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Llandrindod Wells AFC vs Bont FC Spar Mid Wales League Division 2 August 29th 2010 - 6:30pm
to the very first edition of theBluePrint, the official Llandrindod Wells AFC matchday programme. We also extend a warm welcome to our visiting team Bont FC. Today‟s encounter is made even more special by the fact that we welcome the Groundhop UK to the Broadway today for our first league game of the season. This programme will be produced at every home first team league game and any home cup games we may host. The programme will incorporate the results from all Llandrindod Wells teams from u8‟s upwards, including goal scorers. We will also list as many league tables as is possible. The aim of this is to incorporate the teams at all levels under one club that is Llandrindod Wells AFC. The club has the strongest youth set up in the area and we will now be shown to be very proud of that fact. We will also use the programme as a way of giving more coverage to our very generous sponsors and to hopefully entice more people to sponsor the club at all levels. The programme will also give good coverage to both the reserve and youth teams, with match reports and pictures to compliment them. There will also be new elements introduced over the season to keep the publication feeling fresh but it will contain individual player profiles, spot the ball, Blue Army sections and many more on an issue by issue basis, so keep reading! Enjoy the season and let‟s hope it‟s even more successful than the last! Many thanks go out to Owain Rhys Price, Phil Davies and Gareth Jones as part of theBluePrint team who will help produce this programme over the season. David Jones please email suggestions, comments, questions and photographs to email@example.com
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The club‟s sincere thanks go to Shaun Payne and SP Racing for his continued support of the club for the 2010/11. Shaun‟s backing is a huge boost for the club and allows us to invest in much needed equipment, kit, and clubhouse items. Anyway, he takes quite a few duff bets off us over a season!
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The Managerâ€™s Views
The last two weeks have seen us play in two of the Senior Premier Cup Competitions that Welsh football has to offer. It's another indicator of where the Club is heading and with continued hard graft from everyone success will keep coming our way. The result in the Welsh Cup at Trethomas was frustrating after a good performance against experienced opposition. Cadaxton last week at home in the FAW Trophy allowed us the opportunity to test ourselves against another experienced Welsh League oufit. A fantastic effort by the Dod in front of a good crowd resulted in a 1 - 0 win. Jonny Williams scoring the all important goal 10 minutes before half time. Jonny's really settling in well and continues his rich vein of scoring goals out of nothing As I said a great effort from the team with excellent individual performances from Wrighty, Aaron Martin and Robbie Nicholls complimented by an assured first team debut from Marco Parry. With an average age of nineteen at the final whistle, this once again shows the potential and quality the club has worked so hard for in developing over the years with it's younger players. Pre season has gone well with the younger players showing up really well. Retaining all last seasons squad apart from Tom Goodwin provides the club with undoubted depth in quality. It's great to retain young players like Jonny Williams, Leroy Smith and Sean Powell who are the future of the Club. Acquiring Daryl Nicholls from Penybont continues my determination in developing young local talent that can serve the club for years into the future. The average age of the squad is 24 which is fantastic knowing that for many years to come this team will continue to develop and bring success to the town. Tonight's first league game against Bont is a massive game for the club with us playing our first game in the newly formed Spar Second Division. Make no bones about it this league will allow us to play quality opposition week in week out. If we are to do well we need to hit the ground running and put in a good performance against what will be a stern test against Bont who won their League last season. Not knowing much about the opposition makes this a real cup tie in every sense of the word. The team is ready and has trained hard to achieve an excellent level of fitness under the gruelling schedule implemented by Pete Williams. On to the squad for tonight it's disappointing to lose captain Gareth Jones and Miff. I wont harp on but discipline must improve within the team. There are no excuses. On the plus side having Dan (Lloydy) Thomas returning to fitness gives us undoubted quality especially from set pieces. Adam Oakley is back from coaching in America and is as fit as a butchers dog. Acquiring the talented Paul Watson fills a void in the squad in the vital goal scoring dept. Paul made his debut at 16 for the Dod before playing in the League of Wales at Newtown FC. He has recently moved back to the area and will put pressure on the other lads to