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The Welsh Cup Final
Season 1963-64
Cardiff City 5 v 3 Bangor City
played over two legs and a play off
First Leg played at Farrar Road on 27 April 1964
Bangor City 2 
 0 Cardiff City
 Eric Robinson 
Stan Edwards
 
 


photo by Geoff Charles


  A crowd of more than 7500 had crammed into Sealand Road, to see Bangor overcome Wrexham in the semi final at Chester.
  In the Final the first leg of the scheduled two took place at Farrar Road at the end of April 1964 before a crowd of 8500.
  The Bluebirds were led out by legendary Welshman John Charles and seemed to have too many big guns for Bangor.
  Bangor fans were not to be disappointed though on the seventh minute Eric Robinson  opened the scoring after Reg Matthews crossed. Next Reg Gray fired at goalkeeper Dilwyn John before John and Mel Charles both went close for the Bluebirds.
  City pressed forward and on 63 minutes Stan Edwards hooked the ball beyond goalkeeper Dilwyn John only for Trevor Peck to punch the ball off the line. Penalty! Up stepped Stan Edwards to give City a two goal lead they were not to lose.
  Two minutes form time Pat Kinsella of Bangor and Bluebirds defender Dick Scott were sent off for fighting.

  Bangor City:
 
Graham Griffiths, Emrys Ab Iorweth, Tommy Banks, Bob Murray, Eddie Murphy, Peter Fitchford, Roy Matthews, Pat Kinsella,
  Reg Gray, Eric Robinson, Stan Edwards

  Cardiff City:
 
Dilwyn John, Trevor Peck, Peter Rodrigues, Dick Scott, John Charles, Barry Hole, Bernie Lewis, Peter King, Mel Charles,
  Ivor Allchurch, Greg Farrell

 Referee:  Mr L Callaghan (Merthyr)
 Attendance:  8500
Second Leg played at Ninian Park on 29th April 1964
Cardiff City 3
 1 Bangor City
Ivor Allchurch 
Bernie Lewis 

Mel Charles 
  Reg Gray

  The second leg at Ninian Park a week later was a different affair although under modern rules Bangor  would have won through.
  Big John Charles was moved to centre forward and his presence - along with a much better display by Cardiff - proved too much for Bangor who went behind on ten minutes when the legendary Ivor Allchurch dribbled his way through the Bangor defence to beat Graham Griffiths for a one nil lead on the night.
  Bangor might have levelled the scores but Bob Murray saw his shot deflected but on 23 minutes The Bluebirds went 2-0 up on the night. A battle between Eddie Murphy and John Charles ended in the ball rolling to Bernie Lewis who netted confidently.
  The club's leading scorer in the Welsh Cup Reg Gray pulled one back for Bangor on 63 minutes to raise hopes. But with just fiteen minutes left on the clock Mel Charles ran through and shot on goal but collided with goalkeeper Graham Griffiths before slotting the lose ball home.
  Five minutes from time Peter Fitchford fired narrowly over the bar and the final chance had gone.
  There was no away goal rule in place so a replay was ordered.

  Cardiff City:
  Graham Vearncombe, Colin Baker, Peter Rodrigues, Gareth Williams, Don Murray, Barry Hole, Bernie Lewis, Mel Charles,
  John Charles, Ivor Allchurch, Peter King
  Bangor City:
 
Graham Griffiths, Emrys Ab Iorweth, Tommy Banks,  Bob Murray, Eddie Murphy, Peter Fitchford, Roy Matthews, Pat Kinsella,
  Reg Grey, Eric Robinson, Stan Edwards
Referee:  Mr L Callaghan (Merthyr) Attendance: 9050
Play off match played at The Racecourse, Wrexham on 4th May 1964
Bangor City 0
 2 Cardiff City

  Peter King 2

  A third match was needed with The Racecourse play off drawing in a crowd of more than ten thousand.
  Before the game came around Cardiff sacked manager George Swindin because he refused to resign..
  Bangor scarcely got going and when Worcester born striker Peter King gave The Bluebirds a fifth minute lead the North Wales blues were visible dispirited.
  Neither side produced much by way of attractive play as the ball became becalmed in midfield for long periods.
  With around twenty minutes left to play Peter King doubled his tally and the South Walians had their hands on the cup.

