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CWMBRAN CELTIC FC
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WELSH LEAGUE DIVISION 1
Manager: Dean Morris
Asst Manager: Matthew Williams
Coach: Al Beyaz
Colours: Yellow Blue Yellow
Manger: Lee Bridgeman
Assistant: Darren Buttle
Assistant: Adrian Needs
Colours: Pink & Black
Referee: Gavin Townsend (Ebbw Vale)
Referee’s Assistants: Gary Mobley (Chepstow) & Tony Maher (Risca)
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CWMBRAN CELTIC v TAFFS WELL
Saturday August 27th 2016 K.O. 2:30pm
At CELTIC PARK
WELCOME TO CELTIC PARK
WELSH FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLES
P W D L F A GD Pts
Barry Town United
Cambrian & Clydach
Port Talbot Town
RESERVE (EAST) P W D L F A GD Pts
Cardiff Met University
Treharris Athletic Western
Taffs Well have been continuously in the 1st
Division of the Welsh League for 13 seasons,
since 2004/5, a feat matched only by Goytre
United of the current clubs. The clubs first
met in Celtic’s 1st season in Division 1
following their promotion in 2010. The
game, on 8th January 2011, ended a spell of
7 weeks inactivity for Celtic, having not
played since 20th November 2010.
Furthermore Celtic, managed by Ben
Graham, were on a 10 match run in which
they had just one win and 9 defeats. The layoff evidently affected Taffs Well more
because our boys won 6-0 with goals from
Shane Williamson 2, Luke Sallis 2, Lloyd
Davies and Chris Pearce. Current Celtic
players Rakesh Patel, Lee Challenger,
Richard Crees and Chris Ham played in this
fixture. Alas the win proved to be brief
respite as Celtic then went a further 6 games
without a win. Taffs Well easily won the
return 3-0. Despite the horrendous form mid
-season Celtic rallied in the run-in and
retained their 1st Division status.
In 2011/12, Celtic managed by Taffs Well old
boy Gareth Morgan, were well beaten 3-0
home and away and Gareth was sent from
the field in the away game. There was
another double for Taffs in 2012/13, 2-0 at
Celtic Park and 2-1 at Taffs, Lee Challenger
scoring from the penalty spot. Season 201314 brought Taffs their 5th successive win in
this fixture, 1-0 at their Rhiw Dd’ar Stadium,
but Celtic broke the run in the return with a
2-1 win in a red-blooded encounter. For
Taffs, skipper Lee Wiiliams was sent off and
vocal manager Lee Bridgman also received
his marching orders at the interval for his
robust reaction. However the 10 men
visitors took the lead through Marcus Jones.
Challenger equalised when the keeper
spilled the ball and Celtic won n the 93rd
minute when another error from the keeper
resulted in an own goal by the desperate
lunge of a defender. At the end of the
season Celtic were then relegated as the 4th
from bottom team to make way for
demoted Afan Lido.
Celtic centre back Rhys Williams had a short
spell with Taffs Well before moving on to
Goytre and then, last season, to Celtic.
CWMBRAN CELTIC v TAFFS WELL – PLAYING RECORD
At Celtic Park:
At Rhiw Dd’ar:
Celtic won 2 Taffs Well won 2 Goals: Celtic 8 Taffs Well 6
Taffs Well won 4 Celtic won 0 Goals: Taffs Well 9 Celtic 1
Played 8 Celtic won 2 Taffs Well won 6 Goals: Celtic 9 Taffs Well 15
TAFFS WELL’S RECORD – LAST SIX SEASONS
The club would like to extend its most sincere sympathy to manager Dean Morris whose
mother Valerie died recently after a long illness. Our thoughts are with him and his family
and as a mark of respect there will be a minute’s silence in memory of Valerie before the
kick-off this afternoon.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TAFFS WELL
The club was formed at a meeting
of interested people at St Mary’s
Church Hall, Glan y Llyn in the
summer of 1946. Foremost at the
meeting were Bill Newman, Elan
Gough and John Morley, all three
are sadly no longer with us. Two
teams were formed and entered
into the Cardiff and District
League. The Gwaelod y Garth
cricket ground "The Ynys", along
side the river provided the clubs
first home. This ground was not
ideal and in their second year they
opened negotiations with Dai
Parry, a local Rhiw Dda'r farmer,
who provided them with a field.
The dressing rooms were in St
Mary's church hall, Glan y Llyn.
During the inaugural year a
successful application was made
to join the newly formed South
Wales Amateur League. a league
to which we have proudly been a
member for over 60 years. The
club soon achieved success and
between 1949 and 1956 were
runners-up four times and
champions twice. They won the
old Corinthian Cup in 1954 and
were finalists in 1951 and 1953. In
1947 the club an application to
join the Welsh League failed. In
those days the pyramid system did
In 1956 Bill Newman the driving
force behind the club died which
led to a decline in fortunes of the
club At rock bottom in 1960 Don
James joined the club as secretary.
Due to his determination it took
only two years to turn the club
around and with the help of many
people, too numerous to mention
regained it's standing in the
Success followed and the club
won the championship in
1975.1976 and 1977 having been
runners up in 1972, 1973 and
1974, they also won the South
Wales Intermediate cup in 1975
The club entered the Welsh
League in 1977. The hard working
Malcolm Frazer joined the club in
1977 becoming the Amateur
League secretary and his sister
Norma Samuel became the Welsh
League Secretary in 1996.
