-up in 2001/02 (and as Llangefni-Glantaeth the following season) held a narrow advantage over Buckley Town and league newcomers Bala Town and Llandyrnog United. Glantraeth, positioned just behind the top four, were well-placed to make a title challenge in the second half of the campaign. Whilst the Anglesey county town club continued to hold the lead, as the season moved into spring, Llangefni Town seemed to become nervous as they approached the finishing line. They dropped enough points, during the final weeks of the season, to allow a consistent Buckley Town , who suffered only three defeats throughout the season, to claim the championship. The Lon Talwrn club suffered such a dip in form that Glantraeth sneaked above them, to claim runners-up position, and deprive their arch rivals of any chance of obtaining promotion.

The three newcomers all performed creditably, as Llandyrnog United finished sixth. Whilst Bala Town , who ended two places higher, defeated Penrhyncoch in the League Cup final. Buckley Town completed their own double when they overcame Bala Town , who they had lost to in the previous season's North East Wales FA Challenge Cup final, to lift the trophy for the fourth time in five seasons. Bala Town made a successful step up in status, by not only reaching two cup finals, but negotiating their way through to the fifth round of the Welsh Cup. After defeating Welsh League champions Ton Pentre and Welshpool Town, the Maes Tegid club were unable to match holders Rhyl, losing 4-0 at Belle Vue. Llangefni Town and Halkyn United reached the last sixteen, succumbing to Rhyl and Caersws respectively, although the Pentre Newydd outfit had clamed the scalp of Port Talbot Town in the third round.

Buckley Town 's decision not to seek promotion to the Welsh Premier in summer 2005 meant this was the first occasion, since the League of Wales was formed in 1992, that a Cymru Alliance team had not been promoted into the top flight. Once again, the league did not receive a club on relegation from the Welsh Premier, which on this occasion was due to the Cymru Alliance not providing a suitable promotion applicant. At the bottom of the table, Cemaes Bay and Mold Alexandra, two former League of Wales members, were demoted to make way for Bodedern, winners of the Welsh Alliance, and Queens Park , the Welsh National (Wrexham Area) champions. The promotion of the Queensway Stadium club meant that Wrexham, the largest conurbation in the Cymru Alliance's catchment area, once again had two representatives in the competition.

As the campaign moved towards Christmas, Llandudno headed the table with a healthy advantage over their closest pursuers, having played the most games in the league. Guilsfield, Lex XI and Glantraeth, all with games in hand on the leaders, were in striking distance of the Maesdu Park club. Flint Town United and defending champions Buckley Town , having played far fewer games than Llandudno, were both well-positioned to make an assault for honours in the second half of the season. The north Wales coast outfit continued to lead the way as spring arrived, but the games in hand that Guilsfield and Buckley Town held, meant that Llandudno had a lot of work ahead if they were to keep hold of top spot at the end of the term. But it was Anglesey club Glantraeth, who had played even fewer fixtures than any of their rivals in the chasing pack, who came through to claim the title in their penultimate fixture, against Buckley Town, who themselves finished as runners-up.

Flint Town United ended the season in third place, but missed out on promotion due to a three-point deduction, whilst both Guilsfield and Llandudno's form tailed off towards the end of the season, to finish fourth and sixth respectively. Glantraeth capped a highly successful season by lifting the league cup, with a penalty shoot-out victory over holders Bala Town , to complete the fourth league and cup double in the history of the Cymru Alliance. There was some consolation for Buckley Town , who retained the North East Wales FA Challenge Cup, by overcoming Welsh National (Wrexham Area) champions Rhos Aelwyd in the final, and Guilsfield lifted the Central Wales Challenge Cup for the first time when they defeated Aberystwyth & District League outfit Tywyn/Bryncrug. Llangefni Town, who concluded the season in sixth place, negotiated their way through to the last eight of the Welsh Cup, a run which included a fourth round victory at Caersws, before bowing out at Port Talbot.

Glantraeth were unable to seek promotion, due to the facilities at their Bodorgan home, whilst Buckley Town , who had initially applied for promotion, decided not to make the step up to the Welsh Premier. Thus, for the second successive campaign, the Cymru Alliance did not promote one of its members; and yet again the league did not receive a club on relegation from Wales 's top flight. The irony is, that if Flint Town United had not had three points deducted, then the Silkmen would have been in a position to apply for promotion. Holywell Town , former League of Wales members, and Halkyn United, were both relegated at the end of last season, to be replaced by unbeaten Welsh Alliance champions Prestatyn Town and Mynydd Isa, who finished as runners-up in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area). This pair are the forty-eighth and forty-ninth clubs respectively to play in the Cymru Alliance, now in its seventeenth campaign, which is well and truly established as a cornerstone of the Welsh pyramid system

