Llanfair United v Porthmadog
Saturday 12th October 2019 2.30pm
JD Cymru North Matchday 11
CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME 03 MANAGER’S NOTES 04 INTRODUCING PORTHMADOG 05 FAW NEWS 09 LEAGUE TABLE 11 SEASON STATISTICS 12 GETHIN STEPHENS INTERVIEW 14 LLANFAIR UNITED SQUAD PROFILES 17 LLANFAIR UNITED CLUB HISTORY 20 SQUAD LISTS 24
Mount Field, Llanfair Caereinion, SY21 0AT COMMITTEE OFFICIALS President: Mark Bowen Chairman: Huw Ellis Vice-Chairman: Aled Haynes Treasurer: Glyn Lewis Minutes Secretary: Mark Bowen Fixtures Secretary: Rhys Stephens Media Officer: Jonathan Richards Groundsmen: Glyn Lewis & Daryl Griffiths Youth Development: Craig Griffiths Safeguarding Officer: Craig Griffiths General Manager: Huw Ellis Finance Officer: James Davies 1st Team Manager: Rhys Stephens Assistant Manager: Luke Gethin Physio: Michael Brown Ladies: Richard Evans & Karl Seliaerts Youths: Andy McVeagh & Mark Bowen Reserves: Chris Humphreys & Bryn Lewis Life Vice Presidents: Andrew Watkin, David Edwards, Ieuan Thomas, John Ellis, Ifor Owen, Richard Argument, Richard Edwards, Elwyn Owen, Huw Ellis, Gary Laflain, Mark Bowen, Aled Haynes & Roy Human
PORTHMADOG… P 05
GETHIN STEPHENS… P14
FAW NEWS… P09
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A warm welcome to you all for today’s JD Cymru North League game against CPD Porthmadog FC. A special welcome to all associated with our visitors for the game today and I’m sure that there will be a good following from Porthmadog, as there has always been in previous years. Many of the Committee and supporters are becoming familiar faces to Mount Field by now, after our last spell in Tier 2 and their visit in the Welsh Cup last season. This promises to be a competitive game with both teams needing the points. Croeso cynnes i chi gyd unwaith eto i Gae’r Mownt.
The Committee are busy at the moment putting plans in place for our usual joint fundraiser with Dyffryn Banw FC. We have jointly organised Gentleman’s Sunday Dinners over the past two years, but we are mixing it up this year with a Dinner – Dance on Saturday 23rd November in the Leisure Centre. Tickets are £20 per person to include a hot buffet and music provided by Built 4 Comfort. Tickets will be on sale shortly – but please put the date in the diary and invite as many of your friends as possible for what promises to be a great night, whilst generating much needed funds for both clubs.
I would like to welcome the players, supporters, committee and management of Porthmadog to Mount Field today. I’m finding it hard to write as I feel I’m saying the same thing every week. We are doing ok but just not having any luck at the minute. I’ve never known a season like it for injuries. We’re having long term injuries to big players and with the transfer window we are under it is really putting a pressure on the whole squad as it has a massive knock on effect to our reserve
team as well. I understand the transfer window, but I do feel it has more effect on all clubs like ours who can’t afford to keep big squads. That said football is never easy, and I’ve been more than happy with the effort the boys are putting in. We know we have to stick together, keep working hard and we’ll turn it around hopefully starting today. I hope you all have an entertaining afternoon of football and wish you all a safe journey home.
Porthmadog Football Club, one of the oldest in Wales, was founded in 1884. They were North Wales League champions in 1902/03 and reached the final of the Welsh Amateur Cup in 1905 -06 but had to wait until 1937-38 before they gained another championship. The '50s, '60s and '70s were highly successful decades for Port. The Welsh Amateur Cup was won in 1955/56 and 1956/57. The arrival of Mel Charles heralded more success. Port were league champions in three successive seasons between 1966 and 1969. Also in 1966, they played against Swansea in the Welsh Cup at the Vetch, before a crowd of 10,941. In the seventies, they were twice champions and topped the Welsh Alliance in1989/90. This secured Port a place in the newly formed Cymru Alliance (1990). In 1992, Port became inaugural members of the League of Wales.
For the 1995/96 season Colin Hawkins was promoted to the manager's job. The club nearly folded because of serious financial trouble and a disaster was averted thanks to the hard work of the directors who relaunched the club as a limited company and £10,000 was raised through the sale of shares. In 1996/97, with the financial situation improved, the team had a fine start to the season. No home game was lost until the New Year and, when champions Barry came to the Traeth, it was second against fourth. One of Port's most influential players was Paul Roberts. Before leaving the club to join Wrexham for £10,000, he had played for Wales Under-21 and was the league's leading scorer. After Paul's departure Port slipped to tenth place but still lifted the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup.
Thanks to a late surge, the team finished in a creditable 9th place in their first season. This was largely thanks to free scoring striker Dave Taylor. Dave went on, in his second season, to become the league's top scorer as well as Europe’s highest. During his spell at the club, he scored 62 goals in 66 games.
