History

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 years’ 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 Premier, Welsh Alliance, Mid-Wales and Welsh National Leagues (Wrexham Area) leagues

1990/1
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) Connah’s 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. Connah’s 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

1991/2
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 runners-up Llansantffriad. This would be a significant campaign in the history of Welsh football, not only for the on-going 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. Llansantffriad, 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, Llansantffriad and Mostyn carried the league banner the furthest, before departing at the third-round stage to Cemaes Bay, Kidderminster Harriers and Hereford United respectively

1992/3
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, Llansantffriad, 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 Llansantffriad, who were still involved in the Welsh Cup and Intermediate Cup, had games in hand. The Saints eventually prevailed, winning promotion to the League of Wales, ahead of local rivals Welshpool, Rhyl and Wrexham Reserves’. Llansantffriad 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 League of Wales clubs (Connahs Quay Nomads and Haverfordwest County) en route to the National Stadium.
With Llansantffriad 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 League of Wales. With the league extended to 18 teams, there was no relegation at the end of 1992/93

1993/4
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 League of Wales, 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 Llansantffriad. 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)

1994/5
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 fixture 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, when 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 Penrhyncoch 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 Alliance 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

1995/6
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 replacing Cemaes 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

1996/7
By 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 more 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)

1997/8
With Rhayader Town joining the League of Wales 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 championship.  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 score line 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 of the Welsh Cup as Cefn Druids, Holywell Town, Lex XI, Mold Alexandra and Ruthin Town all reached this stage of the competition.

1998/9
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 Central 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.

1999/2000
Champions Cefn Druids were promoted to the League of Wales and were replaced by Holywell Town. 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 Welshpool, 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 double, 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.

 2000/1
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 Vicarage 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 Alliance 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 sixteen of 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 five-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.

Elsewhere 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

2001/2
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 five-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. Elsewhere 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

2002/3
PORTHMADOG'S championship-winning side of 2002/03 must rank as one of the best in the league's history.

The Traeth outfit went 29 matches undefeated before suffering two end-of-season defeats with the title already in the bag.

 With the impressive Gerard McGuigan in goal and the experience of Mike Foster, Lee  Webber and Campbell Harrison at the back, Port had the solidity in defence all table-topping teams need.
Top scorer Carl Owen, Steve Pugh, David Farr and Dafydd Evans provided the bulk of the goals, while Gareth Parry and Gareth Caughter were among those to shine in midfield. Port set the record for winning the Cymru Alliance by the biggest margin - 19 points - in this season, a feat matched by Airbus 12 months later

2003/4
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.

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.

At the halfway stage, Llangefni Town, who had finished runners-up in 2001/02 (and as Llangefni-Glantraeth 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.

2004/5
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. 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.  At the halfway stage, Llangefni Town, who had finished runners-up in 2001/02 (and as Llangefni-Glantraeth 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

2005/6
Although Glantraeth winners the Cymru Alliance Championship and also the Cymru Alliance League Challenge Cup could not accept promotion as the ground at Cae Trefdraeth did not meet the requirements of the higher league. Holywell town finished bottom of the table and were relegated

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.

2006/7
Prestatyn Town (Welsh Alliance) and Mynydd Isa (Welsh National) promoted and Holywell Town relegated the league returned to eighteen teams.

Llangefni Town, Bala Town and Flint Town United were the front runners. Llangefni changed manager in October with former Caernarfon Town and Colwyn bay manager Ady Jones taking control. The appointment spurred Llangefni on and they finally won the league by two points from Bala Town with Flint fourth and promoted Prestatyn Town finishing their first season in the Cymru Alliance in fourth place. Llangefni passed gained the domestic license and gained promotion to the Welsh Premier League

The league cup was won by Bala Town who beat Holyhead Hotspur in the final at Llandudno

2007/8
With Denbigh Town promoted from the Welsh Alliance and last season’s 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 time 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 bottom 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

2008/9
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 the way.

The same two sides contested the league cup final with Bala winning after extra time to become only the fourth side to do the double. Bala’s ground passed the WPL criteria and they were promoted. Llandyrnog United having struggled all season finished bottom of the table and were relegated to the Welsh Alliance league.

Llanfairpwll won the fair play award for the fifth consecutive season. Double winning manager Colin Caton was named manager of the season and Shaun Beck the league’s leading goal scorer was voted player of the season

2009/10
The season again kicked off 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

2010/11
After a sponsorship agreement was agreed between Huws Gray and the league for the next three seasons the lague became knows as THE HUWS GRAY ALLIANCE, he league cup was also renamed becoming the HUWS GRAY CUP. After the reduction of the Welsh Premier league to twelve clubs the league kicked off with sixteen teams including six relegated from the WPL.


As expected they made the running for the title with three of them Gap Connahs Quay, Rhyl and Cefn Druids the main contenders.

