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cwc largeWrexham qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup due to winning the Welsh Cup, which was an entrance point to European qualification for all Welsh sides prior to the inception of the Welsh Football League, at which point the Football Association of Wales (FAW) excluded any Welsh club playing in the English league pyramid from contesting the Welsh Cup, of which Wrexham football Club still historically retains the most wins.

Wrexham were eligible to qualify for the European Cup Winners' Cup by winning the Welsh Cup, and played their inaugural match in Europe against Swiss side FC Zurich in Switzerland on 13 September 1972, the game finishing 1–1. In the return leg Wrexham won 2–1, advancing to the second round with a 3–2 win on aggregate. The second round drew Wrexham against Yugoslav side Hajduk Split. Over the course of two games the score finished 3–3 on aggregate with Wrexham matching our more illustrious opponents, but we were knocked out of the competition due to the away goals rule. A crowd of 19,013  saw Wrexham beat Hajduk Split 3 v 1 at The Racecourse with goals by Brian Tinnion (2) and Dave Smallman. Unfortunately, the Yugoslavian team scored an away goal, which was all important as Hajduk won the second leg 2-0, 3-3 on aggregate, but Hajduk went through on away goals.

1975–76 saw John Neal's team again shock the football world by reaching the quarter finals of the European cup-winners cup after another sparkling cup run and defeats of higher regarded opponents. In the first round Wrexham beat Swedish team Djurgården 3–2 on aggregate. We then knocked out Polish side Stal Rzeszow 3–1 on aggregate. Wrexham then played Belgian giants and champions Anderlecht in the quarter finals. Following a narrow away defeat in Belgium, Wrexham led in the home leg through a 60th minute Stuart Lee goal before a 76th minute equaliser from the great Rob Rensenbrink and narrowly lost 2–1 on aggregate to the eventual winners of the competition, who went on to beat West ham 4-2 in the Final.

The 1978-79 campaign saw Wrexham eliminated at the first round stage by HNK Rijeka of Croatia on an aggregate score of 3-2, although we came close to achieving a turn around on a 3-0 away defeat in the first leg with a 2-0 home win in the second leg in front of a passionate 10,469 crowd.FC Magdeburg of Germany proved to be too strong for Wrexham the following season. Following a 3-2 home victory, we led twice in the away leg, only to lose the tie in extra time.

The 1984–85 season saw Wrexham take on Portuguese giants FC Porto in European competition. Wrexham won the home leg with a 1–0 victory, but in the second leg Porto showed their class and were 3–0 up after 38 minutes, however Wrexham pulled goals back and the game finished 4–3 with Wrexham advancing on away goals to the delight of their rain soaked travelling fans. The second round draw was to pair Wrexham with Italian giants AS Roma, then managed by Sven-Göran Eriksson. Wrexham lost 3–0 on aggregate over the two legs.

1986 saw Wrexham make a return to European football with a first round draw against Maltese side FC Zurrieq, whom we beat 7–0 on aggregate to earn a second round tie against Real Zaragoza which we drew 2–2 with on aggregate but we went out on away-goals.

The 1990–91 season saw Wrexham beat Lyngby BK by a single away goal to set up a second round tie with Manchester United. Wrexham were unluckily(!) knocked-out by Manchester United 5–0 on aggregate, who eventually went on to win the trophy.

The 1995–96 season once again saw Wrexham in European action, with their opposition this time coming in the form of Romanian team Petrolul Ploiesti; the home leg ended in a 0–0 draw but Wrexham lost 1–0 in the away leg, with the Romanians scoring the only goal of the match, and Wrexham were subsequently knocked out of the tournament. To the present day, that was Wrexham's last competitive match  in European competition ,and the European Cup Winners Cup  was last contested for in the 1998-1999 season.

