Bangor City
Welsh Cup Finals 1889 onwards





















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The Welsh Cup Final
Season 1927-28
Cardiff City 2 v 0 Bangor Athletic
played at Farrar Road, Bangor on 2nd May 1928
Cardiff City 2 
 0 Bangor Athletic
Hughie Ferguson 2
 

 


  An estimated 12 000 crammed into Farrar Road for the Welsh Cup Final.
  Bangor had need a replay at Oswestry to overcome Merthyr Town in the semi final whilst Cardiff has also been forced to play Rhyl a second time winning 2-0 at The Gay Meadow. Bangor had played eight games to reach the final -  Cardiff four.
  But the final belonged to the FA Cup holders of a year earlier.
  Both goals being scored by Scottish striker Hughie Ferguson whose 284 goals in as many games for Motherwell was followed by seventy odd for Cardiff before tragically taking his own life two years later.
  The Bluebirds ahead just before half time. A foul against Bangor captain Whittaker led to a freekick delivered by James Nelson, controlled by Len Davies and crashed beyond Bangor goalkeeper Rundell by the prolific Hughie Ferguson.
  The South Walians doubled their lead soon after with through the free scoring
Hughie Ferguson on the counter with Bangor struggling to come to terms with the pace and movement of their full time opponents. Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Tom Farquharson had an easy game in contrast Scottish glovesman Rundell was in the thick of the action for City.
  Cardiff striker Len Davies was to become Bangor manager in 1932 whilst Athletic right half Billy Fogg went to make 140+ League appearances for Huddersfield and Clapton Orient.

  Cardiff City:
  Tom Farquharson C, James Nelson C, Jack Jennings, Fred Keenor C, Tom Sloan C, Billy Hardy, Billy Thirlaway, Sam Smith,
  Hughie Ferguson, Len Davies
C, George McLachlan
  Bangor Athletic
 
J Rundell, T Sinclair, RH Dick Critchlow, G Rundell, G.Whittaker, R Lock, Billy Fogg, P Jeffes, G White, Smith, William T Cooper
 Referee:  Mr G Petrie (Holywell)
 Attendance:  12 000
C Welsh International      C Irish Republic International      C Northern Ireland International     C  Scottish International
(may not have been capped by or at the date shown)





Cardiff City
Bangor City
Tom Farquharson
Goalkeeper Tom was imprisoned in Dublin for tearing down wanted posters in Dublin. Upon his release he fled to Cardiff and signed for City in 1922. In a thirteen year stay with The Bluebirds he made 481 first team appearances including an FA Cup runners up medal in 1925 and winners medal in 1927.
J Rundell

Jimmy Nelson
A fullback once selected for Ireland but dropped when discovered to be Scottish! Along with goalkeeper Farquharson he was both an FA Cup winner and runner up who in 1925 became the first player ever sent off for Cardiff. Nelson made 275 first team appearances for Cardiff and had been capped for Scotland when in 1930 he was sold to Newcastle for 7000. In 1932 he captained Newcastle to an FA Cup final win over Arsenal and later played for Southend.
T Sinclair

Tom Watson
Leftback Tom has a career marred by injury but was still capped by Northern Ireland after joining Cardiff from Belfast Crusaders. In 1929 he was released and returned to Northern Ireland with Linfield where he won the Irish FA Cup to add to the English and Welsh won with Cardiff.
Dick Critchlow

Fred Keenor
Roath born Keenor fought on the Somme in 1916 and suffered knee and shoulder injuries. But he returned to Cardiff and spent nineteen years during which time he captained The Bluebirds in the 1925 and 27 FA Cup finals and led Wales to their 1924 Home International success.
Free transferred to Crewe in 1931 Fred later managed Oswestry Town and Tunbridge Wells Rangers.
G Rundell

Tom Sloan
Policeman Tom joined Cardiff from Linfield in 1925 and starred in the 1927 FA and Welsh Cup double. He was capped eleven times by Northern Ireland and rejoined Linfield to add the Irish Cup to his collection.
G Whittaker

Billy Hardy
Joined Cardiff in 1911 from Stockport and paid his own 25 transfer fee in the process! Private Hardy fought in the First World War and stayed at Cardiff long enough to make 585 first team games aged 41 before taking over as manager of Bradford Park Avenue.
R Lock

Ernie Curtis
Apprentice electrician Ernie joined City from Cardiff Corries and in 1927 became the club's youngest FA Cup winner. He was also capped by Wales against Scotland but after joining Birmingham that year was not released by The Blues to continue his career. In World War 2 he was serving in the Royal Artillery when captured and imprisoned in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp for four years. He returned to Cardiff as trainer.
Billy Fogg
Billy Fogg began his career at local club Wirral Railways and in 1924 signed for Tranmere Rovers for whom he scored 6 goals in 24 appearances.  He left Rovers and joined Bangor City before joining Huddersfield Town in 1928 where he scored three goals in 62 appearances.
In 1933 Billy moved to Clapton Orient where he made a further 81 appearances, scoring twice.  In 1936 he came back to his roots with New Brighton where he totalled 70 appearances and one goal before the outbreak of war.
Sam Irving
Irishman Irving had already played for ten clubs when he joined Cardiff and only stayed for two years. But in those two years he won the FA Cup and then moved on to Chelsea in 1928 before retiring to Dundee where he ran a billiards saloon.
P Jeffs

Hughie Ferguson
Tiny Scot Hughie joined Cardiff for 5000 in 1925 and achieved immortality amongst Bluebirds fans by scoring the FA Cup winning goal in 1927. He scored over 350 league goals in his career. After leaving Cardiff he joined  Dundee in 1929 but hampered by back injury he sadly took his own life after a training session.
G White

Len Davies
A qualified marine engineer Len is remembered both for scoring 128 league goals for Cardiff, and for one he missed. A late penalty against Birmingham in 1924 gave his side the chance to win the League championship - but he missed. After leaving Cardiff he moved to live in Liverpool and managed Bangor City.
Smith

George McClachlan
A pacey outside left McClachlan joined Cardiff from Clyde for 3000.
After featuring in the 1927 FA Cup winning side he joined Manchester United in 1930 and spent four years with the Red Devils before moving to Chester and then Le Havre. He returned to Scotland as manager of Queen of The South.
William T Cooper
William Cooper was born in Denaby and played for Bangor in the 1928 Welsh Cup Final defeat to Cardiff City at Farrar Road.
The following season he signed for Rotherham where he made four League appearances



penpictures from various sources


The Road to The Final 1927-28
Cardiff City

Bangor Athletic
Third Round






Flint Town
1
v
1
 Bangor Athletic

















Bangor Athletic
4
v
1
 Flint Town











Fourth Round






Bangor Athletic
3
v
0
 Buckley











Fifth Round
Oswestry Town
1
v
7
 Cardiff City

Bangor Athletic
3
v
0
 Connahs Quay






















Sixth Round
Cardiff City
1
v
0
 Swansea Town

Aberdare Athletic
1
v
1
 Bangor Athletic















 

Bangor Athletic
7
v
2
 Aberdare Athletic











Semi Final
Rhyl
2
v
2
 Cardiff City

Merthyr Town
2
v
2
 Bangor Athletic
Wood 
Harrison 



  Hugh Ferguson 2


Powell 
Mayes 



  Smith
  White
Rhyl
0
v
2
 Cardiff City

Merthyr Town
0
v
2
 Bangor Athletic










  White
  Jeffs