In the 1997/98 season, Port's time in the League of Wales came to an end following a poor run of form towards the end of the season. Knowing what has happened since in this league, it is a cause for amazement that Porthmadog lost their WPL status despite ending the season in 4th place from the bottom.
Despite the 70 goals netted by Dave Taylor and Marc Lloyd-Williams, in the 1993-4 season they finished in 11th spot. Port did, however, break another record - the highest League of Wales attendance. A crowd of 2,500 came to see Bangor clinch the league title.
Back in the Cymru Alliance, things went down hill after a good start. But some pride was restored as they won the League Cup. They could only manage 5th spot in 1999-2000 despite a run of victories after Viv Williams had succeeded Colin Hawkins.
The 1994/95 season started with a new manager, following the surprise decision to replace Meilir Owen. Ex-Wales International, Ian Edwards became manager but, after a good start, the team slipped down the table and he was also replaced. Things went from bad to worse after Mickey Thomas, ex-Man. U., Wrexham and Wales, took charge. The team came close to being relegated.
Viv, together with assistant-manager Osian Roberts, re-built the team and 2002-03 proved to be one of the most successful in the history of the club. Every home game was won and the only two away defeats came after Port had already gained promotion. They returned to the WPL with a 19 points advantage over their nearest rivals. Port also lifted the League Cup and North Wales Coast Challenge Cup.
Under the management of Viv Williams and Osian Roberts, the club took the step back into the WPL and finished season 2003/04 in 12th position. In the following three seasons, they finished in 11th place without any relegation worries. In 2006/07, the club reached the semifinal of the League Cup. By this time, Osian Roberts had become the manager with Viv Williams assisting. For the greater part of the season, the dark cloud of the FAW’s unreasonable punishment, for racist remarks by one individual, cast its shadow over the club. A satisfactory conclusion to this saga was not achieved until the club had taken the matter to an independent sports tribunal and this provided a fair hearing and, at last, justice.
During the three seasons 2007/10 the club had four different managers with Clayton Blackmore being dismissed after a few months and Viv Williams returning to take temporary charge helping the club to retain its WPL status. Paul Whelan became the third manager to fall by the wayside to be replaced by the experienced Tomi Morgan. Though the club once more narrowly retained its WPL place in 2008/09 league reorganisation meant that six clubs were relegated in 2009/10 and this time there was no hiding place for Port as they were demoted to the Cymru Alliance.
With the departure of Osian to a senior coaching position at the FAW and Viv deciding to call it a day after 7 years at the helm the club entered a period of uncertainty and results consequently suffered.
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Paul Pritchard Goalkeeper - A key signing in summer 2018 ,filling the gap left by the retirement of long serving Richard Havey. The experienced keeper had an outstanding first season at the Treath in 2018/19 keeping a remarkable 16 league and cup clean sheets.A confident keeper and an organiser at the back, talented and highly respected.He has played for Connah's Quay and Rhyl in the WPL and for Warrington Town in the Northern Prremier League. Prior to joining Port he respensted both Caernarfon Town and Holyhead Hotspur in the HGA. Captained Ynys Mon to their Island Games triumph in 2019.
Dan Roberts Defender - Returns to the club after missing the whole season 2019/18 after suffering a bad knee injury. First joined Port in July 2016 having previously been with Wrexham FC .he made only 20 appearances in his first season and 19 the following season. Game time was restricted by the knee problem .He start this season fully recovered. When available he has made a hugh impression .An intelligent footballer ,tall and strong with good technical ability. A powerful runner with the ball we look forward to having him back fully fit. He previously spent two successful seasons at Cae Baker with CPD Penrhyncoch. A strong quality defender who works hard for the team and can also play in midfield Josh Banks Defender - Starting his fifth season at the Traeth, having .Carwyn is a local boy from Harlech ,who has also played for Barmouth joined Port from Welsh Alliance club Pwllheli in October 2012. An and Dyffryn FC. experienced pacy defender who loves to attack and is also good in the air. After making an immediate impression at the Traeth he has Carwyn Jones Defender. - Joined the club in June 2019 from WPL club developed into one of the best attacking left backs in the Cymru Aberystwyth Town for whom he signed on deadline day in January 2019 Alliance. In his five seasons at the Traeth he has played 135(+5) games for the club. Ceri James Midfield - First arrived at the Traeth in June 2009, returning in June 2012. He has played 92 (+18) WPL matches for Porthmadog Tomas Emlyn Defender. - Older brother of Ifan Emlyn ,he signed for Port and Welshpool and also represented Llandyrnog United, Denbigh Town in September 2017 on his return from Scotland where he was a student and Melville United in New Zealand. He left Porthmadog for New Zealand at the University of Stirling where he played his football representing the in January 2010, where he was an instant success for the Northern University. He has a lot of energy with his attacking runs from right League club and voted players player of the year in 2011. Directs play back. from central midfield with good close control and excellent distribution. Iddon Price Defender / Midfield - Returned to Porthmadog in October 2014 from CPD Penrhyndeudraeth, a club he helped gain promotion to the Welsh Alliance First Division. He can play in midfield or at the back. But last season he established himself as a central defender enjoying an outstanding season which resulted in him being names the supporters Player of the Season. He is a strong, highly effective defender who is not easily outpaced and his experience in midfield has led to many Port moves starting with his accurate passes.