This turned into a two-horse race as the season drew to an end with Gap Connahs Quay winning the title with nine points to spare. They also did the league proud by reaching the Welsh cup semi-final.

it was a torrid season for one of the six relegated clubs, Technogroup Welshpool. Who finished the season with no points after having eighteen deducted for playing ineligible players and failing to fulfil a fixture.

The Huws Gray cup was contested by Guilsfield and Porthmadog with Guilsfield winning the trophy for the first time. At the AGM it was confirmed that Technogroup Welshpool, Rhayader Town and Rhydymwyn would be relegated with Penycae (Welsh National League), Llanrhaeadr YM (Mid Wales League) and Conwy United (Welsh Alliance League) would replace them after winning their respective leagues.

LONGEST SERVING CLUB LOSES ALLIANCE PLACE

New look Cymru Alliance for 2010/11

Despite opposition to the FAW’s decision to reduce the Welsh Premier league to twelve clubs the Cymru Alliance League AGM held at Gresford Athletic on Saturday 20th June 2010 was concluded with the minimum of fuss. In fact, business was concluded within a record forty-five minutes. A credit to the manner in which the league continues to be run.

Following the major restructuring of the Welsh football pyramid, it was inevitable that one of the biggest impacts would fall on the Cymru Alliance.

It was extremely sad to see 10 teams get relegated to tier three of Welsh Football. A sad day indeed in particular for LEX XI who were the only side who have been ever-present since the league was formed almost 20 years ago.

It was recognised that Llangefni Town, despite being last season's champions, failed to get promotion to the top flight due to the fact that they were unable to achieve a Domestic Licence.

So, to put an end to much speculation, the Cymru Alliance will consist of existing sides Buckley Town, Flint Town United, Guilsfield, Llandudno, Llangefni Town, Penrhyncoch and Ruthin Town.

Added to this list are the following clubs who have been relegated from the Welsh Premier League: Caersws, Cefn Druids, GAP Connahs Quay, Porthmadog, Technogroup Welshpool and Rhyl.

Making up the sixteen-club league will be promoted sides Rhayader, Rhos Aelwyd and Rhydymwyn.

The clubs whose tenure has ended in the Cymru Alliance were
Berriew, Bethesda Athletic, Caernarfon Town, Denbigh Town, Gresford Athletic, Holyhead Hotspur, Lex XI, Llanfairpwll, Llangollen Town and Mold Alexandra.

2011/12

Gap Connahs Quay having failed to get the FAW domestic licence remained in the league. Gap, Rhyl. Cefn Druids and Porthmadog were the early season pace makers with Buckley Town not far behind.

The Huws Gray Alliance also introduced an Under 19 league for the first time with five teams competing in the newly formed league, which was won by Flint Town United

Gap Connahs Quay once again proved formidable opposition and won the league for the second season on the run. A feat never before achieved and coupled with their gaining of the FAW domestic licence were promoted to the Welsh Premier league.

Caersws and Porthmadog were deduced three points for playing ineligible players and Gap Connahs Quay disqualified from the Huws Gray cup for the same reason. Rhos Aelwyd, Llangefni Town and Llanrhaeadr finished in the bottom three positions.

The Huws Gray cup was won by Rhyl who defeated Caersws with two late goals at Llandudno

2012/13
Llanraeadr YM were spared relegation after Mold Alex turned down promotion from the Welsh National league.

Cefn Druids led the table from start to finish losing only one game and gaining the domestic license required to get promoted to the Welsh Premier league. Two mid-Wales sides finished in the bottom two positions, Llanrhaeadr and Penrhyncoch with Rhydymwyn finishing third from bottom. Conwy Borough finished as runners up.

The Huws Gray cup was won by Caernarfon Town who defeated Flint Town United at Porthmadog

2013/14
The league again started with sixteen clubs. Llandridnod Wells and Caernarfon Town taking the place of Rhyl (promoted) and Ruthin Town (relegated).
lanraeadr YM were spared relegation after Mold Alex turned down promotion from the Welsh National league.

Cefn Druids led the table from start to finish losing only one game and gaining the domestic license required to get promoted to the Welsh Premier league. Two mid-Wales sides finished in the bottom two positions, Llanrhaeadr and Penrhyncoch with Rhydymwyn finishing third from bottom. Conwy Borough finished as runners up.

