Cwmbrân Town A.F.C.

Cwmbrân Town Football Club is a Welsh football team based in Cwmbran, South Wales, that competes in the Gwent County League Premier Division, the fifth tier of the Welsh football league system.

Cwmbrân Town
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Full nameCwmbrân Town Football same Club
Nickname(s)The Crows
Founded1951
GroundCwmbran Stadium
Capacity10,500 (2,200 seated)
ChairmanBrett Howells
ManagerLee Waddon
LeagueGwent County League Premier Division
2018–194th (of 16)
WebsiteClub website

The Crows were formed in 1951 when Whiteheads AFC disbanded. After playing in junior leagues the club switched to the Welsh League in 1960, moving to Cwmbran Stadium in 1975.

In 1978 Cwmbrân Town finished bottom of the Welsh League Premier Division and were relegated, in 1981 the Crows finished 16th but in 1982 won promotion to the Premier Division. In 1986 Cwmbrân Town became full members of the FAW and were chosen as one of 14 Welsh clubs to participate in both the English FA Cup and FA Trophy.

HistoryEdit

Formed in 1951, Cwmbrân Town began in the Monmouthshire Senior League, playing their matches at Cwmbrân Park. In 1960 the club joined the Welsh Football League and they moved to their present home at the Cwmbran Stadium in 1975. Cwmbrân lost their place in the top division of the Welsh Football League in 1978 and it took them three years to return to the top level. Although they finished eighth in the 1981–82 season, they were invited to join the National Division of the restructured League. Cwmbrân finished third in 1986–87 and almost won the title in 1989–90. In 1992 they were invited to become founder members of the League of Wales. They took the title by five points from rivals and near-neighbours Inter Cardiff, conceding only 22 goals all season and losing only three games (all 1–0).

That inaugural championship brought European reward in the form of a UEFA Champions League tie against Cork City from the Republic of Ireland. In the preliminary round, Cwmbrân won the home leg 3–2, after being 3–0 in front but despite going a goal ahead early in the second match they lost 2–1 and went out on away goals. Cwmbrân had another taste of European football in 1997 in the European Cup Winners Cup, having lost 2–1 to newly crowned champions Barry Town in the Welsh Cup final.

Qualifying for Europe again in 1998 and 1999, Cwmbrân met FC Național București of Romania, and Celtic respectively.

In the 1999–2000 Welsh Cup final Cwmbrân lost to Bangor City, and in 2002–03 Barry Town defeated them in the final in a penalty shoot-out. In the 2003–04 UEFA Cup they lost 6–0 on aggregate to Maccabi Haifa of Israel, playing the away leg in İzmir, Turkey.

Financial Problems (2006–2007)Edit

The 2003–04 season saw the introduction of a new manager, Brian Coyne, who had previously managed Newtown. But his reign was short, and during the 2004–05 season after the resignation of long term chairman John Colley, Brian also decided to step down as manager due to financial reasons.

For the rest of that season Cwmbrân were managed by former player Sean Wharton. For the next two seasons, in difficult circumstances Wharton looked to local talent to try to avoid relegation. At the end of the 2005–06 season, Town were close to dropping out of the Welsh top flight for the first time since the League's formation. Cwmbrân finished in the second relegation position, but were saved from relegation due to a lack of teams in the feeder leagues wishing to be promoted. But at the end of the 2006–07 season Cwmbrân were relegated for the first time from the Welsh Premier League into the Welsh Football League. They finished in 17th place and were ultimately relegated following a 5–1 defeat by Llanelli AFC on 20 April.

The season's on-field performances were overshadowed by off-field financial problems. Towards the end of November 2006, reports surfaced that players were not being paid. The club initially denied this, but on 30 November the club announced officially that it was unable to pay its players. A few key players left, including top scorer Jody Jenkins, who joined Haverfordwest County.

Cwmbrân Town received some help from Newport County, who offered a friendly with all proceeds going to the club. Wharton resigned at the end of the season.