Rob Evans Midfield - Re-joined Porthmadog in August 2013 from Caersws, having previously played 13 WPL games for the club on loan from Aberystwyth in 2009/10. He is a skilful, inventive midfielder from Dolgellau who loves to run at defences and has an eye for goal. Has also played at right back when necessary. Has played 90 (+14) HGA games for Port. He started his career in the Aberystwyth academy coming through the reserves before making 30 (+28) WPL appearances for the club. He has also played for Bala in WPL.
18.Ifan Emlyn Midfielder - Joined Port in July 2017 from Bangor City where he starred for their successful U19's. A young talented player ,technically gifted midfielder with a wide range of passing and can strike goals from distance with his left foot. Spent time with Port Academy before moving to Bangor where he was a member of Wales Academy U18 squad and represented Welsh Colleges U18's. Dan Dascalu Midfielder - Joined Port in June 2018 from CPD Llanuwchllyn. A young player of great promise who is a product of the Bala Town Academy. He was given a first team contract at Bala at 16 years old . He represented Wales at U18 level and was a member of the Wales Academy squad. A creative versatile midfielder who can play anywhere across the midfield. Iwan Lewis Midfielder - Despite intrest from several clubs he rejoined Port in July 2017 from Caersws where he had a successful season and was named players player of the season for 2016/17.When previously with Port he made 54 appearances for the club between 2014-16 . An energetic ,creative midfielder with an eye for an opening. Missed most of 2017/18 due to injury. Last season in contrast ,proved to be his most succesful with the club,remaining injury free to start 34 games and scoring 7 goals.A strong ,influential ,highly motivated midfielder he played a key rolein Port's successful 2018/19 season. Rhys Alun Williams - Joined the club in June 2019 from Welsh Alliance Division ! Club Nantlle Vale where he spent two seasons.Plays as an attacking midfielder with a eye for goal and was Vale's leading scorer last season .during his two seasonat Maes Dulyn he netted 30 goals .he takes the step up to Tier 2 returning to the Treath where he was previously a part of the U19 development squad.
Sion Parry - Sion was a prolific scorer for the Port Reserves double winning team of 2018/19 in the Welsh Alliance Reserve League.He now steps up to join the first team squad for 2019/20.he appeared briefly for the club in 2015/16 scoring winning goals against Holywell town .But then return to Llanystumdwy where he continued his scoring feats .Last season he made two starts for the senior team scoring twice. He also appeared for Penrhyndeudraeth. Mel McGinness - A big summer signing he joined Port from home town club Holyhead in June 2019. Named Huws Gray Alliance player of the season for 2018/19.He was a heroic performer for Ynys Mon in their Island Games triumph 2019 scoring vital goals.A competitive striker who is a nightmare for defenders.Mel played WPL football for Bangor City and reprensted the Welsh Colleges. John Littlemore. - Signed for Port in the summer of 2019 from Holyhead .Experienced WPL football in 2016/17 with Cardiff Met and also played in the Welsh League for them . Played for Bangor City U19's also earning a place in the club's first team squad.A talented forward who can play anywhere along the front three,honest and hard working.Represented Ynys Mon in Island games. Sion Eifion Jones - Sion Eifion who hails from Llanrug,stepped up to the role of Manager in May 2019,succeeding Craig papirnyk.He takes over following considerable success as Head Coach of the youth and Reserve set upat the Traeth,achieving notable double double successes withU18 and repeating with reserves last season.He holds a FAW/UEFA B Coaching Licence and though only 28 years old,he has considerable experience .He managed the Men's first team at university winning the British National Trophy in 2016 and then worked as a performance analyst at Manchester City,working with the U18's squad for two seasons and winning the U18's Premier League in his first season. Has played for Llanberis,Llanrug United and Waunfawr.
Ilan ap Gareth - Signed for Port in summer 2019 following a period on loan at the Treath from Cefn Druids.A creative midfielder with an eye for goal and good ability on the ball.Has already appeared in the WPL and that at a young age.He signed for Cefn Druids in July 2017 from Chester Sion Tudor Jones. Coach FC. Ilan is from Bala and his previous clubs include Wrexham and TNS.
SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD – MONTH OF ACTION
TWENTY-SIX CLUBS APPLY FOR TIER 2 LICENCE
During October clubs in Wales are showing their support for the Show Racism the Red Card Month of Action as a vehicle to deliver an Anti-Racism message to the community through the power of sport.
Twenty-six clubs have applied for the FAW Tier 1 Licence for the 2020/21 season. The FAW Tier 1 Licence is a prerequisite for participation in the JD Cymru Premier.
The Month of Action is part of a wider program funded by FA Wales and will see clubs across the country hosting Match Actions with players of both teams uniting together to stand against racism. 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.
