Garden Village A.F.C.

Garden Village Association Football Club is a football club, based in Swansea, South West Wales and currently playing in the Ardal Leagues South West, at tier 3 of the Welsh football pyramid. The club is affiliated to the Football Association of Wales (FAW), West Wales Football Association (WWFA), Welsh Football League and the Swansea Senior Football League.[1]

Garden Village
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Full nameGarden Village Association Football Club
Nickname(s)Village, The Canaries
Founded1922
GroundStafford Common, Kingsbridge
Capacity2,000 – 75 seats
ChairmanRobert Lloyd
ManagerPaul Lewis
LeagueArdal Leagues South West
2019–20Welsh Football League Division One, 6th

HistoryEdit

Garden Village A.F.C. was founded in 1922 and started playing football at Swansea League level before joining the Carmarthenshire League midway through the 20th century.[2] After numerous league and cup successes over the years, Village gained promotion into the Welsh Football League at the end of the 1998–99 season after finishing second in the Premier Division of the Carmarthenshire League, and successfully beating Neath League team Cwmamman United in the Welsh League promotion play-off. In their first season of Welsh League football, the club secured promotion by finishing third in Welsh League Division Three. In the Welsh Cup Village defeated Pontyclun and Ely Rangers before being knocked out by Inter Cardiff. There last game in the Prem was in 2019 when they went down because of premier league commonteater Alan Smith.

In the 2000–01 season, Village finished eighth in their first season. The following season Village became Division Two Champions and were promoted to Welsh League Division One. In the 2002–03 season Village were finished 16th and were relegated.

After a number of seasons in Division Two the club regained Division One status when they finished third in season 2008/09. In 2010–11 Village were relegated back into Division Two. Season 2013–14 saw Garden Village return to the first Division after finishing third in the league, Season 2015–16 saw the management team and a number of players leave the club and Village were relegated to Division Two.

StadiumEdit

Garden Village play at the Stafford Common ground. In 2006 the club opened its new changing room facilities while a new bar and suite area was added to the current club house in the summer of 2008. In 2009 a 75 seater stand was installed as well as the rebuilding of the covered standing area that had been damaged previously by a storm. During the summer of 2010 the floodlights system was completed.

In the summer of 2012, the main pitch was ripped up completely to install the new drainage system. Over the years, the main pitch has had many problems with the drainage, so the decision was made to upgrade the drainage facility to help solve the problem. The work was finally completed at the end of September 2012. The summer of 2014 saw further development of the ground with a wooden perimeter fence being erected to fully enclose the main pitch area.

Club honoursEdit

  • West Wales Senior Cup : Runners-up (2006/07)
  • Welsh League Division 2 : Champions (2001/02),
  • Welsh League Reserve Cup : Runners-up (2001/02)
  • Welsh League Reserve Division West : Winners (2007/08)
  • Welsh League Reserve Division West : Runners-up (2005/06)
  • Carmarthenshire League Premier Division : Runners-up (1989/90), (1997/98), (1998/99)
  • Carmarthenshire League Division 1 : Champions (1988/89) / Runners-up (1977/78)
  • Carmarthenshire League Division 2 : Champions (2001/02), (2004/05)
  • Carmarthenshire League Division 3 : Runners-up (1999/00)
  • Carmarthenshire League Reserve Division 1 : Champions (2005/06)
  • Carmarthenshire League Reserve Division 2 : Champions (1990/91), (1998/99)
  • Carmarthenshire League Reserve Division 3 : Champions (1989/90), (1996/97)
  • Carmarthenshire League Senior Cup : Winners (1989/90), (1994/95), (1995/96), (1996/97) / Runners-up (1990/91), (1992/93)
  • Carmarthenshire League TG Davies Premier Cup : Runners-up (1998/99)
  • Carmarthenshire League Challenge Cup : Winners (1988/89)
  • Carmarthenshire League Darch Reserve Cup : Winners (1993/94), (1999/00), (2000/01) / Runners-up (1981/82), (1990/91), (1991/92), (1996/97), (1997/98), (2008/09)
  • Krisyln Summer Cup : Winners (1978/79), (1990/91), (1992/93), (1994/95), (1997/98), (1998/99), (1999/00) / Runners-up (1979/80), (1989/90), (1991/92), (2010/11), (2013/14), (2014/15)
  • Swansea League Investiture Cup : Runners-up (1968/69)
  • Swansea League Gwalia Cup : Runners-up (1938/39)
  • West Wales Youth Cup : Winners (2003/04)
  • West Wales Youth League Cup : Winners (2014/15)
  • West Wales Youth League Division A : Winners (2016/17)
  • West Wales Youth League Division B : Winners (2014/15)
  • West Wales Youth League Championship Playoffs : Winners (2014/15), Winners (2016/17)

Current playersEdit

Welsh League Second Division (1st Team)Edit

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 Jacob Ireland
GK   WAL James Kirkwood
DF   WAL Matthew Harding
DF   WAL Harry Lawson
DF   WAL Ryan Morgan
DF   WAL Craig Matthews
DF   WAL Jack Jenkins
DF   WAL Fin Capel
MF   WAL Kurtis Morgan
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   WAL Michael Morris
MF   WAL Iwan McNab
MF   WAL Dayle Selvage (C)
MF   WAL Josh Bradshaw
MF   WAL Mark Howells
MF   WAL Callum Silcox
FW   WAL Scott Smith
FW   WAL Kieran Richards