Post Welsh Premier League Relegation & Welsh League Football (2007–2011)Edit

Season 2007–08 saw the club install a new manager, Guillermo Ganet; but his reign was short: he only stayed with the club for one season and then left by mutual consent. A year later the experienced Gary Proctor became as manager, but relegation from Welsh Football League Division 1 followed.

For the 2009–10 season the club had a new management team of Barrie Hughes and Gareth Kedward. With a completely new squad, the team finished fifth from bottom in Division 2, and because of the league restructure, demotion to Division 3 followed. Another relegation followed at the end of the 2010–11 season, and Hughes resigned mid-season.

Gwent County League (2011-present)Edit

Manager Mark Parfitt and assistant Jamie Jenkins built a new squad for 2011–12 using local players and managed a creditable third place in Division 1 of the Gwent County League. Season 2012–13 started in promising fashion but a few games into the season Parfitt stepped down and Jamie Jenkins took the hot seat, finishing the long hard season near the bottom.

The following season Jenkins was joined by his brother and ex-Crow Daniel Jenkins and the pair oversaw a good run of results: the team were fighting for the league championship until four defeats in the last five games resulted in a seventh-place finish.

The Crows appointed former Cwmbran Celtic FC manager Steve Morgan for the start of the 2014–15 season, but after a bad run of results with no wins in the first eight games, Morgan resigned. First team coach Andrew Howells stepped into the manager position and was joined by former PILCS manager Matthew Ryder with a third of the season remaining. Together they steered the team to the safety of 14th place. Howells left the club, and Ryder took over as manager for the 2015–16 season.

Season 2015–/16 started so well on the new 3G pitch at Cwmbran Stadium winning more than usual; as the season ended, the Crows avoided another relegation, finishing in 12th place, with the league restructuring relegating 4 teams from the Gwent County League.

For 2016–17, Ryder brought in Gareth Hinwood as his assistant manager and a host of new players from Cwmbran Celtic FC, finishing the season in eight position, despite being the league's leading goal scorers; it was the other end that let the team down.

In 2017–18 Ryder and Hinwood had added quality to the squad, with a real hope of achieving promotion to the Welsh Football League. Ryder hit a bad patch over the Christmas period losing three games in succession resulted in him resigning, leaving the Crows in sixth position and Hinwood taking caretaker charge for the final ten games, but Hinwood also stepped down with three games remaining.

In April 2018, at the end of the season, Nicky Church was appointed manager with Della Cheedy as his assistant. The club finished the season in 4th place.

The 2018–19 season proved to be the Crows' strongest of recent years. The squad was enhanced with experience and talented youth players and although the Crows cemented 4th place again in the league, the club won the Gwent Senior Cup for the fourth time, beating a very strong Ynysddu Welfare side in the final 1-0 and claiming their first trophy in over 13 years.

On top of this, the Club endured a very strong showing in the Welsh Cup getting to the 2nd round proper eliminating Afan Lido of the Welsh League First Division before eventually being knocked out by Ton Pentre, losing 2–1 at Cwmbran Stadium.

An unbeaten league run of 17 games topped off a very successful season for Cwmbran Town.

The 2019/2020 season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic bringing a premature end to Nicky Church's reign as manager. Town secured a mid table finish due to a points per game outcome.

Dean Taylor was appointed as Church's replacement in May but only lasted a few weeks in the job leaving for Abergavenny Town.

Lee Waddon replaced Dean Taylor in June with Wayne Jepson stepping in as assistant manager.