The club won the Nathaniel Cars
League Cup in 2011-12 and 201213, and were League runners-up
in 2011-12 and 2013-14. There
followed two more league cup
successes in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
TAFFS WELL TOWN PEN PICTURES 2016/17
PHIL DRAPER: Goalkeeper; Previous
clubs Caersws and Aberystwyth Town.
Training to become a Barrister.
CHRIS GOLTON: Goalkeeper: Previous
clubs Llanwern and AFC Porth. No
nonsense shot stopper, non stop talker,
great organisational skills. Sent off in
AFC Porth match v Celtic last season.
Former Youth player with the club.
DAN CLARE: Centre half: Experienced,
solid, good leadership qualities. A
product of junior football in Cwmbran
and the Fairwater Youth Academy.
Formerly with Barry Town United and
Monmouth Town, and before that
Croesyceiliog and Llanelli.
CORTEZ BELLE: Centre half/striker.
Experienced journeyman. Welsh
Premier experience with Llanelli,
Carmarthen Town, Connahs Quay, Port
Talbot Town. Played in Football League
for Chester City during 2004/05 season,
but was red carded three times
between September and January and
only made one first-team appearance
after that. Other clubs: Northwich
Victoria, Merthyr, Newport County and
AARON THOMAS: Right back/right
wing. Previously at Newport County.
Exciting player in possession, good
dribbling skills and a good crosser of the
NATHAN GULLEY: Right back/right
wing. Reads the game well. Former
JACK KINNERLEY: Left back/left wing.
Quick turn of speed.
ABDUL MOHSIN: Left back/left wing.
Former youth player, has been with the
club for several seasons.
RICKY HODGE: Utility player. Returns to
his former club from Penybont.
Previously at Bryntirion in
Championship winning side with Celtic’s
Rhys Williams. Sports teacher.
MARCUS JONES: Utility player. A clever
tricky player. Former Youth player.
Signed from Bridgend Street. Been with
club for several seasons.
TOM BURRIDGE: Midfield. Second
season with the club. Ex Cardiff City.
Great range of passing and technical
JOSEPH EVANS: Midfield. Classy
footballer. Long standing Taffs player,
sixth season with the club. Formerly
with Llanrumney and Clevedon Town.
Welsh Futsol international.
NICK FRENCH: Midfield. Experienced,
clever football brain, great awareness.
JASON MARTIN: Midfield. Former
NICKY FISH: Midfield. Ex Cardiff City.
Out of the game for some time with
injuries sustained in road traffic
RICHARD FRENCH: Striker/midfield.
Formerly with Goytre United.
MICHAEL MURPHY: Left midfield/
winger. Former Youth player.
MANAGER: LEE BRIDGEMAN.
ASSISTANT MANAGER: DARREN
ASSISTANT: ADRIAN NEEDS.
FIRST AIDER: LIAM EDWARDS.
MATCH REPORT: CWMBRAN CELTIC 2-0 PORT TALBOT TOWN AUG 13th 2016
Cwmbran Celtic put in a superb rearguard action
after being reduced to 9 men to beat Port Talbot,
who had been demoted in the summer from the
Welsh Premier League purportedly for financial
Celtic showed one change from the team which lost
to the visitors in the Welsh Cup last March, Alan
Kenney at centre back in place of the injured Rhys
Hodges. Cash-strapped Port Talbot had a close
season clear-out with only midfielder Craig Jones
and captain Luke Bowen up front.
Celtic welcomed Josh Bull back from his trial at
Welsh Premier Aberystwyth Town and he was soon
in action blocking a clearance by keeper Matthew
Stanton only to mis-kick his attempt on goal. Chris
Ham was getting plenty of the ball and he showed
superb skill with a first time volley just over the bar
from a glorious cross by Lloyd Kinsella. Lloyd then
put Owen Cook down the left and his cross was just
missed by Lee Penry’s outstretched foot with the
empty net beckoning. Talbot’s first chance fell to Jac
Shannon whose first time strike of a long free kick
Kinsella was having a busy game for Celtic and on 25
minutes he put Bull through. Josh put the ball into
the net but the flag was up for offside. Talbot’s best
chance thus far came from a corner taken by Jandir
Zola, formerly of Swansea City and a Wales Under
19 international. His pinpoint cross was headed
onto and over the bar by the unmarked Bowen.
Then Ryan Kostromin’s cross was flicked on by
Bowen to Zola whose cross shot flashed just wide of
Referee Owain Phillips was proving to be
unnecessarily fussy such that there were frequent
stoppages and in the 49th minute he awarded the
visitors a penalty as Kostromin hit the deck. Bowen,
the 2 goal conqueror of Celtic in the Welsh Cup,
took the spot kick and blazed the ball high and wide
– a huge let-off for Celtic.
Half time: Celtic 0 Port Talbot 0
Josh Bull was quickly prominent in the early minutes
of the 2nd half. He wormed his way down the left
flank and was tripped by an outstretched leg, his
shouts for a penalty waived away. Then he scooped
a cross from the left by Ham wide. After Cook was
booked for a foul, Josh weaved his way along the
left by-line, was tripped again and this time the
penalty was given. Lee Challenger blasted the
penalty straight down the middle but Stanton stood
his ground and blocked the shot. The ball fell to
Kinsella who needed two touches in rolling the ball
into the net on 57 minutes. This was Charlie’s 2nd
successive miss after previously hitting 20 penalty
goals in a row over a 5 year period.
Skipper Richard Crees was booked for time wasting.