put the ball in the back of the net. I can honestly say I can't wait for the Season to start and this game played at home in front of the fanatical Blue Army fans is the beginning of a new era for the club. The Clubhouse is looking great, and the pitch is looking as good as it's been for many years. Thanks to Mike and everyone else who have worked tirelessly in making the Dod's facilities as good as anywhere in Mid Wales. Having a fully fledged Reserve Team has put the Club back where it need to be and I would like to wish Pete Baker and Tabbs all the best for the season ahead. Finally a warm welcome awaits the players, officials and supporters from Bont. Enjoy your visit to the Broadway and take away fond memories of the occasion but hopefully disappointment in not getting anything from the game....Let's get it on! Nige theBluePrint
– Bont FC
Llandrindod AFC would like to extend a warm welcome to Bont FC‟s player manager, Andre Marsh and his team for both sides first league game of the season. Bont, who hail from the town of Pontrhydfendigaid in Ceredigion, formed in 1947 and have plied their trade in Ceredigion‟s equivalent of the Mid Wales League South, the Cambrian Tyres league. Today‟s opponent‟s should provide Llandrindod with a stern test having clinched the league title for the first time in thirty nine years and lifting the Len & Julia Newman Cup, a local cup competition, last season. Whilst sticking with the team that brought the club success last season, Bont have made arguably the biggest signing of pre-season by securing the services of former Wales semipro international Glyndwr Hughes from Aberystwyth Town. Hughes made more than 350 league appearances for Aberystwyth in the Welsh Premier scoring 100 goals. They are also hoping to have signed Sion Meredith from Cymru Alliance side, Penrhyncoch in time for tonight‟s game. Player/Manager Marsh (above) has injury concerns over Dewi Evans and last season‟s top scorer, Michael Lowe but will be buoyed by last weekend‟s FAW Trophy win against Carno from the Spar Mid Wales First Division. Many supporters will also see a familiar face in Bont FC‟s coach, Meirion Appleton who managed local rivals Rhayader Town during their brief spell in the Welsh Premier League. We very much hope that all those associated with Bont FC enjoy their visit to Llandrindod Wells AFC and we wish you all a safe journey home after tonight‟s game.
Congratulations go to Mike King who won the Outstanding Contribution trophy at the first Powys Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony held on 3rd June 2010 in the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells. The event was organised by Powys Volunteer Centre, which is part of PAVO. Mike was nominated for his thirty years of voluntary work as groundsman, committee member and fundraiser at Llandrindod Wells Football Club. One of the club members said: 'Mike King stands out as a wonderful example of someone who is a true hero in the community. His tireless contribution over 30 years has given countless numbers of people of all ages lots of pleasure. He does not court recognition, but he deserves to be recognised for his contribution'. His trophy was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Powys, Hon Mrs. Legge Bourke LVO.
Kept that one quiet, or so you thought Kingy! Well done from everyone at the club, you may get a song now! theBluePrint
In a chance meeting two weeks ago, the club was able to approach in person Carl Robinson, Llandrindod’s most successful professional footballer. Extremely graciously Carl has agreed to donate a Wales international shirt worn in one of his 52 appearances for our country to the club to display in it’s new refurbished clubhouse. Carl (34)played for Llandrindod and Rhayader Junior sides. Pictured right (nice hair!) with a youthful looking future manager Nigel Thomas and assistant manager Andrew Jones, Carl also played senior football for the Dod. A combative player, Carl started his professional career as a trainee with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He made his football league debut whilst on loan to Shrewsbury Town during the 1995-96 season. He made his Wolves debut during the 1996-97 season. Under manager Dave Jones (now at Cardiff City), Carl was cited as the player to build the Wolves team around. Carl formed a very strong friendship with fellow youth player Robbie Keane while at Wolves, Robbie was Carl‟s best man. After over 180 appearances for Wolves over six seasons, he moved to Portsmouth in July 2002. He played around 20 games for Portsmouth under Harry Redknapp in their promotion year before loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Walsall (helping avoid relegation), Rotherham (helping avoid relegation), Sheffield United (Neil Warnock)and Sunderland (Mick McCarthy). After impressing at Sunderland, he signed a permanent 3-year deal in June 2004. He then went on to collect another championship winners medal as they gained promotion during a season in which he played 42 of 46 matches., under former United legend Roy Keane. After a loan spell with Norwich City, he signed for The Canaries permanently on a 2½-year deal for an undisclosed fee in