Season 2003/04

As Porthmadog returned to the top division of Welsh football, Welshpool Town avoided a quick return to the Cymru Alliance because thee was no suitable promotion candidate from the Welsh League. Elsewhere, there was no demotion from the Cymru alliance, a common feature of recent seasons, as the league was once again short of its full complement. Glantraeth, the Welsh Alliance champions, were the only club to join the league for the commencement of the new campaign, two years after the Bodorgan club had merged with Llangefni Town . Although Airbus UK had been in the league for four seasons, the Wingmakers made a flying start to the 2003/04 campaign as they dropped only two points in the first half of the season. This gave the Broughton club a cushion over Buckley Town , who maintained their recent progression, with Llandudno in third, looking to build on their runners-up position from the previous season. With games in hand on this duo, both Ruthin Town and Glantraeth were well-positioned to take a tilt for honours. Airbus UK's charge towards the title continued through spring, as they extended their lead over Buckley Town and eventually claimed the championship with several games to spare. Buckley Town claimed the runners-up spot, albeit nineteen points behind the champions, with Ruthin Town in third place. Glantraeth finished in fourth, on their return to the Cymru Alliance, ten points ahead of Llangefni Town and Guilsfield. Buckley Town went one step further in the League Cup, when they had lost in the previous season's final, by defeating Lex XI. The Globe Way club were unable to lift the North East Wales Challenge Cup for a fourth successive campaign, losing to Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) champions Bala Town in the final. Halkyn United, who joined the league at the same time as the champions, crowned a memorable rise up the pyramid, by reaching the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup final. Unfortunately, their opponents were Rhyl, who had already won a treble and reached the FAW Premier Cup final. The gap between the Welsh Premier champions and the Pentre Newydd club was demonstrated by a 6-0 scoreline in favour of the Belle Vue outfit. Glantraeth capped their return to the league by reaching the last eight of the Welsh Cup. The Bodorgan club had beaten Bangor City in the second round but then lost in the fourth round to Welshpool Town , who later admitted to having fielded an ineligible player in an earlier round.

2002/03

With Welshpool Town making a return to the League of Wales, after spending four seasons in the Cymru Alliance, and Rhayader Town joining the Mid Wales League rather than the Cymru Alliance, on relegation from the top flight, only Brymbo Broughton and Denbigh Town were relegated at the conclusion of the 2001/02 campaign. Despite the promotion of Welsh Alliance champions Amlwch Town and Mold Alexandra, winners of the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area), the Cymru Alliance was once again one club short of its full complement. The merger between Llangefni Town and Glantraeth appeared to be short-lived, when the Bodorgan club re-formed in the summer of 2002 and commenced playing the following season in the Welsh Alliance. Porthmadog led the Cymru Alliance with an unbeaten record, after playing half of their fixtures and dropping only two points in the process. The men from Y traeth held a healthy advantage over Ruthin town, Llangefni-Glantraeth and Llandudno, whilst Buckley Town continued their recent progression. Porthmadog's superiority over the rest of the league was indicated by their nineteen point winning margin over runners-up Llandudno. Although the Caernarfonshire club were concerned at one stage they might have the title taken from them, because goalkeeper Richard Harvey had not received international clearance when he first moved into Welsh football, from Macclesfield Town , in 2001. Buckley Town , in third place, achieved their best Cymru Alliance finish to that point, on goal difference from Llangefni-Glantraeth. Porthmadog completed a highly successful campaign as they added the league cup (defeating Buckley Town 4-2 in the final) and North Wales Coast Challenge Cup (3-1 victors over Llandudno) to their championship triumph. Whilst the Gobe Way club may have lost the league cup final, they did complete a hat-trick of North East Wales Challenge Cup wins, with victory over Airbus UK. Llandudno, who achieved their best campaign for many a year, finishing runners-up in both the league and the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup, carried the Cymru Alliance banner to the last sixteen of the Welsh Cup, before bowing out to Connahs Quay Nomads