Andrew Larcombe came on for Penry and in the 67th
minute Chris Ham brought Robbie Thomas down
with a crude tackle. The full back lashed out at Ham
who was on the floor. Chris had no choice but to
defend himself. Referee Phillips gave both the
offenders a red card. Phillips’s next action was to
book Crees for a challenge – his 2nd yellow and
therefore a red – Celtic down to 9 men with 22
minutes to play.
Dominic Connor replaced Bull and Celtic conceded
the midfield to Talbot. Despite their prolonged
possession the visitors could not create clear-cut
chances. Liam Evans shot high and wide. Substitute
Oliver Bowen was booked. Adrian Maguire came on
for Kinsella. Talbot tried to crank up the pressure.
Evans headed wide and in time added on they were
awarded a free kick when Rhys Williams climbed
over the shoulders of Luke Bowen. Zola’s measured
shot was superbly tipped around his left post by
Lewis Watkins. Evans then shot over the bar.
Talbot had now pushed everybody forward and
when Owen Cook pounced on the ball in midfield,
he looked up and saw a clear run on goal. Racing to
keep up with him was Maguire and when Stanton
came off his line to confront Cook he rolled the ball
across the goal for Adrian to tap in to make the
game safe. Phillips finally blew the whistle having
played 8 minutes added time.
Full time: Celtic 2 Port Talbot 0
This was a fine performance by Celtic, particularly in
the final quarter when down to 9 men. Rhys
Williams superbly marshalled the defence with
partner Alan Kenney to the fore with his excellent
anticipation and interceptions. Cook was dominant
in the centre of the park. Kinsella was Celtic’s most
prominent attacker which, added to his goal gave
him the man of the match award.
The Stats: Shots: Celtic 6 on target, 4 off; Port
Talbot 4 on target, 7 off. Corners: Celtic 6 Port
Talbot 3. Celtic are joint top of Division 1 along with
Barry Town United on goal difference, a feat last
achieved in August 2011 under Alan Dibble. This was
their 11th successive league win in the Welsh
MATCH REPORT: AMMANFORD 0-3 CWMBRAN CELTIC AUG 17th 2016
Celtic made a flying start to the game
when a corner in the second minute fell
to Dom Connor who fed Rhys Williams
on the left. Rhys looked up and coolly
bent a right foot shot over the home
keeper and into the far top corner. The
pressure on Ammanford continued with
Celtic finding a lot of space behind their
back four. On two occasions excellent
balls from Rakesh Patel over the top
found firstly Lloyd Kinsella and then Josh
Bull but the keeper managed to save
both their shots. Lloyd was then in the
action again but his shot was pushed
behind for a corner. From this Lee Penry
grazed the crossbar with a header. Lloyd
was impressing down the right and a low
cross from him just evaded everyone.
A rare attack from the hosts ended in a
goalmouth scramble which debutant
Tom Chorley eventually grasped. Celtic
were not to be denied though and a
good move down the left ended with a
cross from Dom Connor which Lee Penry
hit over the bar. Just before half time
Celtic doubled their lead when another
ball over the top, this time from Rhys
Williams, found Josh Bull who calmly
lobbed the ball over the advancing
keeper. There was still time for another
good Celtic attack involving Owen Cook,
Lee Penry and Dom Connor ended with
Owen shooting wide.
Half time: Ammanford 0 Celtic 2
Celtic began the second half as they
ended the first when Owen Cook set
Lloyd Kinsella free down the right. He cut
in between two defenders but hit a weak
shot wide. Dom Connor and Josh Bull
then both had shots saved by the
keeper’s feet. Josh then hit a scuffed
shot after being put through by Andrew
Larcombe. In the 60th minute Josh was
replaced by Adrian McGuire and just
after Tom Chorley had to make a good
save after a rare Ammanford attack.
Dom Connor then went off to be
replaced by Lee Cheshire, who was
making his 1st team debut. Ammanford
then had their best chance of the game
but their number 9 lobbed the ball over
the bar when well placed. They then paid
for this miss when a good move involving
Kinsella, Cook and McGuire ended with
Lee Penry having a simple tap in.
Alan Kenney was then replaced by Curtis
Patel. Ammanford then had two half
chances, neither of which were they able
to convert. The game then got a bit
scrappy with a few silly challenges being
made. Lee Challenger was booked and
then Patel uncharacteristically got
involved in a fracas with the Ammanford
number 9 and they were both booked.
Full time: Ammanford 0 Celtic 3
This was a dominant performance by
Celtic and they controlled the game from
start to finish with the hosts only
mounting the occasional threat.
Debutant Tom Chorley had a relatively
quiet game in goal but was competent in
everything he did.
There were good performances all over
the pitch but Man of the Match goes to
Lloyd Kinsella for another excellent all
round performance. He was a constant
threat to the Ammanford defence
throughout the game.
MATCH REPORT: CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH 1-3 CWMBRAN CELTIC AUG 20th 2016
Celtic kept their place at the top of the table,
now outright on goal difference, with this
splendid win in appalling rain-showers on
Cambrian’s all-weather surface. Both teams
had pre-match crises to deal with. The hosts
did not have a fit goalkeeper and so manager
Craig Hughes had to go between the sticks.
Celtic had no management team present and
they were down to the bare bones on the
bench with only one fit outfield player, 18
year old Lee Cheshire.
