Corwen F.C.

Corwen F.C. is a Welsh football club based in Corwen, Denbighshire, playing in the Ardal Leagues North East, the third tier of the Welsh football pyramid.

Corwen Football Club
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Full nameCorwen Football Club
Founded1877; 144 years ago (1877)
GroundWar Memorial Ground
ChairpersonCarol Evans
ManagersSion Tudor[1]
LeagueArdal Leagues North East
2019–20Cymru North, 15th (relegated)

HistoryEdit

The earliest mention of football in Corwen dates back to 1868 when The Hon C.H Wynn presented the town with a football upon returning from London. A friendly match took place in a field by the new footbridge in a field kindly given by Mr Jones postmaster.[2]

Corwen Football Club was formed in September 1877, Mr J.P. Davies was the first club secretary, whilst Mr Williams was captain.[3]

Corwen entered into the inaugural Welsh Cup in 1877. After beating neighbours Bala 1–0 after a replay, they lost heavily to Bangor.[4]

The club merged with Llangollen in 1880, before changing name to Mountaineers Football Club in September 1881.[5][6]

By November 1882 the club had resumed using the name Corwen.[7]

Current IncarnationEdit

Corwen's recent revival started as early as 1966 in the wake of England's World Cup success when a new committee was formed. Success was soon to follow gaining promotion to the 1st Division from the 3rd Division in 2 seasons of the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area). This progress however did not continue however due to the retirement of players and others moving on to other clubs.

In 1986–87 things improved again and within two seasons they were in the reformed Premier division, winning the Division 2 League and cup double in 86/87 and the Division 1 League in 1987–88.

In 1994–95 and again in 1997–98 they finished runners up in the League but season 1998–99 they at last managed to win the championship. Promotion to the Cymru Alliance proved too testing for the team so they returned to the Welsh National Premier Division the following season.

In 2000 the club dropped 'Amateurs' from the name of the club, and are now known simply as Corwen Football Club.

2004 saw Corwen's First Team win the Division One League Cup after a win against Brymbo at Llangollen Town, after the disappointment of relegation from the Premier Division the previous season. They coupled this with promotion back to the Premier Division after finishing 3rd in the league.

In 2008 Corwen reached the F.A.W. Trophy final, where they lost 4–2 to fellow Welsh National League side Rhos Aelwyd at Cefn Druids ground. Corwen came through 3 penalty shoot outs on the way to the final.

The Reserve team, managed by Richard Crimp, gained promotion from the Welsh National League Reserves and colts Division, after finishing second in the 2009/10 season, finishing a point behind champions Ruthin Colts. The Reserve team finished 10th out 15 in their first season in the Welsh National League Reserves Division, and finished an impressive 5th out of 17 in their second season, suffering only one home defeat.

After the departure of John James and Andy Lewis, who left to take over the vacant Denbigh Town post, Corwen appointed former Ruthin Town Reserves manager Neil Jones as first team manager for the 201011 season, and was being assisted by Corwen vice chairman and striker Andrew Roberts.

Corwen finished runners up in the 2010–11 Welsh National League Premier Division League Cup, after a 1–0 defeat to Gresford Athletic, the first to take place at Cefn Druids new ground 'The Rock'.

Neil Jones stepped down as First Team manager due to work commitments at the end of the 2011–12 season, and was replaced by former chairman John Billington. John had led Corwen to the Second Round of the Welsh Cup, and a mid-table finish in the Welsh National League Premier Division.

John Billington stepped down as the First Team Manager at the end of the 2012–13 season, and has been replaced by Steve Crompton. Steve was the First Team Manager at the start of the 2012–13 season, and had previously been on the coaching staff at Welsh Premier Side Bala Town FC.

Steve stepped town at the end of the 2016–17 season after leading the team to a 4th placed position in the league, missing out on 3rd on goal difference. He was replaced by former Bala Town FC player Danny Jellicoe.

The 2018–19 season saw the club originally finish second in the league, and gain promotion. After the end of the season, the winning club FC Queens Park were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player[8] and the club were crowned champions.[9]

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   WAL Nathan Aldridge
GK   WAL Nathan Roberts
GK   WAL Gethin Williams
  WAL Sion Roberts
  WAL Tomos Williams
  WAL Wil Roberts
  WAL Andrew Roberts
  WAL Elystan Hughes
  WAL Tommy Mutton
  WAL Iorweth Jones
  WAL Elfyn Roberts
No. Pos. Nation Player
  WAL Paul Jones
  WAL James Davies
  WAL Sion Hughes
  WAL Joe Williams
  WAL Rich Bodden
  WAL Tomos Hughes
  WAL Nathan Davies
  WAL Scott Evans
  WAL Ryan Billington

StaffEdit

  • Chairperson: Carol Evans
  • Vice-Chaiperson: John Billington
  • Secretary: Huw Jones
  • Treasurer: Martin Lyons
  • Kit man: Gareth Bodden
  • Groundsman: Llyr Jones
  • Press Officer: Gavin Billington

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://clwbpeldroed.org/2019/10/25/corwen-siontudorjones-cymrunorth/
  2. ^ "[No title]|1869-01-02|The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality – Welsh Newspapers Online – The National Library of Wales". newspapers.library.wales. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  3. ^ "CORWEN.|1877-10-05|Llangollen Advertiser Denbighshire Merionethshire and North Wales Journal - Welsh Newspapers". newspapers.library.wales. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  4. ^ "FOOTBALL."|1877-11-30|The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard – Welsh Newspapers Online – The National Library of Wales". newspapers.library.wales. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  5. ^ "CORWEN.|1880-10-29|Llangollen Advertiser Denbighshire Merionethshire and North Wales Journal – Welsh Newspapers Online – The National Library of Wales". newspapers.library.wales. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  6. ^ "CORWEN.|1881-09-30|The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard – Welsh Newspapers Online – The National Library of Wales". newspapers.library.wales. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  7. ^ "FOOTBALL.'|1882-11-18|The Rhyl Advertiser – Welsh Newspapers Online – The National Library of Wales". newspapers.library.wales. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  8. ^ https://clwbpeldroed.org/2019/08/29/brymbo-queens-park-faw-national-league/
  9. ^ http://www.wnl.org.uk/Tabs2019.html

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 52°58′58″N 3°22′26″W / 52.98278°N 3.37389°W / 52.98278; -3.37389