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Cardiff Met FC vs Cefn Druids Dafabet Welsh Premier League Saturday 16th October 2016 15:00 Kick Off


Contents Cardiff Met vs Cefn Druids, 16th October 2016 04 Chairman’s Welcome

Professor Robyn Jones welcomes today’s visitors to Cyncoed.

05 Club Details

Club officials and honours.

07 Today’s Opponents

We take a look at the history of Cefn Druids.


10 The Big Interview

We give you all the info on the Fortnight of Action 2016 that looks to tackle racism in football.

12 The Squad

Meet the Cardiff Met squad.

15 Met in Action

Match photos from our games against Aberystwyth and Bangor.


17 Opposition Analysis

A look at the ones to watch from today’s opponents.

18 Dafabet WPL

Latest table, news and upcoming fixtures.

19 The Final Word

A round up of recent results for BUCS, reserves, youth and academy sides.


20 Matchday Live

Full details of today’s game. @cardiffmetfc


Chairman’s Welcome Firstly, let me extend a warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Cefn Druids FC to the Camp Ed for this afternoon's encounter; our latest match in the WPL. Croeso cynnes. In reading some of the author Charles Bukowski’s work, I came across one of his oft quoted lines; “what matters most is how you walk through the fire”. Bukowski was a poet and author who focused on (and partook in) the depravity of downtrodden urban LA life. One of his principal messages here resonated with the struggle to live a full life. In many ways, it can be taken as somewhat akin to good coaching, in that even when times are bad, one cannot (or should not) flinch from the challenge ahead. The past fortnight at Cardiff Met have been a little uneven to say the least; 3 wins followed by a few reverses. The easy road would be to revert to type in respect of going back to old trusted drills, structures and language; to circle the proverbial wagons in the hope of riding out the storm. This, however, is not our way. Rather, we will analyse events in considerable depth, examine ways forward (not back) insightfully, and implement any decided upon strategy with care and direction. My point in drawing on Bukowski is not simply to advocate a reckless ‘dance(ing) on thin ice’ and to hell with any consequence, but to squarely and thoroughly face the future with determination, never being sure of what that may bring. Having said that, we know we have to improve as a team (and as a Club). However, this will be done not by charging wildly ahead through the flames, but by stepping forward with assertive carefull conviction; and, of course, to emerge stronger for the experience. One thing for certain is that we won’t shy away from the trial of doing so; we will most certainly try, and try hard. In closing, again I return to Bukowski; “If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. It's the only good fight there is”. A good luck to all. Hwyl fawr. RJ


Club Details Club Officials Chief Executive: Mike Davies Club President: Graham Haines Honourary Vice President: Sue Roscrow, Mark Roscrow Chairman: Professor Robyn Jones Director of Football: Dr. Christian Edwards Academy Manager: Martin Longworth Development Team Coach: Charlie Corsby 1st Team Captain: Bradley Woolridge Club Captain: Bradley Woolridge Kit Manager: Darren Jenkins Hon. Treasurer: Simon Evans Hon. Secretary: Simon Evans Tel: 07734 9497 14 Email: Marketing & Matchday Enquiries: Club Honours Welsh Amateur Cup: Winners: 1967–68, 1968-69 Runner up: 1966-67, 1969-70, 1973-74 Welsh Intermediate Cup: Winners: 1975-76 Welsh League Cup: Winners: 1996-97 Semi – Final: 2011-12 Welsh League: Division 1 champion: 2015-16 Division 2 champion: 2013-14, 1975-76 Runner up: 1974-75 Division 3 champion: 1995-96, 2012-13 Runner up: 1974- 75 Welsh Cup: Quarter Finals: 2010-11, 2015-16 FAW Fair Play The aim of the FAW Fair Play Award is to encourage a reduction in on-field misconduct and promote the FAW Fair Play Code. The FAW, players and their clubs have a duty to raise awareness of the Fair Play message for the good of Welsh football. The good name of football has survived because the vast majority of people who love the game are honest and fair. Those who defend football’s good reputation deserve the recognition of the FAW. As a result the FAW will honour and publicise these fine examples through the Fair Play Award. The FAW will reward clubs who are making a significant contribution to improving the behavioural standards in football. Through such collective responsibility the FAW aims to promote team play through Fair Play.