Celtic got off to a cracking start taking the
lead when the unfortunate Hughes received a
back-pass and mis-kicked in front of goal, Josh
Bull nipping in to score. Richard Crees was
booked in the 9th minute for an over-robust
tackle. Bull was looking sharp up front and he
took on the defenders at every opportunity
with his close ball dribbling. He won a free
kick just outside the box which Challenger
blasted just wide of the post. Cambrian’s first
shot was a 20 yarder from left back Cameron
Keetch which nestled safely into Tom
Chorley’s arms. Challenger then slotted a
great pass down the middle to Bull, who
stepped inside but hit a weak shot straight at
On 20 minutes Cambrian were level. Nippy
winger Sam Jones picked the ball up wide on
the right and with Chorley way off his line
calmly stroked the ball into the net.
Cambrian’s experienced striker Jason
Bertorelli was well wide with a 30 yard effort.
Next Adrian Maguire put Bull through but he
over-elaborated and his shot was blocked.
Andrew Larcombe was tripped on the edge of
the box and Rhys Williams’s free kick was
easily plucked out of the air by Hughes.
On 34 minutes Celtic went two up when, from
a Lloyd Kinsella corner Lee Penry’s first shot
from close range was blocked and he was first
to react to force the rebound over the line.
Kinsella blazed a free kick over the bar and
the last chance of the half fell to Cambrian. A
well-worked free kick from Jason Davies to
Bertorelli to Shane Davies ending with the
latter shooting over the bar.
Half time: Cambrian & Clydach 1 Cwmbran
Cambrian dominated the first quarter of the
2nd half in which a soft Shane Davies shot
was saved by Chorley. Bertorelli, put through
by Jason Davies, shot high and wide and
Shane Davies was again on target but straight
at the keeper. Josh Owen lobbed straight at
Chorley who then had an extraordinary let-off
when he clutched at and missed a floated
free kick from substitute Alex Davies. The ball
hit the foot of the post and bounced out to
Bertorelli who drilled his shot wide of the far
Celtic’s attacks were few and far between but
in the 77nd minute Josh Bull cut in from the
right and laid a glorious pass right into the
stride of Lloyd Kinsella who struck a superb
strike into the corner of the net – Celtic’s only
shot of the half. Celtic brought Lee Cheshire
on for Adrian Maguire. Cambrian were not
giving up. Shane Davies shot wide, and after
Kinsella was booked, Chorley saved from
Bertorelli. Shane Davies again shot wide and
Josh Maksimovic’s shot was blocked
Full time: Cambrian & Clydach 1 Cwmbran
Celtic richly deserved this win with a spirited
hard-working display. There were some fine
performances all over the pitch. Special
mention to Andrew Larcombe who chased
and harried in midfield for the full 90 minutes
in a display in what to some observers is his
best position. Richard Crees was outstanding
up and down the left but man of the match
was Alan Kenny with an imperious display in
Stats: Celtic 7 shots on target, 2 off; Cambrian
7 shots on target 10 off.
MATCH REPORT: UNDY ATHLETIC 3-1 CWMBRAN CELTIC AUG 23rd 2016
Great weather on the night and Celtic, having
won both their league games and their first
cup game, were currently unbeaten. One
couldn't wish for a better atmosphere for a
cup game between these two Gwent sides
with enthusiastic supporters surrounding the
pitch. Celtic started with 4 key players missing
due to injury, suspension and unavailability,
including goalscorers Josh Bull and Chris Ham.
Undy began the game quickly and within
minutes had the ball in the net, but the ‘goal’
was called offside. Undy were taking the
majority of possession and playing around
Celtic but in the 10th minute Celtic won a
corner. Lloyd Kinsella’s cross to the back of
the box was cleared away only for Lloyd to
pick it up again halfway down the pitch and
flight in a perfect delivery for Owen Cook to
calmly place the ball into the back of the net.
A great goal and set piece by Celtic. 1-0
Celtic’s heads were up. We won a free kick,
Lee Challenger strode forward to take the free
kick and placed the ball straight into the box
for Lee Penry to strike but a brilliant save from
Smallcombe in the Undy goal denied Celtic a
second goal. Undy came back and the Celtic
defence was panicking and playing some
harsh tackles to get the ball away. In the 15th
minute Undy won a free kick and Undy
defender Dan Morgan stepped up to take the
kick 25 yards out and confidently placed the
ball straight into the back of the net. Scores
Undy continued to keep the ball in the Celtic
half. Celtic, playing only 3 across the back,
were showing gaps in defence. A mistake by
Kenney gave Gareth Cullimore the chance to
dribble his way through the depleted defence
and he duly scored with a brilliant strike. 2-1
to Undy! On the half hour Celtic had another
set piece chance from a corner but the ball
was played into the box and straight into
Smallcombe's hands. In the 35th minute Undy
were on the attack once more and Cullimore
had a 1 on 1 with Celtic keeper Lewis Watkins.
Lewis stood firm and leapt to tip the ball away
- a brilliant save.
Both teams were giving free kicks away with
their sloppy and rushed play. From a Celtic
free kick in the 42nd minute Lloyd Kinsella’s
cross was won back by Undy who charged
straight down the line. An Undy player
dribbled the ball around 4 Celtic players and
laid it to Cullimore to stroke into the net. In
the last seconds of the half Lee Challenger was
given a yellow card for a disagreement with
the referee. An up and down first half for
Celtic, mistakes and opportunities missed by
Half time: Undy Athletic 3 Celtic 1
Undy started after the break with a free kick
which was cleared by Crees. Celtic took off
Adrian Maguire and Lee Challenger, replaced
by Alex McDowell and Rhys Parry. Undy also
made a change. Alex had a shooting
opportunity within seconds, but his shot hit
the boards on the side of the goal.