In addition to the current 12 JD Cymru Premier clubs, 14 Tier 2 clubs have applied including; 8 from the JD Cymru North and 6 from the JD Cymru South. These include; Colwyn Bay, Cwmamman United and Swansea University who have all applied for the first time. The applications follow 16 successful FAW Tier 1 Licensing Applications at the conclusion of the previous licensing process. FAW Club Licensing Manager Steven Jones, commented: “Its very pleasing to see an increase in the number of Tier 2 clubs applying for the Tier 1 Licence. This shows that clubs are planning for the future and looking to develop all aspects of their club”.
Action Weeks aim to unite supporters, clubs, ethnic minorities and communities affected by discrimination, Increases public awareness and tackle discrimination in football.
“We had a healthy number of successful applicant clubs last season (16) and hopefully, by working together we can improve on this number come April 2020”
The Action Weeks challenges discrimination, promotes integration values amongst youth and celebrate the input of all individuals that strive to make football a game for all, regardless of who we are, where we are from and what our beliefs are.
“I look forward to working with all Applicants again this season”.
The support from clubs continues to help the campaign progress their work in Wales. Last season the campaign worked with over 20,000 young people and held a number of 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.
All Applicants are assessed on the following criteria; Sporting, Infrastructure, Personnel, Legal and Finance. JD Cymru North Teams that have applied: • Bangor City FC • Buckley Town FC • Colwyn Bay FC • Flint Town United FC • Llandudno FC • Porthmadog FC • Prestatyn Town FC • Rhyl FC
DATE 3/8 10/8 17/8 28/8 31/8 7/9 11/9 14/9 21/9 28/9 5/10 12/10 15/10 26/10 2/11 9/11 16/11 23/11 30/11 21/12 28/12 1/1 11/1 18/1 8/2 15/2 22/2 7/3 14/3 21/3 28/3 11/4 18/4 25/4
FIXTURE LLANGEFNI (LC1) AIRBUS (LC2) RUTHIN TOWN PENRHYNCOCH GUILSFIELD CORWEN GRESFORD RHYL COLWYN BAY CONWY BOROUGH BUCKLEY TOWN PORTHMADOG BANGOR CITY FLINT TOWN UTD LLANGEFNI LLANDUDNO PRESTATYN LLANRHAEADR RUTHIN TOWN PENRHYNCOCH GUILSFIELD CORWEN GRESFORD RHYL COLWYN BAY CONWY BOROUGH BUCKLEY TOWN PORTHMADOG BANGOR CITY FLINT TOWN UTD LLANGEFNI LLANDUDNO PRESTATYN LLANRHAEADR
BLUE = HOME
RESULT 3-1 W 0-4 L 1-1 D 0-1 L 1-6 L 2-2 D 0-2 L 2-3 L 2-4 L 1-3 L 1-2 L
1 D.FOULKES D.FOULKES M.RICHARDS M.RICHARDS M.RICHARDS M.RICHARDS M.RICHARDS M.RICHARDS M.RICHARDS M.RICHARDS M.RICHARDS
2 M.BUMFORD R.STEPHENS R.STEPHENS R.STEPHENS ALUN HUGHES M.BUMFORD ALUN HUGHES ALUN HUGHES ALUN HUGHES M.BUMFORD ALUN HUGHES
3 ANDREW HUGHES T.GREGORY ANDREW HUGHES T.GREGORY T.GREGORY T.GREGORY ANDREW HUGHES ANDREW HUGHES M.SPENCER M.SPENCER M.SPENCER
4 P.GRIFFITHS P.GRIFFITHS P.GRIFFITHS R.MCVEAGH R.MCVEAGH R.MCVEAGH P.GRIFFITHS P.GRIFFITHS (C) (2) P.GRIFFITHS (C) P.GRIFFITHS (1) T.EVANS
5 T.GREGORY G.STEPHENS G.STEPHENS (1) G.STEPHENS G.STEPHENS R.STEPHENS R.STEPHENS R.STEPHENS R.STEPHENS R.STEPHENS R.STEPHENS
6 G.JONES G.JONES G.JONES G.JONES G.JONES G.JONES G.JONES G.JONES G.STEPHENS G.STEPHENS G.STEPHENS
BLACK = AWAY
BOLD = SCORED
YELLOW = YELLOW CARD
RED = RED CARD
7 B.JONES (C) B.JONES (C) B.JONES (C) B.JONES (C) B.JONES (C) B.JONES (C) B.JONES (C) R.EVANS R.BUMFORD B.JONES (C) B.JONES (C)
8 R.BUMFORD M.BUMFORD M.BUMFORD M.BUMFORD R.STEPHENS R.EVANS M.BUMFORD M.BUMFORD M.BUMFORD R.BUMFORD R.BUMFORD
9 J.ASTLEY (1) J.ASTLEY J.ASTLEY J.ASTLEY J.ASTLEY J.ASTLEY R.MCVEAGH R.MCVEAGH G.JONES (2) G.JONES G.JONES
LC = NATHANIEL MG LEAGUE CUP
10 K.SELIAERTS (1) T.EVANS K.SELIAERTS K.SELIAERTS K.SELIAERTS K.SELIAERTS (1) K.SELIAERTS K.SELIAERTS R.MCVEAGH R.MCVEAGH R.MCVEAGH
11 R.McVEAGH R.McVEAGH ALUN HUGHES ALUN HUGHES ANDREW HUGHES (1) T.EVANS (1) T.EVANS T.EVANS ANDREW HUGHES A.JAMES ANDREW HUGHES (1)
WC = WELSH CUP
SUB USED R.EVANS R.EVANS R.BUMFORD T.EVANS R.EVANS A.JAMES R.BUMFORD T.GREGORY R.EVANS T.GREGORY A.JAMES
CWC = CENTRAL WALES CUP
SUB USED A.DAVIES (1) A.DAVIES R.MCVEAGH A.DAVIES M.SPENCER A.JAMES A.JAMES A.DAVIES A.DAVIES
SUB USED C.HUMPHREYS C.HUMPHREYS A.JAMES T.GREGORY A.DAVIES -
MC = MONTGOMERYSHIRE CUP
Gethin is another young player who has risen through the ranks to become an important first team player. He was an influential player in the youth team of 2016/2017 who went on to win the Mid Wales treble which included the league, league cup and Central Wales FA Cup. After an excellent season in the Mid Wales League last year, Gethin will no doubt be an important player again in the JD Cymru North, at the heart of the defence.
