Football has been established in Welshpool since 1878 following a match the previous year between a town selection and Newtown’s
Second X1. This match resulted in a 0-0 draw but Welshpool went one better in the year of their formation by winning 2-1 at their rival’s ground.
The club changed its name in the first ten years, firstly to Welshpool Wanderers and then to Welshpool Warriors, although the latter may well have been a separate club.
The town was first represented in the Welsh Cup in 1885 but the result was a crushing 0-8 victory for visitors Oswestry White Stars, the Cup holders, who went on to reach the final. At that time, Welshpool played at Foundry Field before moving to the Recreation Ground in 1895.W
Welshpool AFC was re-established in 1889 and after one season as Welshpool United in the original Welsh League entered the Shropshire League in 1897-98, but how long they stayed in membership has remained elusive.
They joined the combination for two seasons in 1907 but resigned probably due to the travelling costs involved.
Their League history after 1910 when they left that league is something of a mystery and they surfaced again as members of the National League framework in 1921. They won the Central Section title in that first season but were not promoted. The move up to the First Division (North) came at the end of the 1924-25 season after they finished runners-up to Llanidloes Town. They were relegated without winning any honours at the end of the 1928-29 season and returned to Mid-Wales football.
They remained there until the mid 30’s when their fate becomes unclear. On the resumption of organised football after the Second World War, Welshpool spent the first two seasons in the Mid-Wales League before moving across to the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area)in1949-50.
Welshpool were champions in 54-55, 56-57, 61-62 and 64-65 before returning once more to the Mid-Wales League for the 1965-66 season.
Subsequently there began a long period of success, winning seven championships between 1968 and 1980, taking the League Cup on five occasions and the Central Wales FA Cup five times. In 1971-72 they won the Welsh Amateur Cup by defeating Aberystwyth Town 1-0 at Newtown. They were to win it again in 1977, winning 4-1 against Whitchurch Alport, and 1983 by 4-3 against Brymbo Steelworks and 1984 1-0 against Caersws after a 1-1 draw.
Moving up as founder members into the Cymru Alliance League in 1990 they finished a creditable seventh in their first season. A magnificent 1991-92 season saw them finish on top, twelve points clear of their nearest rivals. Disaster then followed when they were controversially docked a massive 66 points for fielding a player under suspension in England. This dropped them to bottom spot and presented the title to Caersws.
Undaunted, they came back strongly to finish second to Llansantffraid the following year. With League of Wales their main goal, they continued the momentum and finished second again in 1993-94, but beat champions Rhyl 2-1 in the League Cup final at Wrexham. They regrouped in 1994-95, finishing ninth but won promotion the following year when they again finished second. This time the title went to Oswestry Town by one goal but the champions failed to meet League of Wales ground criteria and Welshpool Town AFC were promoted. They changed their name to Welshpool Town and despite a sprightly start slumped by the season’s end to a position just outside the relegation zone. The next season was another of struggle with Welshpool in the bottom 3 for most of the season. They were eventually relegated and finished second from bottom.