The Exiles

Five teams affiliated to the FAW play their football in the English system.

After play-off success against Reading at Wembley in 2010-11 Swansea City were promoted to the Premier League – the top tier in England – but their stay ended in 2017-18 when they finished in 18th place to return to the Championship.

Cardiff City joined the Swans in the top flight in 2012-13 after gaining promotion as champions of the Championship but in 2013-14 the Bluebirds finished bottom of the Premier League and returned to the Championship. In 2017-18 as the Swans dropped down a level the Bluebirds replaced them in the top flight having finished runners-up to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the race for the Championship title. Their stay only lasted one season though, with relegation back to the Championship coming after they finished in 18th place in 2018-19.

Newport County beat Wrexham in the Conference play-off final at Wembley in 2012-13 to return to the Football League after 26 years away, while Wrexham remain in the National League after being relegated from the Football League in 2008-09.

Merthyr Town are affiliated to the Southern League. Colwyn Bay also played in the English pyramid until 2019-20 when they returned to the Welsh system after finishing in 11th place in Division One West of the Northern League. The Seagulls now play in the Cymru Leagues.

Focus On The Exiles

  • Sheffield Wednesday face transfer battle to sign Cardiff City's Josh Murphy 19 Jan 2021 13:26 YorkshireLive Attacking reinforcements remain high on Sheffield Wednesday's agenda with less than a fortnight to go until the transfer window closes. Time is rapidly running out for the managerless Championship club to add to their squad and today they have been …
  • Championship transfer rumours: Hourihane linked with Boro and more 19 Jan 2021 12:32 TeessideLive The January transfer window is in full swing. Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals are desperately trying to strengthen their squads in difficult circumstances due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Here's the latest …
  • Who are the favourites to get the NUFC job if Steve Bruce leaves? 19 Jan 2021 09:57 Chronicle Live Newcastle United Steve Bruce is now the bookies' favourite to be the next manager sacked in the Premier League. The pressure on the Magpies head coach has ramped up in recent weeks, and Monday night's defeat at Arsenal now means it is nine matches …
  • Cardiff City transfer headlines as suggestions of double rejection dismissed 19 Jan 2021 06:42 Wales Online Here's your round-up of all the transfer news and gossip from the Cardiff City Stadium for Monday, January 18. Cardiff deny double rejection reports Cardiff City remain keen on a move for Bournemouth centre-back Jack Simpson, and have rejected reports …
  • Jordan Morris transfer details plus Conor Hourihane latest 19 Jan 2021 06:42 Wales Online Swansea City are hopeful of signing Jordan Morris on loan from Seattle Sounders ahead of their FA Cup fourth round clash with Nottingham Forest this weekend. Steve Cooper has been determined to bolster his forward options in the January transfer window …
  • City's midweek opponents Reading have injury problems 18 Jan 2021 18:12 Coventry Live Coventry City have been handed a boost ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Reading with the news that the hosts have a number of injuries to key players. Among them are striker George Puscas, forward Yakou Meite and club captain Liam Moore – all of whom have been …
  • West Brom will need to banish 19-year record to win at West Ham 18 Jan 2021 17:05 Birmingham Live West Brom take their show on the road again this Tuesday at West Ham, having seen off rivals Wolves on Saturday. Ah, Tuesday. Midweek matches aren’t as frequent in the Premier League as they are in the Championship, naturally because of the length of the …

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