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

  • Erik ten Hag to hand Man Utd wonderkid unlikely start after Rasmus Hojlund out injured February 23, 2024 8:16 pm Daily Mirror Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund has been ruled out of the weekend match at home to Fulham, leaving manager Erik ten Hag with a big decision to make up top Manchester United will be without Rasmus Hojlund against Fulham on Saturday ( Image: …
  • League Two's worst stadiums - where Bradford City, Wrexham, Doncaster Rovers, Harrogate Town, Stockport County and Walsall rank February 23, 2024 7:15 pm Yorkshire Post There is also a huge range of capacities and MK Dons boast the largest with their 30,500-seater home. Closely behind the Dons on the capacity list is Bradford City’s home, the University of Bradford Stadium. Barrow have the lowest capacity in the league, …
  • Leeds United v Leicester City live team news and match updates February 23, 2024 7:11 pm Leicestershire Live City team news as Choudhury starts with Vardy thought to be injured Hamza Choudhury starts for Leicester City as Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho both miss out on the squad at Leeds United. In the sole change from the defeat to Middlesbrough, Choudhury …
  • Viewpoint: Golf course, tennis courts and Maidenhead United February 23, 2024 6:12 pm Maidenhead Advertiser Email Viewpoint letters to jamesp@baylismedia.co.uk or write to Viewpoint, Newspaper House, 48 Bell Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1HX. Courts hire fees stood till relatively recently In the article called ‘Slammed for charging at upgraded tennis courts’ you …
  • Man Utd confirm new Arsenal and Liverpool fixtures after money-spinning deal February 23, 2024 6:10 pm Daily Mirror Manchester United have announced the first two games of their pre-season schedule, facing old rivals Arsenal and Liverpool in the United States after agreeing lucrative commercial deals Manchester United and Liverpool will meet in preseason in South …
  • Who Will Win Promotion from League Two? February 23, 2024 6:06 pm The Analyst Things are heating up in League Two. With six teams seemingly fighting for the automatic spots and about half the league aiming for the play-offs, who will win promotion to League One? Wrexham were the bookies’ favourites to make it back-to-back promotions …
  • Man Utd to face Liverpool & Arsenal in summer pre-season tour February 23, 2024 6:05 pm ManchesterWorld Manchester United have announced they will face Arsenal and Liverpool as part of this summer's pre-season tour to the USA. It's the second year in a row that United will head to America, where last year the Red Devils faced Arsenal, Wrexham, Real …

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