Newtown A.F.C.

Newtown Association Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Y Drenewydd) is a Welsh football club based in Newtown, Powys, which plays in the Cymru Premier. Newtown are one of only two clubs that can claim unbroken membership of the league since its formation in 1992, with the other club being Aberystwyth Town.

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Full nameNewtown Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Robins
Founded1875; 147 years ago (1875)
GroundLatham Park
Newtown
Powys
Capacity5,000 (1,300 seated)[1]
ChairmanHoward Ellis
ManagerChris Hughes
LeagueCymru Premier
2021–22Cymru Premier, 3rd of 12

The club was founded in 1875 as Newtown White Stars, and was one of the founder members of the Football Association of Wales. Newtown White Stars, which appeared in the first Welsh Cup match on 13 October 1877, is believed to have merged with Newtown Excelsior to form the current Newtown AFC in time to be Welsh Cup finalists in 1885 and 1888.[2][3][4][citation needed]

The club plays at Latham Park, Newtown, which accommodates 5,000 spectators. They are the only top flight football club in Powys.

HistoryEdit

For a full history see; List of football seasons involving Newtown AFC and its predecessor clubs

For most of the years since the 1920s the club operated in the Mid-Wales League, or the Central Wales League as it was sometimes known, winning the championship in 1975–76, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1986–87 & 1987–88 and on the strength of this record, the club gained entry to the English league system in the Northern Premier League.

In 1992 the club became rather reluctant founder members of the League of Wales. Since then it has finished runners-up in the league in both 1995–96 & 1997–98, and subsequently played UEFA cup ties against Skonto Riga of Latvia and Wisła Kraków of Poland.

Newtown Association Football Club are one of the oldest clubs in Wales, being formed in 1875 and are one of the founder members of the FAW. In addition, the club was also one of the founder members of the League of Wales, now known as the Cymru Premier.

The club has a long and proud tradition with the move in the late 1980s into the Northern Premier League being part of the progressive nature of the club.

Way back in 1877, Newtown took part in the first Welsh Cup tie on Saturday 13 October against Druids of Ruabon. Cefn Druids now former members of the Welsh Premier are derived from this club. Wrexham went on to win the competition but in the following season, Newtown White Stars beat the favourites Wrexham 2–1 in Oswestry and became the first club to receive the famous trophy, which had only been purchased a few months earlier. In December 1895 Newtown travelled to play Manchester City at Maine Road and shocked the City team by winning 3–2. Newtown’s W. Parry scored all three goals for the Robins.[5]

In 2014 Newtown became the second Cymru Premier club, after The New Saints, to change their grass turf for a 3G pitch. During the 2014–15 season Newtown finished in the top six for the second consecutive season. They also took part in their first Welsh Cup final in 118 Years after memorable wins against Caersws, Bangor and Rhyl. However they lost the match 2–0 to The New Saints, despite it being played at Latham Park in front of a capacity crowd. After the cup final defeat, Newtown entered the European play-offs. During the play-offs, they won away at Port Talbot Town and won away at Aberystwyth Town to take a spot in the 2015–16 Europa League qualifiers.

In July 2015 Newtown faced Maltese opponents Valletta in the first round of qualifying for the 2015-16 Europa League. A last minute winner in the 1st leg at Latham Park gave the club their first European win and was followed with an away victory giving Newtown their first Europa League Win over two legs. Newtown faced Danish giants Copenhagen in the second round and were defeated over both legs losing 5–1 on aggregate. Newtown finished in the top 6 again during the following 2015-16 Welsh Premier League season and were also the only team to beat The New Saints at Park Hall, but eventually lost at home to Airbus UK Broughton in the play-off semi final. Newtown again reached the play-offs after finishing 7th in the 2016-17 Welsh Premier League season, but were beaten 3–2 away to Bangor City.

HonoursEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 23 April 2022[6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   WAL Dave Jones
2 DF   ENG Brett Taylor
3 DF   WAL Callum Roberts
4 DF   WAL Ryan Sears
5 DF   WAL Kieron Mills-Evans
6 DF   WAL Shane Sutton
7 FW   ENG Lifumpa Mwandwe
8 FW   WAL Nick Rushton
9 FW   WAL Jamie Breese
11 FW   WAL James Davies
14 FW   ENG Aaron Williams
16 MF   ENG Dylan Downs
No. Pos. Nation Player
17   ENG Henry Cowans
18   ENG James Smallwood
19 DF   WAL Craig Williams (Captain)
20 MF   WAL Rhys Hesden
22 DF   WAL Alfie Jones
23 FW   ENG Zeli Ismail
24 MF   ENG George Hughes
25 GK   WAL Max Williams
26 DF   ENG Jake Walker
27   ENG Ben Guest
28 DF   WAL Naim Arsan
FW   ENG Flynn Morris

Technical staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Chris Hughes
Assistant Manager   Callum McKenzie
Goalkeeping Coach   Andy Roberts
First Team Coach   Matty Lewis
Physio   Andy Pellow
Kit Man   Dave Rose

ManagersEdit

EuropeEdit

Newtown have participated in UEFA competition four times.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1996–97 UEFA Cup PR   Skonto FC 1–4 0–3 1–7
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q   Wisła Kraków 0–0 0–7 0–7
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Valletta 2–1 2–1 4–2
2Q   Copenhagen 1–3 0–2 1–5
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   Dundalk 0–1 0–4 0–5
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q
Notes
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
Name Competition Goals
Jason Oswell UEFA Europa League 2
Tom Goodwin UEFA Europa League 1
Matty Owen UEFA Europa League 1
Luke Boundford UEFA Europa League 1
Romilly Brown UEFA Cup 1

RivalriesEdit

Newtown share a local rivalry with Caersws who are only around 5 miles away and often attract big crowds when the teams meet. In the Cymru Premier Newtown have derby matches against fellow Mid-Wales clubs Aberystwyth Town and The New Saints.