In the 63rd minutes Celtic conceded and
successfully defended a free kick for hand ball
on the edge of the box. Undy’s players were
beginning to tire and Dan Jarman and Gareth
Haywood were replaced by Jordan Rathbone
and Nathan Wood. The substitutions
energised the play somewhat. An Undy corner
was cleared by Crees. Undy were playing a
possession game and the game petered out
with no further chances for either side.
Full time: Undy Athletic 3 Celtic 1
This was a game which both teams took turns
to dominate at different times but sadly Celtic
were not able to finish their chances. The man
of the match award went to the always
reliable Richard Crees .
Author: Tiffany Lee
Tiffany plays for Celtic Ladies and is studying at St
Mary's University for a sports coaching degree.
Cwmbran Celtic 1st Team Statistics
2005/06 Div 3
2006/07 Div 3
2007/08 Div 2
2008/09 Div 2
2009/10 Div 2
2011/12 Div 1
2012/13 Div 1
2013/14 Div 1
2014/15 Div 2
2015/16 Div 2
2016/17 Div 1
CELTIC GOALS IN AWAY WINS AT AMMANFORD AND CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH
Josh Bull and Lee Penry turn to congratulate Rhys Williams on the opening goal at Ammanford
Frame by frame: Lee Penry
puts Celtic 2-1 ahead at a
Josh Bull strokes goal no 2 into the net
Lee Penry seals an emphatic victory with goal no 3
Lloyd Kinsella’s rocket shot for goal no 3 was too quick for Celtic snapper Steve Roberts.
MEET THE PLAYERS – 1. ANDREW LARCOMBE
In this new feature we learn a bit more about the Celtic boys. We start with Andrew Larcombe because not
only did he give us his own personal details but he also contributed a tongue-in-cheek critique on his teammates.
Andrew joined Celtic in the close season of 2014/15 having previously played in the Welsh League for
Llanwern (2010-13) and Undy Athletic (2013-14). Before that he played Youth football for Newport YM and
Gwent County for Liswerry. Andrew can play up front in the holding role or in the middle of the park and his
tenacious ability to compete for every ball has been very much in evidence in this season’s games so far.
Andrew’s occupation is Electrician.
Andrew’s Playing record for Celtic 2014-16: Appearances 70 Goals 15.
ANDREW ON HIMSELF
Position: Striker (or any position I can get a game)
Time at club: Currently in my 3rd season.
Childhood footballing hero: Gianfranco Zola.
Football team you support: Chelsea.
Takeaway choice: Chinese.
Favourite superhero: Nobody in particular really; if I have to say
one then Batman.
Favourite TV series: Prison Break.
Favourite T.V show as a kid: My wife and kids.
Favourite sport other than football: Golf.
Other than Celtic park, favourite ground in Welsh league:
Favourite Celtic moment: The atmosphere in the dressing room
after our last minute win at Penryhncoch in the Welsh Cup last
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ANDREW ON HIS TEAM MATES
Quickest player: Rumour has it Babe (Rhys Hodges) is quick, but
I'd say Kesh Patel.
Slowest player: Some may say it’s me but that's a myth. I'm rapid,
I'll go with Curtis (Patel). I've seen milk turn quicker.
Worst dressed: Owen Cook. Wears a turtle neck on a night out
like a member of N-Sync.
Best dancer: Easy this. Lee Penry. Just wish he’d stop doing his
dance moves during the game.
Worst dancer: Ha, The Gaffer. Goes on tour, finds a pillar to stand against in the club, and that’s it. A bit boring
really but he is pushing fifty.
Hardest player: Terry top off Rhys Williams.
Dressing room DJ: Chris Ham.
Most skilful player: Again Chris Ham.
Biggest joker: Billy (Crees). Loves a wind up.
Most intelligent: Easy answer this. Myself of course.
Least intelligent: Probably Owen Cook. But then again he's recently managed to trick someone into giving him
a new job so .....?
Longest in the shower: Billy. Don’t know why as it doesn't take long to wash his hair with that duck pond on
HIS TEAM MATES ON ANDREW
Andrew is king organiser; sorts most nights out, Tours and dummy club King for which nothing gets past his
eyes especially the smallest of mud on our boots. He's one of those very important characters you want not
only on the pitch but also in the dressing room. Not all new players fit in with the tight knit Celtic clique but
Andrew certainly cuts it. We all love him.
Winning Numbers 20th Aug 2016
28 - 18 - 35
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CWMBRAN CELTIC 1925-2016
CWMBRAN CELTIC SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Keep up to date with all the news and action at Cwmbran Celtic football club.
CLUB WEBSITE: cwmbranceltic.com
Newly formatted for the 2016/17 season you will find the latest news, and dedicated
sections for each of the club’s teams containing current and past facts and figures. There is
also a gallery featuring photos of the club’s current and past games and social activities.
Instant access to all the news, chat and banter as it happens.
FACEBOOK: CWMBRAN CELTIC FC MEDIABOX:
Maintained by club photographer Steve Roberts. Mainly photographs, but access to news,
chat and banter for those who prefer Facebook.
OTHER FOOTBALL LINKS OF INTEREST
Unofficial Welsh League Message Board: http://welshleague.proboards.com/posts/
Welsh League website: https://wfleague.co.uk
All Wales fixtures, results, tables: http://www.allwalessport.co.uk/football
Cwmbran Celtic football club was formed in 1925. In the
early years the club was known as CYMS (Catholic Young
Men's Society). After the immediate success of winning
the Newport & District Division 2 Section A title in 1925/6
there was then a 25 year gap before the next trophy, the
Premier Division title in 1950/1. The club disbanded in the
late 1950’s largely as a consequence of national service
call-ups but a large influx of junior and youth players
brought about the reforming of the club in 1964 under the
new name of Cwmbran Catholics. In 1970/1 Celtic won the
Gwent Senior Cup. In 1972/3 with playing membership
open to all denominations the club dropped the catholic
title and re-named as Cwmbran Celtic duly winning the
Gwent Amateur Cup and finishing runners-up in the
Gwent Premier League.