Have you always played as a defender?
Where did you play as a junior or youth footballer?
Who has had the biggest influence on your footballing career?
As a junior I started at Berriew before moving to Montgomery juniors, I played for them for about 5 years up until I was 16. I also played for Newtown academy for a couple years whilst also playing for Montgomery.
I would say my brother Rhys who I used to play football with in the garden when I was younger.
As a senior player, have you played for anyone other than Llanfair?
The biggest highlights for me at Llanfair, we’re winning the treble with the Llanfair youth team. And winning the spar mid wales 1 league last season!
Because of a head injury and moving to Portsmouth with work, I missed the first 2 years of adult’s football. I started with the Llanfair reserve team but could not see myself breaking into the first team. I then moved to Abermule for a season where I developed in a higher league before returning to Llanfair and I was put into the first team. I also played for Llanfair youths. Who was your favourite team/ favourite footballer whilst growing up? I actually supported Real Madrid growing up. My favourite player was Guti, I liked his style and vision.
When I was playing junior football, I played at centre midfield or left midfield, I then moved to centre back towards the end of junior level. At adults’ level I played a lot at left back and briefly played left mid for the reserves before being moved back to centre back, where I felt most comfortable.
What have been your biggest highlights whilst playing for Llanfair?
What is your opinion/outlook for the season ahead? We haven’t had the start we wanted with injuries and suspensions this season, but I think if we keep training and working hard, we will start to get results and pick up points
Mark Richards (Goalkeeper) Mark is a one club player. Played for both firsts and reserves over the years and has now cemented his place as number one after a great season in the Mid Wales League last time out. Has previous ‘Cymru Alliance’ experience, ending the 2015/16 as number one. Danny Foulkes (Goalkeeper) Danny re-signs for the club after a spell at Abermule last season. Danny was in goal when the Youths won the Mid Wales League, Mid Wales League Cup and the Central Wales Youth Cup treble in 2017. Has also played for Berriew in the Mid Wales League. Alun Hughes (Defender) Alun signed from Caersws in 2015 after starting out senior football at local side Meifod. Alun played for Llanfair as a junior and is now one of the most consistent players in the squad, becoming a very reliable full back. Rarely missed a Cymru Alliance game between 2015 and 2017. Alun was named supporter’s player and players’ player of the year for 2018/19. Andrew Hughes (Defender) Andrew played for Llanfair as a junior before signing for his hometown side Meifod at 16. Andrew signed for Llanfair in 2011 and played in most of the Cymru Alliance games between 2015 and 2017. He possesses a strong left foot which gets him goals and creates chances. Also plays further forward but proved to be a great full back last season. Rhys Stephens (Defender) Rhys re-signs after 3 years at Berriew in the Mid Wales League. Rhys started out in the reserves as a youngster before signing for Bettws in 2012. Rhys returned to play in the first team in 2013 and gained Cymru Alliance experience in the 2015/16 season. A solid defender who can also play in midfield. Gethin Stephens (Defender) Gethin began senior football at Abermule but always played for our youth side and was part of the 2017 treble winning side. Since signing from Abermule in 2017, Gethin has become an important member of the team. A solid, pacey defender who also gets on the score sheet. Matthew Spencer (Defender) Matt started out as a junior at TNS and has played for Llanfair since we joined the Mid Wales League in 2010. Matt has bags of pace and has become a versatile defender who is also able to play as a winger. Was a consistent player during the Cymru Alliance last time out. Tom Gregory (Defender) Tom signed from Berriew in November 2016 as a 17-year-old and really impressed for the reserves before stepping up into the first team last season. Tom was part of the 2017 youth side that won the treble. He is a very reliable defender, good in the air and has a strong left foot.