2001/2002
The Cymru Alliance was hit with an eve-of-season withdrawal, for the third successive campaign, following the departures of Penrhyncoch and Mostyn: Rhydymwyn withdrew their membership, just four days before the start of the new term, citing a shortage of players to field a team in their opening fixture. The Vocarage Road club decided to rebuild their squad in the Clwyd League Premier Division instead. Caernarfon Town managed to bounce back from their relegation, as they headed the Cymru Alliane table at the beginning of 2001, from Welshpool Town and Cemaes Bay . Llangefni Town , in their second season in the league, had games in hand on the leaders and were set fair for the remainder of the campaign. By March 2001, foot-and-mouth disease had impacted on Wales and the football season in many regions, with clubs in rural areas particularly affected. Nine fixtures in the Cymru Alliance were not played, by the conclusion of the 2000/01 campaign, but it did not prevent Caernarfon Town from making a swift return to the League of Wales. The Canaries finished eleven points ahead of Llangefni Town , who were unable to play two of their fixtures, with Welshpool Town and Cemaes Bay finishing behind the Lon Talwrn club. The Oval club completed a memorable treble when they defeated Welshpool Town in the League Cup final and Holyhead Hotspur in the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup final. Buckley Town beat Lex XI in the North East Wales Challenge Cup final, whilst Welshpool Town completed a hat-trick of Central Wales Challenge Cup successes when they overcame Aberystwyth Town Reserves in the final. The Lilywhites were unable to make it a double, as they went down to Caersws in the Central Wales Senior Cup final, but the Maesydre club reached the last sixteenof the Welsh Cup, going out at the hands of Aberystwyth Town . Whilst Caernarfon Town made a quick return to the League of Wales, there was no demotion from the Cymru Alliance, because no northern club was demoted from the top flight in 2001/02, whilst Anglesey rivals Glantraeth and Llangefni Town merged their resources to form a single club. With the league already one short of its full complement, the Cymru Alliance welcomed Gresford Athletic, Guilsfield and Llanfairpwll on promotion from the 3 feeder competitions. Unusually, Guilsfield were elevated despite not finishing in the top two of the Mid Wales League, as this competition did not complete its fixtures due to the impact of foot-and-mouth. After concluding the first half of their fixture list, Welshpool headed the table, after going close in the previous two campaigns. Llangefni-Glantraeth were just 4 points behind the mid Wales club, despite playing two more games, whilst Porthmadog and Ruthin Town were handily placed with a game in hand on the leaders. As the campaign moved into the spring, Welshpool Town maintained their drive towards the championship with their nearest rivals being the Ynys Mon duo of Llangefni-Glantraeth and Cemaes Bay . At the conclusion of the season, the Lilywhites landed their first Cymru Alliance title by a 5 point margin over Llangefni-Glantraeth and with just four league defeats throughout the campaign. Cemaes Bay held on for third place, for a second time in three seasons, from Porthmadog and Buckley Town , who appeared to be a club that was ‘on the up'. The Maesydre outfit completed a double when they lifted the Central Wales Challenge Cup for a fourth successive time, with victory over Mid Wales League opponents Kerry in the final. Welshpool managed to reach the quarter finals of the Welsh Cup before bowing out 4-0 to the Flexsys Cefn Druids team that had overcome Halkyn United in the previous round. Elswhere Cemaes Bay ended the 2001/02 season by lifting the league cup with victory over Ruthin Town in the final. The Parc-y-Dre outfit also lost to Buckley Town in the final of the NE Wales Challenge Cup

2000/2001
The Cymru Alliance was hit with an eve-of-season withdrawal, for the third successive campaign, following the departures of Penrhyncoch and Mostyn: Rhydymwyn withdrew their membership, just four days before the start of the new term, citing a shortage of players to field a team in their opening fixture. The Vocarage Road club decided to rebuild their squad in the Clwyd League Premier Division instead. Caernarfon Town managed to bounce back from their relegation, as they headed the Cymru Alliane table at the beginning of 2001, from Welshpool Town and Cemaes Bay . Llangefni Town , in their second season in the league, had games in hand on the leaders and were set fair for the remainder of the campaign. By March 2001, foot-and-mouth disease had impacted on Wales and the football season in many regions, with clubs in rural areas particularly affected. Nine fixtures in the Cymru Alliance were not played, by the conclusion of the 2000/01 campaign, but it did not prevent Caernarfon Town from making a swift return to the League of Wales. The Canaries finished eleven points ahead of Llangefni Town , who were unable to play two of their fixtures, with Welshpool Town and Cemaes Bay finishing behind the Lon Talwrn club. The Oval club completed a memorable treble when they defeated Welshpool Town in the League Cup final and Holyhead Hotspur in the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup final. Buckley Town beat Lex XI in the North East Wales Challenge Cup final, whilst Welshpool Town completed a hat-trick of Central Wales Challenge Cup successes when they overcame Aberystwyth Town Reserves in the final. The Lilywhites were unable to make it a double, as they went down to Caersws in the Central Wales Senior Cup final, but the Maesydre club reached the last sixteenof the Welsh Cup, going out at the hands of Aberystwyth Town . Whilst Caernarfon Town made a quick return to the League of Wales, there was no demotion from the Cymru Alliance, because no northern club was demoted from the top flight in 2001/02, whilst Anglesey rivals Glantraeth and Llangefni Town merged their resources to form a single club. With the league already one short of its full complement, the Cymru Alliance welcomed Gresford Athletic, Guilsfield and Llanfairpwll on promotion from the 3 feeder competitions. Unusually, Guilsfield were elevated despite not finishing in the top two of the Mid Wales League, as this competition did not complete its fixtures due to the impact of foot-and-mouth. After concluding the first half of their fixture list, Welshpool headed the table, after going close in the previous two campaigns. Llangefni-Glantraeth were just 4 points behind the mid Wales club, despite playing two more games, whilst Porthmadog and Ruthin Town were handily placed with a game in hand on the leaders. As the campaign moved into the spring, Welshpool Town maintained their drive towards the championship with their nearest rivals being the Ynys Mon duo of Llangefni-Glantraeth and Cemaes Bay . At the conclusion of the season, the Lilywhites landed their first Cymru Alliance title by a 5 point margin over Llangefni-Glantraeth and with just four league defeats throughout the campaign. Cemaes Bay held on for third place, for a second time in three seasons, from Porthmadog and Buckley Town , who appeared to be a club that was ‘on the up'. The Maesydre outfit completed a double when they lifted the Central Wales Challenge Cup for a fourth successive time, with victory over Mid Wales League opponents Kerry in the final. Welshpool managed to reach the quarter finals of the Welsh Cup before bowing out 4-0 to the Flexsys Cefn Druids team that had overcome Halkyn United in the previous round. Elswhere Cemaes Bay ended the 2001/02 season by lifting the league cup with victory over Ruthin Town in the final. The Parc-y-Dre outfit also lost to Buckley Town in the final of the NE Wales Challenge Cup