In 1979 the club bought its own premises at Oak Street,
Old Cwmbran, the club's present headquarters. The club's
ground was in Cwmbran Park but around 1995 they
moved to the grounds outside Cwmbran Stadium which
were shared with Cwmbran Cricket club. The cricket club
later moved to Caerleon and Celtic obtained the lease
from Torfaen Council.
Celtic played in the Gwent County League in the 1980s
and 1990s and after gaining promotion as champions of
Division 2 in 1986/7 remained in the 1st division for the
next 10 seasons. However a disastrous slide found the
club languishing in the 3rd division when Paul "Dishy"
Richardson became manager in 1999. He transformed the
side bringing in experienced ex-Cwmbran Town stalwarts
Mickey Copeman and Kevin Payne alongside teenage
striker Shane Williamson who for a dozen seasons was top
scorer. The side was later bolstered by the return of exprofessionals Ben Graham and Mark Parfitt who had
started their careers with Celtic as juniors. There were
successive promotions from the 3rd to 1st division
between 1999 and 2001 and in 1999/2000 Celtic won the
Gwent County league cup.
In 2004/5 under new player-manager Mickey Copeman,
the club were runners-up to Clydach Wasps who applied
for membership of the Welsh Football League but their
ground was adjudged not to be of the required standard.
Celtic applied instead. Their ground outside Cwmbran
Stadium was also not up to standard but Celtic were able
to share Cwmbran Stadium with Cwmbran Town and so
the Welsh League accepted the club's application.
In their first season in the WFL, 2005/6, Celtic struggled
near the bottom of the 3rd division all season. In April
2006 Celtic travelled to Chepstow Town needing a win to
stay in the league. They went 1-0 down. With minutes of
normal time remaining substitute Jason Price equalised
but a draw was not enough. In the 9th minute of time
added on player manager Mickey Copeman went up for a
corner. The ball was cleared off the goal-line by a
Chepstow defender, it hit Copeman on the back and
rebounded into the net. Celtic had achieved a last gasp
win and, by winning their final match against Seven
Sisters, Celtic escaped relegation on goal difference.
The following season, 2006/7, Celtic now back at their
upgraded and newly named ground, Celtic Park, were
transformed. They only lost 2 games all season and
enjoyed a 24 match unbeaten run. They went to Risca for
their last match already promoted but needed to win to
secure the Championship ahead of Llanwern. With 3
minutes left Celtic were 1-0 down playing with 10 men
after a red card for Kevin Payne. Then Sammy Winter
equalised with a speculative long range shot and in the
last minute a Risca clearance found full back Ben Graham
outside the box. He hit a perfect looping volley over the
goalkeeper's head and into the net. Celtic were
In Division 2 Celtic consolidated their position in seasons
2007/8 and 2008/9 during which they introduced a
number of players from their new partnership with
Fairwater High School Football Academy in Cwmbran
managed by Celtic coach Della Cheedy. In 2009/10 Celtic
were front runners destined to win the Championship.
However they lost two key defenders who transferred to
Aberaman Athletic at a crucial time and vital points were
dropped. Nevertheless Celtic still finished their games in
1st place and would win the title if Penrhiwceiber failed to
win at Newcastle Emlyn. The home side was 2-0 up at one
stage but Ceiber clawed their way back to win 3-2 and
deny Celtic the championship. At the end of the season
Mickey Copeman stood down after 7 years in the role
during which he secured 3 promotions for the club from
the Gwent County League to the top division of the Welsh
In their first season in the 1st division, 2010/11 under new
manager Ben Graham, Celtic struggled during the first half
of the season and were firmly planted in the relegation
zone but a superb run-in during which they won 7 and
drew 3 of 14 games earned them 12th place out of 16. In
2011/12 a good start was made under Alan Dibble who
stepped down in September with the team in 5th place, to
be replaced by Gareth Morgan. Either side of Christmas,
Celtic were 2nd but they had a dismal end of season run
and again finished 12th. In 2012/13 with head coach Della
Cheedy at the helm, Celtic started brightly with some fine
performances including a 4-2 win versus reigning
champions Cambrian & Clydach but they lost their way in
the new year and at one stage were in last place.
However, with characteristic determination they dragged
themselves up the table and sealed another season in the
top division with a resounding 5-1 win against
Haverfordwest County. Under Steve Morgan in 2013/14
Celtic underperformed finishing 4th from bottom and with
Afan Lido relegated from the Welsh Premier League, Celtic
were relegated despite appealing to an FAW arbitration.
With Della Cheedy back as manager in 2014/15 Celtic
finished 7th in Division 2. In 2015/16 Nicky Church started
as manager but he resigned abruptly mid-season. Ex Ton
Pentre boss Dean Morris took over, won two manager of
the month awards, and guided Celtic to the runners-up
position and promotion on the back of 10 straight wins.
CWMBRAN CELTIC PEN PICTURES 2016/2017
Lewis Watkins: goalkeeper, aged 24. Joined Celtic from
Newport County Youth in 2010/11. Has shown great
dedication and improvement over the years to finally to
establish himself in the 1st team squad.