January 2006. Robinson scored his first goal for Norwich in a 5-1 win against Barnsley on 26 August 2006. He racked up over 50 appearances in 15 months before deciding to leave. On January 31 2007, Robinson joined Toronto FC from Norwich after just over a year at Carrow Road. He scored his first MLS goal when he netted Toronto's 3rd in a 4-0 win against FC Dallas on June 17, 2007. He was voted team MVP (Most Valuable Player) in his first year, and since went on to win the award again in his second year at the club. He was traded from Toronto FC to the New York Red Bulls for a 4th round draft pick in March, 2010. He now plays with the likes of Thiery Henry, Marquez and Juan Pablo Angel. On 21 August 2010, Carl scored his 1st goal as a New York Red Bull against his old club Toronto FC. As a mark of respect, Carl declined to celebrate after enjoying 3 years at Toronto., a mark of the man. Carl also represented his country 6 times at u21 level, and twice at B team level. But Carl and his family‟s proudest moment must have been when he made his debut for Wales against Belarus in 1999, winning the man of the match award. His 50th cap came in the 2-0 World Cup Qualifier victory over Liechtenstein. However, on April 1, 2009, Robinson announced his retirement from international football at the age of 32. Carl contributed to a very strong Wales side under the management of Mark Hughes during which Wales beat Italy 2-1 at the Millenium stadium. Carl scored one goal for his country in his 52 appearances. Carl is currently completing his UEFA licenses in preparation for the opportunity to become a coach/manager. The town and the club are very proud of Carl‟s achievements. He was recently awarded Citizen of the Year which he describes as a "fantastic honour" for him. Carl‟s love of football was bred into him by his dad, Llandrindod Wells AFC legend Phil Robinson. „Robbo‟ was a fantastic player for the club and we would all like to express our very best wishes to Phil, Carl and the rest of the Robinson family in Robbo‟s ill health. www.robbo33.com – twitter @carlrobinson33
A quick roundup of this years preseaon friendlies......... Brecon Corries 1 â€“ 1 Llandrindod Wells AFC Wednesday 28th July 2010 A mixed first/reserve team played out an entertaining draw at Brecon. Llandrindod started the brightest and the remainder of the half played out well for the dod, with good possession football without really pressing the Corries keeper. At half time both teams made changes and it was Brecon who started to stretch the Llandrindod defence and create some chances of their own. They eventually made the breakthrough after a Llandrindod attack broke down in the middle of the pitch. Brian Keddle was played in down the left, who then pulled the ball back across goal for player manager Damien Daniels to tap in.
Llandrindod reacted well to the goal and soon equalised. After a high bouncing ball in the box which the Brecon defence failed to clear, Johnny Williams took the initiative, nipped in, controlled the ball and buried a right foot shot into the right hand corner. The draw was a fair result as Brecon caused Llandrindod some problems in the second half.
Llandrindod Wells AFC 4 â€“ 2 Presteigne St Andrews Saturday 31st July 2010 A blend of first and reserve team players were selected for the second friendly of the season. First blood came from a quickly taken free kick halfway inside the Presteigne half, with Will Green floating a cross to the back post, which evaded the keeper and nestled itself into the back of the net. This was shortly followed by an unstoppable 25 yard shot into the right hand corner of the goal from midfielder Shaun Nicholls . Not to be outdone by his older brother, young Daryl Nicholls then unleashed an equally powerful long range shot which rattled the cross bar. The rebound was calmly controlled by Chris Davies who fired in a low volley to make it 3-0 within the first half hour. Then striker Jonny Williams coolly nut-megged a Presteigne defender before guiding a left foot shot into the left hand corner making it 4 by half time. Presteigne started the second half with much more purpose and pulled two goals back. The first, a free kick from Ryan Stokes on the edge of the box and the second a header from one of the strikers after a good run and cross from Jack Bowen. Llandrindod still continued to play good football and create chances but all of the damage had been done in the first half. theBluePrint
Llanidloes Town 0 – 0 Llandrindod Wells AFC Friday 6th August 2010 A good crowd for this charity match for the local hospital and Chron‟s Disease charities witnessed Llandrindod and Llanidloes play out a hard fought draw. The game was played at a frantic pace with a high level of commitment from both sides. However, chances were few and far between as the defences held the upper hand for the majority of the match. Llanidloes, who will play in Spar League One next season have strengthened their squad with the addition of Jack Birmingham from Carno and Gareth Mansell from Presteigne and will expect to be competitive this season. Llandrindod‟s youthful squad acquitted themselves well and will have learnt a lot from the experience.
