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Full Results Against Wrexham

Wrexham Association Football a professional football club from the town the town of Wrexham in Wales.

Formed in 1864 by members of the Wrexham Cricket Club, who wanted a sporting activity for the winter months, Wrexham AFC are the oldest professional football club in Wales and the third oldest in the world. In their early days the club competed in many local leagues and were not elected to the Football League until 1921.

Although in the English football league system, Wrexham (along with the other Welsh-based clubs in England) were still able to compete in the Welsh Cup until 1996 and could thus qualify for the UEFA Cup Winners Cup through the competition and they did so on eight occasions between 1972 and 1996, going as far as the Quarter-Finals in 1975-76. The North-Wales club also the most successful side in the history of the Welsh Cup, winning it a record 23 times between 1877 and 1995. Following exclusion of clubs based in the English system from the Welsh Cup in 1996, the Football Association of Wales introduced the FAW Premier Cup in which they would be eligible, alongside clubs from the League of Wales. Wrexham were also the most successful side in this competition, winning five editions of the competition until it was discontinued in 2008.

Wrexham were also relegated from the Football League in 2008 and have since played in the National League (previously known as the Football Conference) since but narrowly missed out on promotion in 2012 after losing out to fellow Welsh side, Newport County in the play-offs at Wembley. There was to be better times at Wembley for the following season for the North-Wales club though as they beat Grimsby Town to win the FA Trophy.

The first meeting between Ayr United and Wrexham came in the form of a pre-season friendly at Somerset Park in 1999 with Ayr cruising to a comfortable 3-0 win over the then English tn_Wrexham (a) 7 Sep 2019Second Division (Third Tier) side, with goals from Danny Lennon, Alex Bone and John Bradford.

Following the introduction of qualifying teams from the National League (England), Irish Premier League (Northern Ireland), League of Ireland (Republic of Ireland) and Welsh Premier League (Wales) to the Challenge Cup, Ayr had avoided competing against ‘foreign’ opposition after being knocked out prior to them entering in the first few seasons. In 2019,

Ayr United qualified to go straight to the third round on the back of a fourth place finish in the Championship and went in at the same stage as the clubs from other associations and were drawn to play Wrexham, who although being Welsh qualified through their place in the National League so where thus representing England. Ironically, The New Saints who had qualified through a place in the Welsh Premier League and were thus representing Wales played over the border in Oswestry in England. The tie would also be the first competitive fixture featuring Ayr United against a club from an other association since losing 4-1 on aggregate to Nottingham Forest (under the control of the great Brian Clough) in the semi-final of the Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1976.

In the match, Bickerstaff scored for the home side on 70 minutes putting them 1-0 ahead. After a further quiet 15 minutes, Wrexham ‘keeper Szczepaniak produced a good save off the head of Forrest. The resulting corner however, was converted by Roscoe, who couldnt miss at the far post. The scores were level and the match went into penalties which Wrexham won by 6-5.

A total of 421 Ayr United supporters made the journey down to Wales.

 

Seasons Date Opponents H/A Competition Score – Ayr First Comments Att Programme Issued
1999/00 31/7/99 Wrexham H Friendly 3-0 Yes
2019/20 08/08/2019 Wrexham H Challenge Cup – 3rd Rnd 1-1 Ayr lost 6-5 on penalties 1,697 Yes

 

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