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The Welsh Cup Final
Season 1977-78
Wrexham 2 v 1 Bangor City
played over two legs

First Leg played at Farrar Road on 7th May 1978
Bangor City 1 
 2 Wrexham
 Billy Telford 

  Bobby Sinton
  Les Cartwright

  Bangor player manager Dave Elliott had steered the club to a Quarter Final win over Newport County and then a stirring 4-2 win over Shrewsbury Town in the Semi Final at Farrar Road.
  Farrar Road was packed for the first leg of the Final but saw Wrexham take a two nil lead.
  They took the lead on seven minutes through bandy legged Bobby Shinton after goalkeeper Mike Craven had saved well from player manager Arfon Griffiths and Mel Sutton.
  Five minutes before the interval Welsh International Les Cartwright raced through to steer the ball beyond Craven to give the Third Division Champions a two nil advantage.
  Bangor fought back to reduce the deficit. And did just that through bustling Bill Telford after John Hughes had gone close following a foul by goalkeeper Dai Davies for a half time score of two one.
  After the restart Bangor created openings for Billy Telford, who fired wide, and Steve Hipwell who was too casual after a clever pass from winger Pat Olney. Local favourite John Hughes and Steve Hipwell had shots blocked by the seasoned defensive pair of Gareth Davies and John Roberts.
  In the closing stages Stuart Mason fired wide when well placed and as Wrexham countered Dave Elliot cleared off the line from Gareth Davies and the Robins took a two one advantage back to The Racecourse for the second leg.

  Bangor City:
  Mike Craven, Dewi Atherton, Phil Lunn, Dave Elliott, John McClelland, Jim Smith, Pat Olney, Tony Broadhead, (John Hughes),
  Billy Telford, Stuart Mason, Steve Hipwell
  Wrexham:
 
Dai Davies, Micky Evans, Alan Dwyer, Gareth Davies, John Roberts, Mickey Thomas, Bobby Shinton, Mel Sutton,
  Arfon Griffiths, Graham Whittle, Les Cartwright

 Referee:  Mr Clive Thomas (Treorchy)
 Attendance:  10 000
Second Leg played at The Racecourse on 9th May 1978
Wrexham 1
 0 Bangor City
John Lyons  
 

  The second leg was Wrexham's 65th competitive game of the season.
  Wrexham settled the outcome by a solitary strike from John Lyons who back headed home from a Les Cartwright corner. John later played for Bangor on loan and tragically took his own life whilst playing for Colchester.
  Bangor could force only one serious threat, a header from John Hughes midway through the second half, and Wrexham ran out comfortable winners.
  A two legged defeat for City then and not long after manager Elliott was relieved of his duties to be replaced by the ill fated Stuart Mason.

  Wrexham:
  Dai Davies C, Micky Evans, Alan Dwyer, Gareth Davies C, John Roberts C, Mickey Thomas C, Bobby Shinton, Mel Sutton,
  John Lyons (Wayne Cegielski) Graham Whittle, Les Cartwright C
  Bangor City:
  
Mike Craven, Dewi Atherton, Phil Lunn, Dave Elliott, John McClelland C, Jim Smith, Pat Olney, John Hughes, Billy Telford,
  Stuart Mason, Steve Hipwell
Referee:  Mr Clive Thomas (Treorchy) Attendance:  13 959
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)