1999/2000
Champions Cefn Druids were promoted to the League of Wales and were replaced by Holywell Town , whose return to the LoW had lasted only one season. No teams were relegated from the Cymru Alliance, which had operated with sixteen teams in the previous term. Llangefni Town , winners of the Welsh Alliance, and Corwen Amateurs, Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) champions, joined the league on promotion. But the withdrawal of Mostyn on the eve of the campaign, after finishing bottom in 1998/99, saw the Cymru Alliance function with seventeen clubs. Glantraeth led the way after completing the first half of their fixtures, from Welsh pool Town and Oswestry Town, although Llandudno, with a game in hand, posed a danger to the leading trio. As the season progressed into the final quarter, just four points encompassed Oswestry Town , Flint Town United, Welshpool Town and Glantraeth, with Llandudno still in the championship race. Eventually it was the Park Hall club who prevailed by three points from Glantraeth, despite a three point deduction, to claim their second Cymru Alliance title in five seasons. Cemaes Bay came out of the pack to finish in third place, above former League of Wales rivals Welshpoool, Porthmadog and Flint Town United. Oswestry Town completed a double, after defeating league rivals Buckley Town in the North East Wales Challenge Cup final, but the Park Hall club were unable to claim a treble when they lost to Welshpool Town in the League Cup final. The Maesydre club won their own doule, by retaining the Central Wales Challenge Cup, overcoming Mid Wales League outfit Penrhyncoch in the final. Glantraeth completed what was to be their most successful season so far, by adding a North Wales Coast FA Cup final appearance to their runners-up position. Unfortunately, the Bodorgan club were overwhelmed 5-0 by Northern Premier League outfit Colwyn Bay in the coast final. The Cymru Alliance flag reached the Third round of the Welsh Cup in 1998/99, with Llandudno and Rhydymwyn losing to Bangor City and Barry Town respectively, while Llangefni Town succumbed, on Anglesey , to Caerleon. Oswestry Town were able to take their place in the League of Wales, after missing out five years earlier, and they replaced Caernarfon Town in the top flight. Corwen Amateurs' sojourn in the Cymru Alliance was to be a brief one and they returned to the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area), to be replaced by Halkyn United, Welsh Alliance winners, and Welsh National (Wrexham Area) champions British Aerospace, who would now be known as Airbus UK.

1998/1999
With four clubs ( Cemaes Bay , Flint Town United, Porthmadog and Welshpool Town ) all joining in 1998/99 on relegation from the League of Wales, Chirk AAA, Llanidloes Town , Mold Alexandra and Penycae all dropped out of the Cymru Alliance to the three feeder leagues. When Llandrindod Wells resigned at the league AGM, it appeared that the Cymru Alliance would operate with 18 clubs, but Penrhyncoch then withdrew on the eve of the campaign to join the Mid Wales League and two months later Knighton Town followed suit, but in this case the Bryn-y-Castell outfit took the place of their reserve team in the Mid Wales League (South). At the beginning of the New Year, Cefn Druids and Porthmadog headed the table, but Glantraeth, with games in hand on the leading duo, were in close proximity and ready to make a title challenge. As the campaign progressed, the Plaskynaston club pulled away at the top as Porthmadog and Glantraeth both faded, whilst champions Rhydymwyn moved through the chasing pack to increase their chances of a top-two finish. At the end of the season, Cefn Druids were crowned champions by a 12-point margin over the previous incumbents, with Flint Town United and Oswestry Town both finishing nine points behind runners-up Rhydymwyn. Porthmadog, despite their poor run of form after Christmas, claimed the League Cup with victory over Rhydymwyn in the final. Cefn Druids completed a double when the defeated league rivals Lex XI in the North East Wales FA Challenge Cup final, whilst Welshpool Town lifted the Cventral Wales Challenge Cup on their return to the Cymru Alliance, when they overcame Cardiganshire League outfit Newcastle Emlyn in the final. Flint Town United also had a relatively successful campaign, following relegation from the League of Wales, when they reaching the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup final, before losing to Bangor City, and also reaching the fourth round of the Welsh Cup, where the Cae Castell club went out at the hands of Port Talbot.