Gethin Jones (Midfielder) Gethin has signed from Tregaron Turfs for the season ahead having also played for Rhayader Town and Aberystywth Town in the past. Gethin gained Cymru Alliance experience at Rhayader and is a versatile player who can play as a full back, midfielder or forward. Gethin is the only member of the squad not to have played for a Llanfair team before this season. Matthew Bumford (Midfielder) Matt signed for Llanfair at 16 and became a consistent reserve team player before stepping up to the first team. Experienced a few Cymru Alliance games before joining Berriew in 2016. Re-signed in 2018 and has become a very useful and versatile midfielder who can also play anywhere across the back four. Rob Bumford (Midfielder) Rob signed for the club at the age of 16 at the beginning of our first season in the Mid Wales League in 2010. Since then Rob has been an adaptable member of the squad, playing in a number of positions and can be relied on to do a job anywhere. Had a season at Llanidloes for the 2016/17 season but re-signed in 2017. Ben Jones (Midfielder) Ben played for Llanfair and TNS as a junior and signed as a 16-year-old in 2012. Made it into the first team and gained valuable Cymru Alliance experience either side of a spell at Carno. A talented, box to box midfielder who keeps the team ticking. Ben is the club captain and won supporterâ€™s player of the year alongside Alun Hughes for the 2018/19 season. Paul Griffiths (Midfielder) Paul has played for Llanfair since turning 16, representing the club in the amateur league before we joined the Mid Wales League in 2010. Had a brief spell at Caersws in 2014 before returning to the club a few months later. A playmaker with an eye for goal, Paul has been an important part of the team for years, especially during our last North Wales league venture. Ryan Evans (Midfielder) Ryan signs after two years out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. A talented young midfielder who is strong in the tackle and keeps hold of the ball well. Ryan signed from Abermule in the summer of 2017 before getting injured in the first league game of the season that year. Ryan was another member of the 2017 treble winning youth side. Ryan McVeagh (Midfielder) Ryan signed from TNS and impressed in his first year in senior football last season as an exciting, skilful winger. Ryan grabbed a number of goals and he creates numerous chances for his teammates. Ryan also played for Llanfair as a junior and has a bright future at the club. Chris Humphreys (Midfielder) Chris played for Llanfair juniors and has been a versatile member of the squad since signing as a 16-year-old. Chris can play at the centre of defence, midfield and can also play in goal. Chris was a very useful squad player last season and will be useful when called upon again this season.
Karl Seliaerts (Midfielder) Karl has experienced Cymru Alliance and Welsh Premier League football. Karl has previously played for Newtown, Caersws, Bow Street, Aberystwyth, Llanidloes and Berriew. Karl signed in 2018 and quickly became an important member of the team, scoring and creating a number of goals. Karl is also player/coach, assisting Rhys since the start of last season. Aron James (Forward) Aron has signed for the club from amateur league side Newtown Wanderers. Aron is an exciting young forward player who is pacey and has a good eye for goal. Aron was part of the 2017 treble winning youth side. Josh Astley (Forward) Josh signed as a 16-year-old and has gone from strength to strength, ending as top goal scorer for the club last season with 40 goals. Josh played for Shrewsbury Town as a youngster. He is a strong forward who has a great eye for goal form all ranges. Josh was also a member of the 2017 youth side that won the treble. Managerâ€™s Player of the Year for 2018/19. Ashley Davies (Forward) Ash has been at Llanfair since 2011 having previously played for Dyffryn Banw and Waterloo Rovers. Ash has been an important member of the reserve side but has proved to be a useful member of the first team when called upon. Pacey with a number of goals to his name. Rhys Stephens (Manager) Arrived back at the club for his second spell as manager in 2011, after a spell at Newtown as assistant manager. Since then, he has guided the club to 3 title winning promotions as well as the Central Wales Cup and Montgomeryshire Cup titles, all of which the club had never won before. Named Mid Wales League Manager of the Season for 2018/19. Luke Gethin (Assistant Manager) Luke has been a one club player since signing for the club as a 16-year-old and now fulfils a role as coach after a knee ligament injury in 2017. Luke took over as temporary manager to end the 2017/18 season and is now joint assistant manager with Karl Seliaerts. Michael Brown (Physio/Coach) Michael adds valuable experience to the coaching team having played in the League of Wales. Michael also famously won the Welsh Cup with his home side Llansantffraid in 1996 and played in Europe the following season.