Whilst Llanidloes edged possession and chances, they did not really do enough to win the game and a draw was probably the fairest result on the night, with the charities the real winners at a well attended and pleasant, friendly evening. Builth Wells 2– 0 Llandrindod Wells AFC Tuesday 10th August 2010 A young Llandrindod side started the first half brightly and edged both possession and territory for the majority of the half. Builth will not have been happy with their first half performance. They started the second half with much more purpose and took control of the game. Builth‟s Gareth Hammonds delivered a high cross into the box which was completely misjudged by goalkeeper, Adam Wright and found its way into an empty net. Shortly after, a Neil Davies break from midfield was brought to an abrupt end by a mistimed tackle from Gareth Jones and he duly collected his second yellow card and early shower. Llandrindod then made a number of substitutions and a second red card of the night soon followed as Daniel “Miff” Smith received his marching orders after an altercation with Builth player manager, Jason Samuel. The remaining nine men continued to work hard despite the clear signs of tiredness. Builth eventually broke down the Llandrindod resistance and mustered a second goal with five minutes to go when Phil Draper was played in down the left and he lifted a neat finish over Adam Wright. theBluePrint 7
Welsh FA Cup Premliminary round – Saturday August 14th
Llandrindod Wells AFC Johnny Williams
Welsh Cup exit for Llandrindod Llandrindod made the long journey to Trethomas for the first qualifying round of the Welsh Cup. The game was played in sweltering conditions and it was Llandrindod who started the better as Trethomas found it difficult to cope with their passing and movement in the early exchanges. Trethomas, who play in the Gwent Premier Division, then started to assert their physical presence on the game and dominated the majority of the first half with Adam Wright being tested on a number of occasions. However, the only goal of the half came from the penalty spot after the Trethomas right winger was brought down by Michael Watkins following a mazy run. Llandrindod‟s best opportunity of the half fell to Marco Parry who fired over from inside the box. After some motivating words by manager, Nigel Thomas at half time, Llandrindod started the second half strongly and dominated in very much the same way that Trethomas had dominated the first. Mid way through the half, Jonny Williams was played in behind the Trethomas defence and showed composure to round the keeper and slot home. Llandrindod were now in the ascendency and went in search of the winner. However, from a quickly taken throw on the right hand side of the Trethomas box, the play broke down and the home side broke quickly and scored a goal against the run of play. The goal was expertly crafted by a speedy Trethomas attack, a perfect break-away goal. With ten minutes left, Llandrindod searched desperately for an equaliser but the home side held on for the win. Our best wishes go to Trethomas for the rest of the cup run and season, their hospitality before, not so much during (but fair!) and after the game was a credit unto themselves. Starting Line Up: Adam Wright, Huey Lewis, Will Green, Michael Watkins, Gareth Jones, Shaun Nicholls, Robbie Nicholls, Daryl Nicholls, Marco Parry, Chris Davies and Jonny Williams Subs: James Price, Richie Wayne, Daniel Smith Report – Gareth Jones theBluePrint
FAW Trophy First round – Saturday August 21st
Llandrindod Wells AFC Johnny Williams
The dod played host to Cadoxton Barry, newly promoted to the South Wales Senior League Division One. A wet but humid day greeted the visitors and the conditions made for a very slick surface. The dod made a strong start in the opening 10 minutes and pressured high up the pitch without forcing a clear-cut chance. Cadoxton then began to come into the game with good passing and possession of their own. The best aspect of the game from both teams was the sheer commitment in the tackle, aided by the slick surface. The battle continued for the majority of the half until the deadlock was broken at the 35 minute mark. A mistimed tackle on Leroy Smith meant the ball found its way to Johnny Williams who, almost in slow motion, rolled the ball past the visiting keeper from 10 yards out. The goal fired Cadoxton up again and the visitors asserted themselves on the game for the rest of the half. The second half was started brightly by Cadoxton who may have felt aggrieved to be one down at the break in what was a very even first half. Within ten minutes the Cadoxton number 11, a speedy striker, pounced on a rare defensive error by Michael Watkins, who was again otherwise excellent. The striker tried to lob a seemingly stranded „keeper but Llandod‟s no1 Wright stood tall and managed to block the effort that looked like a certain goal. The pattern continued with good pressing play from Cadoxton leading to 2 excellent saves from Wright. However much the visitors tried to score, they must have had the feeling it wasn‟t their day. The dod, however, still had good spells in the second half. The best chance fell to Johnny Williams who hit the bar with a header from a good Willy Green cross. A good 5/10 min spell followed by the dod where they could have forced another goal but the goals for both sides were not to come and the dod‟s excellent defence, with superb displays from Marco Parry and Aaron Martin saw the game out to a very satisfying cup triumph. Starting Line Up: Adam Wright, Marco Parry, Will Green, Michael Watkins, Gareth Jones, Shaun Nicholls, Robbie Nicholls, Aaron Martin, Daniel Smith, Leroy Smith and Jonny Williams Subs: Chris Davies, Daryl Nichols, Sean Powell Report –David Jones theBluePrint
A Little Bit of History.... A bit of our proud club history each week After last year’s side writing themselves into the history books by winning the Emrys Morgan Cup for the first time in the club’s 127 history, we look back to where it all started. Below is a script taken from the local papers of the time. Note match report number 6, where it seems our experiences last season weren’t a one off’ with Knighton! The military might of Newbrisge is also in full force with ‘shock action tactic!