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13/09/1972 1R FC Zürich Switzerland  1-1  (Agg 3-2) mini pays de galles Wrexham 6,500  Cup Winners Cup 1972/73 D
27/09/1972 1R Wrexham  mini pays de galles  2-1 Switzerland FC Zürich 18,189  Cup Winners Cup 1972/73 W
25/10/1972 2R Wrexham  mini pays de galles 3-1 Croatia Hajduk Split  19,013  Cup Winners Cup 1975/76 W
08/11/1972 2R Hajduk Split Croatia  2-0  (Agg 3-3 lost on away goals) mini pays de galles Wrexham 25,000  Cup Winners Cup 1975/76 L
17/09/1975 1R Wrexham  mini pays de galles 2-1 Sweden  Djurgården 9,009  Cup Winners Cup 1975/76 W
01/10/1975 1R Djurgården Sweden  1-1  (Agg 3-2) mini pays de galles Wrexham 1,769  Cup Winners Cup 1975/76 D
22/10/1975 2R Wrexham  mini pays de galles 2-0 Poland  Stal Rzeszów 9,613  Cup Winners Cup 1975/76 W
05/11/1975 2R Stal Rzeszów Poland  1-1 (Agg 3-1) mini pays de galles Wrexham 20,000  Cup Winners Cup 1975/76 D
03/03/1976 QF Anderlecht Belgium  1-0 mini pays de galles Wrexham 35,000  Cup Winners Cup 1975/76 L
17/03/1976 QF Wrexham  mini pays de galles 1-1 (Agg 1-2) Belgium  Anderlecht 19,648  Cup Winners Cup 1975/76 D
13/09/1978 1R HNK Rijeka Croatia  3-0 mini pays de galles Wrexham 12,009  Cup Winners Cup 1978/79 L
27/09/1978 1R Wrexham  mini pays de galles 2-0  (Agg 2-3) Croatia  HNK Rijeka 10,469  Cup Winners Cup 1978/79 W
19/09/1979 1R Wrexham  mini pays de galles 3-2 Germany  FC Magdeburg 9,802  Cup Winners Cup 1979/80 W
03/10/1979 1R FC Magdeburg Germany  5-2 (a.p.) (Agg 5-7) mini pays de galles Wrexham 22,000  Cup Winners Cup 1979/80 L
19/09/1984 1R Wrexham  mini pays de galles 1-0 Portugal  FC Porto 4,935  Cup Winners Cup 1984/85 W
03/10/1984 1R FC Porto Portugal  4-3 (Agg 4-4 won on away goals) mini pays de galles Wrexham 25,000  Cup Winners Cup 1984/85 L
24/10/1984 2R Roma Italy  2-0 mini pays de galles Wrexham 36,793  Cup Winners Cup 1984/85 L
07/11/1984 2R Wrexham  mini pays de galles  0-1 (Agg 0-3) Italy  Roma 14,007  Cup Winners Cup 1984/85 L
17/09/1986 1R Zurrieq FC Malta  0-3 mini pays de galles Wrexham 4,000  Cup Winners Cup 1986/87 W
01/10/1986 1R Wrexham  mini pays de galles 4-0 (Agg 7-0) Malta  Zurrieq FC 2,793  Cup Winners Cup 1986/87 W
22/10/1986 2R Zaragoza Spain  0-0 mini pays de galles Wrexham 25,000  Cup Winners Cup 1986/87 D
05/11/1986 2R Wrexham  mini pays de galles 2-2 (Agg 2-2  lost on away goals) Spain  Zaragoza 14,515  Cup Winners Cup 1986/87 D
19/09/1990 1R Wrexham  mini pays de galles 0-0 Denmark  Lyngby BK 3,417  Cup Winners Cup 1990/91 D
03/10/1990 1R Lyngby BK Denmark  0-1 (Agg 1-0) mini pays de galles Wrexham 1,548  Cup Winners Cup 1990/91 W
23/10/1990 2R Man. United England  3-0 mini pays de galles Wrexham 29,405  Cup Winners Cup 1990/91 L
07/11/1990 2R Wrexham  mini pays de galles 0-2  (Agg 0-5) England  Man. United 13,327  Cup Winners Cup 1990/91 L
10/08/1995 QR Wrexham  mini pays de galles 0-0 Romania  FC Petrolul Ploiesti 4,308  Cup Winners Cup 1995/96 D
24/08/1995 QR FC Petrolul Ploiesti Romania  1-0  (Agg 0-1) mini pays de galles Wrexham

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 Cup Winners Cup 1995/96 L