The first record found regarding Llanfair Caereinion Football Club was that of a football dinner report in 1896 which outlined that the club had played 9 games, winning 5, drawing 2 and losing 2. Then, on Wednesday September 23rd, 1896 a meeting was held to form Llanfair Football club as a league team. Although it was agreed that Llanfair should enter a league team, they only played friendlies for a few more years and didn’t actually play their first Welshpool and District game until 18th November 1905 when they beat Powis Castle. On 13th February 1897, a match report details a game between Llanfair and the Welshpool Excelsiors. Despite having only 10 men for the whole game, Llanfair won 13-0. There is an early photo from 1906 with a few special sub plots to the story. Of the 11 players who played that day, 10 had the surname Astley and Ifan Astley, who played, was offered first team terms with Everton but turned them down. In the late 1930’s, just before the war, Llanfair narrowly missed out on the Montgomeryshire league title in 1937 when they lost in a play-off against Caersws. They were also runners up a year later in 1938, again to Caersws. After the Second World War, Llanfair Caereinion started up again and became a flourishing side. During the late 1940’s they won their first league title, the Montgomeryshire Amateur League in both 1947 and 1948 and finished runners up in 1949. In 1950 they continued their successful spell by winning the Montgomeryshire Amateur League Cup. Also, during the 1940’s, a centre half by the name of Trefor Owen made a name for himself by captaining the Welsh Youth team whilst playing for Llanfair Caereinion. He went on to earn 6 Youth caps and 18 Amateur International caps and he also ended up playing for Leyton Orient in the 1960’s. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, it was a case of being the ‘nearly men’, finishing runners-up in the league on three occasions in ’51, ’54 and ’63. In 1952/53, Llanfair played in the Welsh Cup for the first time, losing 6-0 to Newtown. They also lost in the final of the Montgomeryshire Cup in 1951, losing 3-1 to Welshpool. Interestingly, in 1962-1963, the league was scrapped due to the delay caused by severe floods. As it would not be possible to complete all matches, the League was divided into four zones, the winners of each group then played a semi-final and final. Llanfair won their group and beat Newtown Arms 3-2 in the semi-final. Unfortunately, though, they lost in the final to Forden, 2-0. In 1966, another Llanfair Caereinion player represented his country and signed professional papers. Fifteen-year-old Kingsley Whiffen, a goalkeeper at Llanfair since the age of 13, was spotted playing for Montgomeryshire Schoolboys and was asked to sign as an apprentice professional for First Division club Chelsea FC, after only one trial game for their youth team. Whiffen was spotted by local scout Stan Berry who also spotted Trefor Owen. Earlier that year, Whiffen represented Wales Schoolboys at Wrexham against Scotland. In 1969, Llanfair were relegated to Division 2 but immediately came back up again. After finishing league runners up in 1971 and Amateur League Cup winners in 1972, Llanfair pulled off a magnificent treble in 1972/1973. Firstly, they won the Montgomeryshire Amateur League First Division for the first time in 25 years. They then won the Montgomeryshire Village Cup by beating Llanfechain 2-1 before beating Llanfyllin 3-2 to win the Amateur League Cup. They went on to win the league again in 1975 and were promoted into the Mid Wales League, where they stayed and competed well for the next 5 years. In 1980 though, through choice, they returned to the Montgomeryshire Amateur League.
When Llanfair joined the Mid Wales League in 1975, they formed a Reserve side that competed in the Amateur league until 1980. They also had a successful few years winning Division 2 in 1979 and probably most notably, they won the popular J.Emrys Morgan Cup in 1978, beating Tregaron 2-1 in the final after a replay. Also, in a sign of things to come, Llanfair Youths won the Mid Wales Youth Cup in 1979. Like the 70’s, the 1980’s was a very successful time for Llanfair Caereinion Football Club. In 1984, they won the Emrys Morgan Cup for the second time, beating Builth Wells in the final. In 1985 and 1986 they won back to back Montgomeryshire League titles and in 1986 they won the Emrys Morgan Cup again, this time beating Llanfyllin after a replay. Llanfair then did another back to back win when they lifted the Montgomeryshire League trophy in 1989 and 1990 taking the clubs total to 8 Amateur League Titles. In the nineties, they came so close to continuing their success but finished runners up in the league in 1991, 1992 and 1993. However, they were successful in cup competitions. In 1990 and 1993 they won the Town Cup having taken part in the Village Cup in previous years. In 1991 they won the Amateur League Cup along with a record 4th Emrys Morgan Cup win, which Llanfair still proudly hold the record of today. They defeated Vale of Arrow in the final. The 1993 Town Cup was a special one for the Town as it was played between two Llanfair teams. In 1989/1990, Llanfair Wanderers formed as a club so that a fresh batch of youngsters could play Amateur League football. In only their second season they finished second in Division 2 on goal difference and then played in Division 1 alongside ‘Llanfair Caereinion’ until 1996 when they were relegated back into the 2nd Division. The 1993 final was won 3-0 by Llanfair Caereinion. The late 1990’s was a barren spell for Llanfair with neither side winning any notable silverware. In 1998, Llanfair Caereinion actually finished bottom of Division 1 with only 9 points but somehow avoided relegation. In the 2001/2002 