HonoursEdit

SeniorEdit

YouthEdit

League RecordEdit

Season Competition Position PLD W D L F A GD PTS
1967/68 Welsh League Division Two 1st 32 26 2 4 156 42 114 54
1968/69 Welsh League Division One 7th 34 19 4 11 103 63 40 42
1969/70 Welsh League Division One 2nd 32 21 5 6 61 39 22 47
1970/71 Welsh League Premier 14th 34 6 10 18 52 72 20- 22
1971/72 Welsh League Premier 16th 34 8 7 19 40 77 37- 23
1972/73 Welsh League Premier 10th 33 13 5 15 51 56 5- 31
1973/74 Welsh League Premier 7th 34 14 11 9 61 42 19 39
1974/75 Welsh League Premier 16th 34 8 9 17 38 62 24- 25
1975/76 Welsh League Division One 2nd 34 20 9 5 64 34 30 49
1976/77 Welsh League Premier 14th 34 8 12 14 24 37 13- 28
1977/78 Welsh League Premier 18th 34 3 12 19 28 71 43- 18
1978/79 Welsh League Division One 15th 34 8 8 18 34 53 19- 24
1979/80 Welsh League Division One 18th 34 1 6 27 35 101 66- 8
1980/81 Welsh League Division Two 16th 38 11 4 23 63 78 15- 26
1981/82 Welsh League Division Two*** 2nd 32 20 8 4 77 27 50 68
1982/83 Welsh League Division One 8th 32 13 8 11 60 48 12 47
1983/84 Welsh League National 12th 30 10 4 16 40 50 10- 34
1984/85 Welsh League National 15th 32 4 9 19 43 87 44- 21
1985/86 Welsh League National 5th 32 16 7 9 68 43 25 55
1986/87 Welsh League National 3rd 32 18 8 6 60 31 29 62
1987/88 Welsh League National 5th 34 20 4 10 57 36 21 64
1988/89 Welsh League National 14th 32 9 6 17 43 59 16- 33
1989/90 Welsh League National 4th 30 19 3 8 55 33 22 60
1990/91 Welsh League National 9th 30 11 6 13 63 58 5 39
1991/92 Welsh League National 7th 30 11 12 7 51 42 9 45
1992/93 League of Wales 1st 38 26 9 3 69 22 47 87
1993/94 League of Wales 8th 38 16 9 13 51 46 5 57
1994/95 League of Wales 5th 38 20 7 11 69 49 20 67
1995/96 League of Wales 7th 40 14 15 11 58 49 9 57
1996/97 League of Wales 9th 40 19 8 13 71 61 10 65
1997/98 League of Wales 5th 38 22 7 9 78 47 31 73
1998/99 League of Wales 3rd 32 17 6 9 72 44 28 57
1999/00 League of Wales 3rd 34 21 6 7 71 37 34 69
2000/01 League of Wales 2nd 34 24 2 8 71 34 37 74
2001/02 League of Wales 7th 34 17 4 13 66 53 13 55
2002/03 Welsh Premier League 9th 34 14 8 11 51 39 12 50

European RecordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Champions League Preliminary round 1   Cork City 3–2 1–2 4–4
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round 1   National București 2–5 0–7 2–12
1999–2000 UEFA Cup Qualifying round 1   Celtic 0–6 0–4 0–10
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup Qualifying round 1   Nistru Otaci 0–1 0–1 0–2
2001–02 UEFA Cup Qualifying round 1   Slovan Bratislava 0–4 0–1 0–5
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round 1   Maccabi Haifa 0–3 0–3 0–6

StadiumEdit

Cwmbran Stadium holds 10,500 people and the main outdoor arena consists of an international standard athletics track and field surrounding an artificial 3G football pitch. The complex has an outdoor floodlit artificial playing surface for football and hockey.

SquadEdit

As of 1 July 2020.[1]

Notable former playersEdit

Coaching StaffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Lee Waddon
Assistant Manager   Wayne Jepson
First team coach

  Mark Parfitt

Player / Coach   Sean Matthews
Physio & Kit Manager   Robert Hole

Club OfficialsEdit

Position Name
President   John Colley
Chairman   Brett Howells
Secretary & Programme Editor   Marc Herbert
Treasurer   Debra Gibbon
Website Editor   Steve Thomas
Youth Chairman   Mark Williams
Youth Secretary   Ian Smith
Youth Treasurer   Robert McGrath
Safeguarding & Welfare Officers   Tony Jones / Kate Banks

Youth Set UpEdit

The club has a large and very successful youth structure at various age groups. All youth sides are based at Pen-y-Lan playing fields in Cwmbran, Torfaen. The Club holds a very popular mini festival tournament each year which is attended by many clubs around the Gwent area.