The Llandrindod Wells AFC Line-up circa 1883-84
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Cos Llandod is a Massive Town....celebrating our favourite song We‟ve got the Emrys Morgan in Our Town (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town. We've got the victorian festival in our town (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town. We sort all the mail for all your towns (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town. LD1 stands for llandrindod, and LD2 stands for Llandrindod, and LD3 stands for Llandrindod, cos llandod is a massive town. We’ve had the welsh golf club of the year (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town.
We’ve got the greatest female bowler in the world (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town. it was the first place the queen stepped foot in wales (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town. We’ve got the world bog snorkling champion (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town. We’ve got a welsh international with 52 caps (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town.
We’ve got the national cycle exhibition (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town. We’ve got the welsh two day enduro (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town. We’ve got a world champion sledger from our town (repeat 2 times) cos Llandod is a massive town. We’ve got world class bowling greens in our town (repeat 2 times) cos Llandod is massive town.
We‟ve got the famous Scruff Stand in our town (repeat 2 times) We've got a large Roman camp in our town (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town. We have a commonwealth champion from 82 (repeat 2 times) cos llandod is a massive town. We’ve got a Tesco's that's open till 12am We've got 24 hr petrol in our town..... You can buy ps3 games in our town..... We all wear same clothes cos we shop in tesco's....... We've got the best pick n mix in the whole of mid wales
Name: Adam Wright Age: 25 Position: Goalkeeper Arguably the best goalkeeper in the league last season, Adam is a great shot stopper which has been matched by some superb handling displays, particularly in two of the biggest games last season against Montgomery in the Emrys Morgan and Rhosgoch in the league. He is still prone to the odd rush of blood but finished the season very strongly!! Moment of last Season: Goalkeeping performances in the Emrys Morgan Cup, keeping clean sheets against both Llanidloes Town and Montgomery Town, the best two teams outside of the Mid Wales South. Name: Huey Lewis Age: 34 Position: Right Back
As someone said “the Ryan Giggs of Llandod” despite being the most senior member of the squad. Huey is without question the fittest player in the team and churns up the yards providing invaluable assistance through his pace not only in defence but in attack. ViceCaptain and the most respected member of the team. Moment of last Season: Scorer of the first goal of the season to salvage a draw at the Broadway against eventual title winners, Builth Wells. Name: Will Green Age: 19 Position: Left Back A fantastic season last year for the youngster, Will came out of the blocks quickly and was deservedly voted the “Blue Army Player of the Season”. He is a high energy performer, tenacious tackler and commands the left side of the field with his marauding runs, which quickly turn defence into attack. Moment of last Season: Set the ball rolling with the first goal in a massive 5 - 1 league win against Talgarth Town, following previous dropped points against Builth Wells and Rhosgoch. Also worth y of mention is Will‟s astounding energy for 120 minutes in the Emrys Morgan Cup Final, both at the back and eventually up front! theBluePrint
Name: Michael “Shaka” Watkins Age: 21 Position: Centre Back Last year‟s Players Player of the Season, Shaka is a “Heart on Sleeve” performer who gives absolutely everything to the cause. He is not only loved by the players but also the “Blue Army” for his level of commitment. The best tackler in the team and the most uncompromising defender in the league. He leads by example and a Future Captain in the making.
Name: Ben (“BJ”) Jones Age: 26 Position: Midfield
Moment of last Season: Emrys Morgan Cup final performance helping to keep a clean sheet after extra time against free-scoring Montgomery Town. One of the biggest games in the clubs history and Shaka‟s performance did not disappoint.