  Bangor City
  Graham Griffiths, Emrys Ab Iorweth, Tommy Banks, Bob Murray, Eddie Murphy, Peter Fitchford, Roy Matthews, Pat Kinsella,
  Reg Grey, Eric Robinson, Stan Edwards
  Cardiff City
  Graham Vearncombe, Colin Baker, Peter Rodrigues, Gareth Williams, Don Murray, Barry Hole, Bernie Lewis, Mel Charles,
  John Charles, Ivor Allchurch, Peter King
Referee:  Mr L Callaghan (Merthyr) Attendance: 10 014

Cardiff City
Bangor City
Dilwyn John (Goalkeeper)
A product of Cardiff Schools football playing for Radnor Road and Cardiff Boys.
Graham Griffiths (Goalkeeper)
Formely with Everton.
A good reliable goalkeeper, a native of Buckley.
Trevor Edwards (Right back)
Capped twice for Wales and captained the Welsh team against Scotland in 1958/59.
Emrys Ap Iorwerth (Right back)
A former Welsh Amateur International.
Previous clubs Rhyl and Portmadoc
Peter Rodrigues
A product of Cardiff City schools football , came into the side after Alex Milne had broken his leg. Played for Wales Under 23 eleven against Ireland and England this season.
Tommy Banks (Left back)
English International and has FA Cup winners medal.
Secured from Bolton Wanderers for whom he played for 16 seasons.
Gareth Williams (Wing half back)
A strong and capable player made 13 appearances for the first team last season.
Bob Murray (Right half)
Ex Stockport County captain for whom he played a few seasons
Don Murray
A most promising youngster, captained Scottish youth in the World Youth competition 1962-62  season , was picked out as one of the stars of the tournament.
Eddie Murphy (Centre half)
Has been with Bangor for a number of seasons.
Like a rock in his position, formerly with Oldham Athletic and Clyde.
Barry Hole (Left half)
Product of Swansea, gained his first full International cap for Wales last season.
Peter Fitchford ((Left half)
A prodigious worker who covers a lot of ground.
Formerly with Northwich Victoria and Stoke City.
Bernie Lewis
Born Aberfan near Merthyr Tydfil.
Welsh Youth International signed professional forms in March 1964.
Roy Matthews ((Outside right)
A very speed winger.
Formerly with Winsford United and Manchester City.
Mel Charles (Centre forward)
Learnt his football with Swansea Boys.
Has played for Wales on 33 occasions.
Pat Kinsella (Inside right)
A good ball player who is able to score goals, having scored several this season. Formerly with Wigan Athletic.
John Charles (Centre half)
Swansea born. One of the greatest footballers in the World. Big John's career has been described as fabulous. Cardiff captain for this season.
Reg Grey (Centre forward)
Has played with Runcorn, Macclesfield, Hyde and Altrincham.
Ivor Allchurch (Inside left)
Started his career with Swansea Town, Ivor beat Billy Meredith's record of 51 appearances for Wales.
Eric Robinson (Inside left)
A competent ball player who creates openings.
Formerly with Altrincham and West Bromwich Albion.
Peter King (Outside left)
Was converted from inside into a wing man in season 1962-63 and is equally proficient on either wing.
Stan Edwards (Outside left)
Formerly with Port Vale.
Very fast and has scored many times from the wing.


from the second leg match programme

Welsh Cup Semi Final Programme


Welsh Cup Final Programmes

The Road to The Final 1963-64
Cardiff City

 Bangor City
Fourth Round






Bangor City
6
v
0
 Porthmadog   






Roy Matthews 2
Stan Edwards
Reg Gray
Griffiths
Pat Kinsella




FifthRound
Ebbw Vale
1
v
6
 Cardiff City

Bangor City
3
v
0
 Llandudno






Stan Edwards 2










Bob Murray   




Sixth Round
Cardiff City
3
v
1
 Chester

Bangor City
8
v
1
 Rhyl






Reg Gray 3
Stan Edwards   
Pat Kinsella   
Bob Murray   
Eric Robinson   
Roy Matthews   




Semi Final
Newport County
2
v
2
 Cardiff City

Bangor City
3
v
1
 Wrexham
Laurie Sheffiled 
Joe Bonson 



  Ivor Allchurch
  Mel Charles

Reg Gray 2
Stan Edwards   




Newport County
0
v
1
 Cardiff City










  Mel Charles