Position Name
Under 6 coach

  Owen Llewellyn

Under 6 coach

  Mark Williams

Under 7 coach   Emma Lewis
Under 7 coach   Lewis Hyde
Under 8 coach   Lee Manley
Under 8 coach   Daniel Davies
Under 9 coach   Cori Britton
Under 9 coach   Matthew Robinson
Under 10 A coach   Tony Jones
Under 10 A coach   Scott Lanyon
Under 10 B coach   Joe Little
Under 10 B coach   Richie Bowen
Under 11 coach   Jason Tahanha
Under 11 coach   Mark Hobbs
Under 12 coach   Leighton James
Under 12 coach   Gary Jones
Under 13 coach   Ian Smith
Under 13 coach   Anthony Barlow
Under 14 coach   Matthew Evans
Under 14 coach   Marc Berriman
Under 15 coach   Robert McGrath
Under 15 coach   Paul Sandford
Under 16 coach   Dewi Rowe
Under 16 coach   Jason Bond
Under 11 Girls   Reggie Al Haddi

Managerial HistoryEdit

Dates Names Notes Honours
1968–1969   Kenny Morgans Player Manager
1991–2003   Tony Wilcox League of Wales (Welsh Premier League) Inaugural Winner: 1992–93

Welsh Cup Runner-up: 1997, 2000

Welsh Premier League Cup Runner-up: 2001

Office Interiors Welsh League Cup Winner: 1990–91

Gwent Senior Cup Winner: 1994–95, 1995–96

2003   Roger Gibbins Caretaker Manager Welsh Cup Runner-up: 2003
2003–2005   Brian Coyne
2005–2007   Sean Wharton Gwent Senior Cup Winner: 2005
2007–2008   Guillermo Ganet
2008–2009   Gary Proctor
2009–2011   Barrie Hughes
2011–2013   Mark Parfitt
2013–2014   Jamie Jenkins
2014–2015   Steve Morgan
2015–2016   Andrew Howells
2016–2018   Matthew Ryder
2018   Gareth Hinwood Caretaker Manager
2018–2020   Nicky Church Gwent Senior Cup Winner: 2018/19
2020-Present   Lee Waddon

MiscellaneousEdit

Club Record AppearancesEdit

Name Position Apps
  James 'Jimmy' Blackie Defender 378
  Pat O'Hagan Goalkeeper 350

Top ScorersEdit

Season Player Goals
1992–93   John Powell 12
1993–94   Andrew Clissold 9
1994–95   Andrew Mainwaring 28
1995–96   Andrew Mainwaring 17
1996–97   Mattie Davies

  Simon Dyer

27

15

1997–98   Simon Dyer

  Mattie Davies

27

22

1998–99   Chris Summers

  Mattie Davies

21

20

1999–00   Chris Summers 28
2000–01   Mattie Davies

  Jodie Jenkins

19

18

2001–02   Craig Hughes 16
2002–03   Chris Summers 10
2003–04   Chris Summers 21
2004–05   Jason Welsh 14
2005–06   Kaid Mohamed 11
2006–07   Jodie Jenkins 12
2007–08   Jean Black Ngody 10
2008–09   Rob Fowler 8
2009–10   Steve Hughes 12
2010–11   Kristian Powell 13
2011–12   Chris Ham 20
2012–13   Luke Thomas 19
2013–14   Luke Thomas 32
2014–15   Chris Pike 9
2015–16   Luke Thomas 19
2016–17   Owen Llewelyn 33
2017–18   Owen Llewelyn 21
2018–19   Owen Llewelyn 22
2019–20   Dan Pritchard 7*

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Squad 2017/18". Cwmbrân Town AFC. Retrieved 7 June 2018.

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