Cefn Druids A.F.C.
Cefn Druids Association Football Club is a football team based in the village of Cefn Mawr, Wrexham, Wales, who play in the Welsh Premier League. The club was founded in 1872 from the amalgamation of Cefn Albion F. C. and Druids United. Depending on sponsorship, the club was renamed Flexsys Cefn Druids F. C. in 1998, and NEWI Cefn Druids F. C. in 2003, the club was renamed again following in the summer of 2009 to Elements Cefn Druids F. C. The club reverted to Cefn Druids A. F. C. in 2010 following the end of the sponsorship deal, John Keegan was appointed manager of CEFN Druids in May 2014. Starting a career at York City where he made three appearances in 1999–00, Keegan has also played for Holywell, Caernarfon Town and Colwyn Bay. Keegan joined Druids as a player in 2012 but left a year later to become assistant manager at Conwy Borough in Huws Gray Alliance with Herbert and he hold the second highest coaching licence. Chris Herbert had been appointed 1st Team Co-ordinator, after taking Conwy Borough to a finish in the Huws Gray Alliance in 2012–13. Mark Roberts came into the club in 2014 to assist John Keegan in the management team, Roberts and Keegan hope to take Druids to a top flight finish. The teams first choice strip is black and white striped shirts, black shorts, the second choice strip is yellow shorts and red socks and red and yellow top. Planning permission for a 3,500 capacity stadium at the Rock, Rhosymedre, was given in March 2009, subject to approval from the Welsh Assembly and Health and Safety Executive. Delays to the beginning of construction put the back by 12 months. The team take their history from the famous old Welsh team Druids FC who were founded in the early 1860s. They had won the Welsh Cup on no less than 8 occasions and have finished runners-up five times, Druids were ancient mystic men throughout Celtic civilisation and were closely associated with Wales. Druids can claim to originate from the oldest existing team located in Wales and this is reflected in clubs nickname, The Ancients. In 1992 after many years of discussion the inevitable amalgamation of Druids United, the new look club took the bold step of applying to join the new Cymru Alliance. The joint resources of the clubs could be focused on a revival of fortunes in the village of Cefn Mawr. In 1999 Cefn Druids became Champions of the Cymru Alliance and were promoted into the League of Wales, the 2001–02 season was a season of consolidation in the Welsh Premier League finishing in 14th place. It was not to be, as a Marc Lloyd-Williams inspired Bangor City won 5–0 at Belle Vue, the 2002–03 season was a financially difficult one with the playing and management staff going weeks without payment at one point in the season
Newtown Association Football Club are a Welsh Football Club who play in the Welsh Premier League. Newtown are one of three clubs that can claim unbroken membership of the league since its formation in 1992, with the other two clubs being Aberystwyth Town and Bangor City. The club was founded in 1875 as Newtown White Stars, and were one of the members of the Football Association of Wales. The club plays at Latham Park, Newtown, which accommodates 5,000 spectators, Newtown White Stars won the Welsh Cup in 1879 and were losing finalists in 1881. Newtown AFC won the cup again in 1895, but this was the last national trophy won for sixty years, in 1992 the club became rather reluctant founder members of the Konica League of Wales. Since then it has finished runners-up in the league in both 1995–96 & 1997–98, and subsequently played UEFA cup ties against Skonto Riga of Latvia and Wisła Kraków of Poland. Newtown Association Football Club are one of the oldest clubs in Wales, in addition the club was also one of the founder members of the League of Wales, now known as the Welsh Premier. The club has a long and proud tradition with the move in the late 1980s into the Northern Premier League being part of the nature of the club. Way back in 1877, Newtown took part in the first ever Welsh Cup tie on Saturday 13 October against Druids of Ruabon, cefn Druids now former members of the Welsh Premier are derived from this club. In December 1895 Newtown travelled to play Manchester City at Maine Road, newtown’s W. Parry scored all three goals for the Robins. In 2014 Newtown became the 2nd Welsh Premier League club, after The New Saints, during the 2014/15 season Newtown finished in the top 6 for the second consecutive season. They also took part in their first Welsh Cup Final in 118 Years after memorable wins against Caersws, Bangor, however they lost the match 2–0 to The New Saints, despite it being played at Latham Park in front of a capacity crowd. After the cup defeat, Newtown entered the European play-offs. During the play-offs they won away at Port Talbot Town and won away at Aberystwyth Town to take a spot in the 2015–16 Europa League qualifiers, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, brian Coyne Roger Preece Darren Ryan Andy Cale Darren Ryan Bernard McNally Chris Hughes Newtown have participated four times in the UEFA Cup/Europa League. In the Welsh Premier League Newtown have derby matches against fellow Mid-Wales clubs Aberystwyth Town and The New Saints
Llanidloes Town F.C.