The most prolific midfielder in front of goal with his accurate shooting and always a threat from set pieces, Ben also has great heading ability. He brings with him the experience of winning trophies for other clubs and always performs in the biggest games. Physically strong all-action performer who opponents find extremely difficult to contain. Moment of last Season: Man of the Match performance in the crunch 2nd vs 3rd place league game away at Crow Lane, which was notably Rhosgoch‟s first home defeat of the season at the time and kept the league dream alive. Name: Gareth Jones Age: 27 Position: Centre Back (Captain) The club captain is one of the strongest tacklers at the club, matched only by defensive partner Michael Watkins, with whom he has formed a formidable partnership. His reading of the game quite often can stifle an attack and immediately launch a counter attack. Voted the Management Player of the Year, no more need really be said, gaining the respect of both management, players and fans alike with consistent high levels of performance and commitment.
Moment of last Season: Lifting the Emrys Morgan Cup was Gareth‟s proudest moment of his footballing life. In pure footballing terms, his injection of urgency and directness in the last game of the season at Talgarth typified the qualities he can bring to any team, especially when the chips are down.
Name: Andrew Morgan Age: 27 Position: Centre Midfield The unsung hero of the squad provides invaluable experience and big game composure. He provides discipline in the centre of midfield with his intelligent man-marking abilities and positional sense. His tackling ability also adds a steel to the side, breaking up play and gaining back possession to launch counter attacks. Moment of last Season: Making Shane Kirkham of Montgomery Town, the “one to watch” according to the County Times the must frustrated player on the pitch in the Emrys Morgan Cup final. Name: Dan (“Miff”) Smith Age: 25 Position: Centre Midfield The first thing that has to be said about Miff is his incredible commitment to the Football Club both on and off the pitch. He is an extremely versatile player who can play in a number of positions, but the best performances have come from central midfield. He is a popular member of the squad and is the type of character every club needs. His juggling skills will ALWAYS be on show before the game, keep an eye out for him! Moment of last Season: Man of the Match performance against his former club, Llanidloes Town in the last sixteen of the Emrys Morgan Cup. Name: Robbie Nicholls Age: 20 Position: Right Midfield Eldest of the 3 Nicholls brothers, he started last season brightly and had nailed down a regular first team spot until a bitter sweet moment away at Radnor Valley in the league when immediately after scoring a goal, he fell and broke his wrist. Athletic player with an extremely good engine and an eye for goal. He finished last season strongly when he regained his starting place on the right hand side of midfield. Moment of last Season: Superb performance in end of season “ding-dong” against Rhosgoch, covered more blades of grass than any player on the pitch that day. His performance away against Lampeter in the Quarter Final of the Emrys Morgan Cup, scoring twice, was also special. theBluePrint
Name: Adam Oakley Age: 19 Position: Midfield Another naturally gifted footballer and one of the most elegant to watch. When he is playing well he makes the game look easy. A good passer of the ball and packs a powerful shot. His University commitments have meant that his appearances were limited last season but he has made some important contributions playing both in the centre and on the right hand side of midfield. Moment of last Season: An audacious back heeled goal capping a Man of the Match performance against Radnor Valley at home in the end of season run-in. Name: Shaun (“Sheepy”) Powell Age: 18 Position: Midfield A former Youth team player who transferred from the Colts mid-way through last season, „Sheepy‟ is extremely comfortable in possession of the ball and definitely an exciting prospect for the future. He was also a member of the Dod‟s successful Central Wales Youth Cup winning team. Moment of last Season: One of his first games against Llanidloes Town in the Emrys Morgan Cup when he was asked to play in an unfamiliar left hand side of midfield position. Did not let the side down and put in his best performance of the season. Name: Daniel (“Lloydy”) Thomas Age: 21 Position: Left Midfield The most naturally gifted player in the squad, on his day Daniel is simply unplayable. On the most uneven of pitches Dan‟s close control rarely lets him down. His mazy runs often give the opposing players twisted blood but equally as important to the team is his ability with the deadball. His consistent quality of delivery has been the source of many a goal for the side, whilst also scoring superb goals himself.
Moment of last Season: One of the biggest goals in the clubs history, Dan sent his fellow teammates, the management and travelling fans into raptures with his superb strike in the Emrys Morgan Cup Final which left the Montgomery Keeper rooted to the spot and trophyless. Also worthy of note is Dan‟s brilliant strike capping a mesmeric team move against Bishops Castle in the Emrys Morgan Cup Semi-Final at our second home, Latham Park.