Every chest trap. Every incisive through ball. Every last-ditch tackle. E v e r y l a s t - m i n u t e w i n n e r. E v e r y a t t a c k . E v e r y p i e c e o f m a g i c . E v e r y fi n g e r - t i p s a v e . E v e r y g o a l o f t h e s e a s o n c o n t e n d e r . E v e r y g l o r i o u s w i n . Every second of every minute.


Today’s Opponents Cefn Druids In 1872 Plasmadoc Football Club became Druids when the various colliery and quarry teams in the hills around Ruabon and Cefn Mawr were brought together under one banner. Six Druids players were in the first Welsh international side which played Scotland on 25 March 1876 - the most from a single club ever to play for Wales – whilst the first secretary of the Welsh FA, Llewelyn Kenrick, was also an ex-Druid. In 1876 Druids entered the English FA Cup, the first Welsh club to do so, and in 1882/83 they defeated Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round, losing to eventual winners Blackburn Olympic in the quarter finals. Druids played in the very first Welsh Cup game at Newtown on 13 October 1877, just a week after playing Scottish giants Queens Park at Hampden Park, and ended up as runners-up to Wrexham in the first Welsh Cup Final in 1877/78. Druids were finalists in the first six years of the competition and became the first club to win it three times in succession by lifting the trophy from 1880-1882. In all Druids have won the Welsh Cup eight times. The club joined the first Welsh League in 1890 and rose again towards the end of the nineteenth century with more silverware. In 1920 the club combined with Rhosymedre to become Rhosymedre Druids, and merged with Acrefair United in 1923, becoming Druids United. In 1957 the club won the first of two consecutive Welsh Youth Cups. Profit from the cup run enabled the club to fund the layout of a new ground on derelict land in the centre of Cefn Mawr, which became the club’s home for over 50 years. A young George Best was part of a Manchester United XI that provided the opposition for the first match there. But enthusiasm at Druids had waned by the 1980s when Druids were being outstripped by arch rivals Cefn Albion, who were formed in 1967. A merger between the two clubs was resisted until 1992 when Cefn Druids FC was born, playing at Plaskynaston and carrying the white and black colours of the original Plasmadoc club. The club steadily consolidated in the Cymru Alliance, helped by a renewed youth policy, and under Gareth Powell, strolled to the 1998/99 Cymru Alliance championship, scoring over 100 goals in the process. The club marked its arrival in the League of Wales with a 1-0 win at Inter Cardiff and in 2001/02 reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup. The Ancients finished in the second relegation spot at the end of the 2004/05 season but with only one team from the feeder leagues being promoted, survived the drop. Delays to the start of construction to a new ground meant the club was going to struggle to meet the criteria for the revamped 12-club Welsh Premier League. The club cut its cloth accordingly as relegation appeared certain with the club battling at the wrong end of the table. When the inevitable relegation happened Druids returned to Rhosymedre in 2010 when the new stadium, The Rock, was completed. Recent years have seen the club enter Europe as runners up in the Welsh Cup, facing Finnish side MyPa-47 as well as promotion, relegation and re-promotion at the expense of Caernarfon Town after their failure to achieve the domestic license. In addition to this, the NEWFA Cup was secured by the club for the third time in five seasons at the ned of the 2015/16 season.







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The Big Interview Today will see Cardiff Met FC support the Fortnight of Action in our match against Cefn Druids, both teams will be wearing anti-racism T-shirts prior to kick off and will jointly support an anti-racism message. Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The campaign delivers educational workshops to young people and adults in their schools, workplaces and at events held in stadiums. The Fortnight of Action 16 forms part of the FARE Football People action weeks and is supported by the Football Association of Wales. This year’s Fortnight of Action will see clubs along with its players across Wales all unite to challenge discrimination and celebrate the contribution we all make to football, wherever we live, whatever our connection to the game and whatever our background. What started as a minor campaign in nine countries in 2001 has now become the largest series of anti-discrimination activities in sport In 2015, over 2,000 activities took place in 67 countries, including Mexico, Vietnam, the United States and South Africa, with some of Europe’s top stars lending support to the campaign such as Yaya Touré, Thiago Silva, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Edinson Cavani. All UEFA Europa League, Champions League and EURO 2016 Qualifying matches took part in the campaign, reaching fans directly at the matches and millions more through television. In 2015, 199 professional clubs participated in the campaign, joined by 17 European FAs, 12 leagues and three players’ unions. The support from the Welsh clubs has helped SRtRC progress their work in Wales. Last season the campaign worked with over 10,000 young people and held 28 educational events at stadiums across the country supported by professional players. Football is a sport that is followed by all, and should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or ethnic background. We hope you enjoy the game today and ask you to support the player’s action before kick-off. Follow Show Racism the Red Card on Social media: Twitter: @theredcardwales Facebook: /theredcardwales YouTube: /redcardwales Instagram: theredcardwales To be kept up to date with this seasons Fortnight of Action 15 follow the hashtag #SRtRCFOA16 If you see or hear racism at any level of football, please report it to the nearest steward or club official. For more information on how to report racism visit www. Further details about the campaign and the Fortnight of Action can be found at or by contacting: Tel: 02920 236 057 Email:


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Opposition Analysis Gareth Partridge (20) A former student at Cardiff Met, 'Gaz' returned to the club in 2015 from Newtown after a previous brief spell during the 2013/14 season whilst studying in the USA. A creative midfielder who can play in a range of wide positions, Gareth has a powerful strike behind him and will be one to watch in today's game. Photos courtesy of Mark McKean

Huw Griffiths (Manager) Pro License holder Griffiths is in his second spell with The Ancients. Griffiths was previously manager of Welshpool in the WPL for 18 months, but left when the club's relegation to the Alliance was confirmed when the league was reduced to 12 clubs at the end of the season 2009/10. Griffiths led the Ancients to the Huws Gray Alliance title in 2013/14 as well as two NEWFA Cup triumphs and, memorably, taking the club into the Europa League after reaching the Welsh Cup final in 2012. @cardiffmetfc


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The Final Word Cardiff Met FC is more than just the first team you see today, with a reserves and youth team, plus 5 sides competing in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) leagues. We also have a fully FAW accredited academy. BUCS Roundup The first team have had a slow start to this seasons BUCS campaign with a 0-2 loss away at current British Champions USW and a 0-0 draw against Chichester. The second team started their season with a 0-0 draw away to Cardiff Uni 1sts. The 3rds drew 1-1 with Swansea 2nds whilst the fourths fell to a 2-0 defeat against Gloucestershire 2nds.

Reserves Team The reserves have started their campaign with 4 wins from 4, the latest win coming in a 7-1 away at Goytre United, goals courtesy of John Littlemore (4), Tim Parker (2) and Harry Owen. They sit top of the table on goal difference and their next game is against Garden Village (15th Oct). Youth Team The youth team sit 3rd in the WPL Development League South with 3 wins and a draw from 4 games and a game in hand over first and second. Their latest result saw a 4-2 win on Monday night away at Merthyr. Social Media Social media is the easiest way to keep up to date with all the goings on at Cardiff Met FC. We have a Facebook page and Twitter (@CardiffMetFC), where you can find post match interviews and info on upcoming games and we also have a brand new website which can be found at @cardiffmetfc


Matchday Live Cardiff Met FC

Cefn Druids

1 Will Fuller 2 Isaac Philpot 3 Kyle McCarthy 4 Brad Woolridge 5 Emlyn Lewis 6 Ben Bowler 7 Eliot Evans 8 Chris Baker 9 Adam Roscrow 10 Charlie Corsby 11 Jordan Lam 12 Dan Spencer 13 Rich Morgan 14 John Littlemore 15 Joel Letori 16 Josh Barnett 17 Gwion Howell 18 Will Evans 19 Aaron James 20 Gareth Emanuel 21 Harry Owen 22 Liam Black 23 Tim Parker 24 Ryan Jenkins 25 Chris Willis 29 Matt Taylor 30 Dan Evans

1 Michael Jones 2 Kyle Parle 3 Max Penk 4 Adam Hesp 5 Matthew Eckersley 6 Jordan Barrow 7 Stuart Cook 8 Matthew Cook 9 Steve Blenkinsop 10 Mike Pritchard 11 Aaron Bowen 12 Theodorakis Chrisokhou 13 Daniel Lloyd 16 Naim Arsan 17 Adam Eden 19 Fisnik Hajdari 20 Gareth Partridge 21 Corey Roper 22 Craig Whitfield 23 Jordan Harper 24 Jake Phillips 25 Tommy Cooney 26 Ashley Ruane

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Referee: Tom Owen Asst Referee: Phil Thomas Asst Referee: Ian Bird Fourth Official: Leigh Jones

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