Undy AFC vs Blaenavon Blues FC - Saturday 13th April

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Undy AFC vs Blaenavon Blues AFC - Ardal South East League


Welcome to the Causeway

Ground: The Causeway, Undy, Monmouthshire, NP26 3EW

Telephone: 01633 881352

Website: www.undyafc.co.uk/

Facebook: Undy AFC Twitter: @UndyAFC

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Club Chairman: Jim Roberts

First Team Manager: Lewis Thomas

Secretary: Matt Elliot - seniorsfixturessecretary@undyafc.co.uk

Junior Football Contact: Mark Shaw

First Team Sponsor

A Word from the Dugout

Good afternoon and welcome back to the Causeway for our first game in several weeks.

The lads have been looking sharp in training and are ready to go. Following several postponements due to the weather (which has turned our season into the longest on record), we are looking forward to the game today and building on our ten nil win against Hay St Marys.

We know Blaenavon Blues will provide a good test for us - particularly with the prolific Chris Ham up front. However we have a strong squad and we also have our record goal scorer Gareth Cullimore on fire following his hat trick last time out, alongside last season’s top scorer Dan Jarman, who also scored a hat trick. When are attack are on top form, we are as good as anyone in this league.

We want to make sure we have a positive result today which will give us the energy and focus to go into Tuesday night’s Severnside derby with local rivals Caldicot. We are looking forward to a great game of football and playing the Undy way.

Lewis Lewis Thomas - First Team Manager

Undy AFC - Our Club History

Undy A.F.C. was formed in 1947 by Joe Champion, Lambert Bird, Harry Hodges and others. The changing facilities were in Undy Church Hall, using a tin bath for washing. During the period between 1947 and 1962 the Argus Shield was won three times. Unfortunately in 1962 the club was disbanded, due to lack of support.

1970 saw a reformation, the driving force behind this, amongst others, were John King, Percy Pope,Malcolm Pope, our president Mr J Smith, and the tote organiser Bob Scrivens, the tote keeping the club on a firm financial setting for more than 10 years

From 1970 to 1981 Undy Football Club operated without any team managers, a selection committee picked the teams every week. The first manager taken on by the club, in 1981 was Dave Segal During the mideighties Undy United F C took over the management of the Playing Fields from Undy Playing Fields Association, changing our name from Undy United to Undy A F C

In 1992, the football club poured its first pint of beer in its new clubhouse, by obtaining its licence to sell alcohol. 1996 saw the project to extend the clubhouse, providing us with new changing facilities, and more recently in 2005 the development of our new pitch Our colours changed during this period to the Red that the whole club wears today

Having gained entry to the Gwent County League, the Gwent County Motors Cup was won in 2004, and with a continual improvement of our first team, we became an established Gwent County Division one side, before beginning to set our sights on a place in the Welsh League

In 2010/2011, under the management team of Mark Crook and Jason Davies, we fulfilled our ambition by being crowned Division one Champions and gaining promotion into the Welsh Football League Our time in The Welsh League has been a successful one, with us winning the Third Division in our first season, and gaining promotion to Division two

In 2015/16, now under the management of Laurence Owen, with Crook as Director of football, we achieved our objective, and gained promotion to the top tier of Welsh League football

Our stay in the Cymru South division came to an end after relegation in the 2021/22 season. We finished the 2022/23 season in the Ardal South East league in third position, just five points behind Abertillery Bluebirds AFC

First Team Honours:

Gwent County League Division One: 2010–11, Welsh Football League Division Three: 2011–12

Gareth Cullimore, James Barnes and Dan Jarman, all in action during the 2022/23 season.

Blaenavon Blues were formed in 1947 by Ernest Pugh. During the early years the club competed in the Pontypool and District League. From 1959-60 the club were very successful, winning the Langdon Cup on three consecutive occasions in 1960, 1961 & 1962, the Benevolent Cup in 1960, 1961 & 1963, the E.I. Peake Cup in 1960, as well as the League Championship in 1961, 1962 & 1967.

In 1968 the club were accepted into the Gwent Senior League and the Welsh Football League, finishing 12th in Division Two of the Welsh League In 1969 they appointed their first coach in Bert Sharland, the Blues played their home games at the Recreation ground and at Garn-y-Erw, while their usual ground of the Co-Op Field underwent some improvements.

