2012–13 Welsh Premier League

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Welsh Premier League
Season2012–13
ChampionsThe New Saints
RelegatedLlanelli
Champions LeagueThe New Saints
Europa LeagueAirbus UK Broughton
Bala Town
Prestatyn Town
(via domestic cup)
Matches played192
Goals scored677 (3.53 per match)
Top goalscorerMichael Wilde
(25 goals)
Biggest home winBangor City 7–1 Aberystwyth
The New Saints 6–0 Bangor City
Biggest away winNewtown 1–7 Airbus UK
Highest scoringConnah's Quay 6–4 Afan Lido
Highest attendance846[1]
Bangor City 2–1 Connah's Quay
Lowest attendance76[2]
Afan Lido 2–1 Connah's Quay

The 2012–13 Welsh Premier League, known as the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 21st season of the Welsh Premier League, the highest football league within Wales since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 17 August 2012.[3]

The New Saints successfully defended their title.

Teams[edit]

Following a decision by UEFA not to allow Neath F.C. a license to compete both domestically and in continental competitions, it was ruled that they would be relegated no matter where in the league they finished.[4] Bottom club Newtown were spared relegation.

Gap Connah's Quay finished first in the 2011–12 Cymru Alliance to return to the Welsh Premier League after a two-year absence.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Aberystwyth Town Park Avenue 5,500
Afan Lido Marston Stadium 4,200
Airbus UK Broughton The Airfield 2,100
Bala Town Maes Tegid 3,000
Bangor City Nantporth 3,000
Carmarthen Town Richmond Park 3,000
Gap Connah's Quay Deeside Stadium 1,500
Llanelli AFC Stebonheath Park 3,700
Newtown AFC Latham Park 5,000
Port Talbot Town Victoria Road 2,500
Prestatyn Town Bastion Road 2,500
The New Saints Park Hall 3,000

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 The New Saints (C) 32 24 4 4 86 22 +64 76 Qualification for Champions League second qualifying round
2 Airbus UK Broughton 32 17 3 12 76 42 +34 54 Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round
3 Bangor City 32 14 9 9 65 53 +12 51 Qualification for Europa League play-offs
4 Port Talbot Town 32 13 8 11 51 52 −1 47
5 Prestatyn Town 32 11 7 14 62 79 −17 40 Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round[a]
6 Carmarthen Town 32 10 7 15 36 50 −14 37 Qualification for Europa League play-offs
7 Bala Town (O) 32 17 5 10 62 41 +21 56 Qualification for Europa League play-offs
8 Connah's Quay Nomads[b] 32 12 5 15 62 69 −7 40
9 Newtown 32 10 7 15 44 54 −10 37
10 Aberystwyth Town 32 9 10 13 37 58 −21 37
11 Llanelli (R) 32 10 6 16 41 68 −27 36 Relegation to Welsh Division Three
12 Afan Lido 32 8 3 21 43 79 −36 27
Source: Welsh Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ The winner of the 2012–13 Welsh Cup qualify for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
  2. ^ Gap Connah's Quay deducted one point for fielding ineligible player.

Llanelli A.F.C.[edit]

On 22 April 2013, Llanelli A.F.C. were liquidated by HM Revenue and Customs at the High court in London with debts of £21,000; this did not affect the final league table as the club had already played all their league fixtures prior to the ruling.[5]

Results[edit]

Teams will play each other twice on a home and away basis, before the league is split into two groups at the end of January 2013 - the top six and the bottom six. Clubs in these groups will play each other twice again to bring the total fixture count to 32.

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home \ Away ABE AFA AIR BAL BAN CMR CQN LLA NEW PTA PRE TNS
Aberystwyth Town 4–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–0 0–2 0–2 0–5 4–1 1–4
Afan Lido 0–0 1–5 1–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–3 0–3 2–4 1–3
Airbus UK Broughton 5–1 3–1 1–0 2–3 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 5–0 5–0 2–1
Bala Town 3–2 3–2 0–2 2–1 3–0 3–6 1–2 4–4 2–0 1–2 2–2
Bangor City 7–1 4–1 2–0 5–0 2–2 2–1 1–2 3–0 2–2 3–3 0–1
Carmarthen Town 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–4 1–0 4–2 1–0 2–2 0–0
Connah's Quay Nomads 1–2 6–4 4–1 0–1 2–6 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 3–3 1–3
Llanelli 0–0 3–2 2–4 1–4 2–2 4–2 1–6 0–3 0–1 2–2 0–6
Newtown 3–1 1–2 1–7 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–4 1–1
Port Talbot Town 2–4 6–1 4–4 2–1 1–1 2–1 6–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–3
Prestatyn Town 2–2 4–2 1–6 1–0 4–1 7–1 4–1 3–1 2–5 1–1 1–0
The New Saints 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 0–3 5–1 0–0 0–1 5–0 4–1
Source: Welsh Premier League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–32[edit]

UEFA Europa League play-offs[edit]

Teams who finished in positions third through eighth at the end of the regular season will play-off to determine the second participant for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.

Quarter-finals[edit]

Bala Town1 – 0Gap Connah's Quay
Hunt Goal 76' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 409
Referee: Mark Whitby

Semi-finals[edit]

Bangor City2 – 4Bala Town
Jones Goal 57'
Hoy Goal 79'
Report S. Jones Goal 29'
M. Jones Goal 34'
Sheridan Goal 43'47'
Attendance: 457
Referee: Richard Harrington

Port Talbot Town1 – 0Carmarthen Town
Brooks Goal 72' Report
Attendance: 410
Referee: Nick Pratt

Final[edit]

Port Talbot Town0 – 1Bala Town
Report Irving Goal 89'
Attendance: 658
Referee: Mark Petch

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Michael Wilde The New Saints 25
2 England Chris Simm Bangor City 21
3 England Andy Parkinson Prestatyn Town 19
4 Wales Alex Darlington The New Saints 18
England Lee Hunt Bala Town 18
6 Wales Mark Jones Afan Lido / Aberystwyth Town 17
7 Wales David Brooks Port Talbot Town 16
8 England Martin Rose Llanelli 14
9 England Jamie Petrie Gap Connah's Quay 13
Wales Liam Thomas Carmarthen Town 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morley is spot on for Citizens". Welsh Premier League. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Lido finally win after ten match losing streak". Welsh Premier League. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League Fixtures 2012/13". Football Association of Wales. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  4. ^ "Club Licensing Appeals". Football Association of Wales. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  5. ^ "Llanelli AFC wound up at London's High Court". Llanelli Star. 2013-04-22.

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