Worthington Welsh Districts Cup

The Worthington Welsh Districts Cup (previously the Welsh Brewers Cup) was a national rugby union competition in Wales that ran for 36 years, sponsored most recently by Worthington Brewery. The 1990 winner’s are missing Hartridge HSOB bear Bala in the final

BackgroundEdit

The Welsh Districts Cup involved an annual knock-out competition involving all rugby union clubs of the 12 districts of the Welsh District Rugby Union (WDRU). It first took place in 1974. The finals took place at Cardiff Arms Park or the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.[1] The first competition was won by Girling RFC (Cwmbran), who beat Baglan RFC 16-3.[2]

The competition initially involved 128[2] of the approximately 300 clubs, but in the early 1980s 80 clubs were admitted to the main Wales Rugby Union (WRU).[1]

Worthington Brewery began their sponsorship of the competition in 1998.[3]

The last Welsh Districts Cup took place in the 2008/9 season, after which time the remaining Welsh Districts clubs were given full membership of the WRU.[1] Cambrian Welfare RFC were the winners of the 2009 final, beating Wattstown RFC 29-18 at the Millennium Stadium.[4]

Wattstown RFC have appeared in the most finals playing in 5 which included 4 finals in a golden period for the club of 5 years - 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, and 2009.

Previous winnersEdit

Year Winners Runners up Score
1974   Girling RFC Baglan RFC 16 - 3
1975 [2] Girling RFC St Joseph RFC 6 - 3
1976 [2] Cross Keys RFC Caldicott RFC 9 - 6
1977 [2] Cardiff Internationals Cross Keys RFC 16 - 3
1978 [2] Rumney RFC Nantyglo RFC 25 - 9
1979 [2] Rumney RFC Nantyglo RFC 18 - 10
1980 [2] Tondu RFC Rumney RFC 15 - 10
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987 CIAC
Hartridge HSOB 
26-3
1988
1989 St Albans Hartridge HSOB 13-10 1990 Hartridge HSOB
 Newtown 
 24-18
1991 Fairwater (Cardiff)[5]
1992 St Albans RFC Fairwater RFC 21-20
1993 Birchgrove RFC Wattstown RFC
1994 Wattstown RFC Hartridge HSOB 15-6
1995
1996 St Albans RFC Wattstown RFC 15-12
1997 [3] Cambrian Welfare RFC Wattstown RFC 18-11
1998
1999 "Cefn Fforest RFC"
2000[5] Fairwater (Cardiff) Nant Conwy 16 - 6
2001[6] Penallta RFC Beaufort 36 - 19
2002[7] Blackwood Stars Llanrumney 21 - 20
2003 [8] Clwb Rygbi Cymru Caerdydd Glyncorrwg 24 - 20
2004 Blackwood Stars [9]
2005
2006[10] Bryncethin RFC [3] Clwb Rygbi Cymru Caerdydd 28 - 15
2007 Bryncethin RFC [3]
2008 Cambrian Welfare RFC [4] Bryncethin RFC
2009 [4] Cambrian Welfare RFC Wattstown RFC 29 - 18

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Anthony Woolford (3 November 2009). "End of an era as Welsh Districts are disbanded". Wales Online. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Anthony Woolford (12 October 2010). "Rumney's rich history in the Welsh Districts Cup". Wales Online. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Bryncethin target cup final success". Wales Online. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Cambrian Welfare retain Worthington Welsh Districts Cup". Wales Online. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Rugby Union: REED ALL ABOUT IT". Sunday Mirror. London. 16 April 2000. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  6. ^ Evans, Howard (25 October 2011). "'Pitmen' on their way back towards summit; Local rugby". South Wales Echo. Cardiff, Wales. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  7. ^ Roberts, David (1 April 2002). "Heel puts the boot in for Stars; WORTHINGTON DISTRICTS CUP: Llanrumney 20 Blackwood Stars 21". Western Mail. Cardiff, Wales. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  8. ^ Anthony Woolford (21 October 2008). "Strictly Come Dancing star was a Clwb man". Wales Online. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Blackwood looking for another starring role in Districts Cup final". Wales Online. 17 April 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  10. ^ "District joy for Sports". South Wales Echo. Cardiff, Wales. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2014.