League RecordEdit

Season League Position Pld W D L F A Pts
1959–60 Mid Wales League 7th 26 12 5 9 73 54 29
1960–61 Mid Wales League 6th 24 10 3 11 64 42 23
1961–62 Mid Wales League 6th 20 10 2 8 54 42 22
1962–63 Mid Wales League 7th 22 11 2 9 49 52 24
1963–64 Mid Wales League 8th 24 9 4 11 51 62 22
1964–65 Mid Wales League 6th 24 10 4 10 64 49 24
1965–66 Mid Wales League 9th 26 9 7 10 60 62 25
1966–67 Mid Wales League 8th 26 12 3 11 60 56 27
1967–68 Mid Wales League 4th 26 15 3 8 76 49 33
1968–69 Mid Wales League 4th 26 15 6 5 68 39 36
1969–70 Mid Wales League 11th 30 10 4 16 62 73 24
1970–71 Mid Wales League 11th 28 6 7 15 46 77 19
1971–72 Mid Wales League 11th 26 5 9 12 34 50 19
1972–73 Mid Wales League 13th 26 3 6 17 12
1973–74 Mid Wales League 11th 26 7 5 14 32 48 19
1974–75 Mid Wales League 2nd 26 18 4 4 40
1975–76 Mid Wales League 1st 28 20 3 5 86 33 43
1976–77 Mid Wales League 4th 28 15 3 10 54 45 33
1977–78 Mid Wales League 7th 28 9 10 9 50 43 28
1978–79 Mid Wales League 1st 30 25 2 3 77 22 52
1979–80 Mid Wales League 3rd 30 19 3 8 68 40 41
1980–81 Mid Wales League 3rd 26 16 5 5 53 18 37
1981–82 Mid Wales League 1st 26 21 3 2 77 24 45
1982–83 Mid Wales League 2nd 22 12 7 3 52 25 31
1983–84 Mid Wales League 6th 28 14 8 6 67 38 36
1984–85 Mid Wales League 5th 28 13 7 8 70 53 33
1985–86 Mid Wales League 3rd 26 15 6 5 65 30 36
1986–87 Mid Wales League 1st 24 20 2 2 67 16 42
1997–88 Mid Wales League 1st 24 20 2 2 72 21 42
1988–89 NPL First Division 9th 42 15 12 15 65 59 57
1989–90 NPL First Division 14th 42 14 12 16 49 62 54
1990–91 NPL First Division 13th 42 13 12 17 68 75 51
1991–92 NPL First Division 14th 42 15 6 21 60 95 51
1992–93 League of Wales 18th 38 9 9 20 55 87 36
1993–94 League of Wales 6th 38 18 9 11 52 48 63
1994–95 League of Wales 4th 38 20 8 10 78 47 68
1995–96 League of Wales 2nd 40 23 11 6 69 25 80
1996–97 League of Wales 5th 40 22 5 13 74 49 71
1997–98 League of Wales 2nd 38 23 9 6 101 47 78
1998–99 League of Wales 6th 32 13 10 9 45 35 49
1999–00 League of Wales 8th 34 14 6 14 49 41 48
2000–01 League of Wales 4th 34 18 4 12 68 37 58
2001–02 League of Wales 13th 34 9 11 14 35 44 38
2002–03 Welsh Premier League 10th 34 12 6 16 48 54 42
2003–04 Welsh Premier League 10th 32 12 5 15 43 50 41
2004–05 Welsh Premier League 10th 34 13 7 14 49 55 46
2005–06 Welsh Premier League 16th 34 10 6 18 42 61 31
2006–07 Welsh Premier League 16th 32 6 6 20 30 63 24
2007–08 Welsh Premier League 13th 34 9 10 15 47 66 37
2008–09 Welsh Premier League 10th 34 10 10 14 46 54 40
2009–10 Welsh Premier League 13th 34 10 11 13 54 57 41
2010–11 Welsh Premier League 9th 32 8 11 13 40 55 35
2011–12 Welsh Premier League 12th 32 7 5 20 44 82 23
2012–13 Welsh Premier League 9th 32 10 7 15 44 54 37
2013–14 Welsh Premier League 5th 32 12 6 14 46 58 42
2014–15 Welsh Premier League 6th 32 10 8 14 52 65 38
2015–16 Welsh Premier League 5th 32 11 9 12 46 54 42
2016–17 Welsh Premier League 7th 32 12 9 11 59 41 45
2017–18 Welsh Premier League 8th 32 12 4 16 52 55 40
2018-19 Welsh Premier League 5th 32 13 7 12 53 56 46
2019-20 Cymru Premier 6th 25[a] 10 5 10 25 30 35
2020-21 Cymru Premier 7th 32 12 6 14 57 53 42
  1. ^ League was suspended on 13th March due to COVID-19 pandemic

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Newtown AFC | Latham Park | Football Ground Guide".
  2. ^ "Welsh Newspapers Online ----THE WELSH CHAMPION FOOTBALL TEAM.|1895-04-27|The Montgomery County Times and Shropshire and Mid-Wales Advertiser - Welsh Newspapers Online". newspapers.library.wales. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  3. ^ "[No title]|1879-09-13|Wrexham Guardian - Welsh Newspapers". newspapers.library.wales. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  4. ^ "The Popularity of Football |1893-04-18| The Montgomeryshire Express and Radnor Times - Welsh Newspapers". newspapers.library.wales. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  5. ^ http://welsh-premier.com/rel_club.php?cid=13. Archived 2016-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "First Team". Newtown A.F.C. Retrieved 21 July 2021.

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