Welsh League Reserve Division West (2nd Team)Edit

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 Joe Harris
GK   WAL Darryl Hughes
DF   WAL Ben Jenkins
DF   WAL Harri Lawson
DF   WAL Daniel Snell
DF   WAL Declan Banfield
DF   ENG Brooklyn Drake
DF   WAL Daniel Briggs
MF   WAL Scott Appleyard
MF   WAL Thomas Lewis
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   WAL Ross Jones
MF   WAL Matthew Jenkins
MF   WAL Derrick Jenkins
MF   WAL Scott Hayward
MF   ROU Alex Tomas
MF   WAL Nathan Ribeiro
MF   WAL Jordan Reynolds
MF   WAL Phil John
FW   WAL Jamie Hayward
FW   WAL Phil Myles

Swansea League Third Division (3rd Team)Edit

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 Rhys Williams
DF   WAL Daniel Davies
DF   WAL Scott Bevan
DF   WAL Liam Downing
DF   WAL Sean Ruggieri
DF   WAL Lee Rastatter
DF   WAL Neil Lloyd
DF   WAL Jack Jelf
DF   WAL Jac Edwards
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   WAL Nick Rees
MF   WAL Rod Lerwell
MF   WAL Johnathan Morgan
MF   WAL Christopher Thomas
MF   ENG Ronan Green
MF   WAL Daniel Falvey
FW   WAL Greg Fisher
FW   WAL Owen Morris
FW   WAL Owen Williams

Welsh League Youth Division (U19s)Edit

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 Josh Givelin-Davies
GK   WAL Jacob Ireland
DF   WAL Jack Davies
DF   WAL Thomas Morgan
DF   WAL Luke Roberts
DF   WAL Thomas Lewis
DF   WAL Finley Capel
DF   WAL Bruno Morris
DF   WAL Daniel Briggs
DF   ENG Brooklyn Drake
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   WAL Thomas (TJ) Davies
MF   WAL Jake O'Grady
MF   WAL Jonathan Morgan
MF   WAL Iwan McNab
MF   WAL Harri Lawson
MF   WAL Lewis Hartson
FW   WAL Zac Williams
FW   WAL Luke Williams
FW   ENG Owen Cartwright
FW   WAL Tyler Mas

West Wales Youth League Division B (U18s)Edit

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 Christopher Briggs
DF   WAL Callum Davies
DF   WAL Jac Benson
DF   WAL William Davies
DF   WAL Scott Bevan
DF   WAL Jack Thomas
DF   WAL Thomas Lewis
DF   WAL Liam Downing
DF   WAL Jac Edwards
DF   WAL Matthew Hanford
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   WAL Joel Francis
MF   WAL Ben Jones
MF   WAL Johnathan Morgan
MF   WAL Joseph Lisk
MF   WAL Jacob Llewellyn
MF   WAL Kurtis Russ
MF   WAL Isaac Thorne
FW   WAL Jordan Francis
FW   WAL Thomas Pulling
FW   WAL Rui Amaral

Backroom staffEdit

Club OfficialsEdit

  • Chairman: Robert Lloyd
  • Football vice-chairman: Alan Rushby
  • Football Secretary: Nick Elias
  • Asst Football Secretary: Clive Greenfield
  • Vice-Chairman: Phil James
  • general secretary: Clive Williams
  • Treasurer: Brian Matthews
  • Head Groundsman: Eddie Donne

Club ManagementEdit

  • 1st Team Manager: David D'Auria
  • 1st Team Assistant Manager: Ashley Richards
  • 1st Team Coach: Kevin Murphy
  • 1st Team Player/Coach: Dayle Selvage
  • 2nd Team Manager: Kevin Lewis
  • 2nd Team Assistant Manager: Nicky Romanello
  • 2nd Team Coach: John Ireland
  • 3rd Team Manager:Nigel Lewis
  • 3rd Team Asstistant Manager:Owen Williams
  • Under 19s Manager: John Ireland
  • Under 19s Assistant Manager: Shaun Cartwright
  • Under 19s Coach: Dean Lewis
  • Under 18s Manager: Stuart Davies
  • Under 18s Assistant Manager: Phil Llewellyn
  • Under 18s Coach: Vacant

TeamsEdit

The club run 5 senior teams in:

  • Welsh League Division Two (First Team)
  • Welsh League Reserve Division West (Second Team)
  • Swansea Senior League Division Three (Third Team)
  • Welsh League Youth Division West (U19s)
  • West Wales Youth League Division B (U18s)

The club also run a number of Junior sides, including:

  • Under-6s & Under-7s (Friendly Mini Football)
  • Under-8s to Under-11s (Swansea Junior League Mini Football)
  • Under-12s to Under-14s (Swansea Junior League)
  • Under-15s & Under-16s (Carmarthenshire Junior Football League)
  • Under-12 Girls (West Wales Women & Girls League)
  • Under-14 Girls (West Wales Women & Girls League)

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Teams". wfleague.co.uk. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Total Team Wear :: GARDEN VILLAGE afc". www.totalteamwearuk.com. Retrieved 21 May 2019.