Name: Paul (“Bish”) Bishop Age: 20 Position: Centre Forward Paul‟s goals were vitally important to the team‟s success last season. He possesses electrifying pace and is easily the quickest player in the league. He always gets himself into goal scoring positions and is probably one of the players who opponents fear the most. Moment of last Season: Joint-winner of the Mid Wales League South top scorer award, Paul has provided many memorable moments during the season but those that were especially memorable include two vital goals against Lampeter in the Emrys Morgan Cup Quarter Final, a fantastic individual effort in the tight league encounter against Presteigne Reserves and the two goals away at Rhosgoch in the league. Name: Chris (“Big Dog”) Davies Age: 22 Position: Centre Forward A physical centre forward who formed a good partnership with „Bish‟ for the majority of last season, „Big Dog‟ is a tireless worker and is the main link man between defence and midfield. He is very strong in the air and extremely difficult to get the ball off with his back to goal. Moment of last Season: Big performances in the EMC final and against his home town, Llanidloes in the an earlier round helped to secure an unexpected victory against the previous season‟s runners up in the competition. His qualities shone through when scoring a typical “Big Dog” goal against higher league opposition away at Aberystwyth reserves. Name: Johnny Williams Age: 17 Position: Centre Forward The youngest member of the squad last season, Johnny‟s performances got better throughout the season as he quickly adapted to the step up from junior to senior football. His pace and constant movement troubles the best defences and when a chance comes his way, he shows composure beyond his years, hopefully to score many important goals this season. He was also a successful member of the Central Wales Youth Cup winning team. Moment of last Season: Without doubt scoring the winner in the 90th minute of the game away at the “old enemy” Rhayader Reserves in the league. the
Player Profiles Name: Shaun Nichols Age: 18 Position: Midfield The middle of the 3 Nichols brothers, Shaun missed the whole of last season with a serious knee injury. Another product of the youth system, he is a versatile player who can play both in defence and midfield. His preferred choice would be centre back, utilising his strength, pace and ability to read the game. Shaun will undoubtedly prove a very good acquisition to the squad, being blooded through the youth ranks to play the Llandrindod way. Expect to see consistent, strong performances and a good ability to pass the ball throughout the forthcoming season. Name: Leroy Smith Age: 18 Position: Centre Forward Leroy is another naturally gifted footballer to come from the junior set up. He makes playing the game look effortless at times with his deft touch and superb dribbling ability. He is also very competent in front of goal and has possibly the best goals to games ratio out of all the strikers. Also a member of the successful Central Wales Youth Cup winning team. Moment of last Season: His performance in the Central Wales Cup away at Aberystwyth Reserves stands out. Against higher league opposition, Leroy did not look overawed and whilst we lost the game 5-3, he was possibly the best attacking player on the pitch that day scoring two goals and showing that he has the ability to play at a higher level. Name: Daryl Nicholls Age: 16 Position: Midfield
A summer signing, Daryl the youngest of the three Nicholls brothers made the short journey from Penybont to join brothers, Shaun and Robbie at Llandrindod. The youngster has made a promising start to his Llandrindod career with mature performances in both defence and midfield during pre-season. Showing composure beyond his years, Daryl will be an important member of both the first and youth team squads this season. theBluePrint
Name: Marco Parry Age: 18 Position: Defence/Midfield
Marco is the son of former Broadway favourite, Phil Parry and was voted last seasons Youth Team Player‟s Player of the Year. He has played his way into manager Nigel Thomas' plans after two impressive performances against Trethomas Bluebirds in the Welsh Cup and Cadoxton Barry in the Welsh Trophy. A very versatile player who can play in both defence and midfield, Marco is strong and confident on the ball and is not afraid to put a tackle in when the circumstances of the game dictate.
Name: Aaron Martin Age: 18 Position: Left Back
Aaron, like Marco Parry, had an excellent performance in last week‟s F A Trophy tie against Cadoxton Barry. He is arguably one of the best ball strikers at the club, with a good range of passing and crossing ability. Strong in the tackle, Aaron is also able to deal with the physical rigours of the game and has a good level of natural fitness.
