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FOR many years, Caersws played under the title of Caersws Amateurs, although the suffix was used only to make a point to their professional rivals from Newtown and Llanidloes towards the end of the 19th century. The term Amateurs was dropped in 1974 upon the official cessation of amateurism. It is believed that the first Caersws Football Club was founded over one hundred and twenty years ago, there being reference to Caersws Red Rose playing Newtown Blue Stars in December 1877.
By the start of the 20th century, Caersws had already produced two Welsh internationals. Ernie Watkins went on to play for Leicester Fosse, Aston Villa and Millwall while brother Martin turned out for Stoke City, Aston Villa and Sunderland.
The name Caersws appears in the Montgomeryshire and District League for the season 1909/10 but thereafter moved to the junior Welshpool & District League until 1928/29 when the club’s name re-appears in the Welsh National League (Mid-Wales Section). When the National League disbanded in 1930, its successor was the present-day Mid-Wales League, of which Caersws F.C. remained a member until the mid-1930s.

Caersws play at the Recreation Ground
A return to the local Montgomeryshire League followed in 1937 before The Bluebirds made a permanent move back to the Mid-Wales League in 1948.
Up to this point little, if any, notable success had been achieved and it was not until the 1960s that Caersws began to make their mark on football in their environs and at national level. They won successive Mid-Wales League championships in 1959/60 (dropping only six points all season) and 1960/61 and another in 1962/63.
During this period, Caersws also appeared in three Welsh Amateur Cup finals, though success only came their way in one, when they defeated Buckley Wanderers 4-2 at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham in 1960/61. The team of that particular era included prolific goalscorer Gareth Davies, the Stephens’s brothers and veteran centre-half Glyn Jones.
The Bluebirds’ cup exploits continued as they held the Central Wales F.A.Cup on four occasions and the Mid-Wales League Cup a similar number of times. The club regained the Welsh Amateur Cup, by then renamed the Welsh Intermediate Cup, in 1988/89 beating Aberystwyth Town 3-2 at Llanidloes, having been runners-up to Welshpool five years earlier (losing 1-nil in a replay).
As far as cups go, their record in the Montgomeryshire Cup is outstanding, for Caersws have triumphed in this competition on 23 occasions, including twelve successive wins up to 1995.
The club’s fortunes waned during the late 1960s and early 1970s until, in 1978, Caersws once more lifted the Mid-Wales League championship, pipping Welshpool and Llanidloes Town at the post. Four further titles, in 1983, 1986, 1989 and again the following year, meant that Caersws entered the newly formed Cymru Alliance (sponsored by MANWEB) as one of the favourites to win the first championship.
Caersws clinched the runners-up spot behind Flint Town United that season, but, in 1991/92, Caersws went one better winning the title by two points from Llansantffraid and were obvious candidates for membership of the new League of Wales in August 1992.
Since then, however, playing fortunes have levelled out particularly in the league where the Bluebirds have attained finishing positions of 11th, 17th, 14th, 9th, 14th, 11th, 10th, 12th and 5th before gaining 4th spot last season. In 1992/93 they were desperately unlucky not to win the League Cup, losing out in the final to Afan Lido in a penalty shoot-out. In May 2001, however, The Bluebirds defeated Barry Town 2-0 to win the League Cup final, successfully defending their trophy last term, beating Cwmbran Town 2-1 in the final.
Graham EvansLeading scorer Graham Evans has more than a century of league goals and is part of a family business at the Rec. His dad, Mickey, has managed the club through all its LoW campaigns.
Success on the field during the past decade or so has been equally matched by impressive improvements off the field at their Recreation Ground home. Over £250,000 has been spent on spacious modern dressing rooms, a 150-seater stand, covered standing accommodation and floodlighting. The access road into the ground, along with the parking area, has been finished to a high standard and the whole place is a credit to the club.
Caersws can boast several Welsh internationals including present-manager Mickey Evans, who won two Welsh Under-23 caps during a Football League career with Wrexham, for whom he made 383 Football League appearances and scored 19 goals.
Probably the club’s most famous player of all was Phil Woosnam, who was born in Caersws in December 1932. Phil made his name in the Football League with Leyton Orient, West Ham United and Aston Villa, totalling 353 league games and scoring 69 times. He also won 17 full Welsh international caps, before playing a major part in the setting up of the USA’s first soccer league.
More recently, Kevin Lloyd (87 LoW appearances for the Bluebirds) went on to play in the Football League with Hereford United and Cardiff City, whilst older supporters will remember two amateur caps, Gareth Davies and Melvin Jones, who both enjoyed tremendous success at Caersws.
After a surprisingly poor start to the 2001/2 season, Caersws put together a marvellous run in the league and secured a European place in the InterToto Cup competition. The club could only finish eighth in the WP in 2002/3, but came close to European qualification again with a fifth place last season.

Season
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Pos
1992/3
38
14
10
14
64
60
52
11
1993/4
38
9
12
17
39
56
39
17
1994/5
38
11
11
16
57
64
44
14
1995/6
40
15
9
16
81
97
54
9
1996/7
40
11
9
20
53
77
42
14
1997/8
38
14
4
20
64
71
46
11
1998/9
32
12
8
12
49
55
44
10
1999/0
34
11
8
15
49
50
41
12
2000/1
34
16
9
9
72
39
57
5
2001/2
34
18
4
12
65
44
58
4
2002/3
34
15
6
13
57
52
51
8
2003/4
32
15
10
7
63
41
55
5
TOTAL
432
161
100
171
713
706
583
League stats
Biggest Home Wins
7-0 v NEWI Cefn Druids 18/12/04
7-1 v Port Talbot Athletic 06/01/01
6-0 v Afan Lido 27/11/01
6-1 v Carmarthen Town 07/02/98
6-1 v UWIC Inter Cardiff 19/08/00
Biggest Away Wins
7-1 at Carmarthen Town 10/10/03
7-2 at Inter Cardiff 11/03/00
6-0 at UWIC Inter Cardiff 30/01/01
6-2 at Rhayader Town 12/03/02
Biggest Home Defeats
0-7 by Llansantffraid 29/09/95
0-5 by Bangor City 12/11/94
0-5 by Ebbw Vale 08/10/96
Biggest Away Defeats
3-7 at Conwy United 02/09/95
0-6 at Inter CableTel 01/11/98
1-6 at Barry Town 21/02/98
Most Goals in One Season
25 by Graham Evans 2000/01
22 by Stuart Aubury 1995/96
Most Goals in One Match
4 by Paul Hughes v Aberystwyth Town 27/02/93
Top Scorers in Aggregate
127 by Graham Evans (1995 2005)
61 by Andrew Whitticase (1992 2000)
Most Appearances
351 (+9 Sub) by Antony Griffiths (1992 2004)
290 (+36 Sub) by Andrew Thomas (1993 2004)
238 (+38 Sub) by Rob Hamer (1992 2004)
231 (+5 Sub) by Marc Hughes (1993 2002)
Mickey Evans (1992 - date)