In 1970 they appointed their first professional manager in Mel Davies, with his best finish coming in 1971-72 in 7th place in Division Two

For 1972-73 season former Manchester United Busby Babe, Ken Morgans arrived at the club, but after finishing in 8th place he was gone. In 1973 Tony Leighton was appointed manager and it proved a successful period in the club’s history, with the Blues winning the Welsh League Division Two title in 1974-75, with 28 wins out of 34 games

In the early 1980’s John Coles was appointed manager, and in season 1983-84, the club won promotion in third place in Welsh League Division One, behind Pontlottyn and Newport County. The club then spent three seasons in the Premier Division, with a best finish of 7th place in 1985-86.

In the late 1980s Paul Young took over as manager after relegation in 1986-87 back to Division One. It was a difficult time for the club when they dropped their second team due to low player numbers. Young was subsequently replaced by Della Cheedy, and despite just missing out on promotion in 1989-90 in 4th place, in 1991 the club took the decision to pull out of the Welsh Football League

The club won the Gwent Central League title in 1993, but failed in the play-off to return to the Gwent County League. They won it again 1997 and this time won promotion to the Gwent County League

In 2003 and 2004 under the management of Mike Hall and Rob Browning, the club won back-to-back promotions to take their place in the Gwent County League Division One. In 2005 saw the Blues narrowly failed to win promotion to the Welsh League after finishing runners up in the Gwent County League Division One

In 2011, the Blues left their home ground of many years at the Co-Op Field or a new ground on the other side of the town called the Memorial Ground. In 2014 the Blues again narrowly missed out on promotion to the Welsh League when they finished third behind runners up Panteg, who joined the Welsh League that season.

2020 saw the Blues finish runners up behind Abertillery Excelsiors on the ‘points per game’ ruling after the season was cut short by the Covid pandemic to miss out again. However, 2021-22 the Blues completed their Gwent Premier League campaign unbeaten to finish runners up to Lliswerry, gaining promotion to the Ardal Southern League, also winning the Gwent FA Senior Cup for the first time

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Memorial Park - the home of Blaenavon Blues AFC
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From the Archives - Picture Gallery

Ardal South East - Saturday 25th March 2023

2022 2019
Undy AFC 1 v 2 Blaenavon Blues AFC
Pictures by Jason Anderson

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League Table

First Round Games

P W D L Pts 1 23 Trethomas Bluebirds AFC 20 3 0 63 2 26 Risca United 17 5 4 56 3 22 Newport City FC 17 2 3 53 4 20 Goytre AFC 13 3 4 42 5 26 Brecon Corries AFC 12 4 10 40 6 26 Aberbargoed Buds FC 12 1 13 37 7 21 Caldicot Town FC 11 2 8 35 8 22 Chepstow Town FC 9 4 9 31 9 22 Undy AFC 9 3 10 30 10 23 Blaenavon Blues AFC 7 5 11 26 11 24 Tredegar Town AFC 7 4 13 25 12 26 Lliswerry AFC 6 4 16 22 13 22 Abercarn United FC 6 3 13 21 14 19 Treowen Stars AFC 5 3 11 18 15 21 Treharris Athletic Western FC 4 3 14 15 16 21 Hay St Marys FC 1 3 17 6 Treharris Western Athletic FC vs Caldicot Town FC Goytre AGC vs Risca United AFC Treowen Stars AFC vs Brecon Corries AFC Chepstow Town FC vs Aberbargoed Buds FC Abercarn United vs Trethomas Bluebirds AFC Undy AFC vs Blaenavon Blues FC Tredegar Town AFC vs Lliswerry AFC Hay St Marys vs Newport City FC 12th/13th April
Results - 6th April Trethomas Bluebirds 4 Hay St Marys 0 Brecon Corries AFC 1 Blaenavon Blues FC 1 Newport City FC 2 Tredegar Town 0 Abercarn United 2 Aberbargoed Buds 1 Chepstow Town FC 3 Lliswerry AFC

from the Causeway

Sam Burden

Jack Harris

Tom Wright

Brad Hanbury

Tyrone Tucker-Dixon

James Barnes

Harris Thomas

Paul Clayton

Sam Broadribb

Dan Tozer

Ollie Smith

Dan Jarman

Chris Parry

James Gidney

Elliot George

Alex Jarman

Jack Roberts

Giancalo Gabbiadini

Scott Rodway

Henry Wall

Gareth Cullimore

Jack Morgan

Will Higgs

First Team Manager: Lewis Thomas

Assistant Manager: Steve Lowndes

Mark Crook

Luca Bullock

Rakesh Patel

Khai Jones

Craig Tanner

Rhys Williams

Kai Burton

Jude Bull

Jacob Bull

Christopher Ham

Kallem Berry

Matthew Burns

Illtyd Caddick

Damien Berry

Kian Cook

Harrison Archer

Matt Stewart

Samuel Reed

William Priest

Manager: Lee Challenger

Coach: Lee Wathen

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