The Nathaniel MG Cup has been running since the JD Welsh Premier League was formed in 1992-93.
The New Saints celebrate winning the 2017-18 trophy. (Photo:Chris Howells)
In the first twenty years of the competition, the format alternated between straight knockout, and a group stage followed by knockout.
In order to reinvent the competition after the top flight was reduced to twelve, teams from the two feeder leagues were invited into the competition from the 2012/13 season. Four sides each from the Huws Gray Alliance and Welsh League D1 were initially invited in, and that has since grown to six guaranteed from each division.
In 2014/15, the competition grew further with the inclusion of four wildcard entries from teams which directly applied to the League for entry. This format has remained ever since.
The current format for the 2018/19 season sees 28 teams enter the competition. 24 will enter at the First Round, with the four semi-finalists from 2017-18 given byes into the Second Round.
The competition draw is regionalised in Rounds 1, 2 and the Quarter-Finals. Teams will be split into northern and southern groups according to geographical distribution, and may be subdivided further between east and west regions in early rounds. Ties in each of these three rounds will be played midweek.
The Semi-Final draw will be open, with ties played over the weekend of 24/25 November 2018.
The Final will then take place on Saturday 19 January 2019.
A full list of finals and winners can be found below.
|1992–93||Afan Lido||1-1 (4-3p)||Caersws||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||750||1993–94||Afan Lido||1-0||Bangor City||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||660||1994–95||Llansantffraid FC||2-1||Ton Pentre||Latham Park, Newtown||650||1995–96||Connah's Quay Nomads||1-0||Ebbw Vale||Recreation Ground, Caersws||400||1996–97||Barry Town||2-2 (4-2p)||Bangor City||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||623||1997-98||Barry Town||1-1 (5-4p)||Bangor City||Farrar Road, Bangor||652||1998-99||Barry Town||3-0||Caernarfon Town||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||507||1999-00||Barry Town||6-0||Bangor City||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||450||2000-01||Caersws||2-0||Barry Town||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||733||2001-02||Caersws||2-1||Cwmbran Town||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||587||2002-03||Rhyl||2-2 (4-3p)||Bangor City||Belle Vue, Rhyl||831||2003-04||Rhyl||4-0||Carmarthen Town||Latham Park, Newtown||525||2004-05||Carmarthen Town||2-0 (AET)||Rhyl||Latham Park, Newtown||750||2005-06||Total Network Solutions||4-0||Port Talbot Town||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||358||2006-07||Caersws||1-1 (3-1p)||Rhyl||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||400||2007-08||Llanelli||2-0||Rhyl||Latham Park, Newtown||510||2008-09||The New Saints||2-0||Bangor City||Latham Park, Newtown||555||2009-10||The New Saints||3-1||Rhyl||The Airfield, Broughton||375||2010-11||Afan Lido||4-3 (aet)||Llanelli||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||310||2011-12||Afan Lido||1-1 (3-2p)||Newtown||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||301||2012-13||Carmarthen Town||3-3 (3-1p)||The New Saints||Latham Park, Newtown||455||2013-14||Carmarthen Town||0-0 (3-1p)||Bala Town||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||TBC||2014-15||The New Saints||3-0||Bala Town||Latham Park, Newtown||657||2015-16||The New Saints||2-0||Denbigh Town||Maesdu Park, Llandudno||1158||2016-17||The New Saints||4-0||Barry Town United||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||1,116||2017-18||The New Saints||1-0||Cardiff Met||Park Avenue, Aberystwyth||906|
The New Saints – 9
Barry Town United – 4
Afan Lido - 3
Caersws – 3
Carmarthen Town – 3
Rhyl – 2
Connah’s Quay Nomads – 1
Llanelli Town – 1
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