Llanidloes Town Football Club are an association football club based in the Town of Llanidloes, Powys, Wales. The club currently plays in the Mid Wales Football League, on May 8,2010 Llanidloes Town Football Club were crowned unbeaten champions of the Montgomeryshire League. The 2010/11 season saw a return to the Mid Wales League, 2014-15 saw them relegated back to the Mid Wales Football League after an appeal to the FAW was rejected. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Llanidloes Town play their games at Victoria Park, situated on Victoria Avenue on the edge of the town. The club house was erected in the mid-1960s, the ground has two stands, The Main Stand and the famous Well Lane End which has recently been made all seater. Victoria Park is widely regarded as one of the best grounds in Mid-Wales and because of this has hosted several cup finals including The Montgomeryshire Cup and it has also hosted Welsh youth international matches. Players that have played/managed in the Football League or any equivalent to this level. Players that hold a record or have captained the club
Ruabon is a village and community in the county borough of Wrexham in Wales. The name Rhiwabon comes from Rhiw Fabon, Rhiw being the Welsh word for hill and Fabon being a mutation from St Mabon, an older English spelling, Rhuabon, can sometimes be seen. In 2001, more than 80% of the population of 2,400 were born in Wales with 13. 6% having some ability in Welsh, there is evidence that a settlement existed in Ruabon in the Bronze Age. In 1898, building works in the centre of Ruabon exposed a cist or stone urn containing cremated human remains dating from 2000 years BC. In 1917, the remains of a Bronze Age round barrow were discovered on the fields of Ruabon Grammar School, they contained human remains, a flint arrowhead. Overlooking Ruabon, the Gardden, an ancient hillfort surrounded by circular ditches, the ancient parish of Ruabon was made up of the townships of, Ruabon, Cristionydd Cynrig, Coed Cristionydd, Cristionydd Fechan, Dinhinlle Isaf, Morton Anglicorum, and Morton Wallichorum. In 1844, Coed Cristionydd and part of Cristionydd Cynrig became part of the new parish of Rhosymedre, later in 1879, Dynhinlle Uchaf and the remainder of Cristionydd Cynrig became the new parish of Penycae. Ruabon is within the county of Denbighshire and, between 1889 and 1974, was administered by Denbighshire County Council. From 1974 until 1996, it was administered as part of Clwyd, from 1996, it has been administered as part of the County Borough of Wrexham. In the 1850s the English writer George Borrow toured Wales and wrote an account of his journey in the book “Wild Wales”, I observed in this place nothing remarkable, but an ancient church. My way from hence lay nearly west, I ascended a hill, from the top of which I looked down into a smoky valley. I descended, passing by a great many collieries, in which I observed grimy men working amidst smoke, at the bottom of the hill near a bridge I turned round. A ridge to the east particularly struck my attention, it was covered with dusky edifices, from which proceeded thundering sounds, a woman passed me going towards Rhiwabon, I pointed to the ridge and asked its name, I spoke English. The woman shook her head and replied Dim Saesneg and this is as it should be, said I to myself, I now feel I AM in Wales. The Williams-Wynn family were landowners in north and mid Wales. For centuries they had a influence on the political, cultural, social. Although the family owned several houses throughout Wales, the seat of the family was at Wynnstay in Ruabon, the fifth baronet became so powerful that he was given the unofficial title of The Prince IN Wales. Wynnstay had passed into the possession of the Wynn family through marriage, the estate, originally known simply as Rhiwabon, was owned by the Eyton family who later changed its name to Watstay