Tom Chorley: goalkeeper, aged 28. Newly signed this
season from Croesyceiliog. Youngest of 3 goalkeeping
brothers. Very good shot stopper, brave with a great
physique and a long and accurate kick. Previously with
Bridgend Street and Risca United. Last season he scored a
goal from a kick-out for Croesyceiliog against Llanwern.
Tom serves in the RAF in which his duties have taken him to
the Falkland Islands.
Rhys Williams: centre back, aged 28. Resolute
uncompromising defender. Good talker. Signed last season
from Goytre. Played for Blaenavon as junior; Swansea City
youth, then Cwmbran Town (Welsh Premier), Bryntirion
(WL champions) & Taffs Well.
Lee Cheshire: Left back: Aged 18. A cultured performer,
good passer. Has been with Celtic as a junior from age 5. A
member of Celtic Gwent Tesco Under 14 Cup winning side.
Now in his 2nd year as a Youth player. Cousin of Chris Ham.
Richard Crees: left back, captain, aged 30. Attacking full
back, quick and strong in tackle. “Billy” joined in 2010/11
from Tredegar Town. Very popular throughout club. His
extreme commitment has caused a number of niggling
injuries over the years. Formerly with Cardiff City (U16),
Llanhilleth, Abertillery Bluebirds & Abertillery Excelsiors.
CWMBRAN CELTIC PEN PICTURES 2016/2017 (continued)
Alan Kenney: left midfield, aged 28. Accomplished left
footer with great first touch.New signing from English club
Bedford Town having moved with his job to South Wales.
Currently playing at centre back.
Rakesh Patel: right back, aged 27. Skilful attacker who
delivers great cross ball into box.Ex-Academy, broke into
side in 2007/8 & has been regular ever since. Has great selfeffacing personality.
Chris Ham: right wing, aged 23. Played for club as Junior
and for Academy. Debut 2009/10 aged 16. Played for
Cwmbran Town 2012/13, Monmouth Town & Carmarthen
Town (Welsh Premier) in 2014/15.
Owen Cook: centre midfield, aged 24. Talented creative
player, loves to get forward.Ex-Academy, 1st team debut
2009/10. Played for Fairfield in Gwent County League
Lee Challenger: right back/holding midfield, aged 28.
Versatile player, penalty taker. “Charlie” played junior
football at Blaenavon before joining Academy. made debut
for 1st team 2007/8. Had two seasons away at Blaenavon
Blues 2009/10 and Goytre 2013/14.
Lloyd Kinsella: left midfield, aged 20. Ex Celtic junior,
Newport Academy & Celtic Academy. Lloyd forced his way
into the squad last season with some excellent
performances and is now a permanent fixture on the right
flank. . Very skilful, great crosser of a ball. Can also play at
FIXTURES, RESULTS & TEAM INFORMATION 2016/17
Man of the
13-Aug PORT TALBOT TOWN
17-Aug Ammanford (LC1)
20-Aug Cambrian & Clydach
Challenger Kinsella 1
23-Aug Undy Athletic (LC2)
*Kinsella 1 Larcombe Maguire 1
27-Aug TAFFS WELL
03-Sep Caerau (Ely)
10-Sep Ton Pentre
17-Sep BARRY TOWN UNITED
24-Sep Undy Athletic
15-Oct MONMOUTH TOWN
22-Oct HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY
05-Nov Afan Lido
19-Nov GOYTRE UNITED
26-Nov CALDICOT TOWN
02-Dec Risca United (Fri)
17-Dec Port Talbot Town
07-Jan CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH
14-Jan Taffs Well
21-Jan CAERAU (ELY)
28-Jan TON PENTRE
04-Feb Barry Town United
11-Feb UNDY ATHLETIC
25-Feb Monmouth Town
04-Mar Haverfordwest County
11-Mar AFAN LIDO
18-Mar Goytre United
25-Mar Caldicot Town
01-Apr RISCA UNITED
CWMBRAN CELTIC PEN PICTURES 2016/2017 (continued)
CWMBRAN CELTIC PEN PICTURES 2016/2017 (continued)
Lee Penry: midfield, age 23. Skilful centre midfield, joined
club in February 2016. Trials with Southampton as junior,
Newport County youth, played briefly for Croesyceiliog and
later Blaenavon Blues.
Dean Morris: Manager: joined the club in the middle of
2015/2016 season following Nicky Church’s departure. He
started out with Tynte Rovers, moved on to Taffs Well and
Blaenrhondda before joining Ton Pentre where he won six
Welsh League titles at Ton Pentre as an uncompromising
centre midfielder. He was player/assistant manager with
Pontypridd Town and Ento Aberaman, who won the Welsh League in
2008/9. before returning to Ton Pentre as manager in 2010. In his first
season Ton won the 2nd Division title, unbeaten in all 30 games. Dean then
consolidated the club’s position in the 1st Division before stepping down in
November 2014 after which he had a brief spell as manager of Treharris
Dominic Connor: left wing, aged 30. Attacking midfielder
with knack of arriving in the box at the right time to score
important goals.Formerly with Chepstow Town & Caldicot
Town. Top scorer in 2014/15 with 14 goals.
Andrew Larcombe: Striker/midfield, aged 28. Joined Celtic in close season
of 2014/15 having previously played in Welsh League for
Llanwern (2010-13) and Undy Athletic (2013-14). Before
that he played Youth football for Newport YM and Gwent
County for Liswerry. Andrew can play up front in the
holding role or in the middle of the park where his
tenaciousness makes him compete for every ball.
