Tonyrefail Welfare A.F.C.

Tonyrefail Welfare AFC are a Rhondda & District League football club based in Tonyrefail, Wales.

Tonyrefail Welfare
Tonyrefail Welfares Crest
Full nameTonyrefail Welfare Association Football Club
Founded1925
GroundThe Welfare Park
Tonyrefail
Wales
ChairmanAndrew Roberts
ManagerAndrew Roberts
LeagueRhondda & District League, Championship
2018–19Rhondda & District League, Championship, 7th

The actual date Tonyrefail Welfare AFC was formed is not known with any degree of certainty, but it is probably safe to assume that with the opening of the Welfare park in 1925, a team was in existence at that time and took the name of Tonyrefail Welfare AFC

The early days were spent in the local leagues, where much success was achieved in the league and cup competitions.

After World War 2 the team joined the South Wales Amateur League and success continued by winning the league title in 1951 and the Corinthian Cup in 1950 and 1952 and also notably winning the Brecon Corinthian cup in three successive years 1949–1951.

Joining the Welsh Football League in season 1952–53, the club continued as members for 46 seasons until they were relegated in 1998–99.

Most of the club's successes came in the 1950s and 1960s, when they played in the premier division of the Welsh League and had a number of appearances in cup finals.

Cup final appearances were made in the South Wales senior cup in 1954, 1967 and 1969, and the Welsh Amateur Cup in 1969, finishing in all finals as runners up.

The club has struggled to stay in the lower divisions and faced near liquidation in 2004, but survived after local lottery winner and ex-player David Williams bought the club.

In 2009 a stand collapsed at the Welfare Ground. Nobody was hurt in the incident but the ground has since closed.

Tonyrefail were relegated to the Rhondda & District League Premier League after a poor performance in the 2010–11 season – a far cry from the glory days of the 1980s.

At the start of the 2017–18 season the club returned to its historic ground.

HonoursEdit

South Wales Amateur League

  • Champions: (1) –

1951.

Corinthian Cup

  • Champions: (2) –

1950, 1952

Brecon Corinthian Cup

  • Champions: (3) –

1949, 1950, 1951

South Wales Senior Cup

  • Runners-up: (3) –

1954, 1967, 1969

Welsh Amateur Cup

  • Runners-up: (1) –

1969