1997/1998
With Rhayader Town joining the League of Wales, mid Wales ‘s sixth club in the top flight at that time, Holywell Town returned to the Cymru Alliance in the opposite direction. Only Rhos Aelwyd were relegated, after the membership of both Lex XI and Ruthin Town , for off-the-field and football reasons respectively, appeared to be in danger during the close season. The Ponciau Park outfit were replaced by Welsh Alliance champions Glantraeth and Chrik AAA, winners of the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area). At the halfway stage in the season, Cefn Druids, Holywell Town , Knighton Town and Rhydymwyn were leading at the top of the table. As the campaign moved towards its climax, the Bryn-y-Castell outfit slipped out of the title race, leaving the other three to battle it out for the chmpionship. Rhydymwyn's 4-1 home victory over Holywell Town sealed the title for the Vicarage Road club, in only their third season in the Cymru Alliance. The Halkyn Road club did have the consolation of finishing as runners-up, earning promotion back to the League of Wales at the first time of asking, and also defeating Oswestry Town in the League Cup final. Elsewhere, Llandrindod Wells overwhelmed Montgomeryshire Amateur Leaguers Llanrhaeadr 8-0 in the Central Wales Challenge Cup final, but Penycae were on the wrong end of a 7-1 scoreline when they met Wrexham Reserves in the North East Wales Challenge Cup final. Knighton Town had their most successful campaign since winning the Mid Wales League in 1992/93, finishing fourth and reaching the last sixteen of the Welsh Cup, a run which included a 4-1 victory over then League of Wales club Conwy United, before losing 8-0 at home to Barry Town. The Cymru Alliance was well represented in the Third Round f the Welsh Cup as Cefn Druids, Holywell Town , Lex XI, Mold Alexandra and Ruthin Town all reached this stage of the competition

1996/1997
At the turn of the year, Llandudno led the way, but Knighton Town, Llandrindod Wells, defending champions Oswestry Town, Rhayader Town and Rhydymwyn were all in close pursuit, with games in hand on the north Wales coast outfit. Cefn Druids and Lex XI, despite finding themselves in the lower half of the table, had moree games in hand over the Maesdu Park club than any of the top six clubs. The close nature of the title race continued into the final weeks of the campaign, with Llandudno still leading the way, despite having played more games than their opponents. Cefn Druids, Knighton Town , Oswestry Town , Rhayader Town and Rhydymwyn all remained in the hunt with less than six games each still to play. Finally, the championship returned to mid Wales , for the first time in four years, when Rhayader Town ended the campaign on top of the table with just one league defeat all season. The Weirglodd outfit finished seven points clear of runners-up Rhydymwyn, in only the north Wales club's second season in the Cymru Alliance, whilst three points covered Llandudno, Cefn Druids and Knighton Town , who completed the top six places. The League Cup also headed south as Penrhycoch defeated Penycae in the final, but the Cae Baker club were unable to complete a cup double when they lost to the champions in the Central Wales Challenge Cup final. The league's flag did not travel as far in the Welsh Cup in 1996/97, when Cefn Druids, Lex XI and Rhayader Town all departed at the Third Round stage respectively to Ebbw Vale (following a replay), Porth Tywyn Suburbs and Briton Ferry Athletic (also after a second match). With Rhayader Town joining the League of Wales, mid Wales ‘s sixth club in the top flight at that time, Holywell Town returned to the Cymru Alliance in the opposite direction. Only Rhos Aelwyd were relegated, after the membership of both Lex XI and Ruthin Town, for off-the-field and football seasons respectively, appeared to be in danger during the close season. The Ponciau Park outfit were replaced by Welsh Alliance champions Glantraeth and Chrik AAA, winners of the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area). At the halfway stage in the season, Cefn Druids, Holywell Town , Knighton Town and Rhydymwyn were leading at the top of the table. As the campaign moved towards its climax, the Bryn-y-Castell outfit slipped out of the title race, leaving the other three to battle it out for the chmpionship. Rhydymwyn's 4-1 home victory over Holywell Town sealed the title for the Vicarage Road club, in only their third season in the Cymru Alliance. The Halkyn Road club did have the consolation of finishing as runners-up, earning promotion back to the League of Wales at the first time of asking, and also defeating Oswestry Town in the League Cup final. Elsewhere, Llandrindod Wells overwhelmed Montgomeryshire Amateur Leaguers Llanrhaeadr 8-0 in the Central Wales Challenge Cup final, but Penycae were on the wrong end of a 7-1 scoreline when they met Wrexham Reserves in the North East Wales Challenge Cup final. Knighton Town had their most successful campaign since winning the Mid Wales League in 1992/93, finishing fourth and reaching the last sixteen of the Welsh Cup, a run which included a 4-1 victory over then League of Wales club Conwy United, before losing 8-0 at home to Barry Town. The Cymru Alliance was well represented in the Third Round f the Welsh Cup as Cefn Druids, Holywell Town , Lex XI, Mold Alexandra and Ruthin Town all reached this stage of the competition.