The Huws Gray cup was won by Caernarfon Town who defeated Flint Town United at Porthmadog

2014/15
There was another first this season with six clubs entering the Welsh Premier league cup (The Word Cup). Denbigh Town, Mold Alex and Llandrindod Wells joined the league after winning their respective feeder leagues with Llanrhaeadr YM and Penrhyncoch both relegated to the Mid-Wales league. Surprise team of the
season was Guilsfield who under new manager Mike Parry finished in their highest ever league position of third. Llandudno under the management of Alan Morgan led the league all season with Caernarfon Town and Guilsfield in hot pursuit. Town manager Lee Dixon announced his retirement before the end of the season. Lee has been a great servant to the league as both player and manager.
Llandudno promotion to the Welsh Premier league was confirmed when they were awarded the domestic license for the fifth time

At the other end of the table Rhydymwyn became the first team in the history of the league to finish pointless, they did win one game but were deducted the points after playing an ineligible player. The Huws Gray cup final saw two mid-Wales sides face each other at
Porthmadog with Caersws Coming out on top by 3 Goal to 2
The cup also had a new format with semi-finals being played on the ground of the first team out of the hat. Thanks to the weather the season finished as early as March for some clubs with the Huws Gray cup final the last game of the season on April 25th.

2015/16
Champions Llandudno were promoted to the Welsh Premier league for the first time with Cefn Druids and Prestatyn Town relegated to the Huws Gray Alliance

The respective champions of the feeder leagues, Llanfair United, Gresford Athletic and Holywell Town gained promotion with Llanidloes Town (after losing an appeal to the FAW), Llandrindod Wells, Penycae and Rhydymwyn all relegated, the later with the lowest ever number of points again.

A close start to the season saw three points separating the top five and by Christmas Cefn Druids and Caernarfon Town leading the way. The league suffered one of its worst ever for postponements with games lost every week five months which disrupted the flow.

By Easter it was a two-horse race with Caernarfon top of the table by seven points although Cefn Druids did have two games in hand. At the bottom Rhayader Town were looking odds on to be relegated with fellow Mid-Wales sides Caersws and Llanfair United along with Mold Alex also looking vulnerable. By the end of April Caernarfon were clear favourites for the title and the seasons surprise team, Denbigh Town, separating them and Cefn Druids.

One of the best team performances seen in the league for a few seasons saw Caernarfon win the title with an emphatic seven nil win at Cefn Druids with the league's leading scoring Jamie Breese netting three.

But with Caernarfon failing to get the domestic licence Cefn had two games left to gain the three points they needed to finish as runners up and gain promotion back to the Welsh Premier league at the first attempt and this they did with two away wins at Porthmadog and bottom club Rhayader Town.

In cup competitions Denbigh Town did the league proud by becoming the first Huws Gray Alliance team to reach the final where they were beaten by TNS

Caernarfon Town became the fourth team in league history to win the "double" when they defeated Flint Town United at Conwy Borough in the final of the Huws Gray Cup

At the bottom it was not good reading for Mid Wales as Rhayader Town, Caersws and Llanfair United finished as the bottom three sides

2016/17
With Caernarfon Towns failure to obtain the FAW domestic licence second placed Cefn Druids were promoted to the Welsh Premier league and with Penrhyncoch and Ruthin Town promoted from the feeder leagues only Rhayader Town were relegated. Prestatyn Town dominated the league from the start and remained unbeaten until the 28th. February when Denbigh Town ended their unbeaten run. They won the league by sixteen points from Caernarfon Town losing only two games all season and having gained the domestic license will take their place in next seasons Welsh Premier league. Caernarfon Town and Flint Town United were also successful in gaining the domestic license.
With two teams relegated from the Welsh Premier league to the Huws Gray Alliance and three teams promoted from the three leagues the dog fight to stay in the league went almost to the last game of the season with the four clubs Buckley Town, Conwy Borough, Mold Alex and Llanfair United all going down.

In the Huws Gray cup Caernarfon Town and Flint Town United contested the final at Conwy Borough, the same teams and venue as last season. Caernarfon retaining the trophy by three goals to nil. Caernarfon also did the league proud in the Welsh cup reaching the semi-final, eventually losing to eventual winners Welsh Premier Bala Town after being ahead for the first seventy minutes.

2017/18
Last season’s champions Prestatyn Town gained the FAW domestic License and were promoted to the Welsh Premier League with Airbus Broughton and Rhyl coming the other way. At the leagues AGM three feeder clubs FC Queens Park, Llandudno Junction and Rhayader Town were confirmed as members for the coming season with Mold Alex, Buckley Town and Llanfair United relegated.

Two weeks before the season was due to start Rhayader Town informed the league that they had changed their mind and would not be taken their place in the league, a disappointment for clubs. league and the FAW

The season started on August with fifteen clubs with the early season front runners Caernarfon Town and Airbus Broughton. Caernarfon had a change of manager with Sean Eardley taking over from Iwan Williams who joined Llandudno in the Welsh Premier league, Eardley's Caernarfon went undefeated for the remainder of the season and were crowned champions with Denbigh Town Flint Town United beat Gresford Athletic on penalties to win the Huws Gray Cup. Llandudno Junction were winless all season until their last game when they won three two at FC Queens Park

The season goes down as the worst in league history as fifty-seven games had to be postponed due to the weather, it was also the season when clubs had to obtain the FAW ground certificate to qualify for membership of the league in season 2018/1