Josh Bull: striker, aged 23. Cultured speedy & nippy
leftfooted player. Came through Academy. Played for
Abertillery Bluebirds 2011/12 scoring superb hat-trick to
knock champions Bryntirion out of league cup, and later for
Blaenavon Blues in Gwent County League. 1st team debut
for Celtic 2012/13. Played 2014/15 for Monmouth Town
and Goytre but rejoined Celtic last season in which he was
top scorer in the Welsh League with 32 goals.
Matthew Williams: Signed by Dishy Richardson from
Girlings, Cwmbran in 1999/2000 and played in Gwent
County 3rd and 2nd division promotion sides. Then he
dropped down to help run the Newport & District Premier
League sides which won 3 league titles and the Senior Cup
over a period of 6 years. Was assistant manager under Della
Cheedy in 2014/15 and returned to the touchline when
Dean Morris was appointed in February 2016.
Al Beyaz: Coach; Whilst attending the FAW EUFA B course.
Al is from London where he is studying for a Sports
Coaching Foundation Degree at St Mary’s University,
Twickenham. He has a host of coaching qualifications
including FA licence level 2 and a Coerver diploma which
relates to an innovative Dutch coaching method.
Adrian Maguire: striker, aged 22. Joined club in 2012/13.
Powerfully built, strong runner. Former Fairwater
Comprehensive student. Was a regular in the side in
2012/13 but later sustained a broken leg and ligament
damage playing indoor football. Had a short spell at Panteg
in 2015/16 but returned to Celtic and is now back in the 1st
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CWMBRAN CELTIC HONOURS
Runners-up (2) 2009/10, 2015/16
Reserve Division (East)
Winners (2) 2009/10, 2010/11; Runners up 2012/13
Winners 1986/7; Runners-up 2000/1
Winners 1970/1; Runners-up (2) 2007/8, 2008/9
Newport & District League:
Winners (6) Premier 1950/1, Premier A 1969/70, Premier Y 2000/1, 2006/7, 2009/10, 2010/11
Runners-up (2) Premier 1956/7, Premier Y 2005/6
Winners 1968/9; Runners-up (2) 1972/3, 1979/80
Division 1R & 3
Winners Section A 1925/6
Winners 1969/70; Runners-up (2) 1972/3, 1979/80
Winners 2005/6; Runners-up (2) 1968/9, 2010/11
Winners 1950/1; Runners-up 2005/6 3rd Division Cup Winners 1956/7
Welsh Youth League:
Youth Division (East) U19 Winners (4): 2007/8, 2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11; Runners up (2) 2012/13, 2013/14
Youth League Cup:
Runners up 2014/15
Newport Youth League:
Under 16 Division
Under 16 Cup
Winners 1970/1; Runners-up 1966/7
Under 18 Division
Under 14 Cup
Winners 2011/12; Runners up 2012/13
Under 16 Division
Winners (3) 1990/1, 1994/5, 1998/9; Runners-up 2000/1
Under 16 Cup
Winners (4) 1993/4*, 1994/5, 1998/9, 2000/1 (*U15 team)
Under 18 Division
Winners 2013/14, 2014/15; Runners-up (6) 1999/2000, 2000/1, 2004/5, 2007/8
(Div 2), 2009/10, 2010/11
Under 18 Cup
Winners (2) 1967/8 (Mon Youth cup) 1990/1, Runners-up 1991/2
Under 19 Cup
Runners-up 1973/4 (Mon Youth Cup) 1989/90
Cwmbran Junior League:
Under 12 Division
Under 13 Division
Winners (2) 1967/8, 1968/9; Runners-up 1966/7
Under 13 Cup
Winners (3) 1966/7, 1967/8, 1968/9
Under 15 Cup
Winners (2) 1968/9, 1970/1
Torfaen Junior & Youth League:
Under 10 Division
Winners (4) 1984/5, 1988/9, 1989/90, 1990/1; Runners-up (2) 1987/8, 1992/3
Under 10 Cup
Winners (4) 1984/5, 1988/9, 1989/90, 1990/1
Under 12 Division
Winners (12) 1986/7, 1987/8, 1989/90, 1990/1, 1991/2, 1992/3, 1994/5,
2003/4, 2004/5, 2005/6, 2007/8, 2008/9
Runners-up (4) 1990/1*, 2000/2, 2009/10, 2010/11 (*U11 team)
Under 12 Cup
Winners (8) 1986/7, 1989/90, 1991/2, 1992/3, 1994/5, 1996/7, 2001/2, 2008/9,
Runners-up (6) 1987/8, 1990/1, 2000/1, 2003/4, 2004/5, 2010/11, 2015/2016
Under 14 Division
Winners (10) 1976/7, 1988/9, 1992/3, 1996/7, 2003/4, 2005/6, 2009/10, 2010/11,
Runners-up (3) 1989/90, 2004/5, 2006/7
Under 14 Cup
Winners (8) 1976/7, 1983/4 , 1992/3, 1996/7, 1998/9, 2006/7, 2010/11, 2012/13
Under 16 Division
Winners (13) 1976/7, 1978/9, 1990/1, 1993/4, 1998/9, 2000/1, 2001/2,
2007/8, 2008/9, 2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13 2014/15
Under 16 Cup
Winners (9) 1979/80, 1985/6, 1990/1, 1993/4, 1998/9, 2000/1, 2001/2, 2007/8, 2008/9
Runners-up (7) 1994/5, 2000/1*, 2002/3, 2006/7*, 2007/8* (*U15 team), 2013/14 2014/15
South Wales Women's League winners 2013/14; Runners up 2012/13
League Cup winners 2012/13
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