1995/1996
With Mostyn and Penrhyncoch handed a reprieve on the eve of the 1995/96 campaign, changes to the league membership saw Mold Alexandra, relegated from the League of Wales replacingCemaes Bay, whilst Oswestry Town (Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) champions) and Welsh Alliance winners Rhydymwyn were promoted to the Cymru Alliance. Although Wrexham's association with the league concluded after three seasons, the Cymru Alliance actually increased the nineteen clubs for the new campaign. The title race, for the opening half of the season, was very open with nearly half of the league in contention for promotion. Even as the season moved into the final third, there were still six clubs who had a realistic opportunity of claiming the championship. Whilst Welshpool Town headed the table, Brymbo, Cefn Druids, Llandudno, Oswestry Town and Rhydymwyn all had games in hand, waiting to pounce on the Lilywhites. The championship trophy finally crossed the border, to Oswestry Town, when the Park Hall club put together a nine match unbeaten run, which included victories over Cefn Druids, Welshpool Town (who ultimately finished as runners-up), and a double over Brymbo, who concluded the season in third place. The Shropshire club completed a double in their debut campaign, by defeating Llandudno in the League Cup final, whilst also reaching the last eight of the Welsh Cup before bowing out to League of Wales champions Barry Town. Elsewhere, Brymbo defeated local rivals Lex XI in the North East Wales Challenge Cup final, and Welshpool Town retained the Central Wales Challenge Cup with victory over Llandrindod Wells. Rhydymwyn retained the FAW Trophy when they beat league rivals Penrhyncoch in the Latham Park final, in the last Trophy competition to involve Cymru Alliance clubs. As Oswestry Town were unable to be promoted, due to the lack of floodlighting at Park Hall, Welshpool Town took their place in Welsh football's top flight instead. At the bottom of the table Carno, who were relegated back to the Mid Wales League, were replaced by Welsh Alliance champions Denbigh Town, whilst Brymbo merged with Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) neighbours New Broughton to form Brymbo Broughton, after merger talks with Lex XI fell through, the merged club taking their place in the eighteen-team league for the 1996/97 season.