Wrexham
Bangor City
Dai Davies
Ammanford born goalkeeper who has previously played for Swanea City and Everton. Capped by Wales.
Mike Craven
Birkenhead born goalkeeper signed from Chester City in 1977 after making four Football League appearances for The Seals.
Micky Evans
Caersws born fullback who has made 385 League appearances for The Robins.
Dewi Atherton
Bangor born Dewi Atherton was hailed as the "new Mike England" as he followed the Prestatyn born defender into Blackburn Rovers first team in 1968. After ten League appearances he was released and joined Bangor City.
Alan Dwyer
Liverpool born defender who has made 141 League appearances for The Robins.
Phil Lunn
As a youngster Phil Lunn left Farrar Road for Sealand Road and a couple of years with Chester City. He did not break into the Chester first team but returned to Bangor as a better player for the experience and one who had switched from left wing to defence.
Gareth Davies
Bangor born defender who has made 402 League appearances for The Robins. Capped by Wales.
Dave Elliott was born in Tantobie, mid way between Gateshead and Consett on 10th February 1945.  He made 31 League appearances for Sunderland inbetween 1963-66 before moving to Newcastle United where 80 more League matches followed from 1966-70.  He then moved to Southend and 177 appearances.  Dave moved to Newport County as player manager in July 1975 making 23 League appearances. and took over in the same capacity at Bangor in 1977.
John Roberts
Swansea born defender who played for Swansea City and Northampton before winning the Football League with Arsenal in 1971. Moved on to Birmingham before joining Wrexham. Capped by Wales.
John McClelland
Belfast born Irish defender who had been released by Cardiff City and stopped off to work at a hospital in Bangor. Originally tried as a centre forward before switching to defence to good effect.
Mickey Thomas
Mochdre born midfielder who joined Wrexham from school.
Capped by Wales.
Jim Smith
A former Everton trainee who could play centreback or in midfield.
Bobby Shinton
A West Bromich born striker who joined Walsall and Cambridge United before moving to The Racecourse.in July 1976.
Pat Olney
A skilful winger who could play on either side of midfield.
Mel Sutton
A Birmingham born midfielder who made 136 League appearances for Cardiff before joining Wrexham in July 1972.
Began his career with Aston Villa.
John Hughes
Bangor born but Anglesey raised John Hughes was a goalscoring forward with Bangor who caught the eye of Blackpool for whom he signed in July 1969.  After eight appearances (without a goal) John moved to Southport in March 1971 and scored once in eight matches.  After spells with (non leaguers) Bangor City and Altrincham he signed forStockport County in January 1976 and scored three times in twelve games, before rejoining Bangor for whom he played for several more seasons.
John Lyons
A Buckley born striker who attended Elfed High School John has scored 23 goals from 63 League starts for The Robins.
Billy Telford
Bill Telford was born in Carlisle and joined Manchester City as a youngster and made one first team appearances as a substitute before moving to Peterborough in 1975. He scored twice in four appearances for The Posh before a couple of loan appearances for Colchester United. From Layer Road to Canal Bridge and non league football with Runcorn.
Graham Whittle
Liverpool born striker who played for Harsthill Boys and scored 90 goals in 384 League appearances for Wrexham.
While at Wrexham, he was Player of the Season during 1976–77
Stuart Mason
A Whitchurch (Shropshire) born midfielder Stuart began his career with Wrexham before moving to Liverpool in 1966. He returned to Wrexham and 157 apperances later moved to Chester and after brief loan spells with Rochdale and Crewe moved to Farrar Road in 1977.
Les Cartwright
Aberdare born midfielder who made 68 League appearances for Coventry City before joining Wrexham. Capped by Wales.
Steve Hipwell
A former Reading midfielder Steve joined Bangor after gaining experience with Runcorn, Stafford Rangers and Congleton.
  substitutes   substitutes
Wayne Cegielski
Bedwellty born defender who was a junior at Tottenham and enjoyed a brief loan spell at Northampton before joining Wrexham.



Wrexham penpictures largely taken from The Rothman Football Yearbook 1978-79
Bangor penpictures from various sources

Welsh Cup Final Programme
Welsh Cup Final Programme




The Road to The Final 1977-78
Wrexham

Bangor Citty
Third Round






Bangor City
9
v
0
 Conwy United






John Hughes 3 
Tony Broadhead 3 
Billy Telford 2 
og    




Fourth Round
     Chester City
2
v
0
 Wrexham

Bangor City
9
v
0
 Blaenau Ffest'g






Tony Broadhead 4 
Dave Elliott 2 
John Hughes    
Jimmy Smith    
Billy Telford    




FifthRound
Wrexham
3
v
0
 Merthyr Tydfil

Newport County
1
v
3
 Banor City






  Howard Goddard  


  Pat Olney 2
  Billy Telford











Semi Final
   Cardiff City
0
v
2
 Wrexham

Bangor City
4
v
2
 Shrewsbury Town






Tony Broadhead 2
Dewi Atherton   
Billy Telford