Sunday, October 02, 2011
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Club history

The New SaintsLLANSANTFFRAID FC paddled in the quiet backwaters of amateur football for more than 30 years until, as the FAW began to build a pyramid system in Wales, the Saints began their climb.
With an ambitious and innovative committee, and galvanised by the possibilities opening up for Welsh clubs, the club won three promotions in four seasons to reach the League of Wales in 1993.
Observers of the Welsh soccer scene predicted instant relegation, but the club defied the odds to survive in the top flight. Every step of the way, the club grew in stature and the Treflan trophy cupboard began to fill. The League Cup was won in 1995 and then, at the old National Stadium a year later, Llansantffraid triumphed in the Welsh Cup, leading to a first European experience in Poland.
In 1997, computer company Total Network Solutions, from their base on the border in Oswestry, made Llansantffraid an offer no club could refuse. In the absence of sponsorship, TV revenues or public assistance, WP clubs cannot afford to reject a helping hand. In a shoestring league you don't need a fortune to get ahead - any investment will lift you ahead of the pack.
The price of the deal was a change of name to TNS. In most countries businesses support clubs, in many countries clubs are businesses, but only in Wales could it happen that a business IS the club!
When TNS wrestled the championship title from Barry Town's grip in 2000, their astonishingly rapid rise to the top was not complete. Managing director Mike Harris never rests on his laurels. A new stand, fully professional status, a youth structure and a twinning deal with Chelsea followed and TNS became regular title contenders and European qualifiers.
A merger with Oswestry Town was completed in 2004/5 with plans for a 3,000 seater modern stadium over the border in a far more populous area on the way to fulfilment, with the opportunity to develop and increase the club's fan base.
TNS lifted the Welsh Premier title back-to-back in 2005, 2006 and 2007, adding another Welsh Cup success, the League Cup trophy and the FAW Premier Cup to be voted the BBC Wales team of the season.
In 2005, the takeover of Total Network Solutions by British Telecom spelt the end of the sponsorship deal, but the club has continued as a full-time outfit under The New Saints banner, with funding from a multi-sports leisure development, The Venue, adjacent to Oswestry's former Park Hall Stadium which has been the subject of a multi-million pound redevelopment and is now the club's home base.

Below: TNS won the Welsh Premier title three times in a row - 2005, 2006 and 2007.



Honours board TNS FC

WELSH PREMIER
Champions 1999/2000 2004/5 2005/6 2006/7 2009/10
Runners-up 2001/2 2002/3 2003/4 2007/8 2010/11
WELSH CUP
Winners 1995/6 2004/5
Runners-up 2000/1 2003/4
LEAGUE CUP
Winners 1994/5 2005/6 2008/9 2009/10 2010/11
WELSH INTERMEDIATE CUP
Winners 1992/3
CYMRU ALLIANCE
Winners 1992/3
Runners-up 1991/2
WELSH NATIONAL LEAGUE
Runners-up 1995/6 1994/5 1990/1
LEAGUE CUP
Winners 1995/6
Youth Section League Winners 1997/98
Runners-up 1996/97
YOUTH LEAGUE CUP
Winners 1996/97 1997/98
CENTRAL WALES SENIOR CUP
Winners 1998/99
Runners-up 1997/98
CENTRAL WALES CUP
Runners-up 1992/93
J.EMRYS MORGAN CUP
Winners 1973/74
Runners-up 1972/73 1981/82 1982/83 1992/93
MONTGOMERYSHIRE AMATEUR LEAGUE
Division 1
Winners 1968/69 1969/70 1970/7 1982/83, 1986/87 1991/92 1992/93 2005/6 (Reserves)
Runners-up 1971/72 1972/73 1973/74 1974/75
Division 2
Winners 1980/81
Runners-up 2003/4 (Reserves)
LEAGUE CUP
Winners 1962/63 1965/66 1968/69 1969/70 1970/71 1973/74 1974/75 1991/92 1992/93 2005/6 (Reserves)
Runners-up 1959/60 1968/69 1971/72 1981/82 1987/88
VILLAGE CUP
Winners 1961/62 1962/63 1963/64 1965/66 1968/69 1970/71 1984/85 1986/87 1990/91 1992/93 2005/6 (Reserves)
Runners-up 1976/77 1980/81 1985/86 1987/88 1988/89
MONTGOMERYSHIRE CUP
Runners-up 1982/83 1996/97
OTTAWAY CUP
Winners 1992/93
TOMMY JARMAN CUP
Winners 1991-1993