season, Llanfair United FC was created when both Llanfair Caereinon and Llanfair Wanderers merged to form one side. In their first season they finished a very respectable 3rd and won the Tanners Town Cup for the 3rd time in the town’s history. In 2004, Llanfair United Reserves were formed. In the 2010/2011 season, the club took the decision of joining the newly formed Spar Mid Wales Division 2. It was the first time the club had played in the Mid Wales League set up since 1980, 31 years ago. In their first season, they finished a valiant 6th place. After going 10 years without winning a trophy, it was the Reserves who gained the next piece of silverware. After finishing predominantly near the bottom of Division 2 since their creation, the Reserves went from 2nd bottom in 2011 to being champions in 2012. Also in 2012, the first team narrowly missed out on promotion to the 1st Division by 1 point but did win the ER Jenkins Division 2 Cup. Not disheartened by their narrow failure, they went on to win Division 2 in 2013 having only lost one game and retained the ER Jenkins cup by beating Machynlleth after extra time in a thrilling cup final. In the 2012/2013 season, Llanfair United formed a Ladies team for the first time in their history. They were previously known as Meifod Ladies but made the switch to be part of the town’s footballing community. In the same season, Llanfair once again started a Youth team. The 2013/2014 season will go down as one of the best in the club's history. The club ended the season with 5 trophies which included the Central Wales Cup (First Team), Montgomeryshire Amateur League (Reserves), North Powys Ladies League and League Cup (Ladies) and the Mid Wales Youth League (Youths). In the Central Wales Cup final, Llanfair defeated Berriew 2-0 at Latham Park, watched by a bumper crowd from the town. The 2014/2015 season proved to be very historic indeed. Llanfair Football Club were crowned Spar Mid Wales League champions for the first time in the club's history and went on to win the Montgomeryshire Cup for the first time with a 2-0 win over Carno in the final. Along the way, the first team
also narrowly lost 3-2 to Caersws AET in the Central Wales cup and lost in the semi-final of the Spar League Cup. The Youths also won the league, retaining their title whilst the Ladies and Reserves finished 3rd and 5th respectively. In 2015/16, the Reserves managed to win the prestigious Emrys Morgan Cup for a fifth time for the club. They won 2-0 against Llandysul in a thrilling final at Penrhyncoch. Toby Evans getting both of the goals in the 44th and 93rd minute. Chris Humphreys made an important penalty save in the 91st minute at 1-0 in a tense and dramatic final. The Reserves also went on to win the league title. The first team found their first season in the Cymru Alliance difficult and ended the season in 15th place but avoided relegation. They went on to win the Montgomeryshire Cup though for the second time by beating Carno 3-1 in the final. James Davies, Matt Spencer and Paul Griffiths got the goals. The Ladies finished 6th in their league and runners up in the Central Wales Cup whilst the Youths lost in their league semi-final play off. In 2016/17, the first team continued their Huws Gray Alliance adventure, but it unfortunately came to an end being relegated even though the club finished 13th (4th from bottom). The club reached the quarter finals of the Welsh Cup after a memorable cup run, beating Welsh premier side Cefn Druids along the way before losing to Caernarfon. The first team finished on a high though winning the Montgomeryshire Cup for the third time in a row, with a 3-1 win over Llanrhaeadr at Llanfyllin. Goals from James Davies(2) and Andrew Hughes sealed the win. The Youth team had a memorable season, winning all three trophies at their disposal. They won the league with a 4-0 win over Caersws. They had already by that time won the League Cup with a 3-1 over Welshpool and the Central Wales Youth Cup with a 4-1 win over Caersws. The Ladies had a good season too, finishing 2nd in the league but narrowly losing out in the Central Wales Cup final to Aberystwyth, 2-1 and in the semi-final of the league cup. The Reserves finished 8th and runners-up in the League Cup after losing 3-1 in the final to Caersws. The 2017/18 season was a quiet one on the trophy front. The first team finished a very respectable 4th whilst the Ladies finished brilliantly in 2nd place. The Reserves finished 5th whilst the Youths didnâ€™t make the play-offs to challenge for the title. Last season, the first team won their 2nd Mid Wales League Championship after a gruelling season against a number of top opponents. They sealed t on the last day of the season in dramatic fashion at Kerry. The Ladies also had a brilliant season, completing an amazing treble. They shared the league title with Bethel whilst beating their title rivals twice to win the NEWFA Cup and the North Wales League Cup. The Reserves finished 7th whilst the youth team failed to make the play-offs.
LLANFAIR UNITED MARK RICHARDS DANNY FOULKES ALUNG HUGHES ANDREW HUGHES RHYS STEPHENS GETHIN STEPHENS MATT SPENCER TOM GREGORY GETHIN JONES MATTHEW BUMFORD ROB BUMFORD BEN JONES PAUL GRIFFITHS RYAN EVANS KARL SELIAERTS RYAN McVEAGH CHRIS HUMPHREYS AARON JAMES JOSH ASTLEY ASHLEY DAVIES TOBY EVANS DAN KENYON
PORTHMADOG PAUL PRITCHARD JOSH BANKS TOMAS EMLYN IDDON PRICE DAN ROBERTS CARWYN JONES CERI JAMES ROB EVANS IFAN EMLYN DAN DASCALU IWAN LEWIS RHYS WILLIAMS ILLAN AP GARETH SION PARRY MEL MCGINNESS JOHN LITTLEMORE SION EIFION JONES MORGAN JONES RHYS WILLIAMS JAY GIBBS MATH ROBERTS KAI WILLIAMS
MATCH OFFICIALS REFEREE JOHN JONES (MOLD) ASSISTANT REFEREES NATHAN JONES (COLWYN BAY) GLENN GRAY (RHYL)
Llanfair United v Porthmadog Saturday 12th October 2019 2.30pm JD CYMRU NORTH