Zak Baker – Aged 5
Today‟s mascot is our one and only Emrys Morgan Cup Final mascot Zak Baker. Nephew to players Gareth and Ben Jones, Zak attends every home and most away games. Zak usually wears his no6 Llandrindod Kit, compete with captains armband, echoing his uncle Gareth (sorry uncle Ben!). Mind you, uncle Ben was the Ipswich mascot at the famous 9-0 drubbing at Old Trafford for his uncle Neil Thompson, Zak has proven far more lucky for the dod! Zak can always been seen kicking a ball for the whole 90 mins and at half time with grandad John Jones and is football mad. As well as supporting the dod, Zac loves Man Utd and in particular Wayne Rooney and Messi. Possessing a truly thunderous right foot and desire to win the ball, Zak is surely a dod player of the future, if not higher.
The Club Mascot
Doddy the Dragon
Doddy the Dragon makes periodic appearances to watch the dod should he not be otherwise engaged with other appearances. Doddy works at the newly built Tesco‟s and has been described as „an excellent worker‟, with his obvious abilities in the rotisserie being used to great effect. Doddy loves to dress up in his favourite Blue „Doddy‟ t-shirt and is a big fan of the „firey‟ Dan „Miff‟ Smith. theBluePrint
The Blue Army THE BLUE ARMY (Llandrindod Wells Afc Fans) Over the so-called summer, the Blue Army decided the Scruff stand, as it is affectionately known, needed a lick of paint. Tireless work from Owain Rhys Price, Dan Smith, Bingers, Dave Jones and others meant the roof and other parts of the stand were brought to life. We now have a stand that really does fit in well within the Broadway ground and is a fitting home to the ever growing band of Blue Army followers. Formed last season and exploding from 4 people to over 100 in some games, the Blue Army has become an integral part of the club. Revered around the area, the Blue Army have had fantastic responses from all clubs encountered both at home and on our travels. Some are quite obviously jealous and would like to see it all fade away, but we all know that isn‟t going to happen! For the newcomers this season, here are a few regular songs belted out by the Blue Army Faithful. Wear the Scarf with pride! “SCRUFF STAND, “Llandod, Llandod, “We Love, we love you, We love you, BARMY ARMY!” Llandod says I, And where you go we follow, standing in the scruff stand We follow, we follow “Oh every single one us, until the day I die. Cos we support the loves Nigel, Sven & Bones, take me to the broadway Llandod, the Llandod, the Llandod (Repeat twice) down by the rugby And that‟s the way we like it Oh every single one of us Where I will follow llandod, We like it, we like it Loves Nigel Sven & Bones, llandod afc” Woaaahhh, Woahhhhh” loves nigel Sven & Bones!” “This Badge is Your Badge, This badge is my Badge, With 2 red Dragons, Oh What a Fine Badge. And with the serpent, With pride we‟ll wear it On the shirt of Llandod AFC”
“We‟ve got the Emrys Morgan In our Town (repeat x2) Cos Llandod is a massive club. We‟ve got a Tesco‟s open til 12am (repeat x2) Cos Llandod is massive town” And on, and on etc....
Sat 4th September 2:30pm
Sat 4th September 2:30pm
Rhosgoch vs Llandrindod
Llandrindod Res vs Presteigne Res
Sat 11th September 2:30pm
Sat 11th September 2:30pm
Llandrindod vs Aberaeron
Builth Res vs Llandrindod Res
Sat 18th September 2:30pm
Sat 18th September 2:30pm
FAW Trophy Round 2 CBA
Newcastle vs Llandrindod Res
Sat 25th September 2:30pm
Sat 25th September 2:30pm
Meifod vs Llandrindod theBluePrint
Llandrindod Res vs Newbridge Res
All merchandise can be ordered at the club bar or through our website
Official Blue Army Hoodie - £20
Retro Scarf £6
Blue Army Polo £16
Club Scarf - £7
Club Hat - £10
Enamel Badge - £3
Emrys Morgan Cup DVD - £7
Club Contacts – 01597 824434
Broadway, Lant Avenue, Llandrindod Wells Secretary – Chairman – Groundsman – Manager – Club Captain – Programme/Promotion – Club Merchandise –
Derek Corfield (Club number) Geraint Davies - 01597 825561 Mike King (club number) Nigel Thomas – 07853 105845 Gareth Jones – 07833 635373 David Jones – 07584 240287 Dan Smith 07794 352301
To order back issues or to subscribe to the BluePrint then contact David Jones on the number above. Website – www.pitchero.com/clubs/llandrindodwellsafc/ Facebook – THE BLUE ARMY (Llandrindod Wells AFC Fans) theBluePrint
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