1991 to 1995
Whilst the formation of the League of Wales in 1992 is remembered as something of a watershed, the creation of the Cymru Alliance two years earlier was just as important a landmark event on the Welsh football landscape. Fifteen seasons have passed since the Cymru Alliance was launched and it is an appropriate time to look back on its history. Stuart Townsend begins a serialised history:
The new competition brought together the leading clubs in mid and north Wales , from the Mid Wales League, the Welsh Alliance and the Welsh National League (Wrexham area) in a league that was on a par with the well-established Welsh Football League in the south. Two former members, Llansantffraid and Rhyl, have gone on to claim the Welsh Premier title. The league has encompassed a wide geographical expanse, from Amlwch Town on Anglesey's north coast, to Knighton Town located on Offa's Dyke, and from Mostyn on Deeside, to Penrhyncoch situated between Cardigan Bay and the foot of the Cambrian mountains . 47 clubs have participated in the league and only Wrexham-based Lex XI have a continual membership through its history. The formation of the new league suffered a setback when several of its prospective members withdrew, with Nantlle Vale the first to pull ou, due to the additional travelling and cost of participating. Gwynedd rivals Bethesda Athletic decided to remain in the Welsh Alliance, after finishing 5 th in 1989/90, whilst Brymbo withdrew their application following threats to the future of the local steelworks. The main talking point surrounded Flint town United, who initially did not take their place in the Cymru Alliance, when the FAW rejected their application to join the North-West Counties League. Despite the Deeside outfit stating that they wouldn't join the new league even if their application to play in England was denied, Flint eventually took their place for the inaugural season. So the first term commenced with Caersws, Carno, Llanidloes Town, Penrhyncoch, Welshpool (all from the Mid Wales League), Gresford Athletic, Lex XI, Mold Alexandra (from the Welsh National - Wrexham Area) Connahs Quay Nomads, Conwy United, Flint Town Utd., Holywell Town and Porthmadog (Welsh Alliance) and Mostyn from the Clwyd League. The irony of Flint 's decision would not be lost on the rest of the league at the end of the 1990/91 campaign. They were locked in a battle for the championship with Caersws for most of the season, until they visited the Recreation Ground in the last month and prevailed 4-2. Victory at Conwy, in their next fixture, clinched the inaugural title, whilst Caersws had to settle for runners-up spot. Connahs Quay edged out Lex XI for third place after losing to the Deeside outfit in their final league fixture. The Stansty Park club made up for this disappointment by lifting the League Cup with a 2-1 victory over Caersws and claimed the N.E. Wales Cup beating Wrexham Reserves 3-2. Lex also managed to reach the last 16 of the Welsh Cup, before bowing out 4-1 at Bangor City . The top half of the table was completed by Conwy, Porthmadog and Welshpool, who finished comfortably ahead of the rest. Penrhyncoch had the dubious honour of claiming the first wooden spoon, when the Cae Baker club ended 3 points adrift of Gresford Athletic. Caersws were not to be left empty-handed, as they beat former Mid Wales League rivals Morda United in the CWFA Challenge Cup final. Mostyn reached the Welsh Intermediate Cup final, before losing 2-0 to Welsh League champions Abergavenny Thursdays, their run including a 2-1 victory at the champions in the fourth round. Flint Town United went on to claim a treble, beating Northern Premier League Caernarfon Town in the NWCFA Challenge Cup final and became the first champions of Wales when they overcame Abergavenny at their former Holywell Road ground in a play-off match between the winners of the two leading domestic leagues. The Alliance was increased to 16 clubs for the 1991/92 season, with the election of Welsh National league (Wrexham Area) champions Brymbo and Mid Wales League runnes-up Llansantffraid. This would be a significant campaign in the history of Welsh football, not only for the ongoing legal battle between the FAW and the eight ‘exile' clubs, who played in English non-league football and were resisting overtures to join the League of Wales for the following season, but also for what was to become known as the “Billy Morris Affair”. Welshpool Town appeared to be heading comfortably towards the title, when it was discovered that one of their players, Billy Morris, was actually serving a seven year ban from the Staffordshire F.A. The Lilywhites were deducted 66 points, three for each match Morris played in, and dropped to the bottom of the table in the process, replacing Brymbo, who appeared to have been doomed for that particular spot.
Welshpool's loss was Caersws's gain, as the inaugural runners-up went one step better to claim the championship, before joining the League of Wales the following term. Llansantffraid, playing in only their second season of senior football, edged out Porthmadog, defending champions Flint Town United and Conwy United for runners-up spot. Caersws claimed a double by retaining the Central Wales Challenge Cup, when they once again overcame Morda United in the final, but were unable to lift the Welsh Intermediate Cup when the Bluebirds surprisingly lost to Llangefni Town , after a replay, in the final. Lex XI retained the League Cup, defeating Flint in the final, whilst Gresford Athletic made up for a disappointing league campaign by overcoming British Aerospace in the North East Wales Challenge Cup final. In the Welsh Cup, Caersws, Llansantffraid and Mostyn carried the league banner the furthest, before departing at the third round stage to Cemaes Bay , Kidderminster Harriers and Hereford United respectively.
With the League of Wales commencing in August 1992, the Cymru Alliance saw eight of its members leave for the national league, creating somewhat of a void in the more established competition. Newly formed Cefn Druids (created after a merger between Cefn Albion and Druids United), Rhos Aelwyd, Ruthin Town, Wrexham Reserves (all from the Welsh National League Wrexham Area), Knighton Town, Rhayader Town (both from the Mid Wales League) and Rhyl (Northern Premier League) filled the vacancies created by the formation of the League of Wales. Mid Wales League runners-up Morda United were thwarted in their bid to join the Cymru Alliance, when the FA prevented the Shropshire club becoming full members of the FAW, a condition of league membership. The battle for the championship was, for the majority of the season, a five-way race between Lex XI, Llansantffraid, Rhyl, Welshpool Town and Wrexham Reserves. As the campaign moved into the new year, Rhyl, Welshpool and Wrexham Reserves began to pull away from their rivals, although Lex XI and Llansantffraid, who were still involved in the Welsh Cup and Intermediate Cup, had games in hand. The Saints eventually prevailed, winning promotion to the LoW, ahead of local rivals Welshpool, Rhyl and Wrexham Reseves. Llansantffraid claimed a double by beating Brecon Corries in the Welsh Intermediate Cup final, but were defeated by Newtown in the Central Wales Challenge Cup final in their attempt to land a treble. Despite finishing third, on the return to Welsh football, Rhyl overcame Gresford Athletic in the League Cup final, and reached the Welsh Cup final, where they lost 5-0 to Cardiff City - having defeated two LoW clubs (Connahs Quay Nomads and Haverfordwest County ) en route to the National Stadium.
With Llansantffraid continuing their rapid ascent towards the pinnacle of domestic football – the club was only promoted from the Montgomeryshire Amateur League in 1990 – they were replaced in the Cymru Alliance by Llanidloes Town , who were relegated from the LoW. With the league extended to 18 teams, there was no relegation at the end of 1992/93, and the Cymru Alliance welcomed Welsh Alliance champions Cemaes Bay , Llandudno and WNL Wrexham Area runners-up Buckley Town into the fold. Two of the previous season's outstanding teams, Rhyl and Wrexham Reserves, led the way during the early part of the 1993/94 campaign, but newcomers Llandudno, Mostyn and 1992/93 runners-up Welshpool were hot on their heels. With Welshpool's cup exploits, on four different fronts, taking priority over league fixtures, the Lilywhites had plenty of games to play in the latter stages of the season in their bid to overhaul long-term leaders Rhyl. The Maesydre club's schedule ultimately proved costly as the title, and promotion to the LoW, headed to Belle Vue by a margin of 6 points. Although Welshpool missed out on the championship, for a second consecutive season, they made up for the disappointment with a hat-trick of cup victories. The Lilywhites beat Rhyl, the holders, in the League Cup final at the Racecourse, overwhelmed Mid Wales League champions Machynlleth 5-0 in the CWFA Challenge Cup final, and lifted the inaugural Central Wales Senior Cup by overcoming arch rivals Llansantffraid. Rhyl once again carried the league banner furthest in the Welsh Cup, going down to Swansea City 2-0 in the Fourth Round. Whilst in the newly-entitled FAW Trophy, formerly the Intermediate Cup, Mostyn, Rhyl and Welshpool all departed at the quarter-final stage. With no clubs relegated from the League of Wales at the conclusion of the 1993/94 campaign, and Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) champions Penycae and Llandrindod Wells (Mid Wales League runners up) promoted to the Cymru Alliance, it meant only Gresford Athletic had to be relegated. The Clappers Lane outfit were to be the first ever club to be demoted from the Cymru Alliance, but they would return in the following century, following a stint back in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area). The first half of the 1994/95 campaign saw Wrexham Reserves lead the table, but Brymbo, Cemaes Bay, Lex XI and Llandudno all had games in hand on a Racecourse team that did not participate in the two national cup competitions. Cemaes Bay , despite their ficture backlog, secured the title with three games to spare, ahead of Brymbo, Wrexham Reserves and Llandudno. The Anglesey club gained promotion to the League of Wales following the erection of a new stand and covered accommodation, as well as renewing the floodlights at their School Lane headquarters. Penrhyncoch finished bottom of the table, hen it had once appeared that they would end in a mid-table position, after having 39 points deducted for fielding a player registered with two other clubs. At the league AGM, clubs voted to save Penrhyn from the drop and instead relegate Mostyn, who subsequently appealed to the F.A.W. over the decision. The F.A.W. upheld the Maes Pennant club's appeal, which seemed to have relegated the Cae Baker club on the eve of the new season, but the Cymru Aliance decided that both clubs could retain their membership. Wrexham Reserves, in their final campaign in the league, completed a double by defeating newcomers Llandrindod Wells in the League Cup final,and Lex XI in the North East Wales Challenge Cup final. Llandudno lifted the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup, when they beat League of Wales club Flint Town United on penalties, and reached the last eight of the Welsh Cup before bowing out to Cardiff City at Maesdu Park by the only goal of the game. Welshpool Town were unable to retain the Central Wales Senior Cup, losing to Newtown in the final, whilst champions Cemaes Bay reached the FAW Trophy semi-finals, before being eliminated by Rhydymwyn, the eventual winners of the competition

THE FORMATION OF THE LEAGUE
Prior to February 1990, there had been attempts by various bodies in North and Mid Wales at forming a joint League covering their area. Progress was impeded by arguments and disagreements and was about to come to nothing when the FAW intervened by formulating a plan it initialise a fully national League by the 1992-93 season.
As an interim measure and part of a structured pyramid system the formation of a North & Mid-Wales premier league was essential and a meeting of interested clubs was arranged on Sunday 12th February at Flint. FAW Secretary Alun Evans outlined the proposals and stated that “there WILL be a North Wales equivalent to the Welsh Football League in the South next season”.
Mr Evans continued “Some leagues will be ruffled by what is going to happen but soccer in this region has been stagnating for too long. It is a bold step forward which is being imposed which I being imposed on those who could not previously agree”
Welsh Alliance secretary Trefor Lloyd Hughes added “I am wholeheartedly behind this plan and I say that as secretary of a League that is likely to lose most clubs”. Mr Hughes was also active within the FAW in support of the plan.
Sixteen of the eighteen clubs present indicated strong interest to join from what would be the new league’s feeder leagues in the proposed pyramid system – the Welsh Alliance, Central Wales League and the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area).
The setting up of the new League was administered by the FAW– under the control of Mr Evans – and application forms were circulated to all clubs that voiced interest.
Twenty-two clubs eventually applied to join the new league and prior to selection were asked to complete a questionnaire before the final sixteen chosen by the FAW. Clubs had to satisfy the governing body that they recognised the responsibility of membership as being part of the creation of a National League in two year’s time and aimed at criteria that would fall in line with that proposal.
The sixteen selected were:
Caersws FC, Carno FC, CPD Penrhyncoch, Llanidloes Town, Welshpool AFC from the Central Wales League
Bethesda Athletic, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Conwy United, CPD Porthmadog, Flint Town United, Holywell Town and Nantlle Vale FC from the Welsh Alliance
Brymbo Steelworks, Gresford Athletic and Mold Alexandra from the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area).
Elfed Ellis became the League’s chairman with John Eifion Lloyd – Vice-Chairman and J.O.Hughes taking the Treasurer’s role.
Terrence Hewitt was released from his duties with the WNL (Wrexham Area) to become League Secretary.
Since then the Cymru Alliance has established itself as the second tier of the pyramid in the North with regular promotion and relegation between it and the Welsh Alliance and WNL (Wrexham Area) leagues.

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