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CWMBRAN TOWN
THE first meeting of Cwmbran Town AFC took place at the Railway Inn, Cwmbran at the beginning of the 1951/52 season, following the disbanding of Whiteheads AFC. Their first season saw Cwmbran compete in the Monmouthshire Senior League, playing their home matches at the picturesque Cwmbran Park ground.
After an absence of a year whilst resurfacing work was carried out, the club returned to Cwmbran Park and proceeded to finish as runners-up in the Monmouthshire Senior League, but going one better in the Monmouthshire Challenge Cup. Indeed, they also won that competition in the following season (1955/56).
In 1960, Cwmbran joined the Welsh Football League and, after several years of playing on local parks, moved to the fine facilities at Cwmbran Stadium in 1975. The ground has an estimated capacity of 12,000, which includes seating for 2,000 spectators under cover. The stadium also has bar facilities, a restaurant and parking for over 500 vehicles.
Results off the field, however, took a turn for the worse when, in 1977/78, the club finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated to Division Two having accrued only eight points from their 34 matches. At the end of the 1980/81 season, Cwmbran languished in 16th place but the following year saw the club’s fortunes change. Improved performances on the field earned Cwmbran 2nd place in the league and promotion back to the Welsh League Division One.
Cwmbran were the inaugural champions of the League of Wales in 1992/3
In their first season back, Cwmbran finished in a respectable 8th position and were invited to become founder members of the Welsh League National Division. Since then, the best position achieved was 3rd in 1986/87, though this could have been bettered three years later when, in a seemingly unassailable position in early March, Cwmbran contrived to lose seven of their last ten games and could only finish fourth.
In 1986, they became full members of the Football Association of Wales and were chosen as one of the 14 Welsh clubs to participate in both the F.A. Cup and F.A. Trophy competitions. In 1985/86, Town were beaten finalists in the S.A. Brain Cup losing 1-0 to Pembroke Borough. However, revenge was gained when Cwmbran triumphed 2-0 over the same opponents in the 1990/91 final (then titled the Office Interiors Cup) staged at Llanelli.
1991/92 was a transitional season for the club. Tony Wilcox arrived initially in November 1991 and results quickly improved with Cwmbran finishing eighth. The following summer, Cwmbran Town were one of the clubs invited by the FAW to become founder members of the new National League, sponsored by Konica, Peter Llewellyn Ltd.
Tony Willcox managed the Crows from 1991 until his untimely death in 2003
There followed success to a degree that was hardly foreseeable in August 1992. Consistent performances saw Cwmbran at the top of the table virtually throughout the campaign. They lost only three league games (all by 1-0) and, after 7 November 1992, were beaten just once before becoming the League of Wales’ first champions at Llanelli on 3rd May 1993.
In their 38 league fixtures only 22 goals were conceded and during one period that season, Cwmbran went 910 minutes without their defence being breached. By winning the league title, Cwmbran Town proudly became the first Welsh club to compete in the European Champions’ Cup.
In the preliminary round of the 1993/94 European Cup, Cwmbran were drawn against the League of Ireland champions Cork City. Playing the first leg at home, Town raced into a three goal lead by half-time, but conceded two vital goals as Cork fought back after the break. In the second leg, despite Cwmbran scoring first once again, Cork rallied and two late strikes took them through on the away goals rule.
In the seven seasons since, Cwmbran have rebuilt their squad and introduced a number of local youngsters. Performances suggested that perhaps another European adventure was not too far away. This, indeed, proved to be the case when Cwmbran qualified for the 1997/98 European Cup Winners’ Cup competition as finalists in the Welsh Cup (although beaten 2-1 by Barry Town in May 1997).
Cwmbran striker Chris Summers broke the league record in 2003/4 by scoring in 11 consecutive games!
Cwmbran Town battled gamely to keep Barry Town within sight during the 1997/98 league season and, had it not been for two sticky patches at the start of the season and again towards the Spring, they would have been more comfortably placed at the end. Despite a mid-season run of eleven consecutive league victories, Cwmbran finished the term in 5th place in the league.
In 2000/01, Cwmbran Town finished runners-up in the League of Wales, just three points adrift of champions Barry Town, and qualified for a place in the UEFA Cup competition where they came up against the crack Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava. The following season was spoiled by having to play ‘home’ matches away from Cwmbran until the early Spring, whilst their Stadium was refurbished. Eventually, the excessive backlog of fixtures took its toll on the players who, not surprisingly, found it difficult to get through 11 home games in six weeks!
The untimely death of Tony Willcox - widely regarded as 'Mr Cwmbran' - in 2003 was a major loss for the club, who appointed former Newtown manager Brian Coyne as his successor.
Season 2004/5 again saw the Crows beset by waterlogging problems at their stadium and they were unable to play at home until mid-October while a new running track was installed by the local Council.

Season
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Pos
1992/3
38
26
9
3
69
22
87
1
1993/4
38
16
9
13
51
46
57
8
1994/5
38
20
7
11
69
49
67
5
1995/6
40
14
15
11
58
49
57
7
1996/7
40
19
8
13
71
61
65
9
1997/8
38
22
7
9
78
47
73
5
1998/9
32
17
6
9
73
44
57
3
1999/0
34
21
6
7
71
37
69
3
2000/1
34
24
2
8
71
34
74
2
2001/2
34
17
4
13
66
53
55
7
2002/3
34
14
8
12
51
40
50
9
2003/4
32
15
3
14
51
44
48
7
TOTAL
432
225
84
123
779
526
759
League stats
Biggest Home Wins
8-2 v Oswestry Town 23/02/02
6-0 v Aberystwyth Town 19/03/97
6-0 v Haverfordwest County 21/02/98
6-0 v Caernarfon Town 31/10/98
6-0 v Bangor City 26/02/00
Biggest Away Wins
5-0 at Haverfordwest County 27/04/93
5-0 at Briton Ferry Athletic 07/10/95
5-0 at Conwy United 25/03/00
Biggest Home Defeats
3-6 by Rhayader Town 13/11/98
3-6 by Bangor City 30/03/02
0-4 by Barry Town 04/09/96
Biggest Away Defeats
2-7 at Bangor City 06/09/03
0-5 at Llanelli 04/05/94
1-5 at Connahs Quay Nomads 08/04/96
Most Goals in One Season
28, Andrew Mainwaring 1994-1995
28, Chris Summers 1999-2000
Most Goals in One Match
4 by Mattie Davies v Aberystwyth Town 19/03/97
4 by Simon Dyer v Connahs Quay Nomads 01/11/97
4 by Simon Dyer v Haverfordwest County 21/02/98
4 by Chris Summers v Inter Cardiff 27/12/99
4 by Chris Summers v Bangor City 26/02/00
Top Scorers in Aggregate
104 by Mattie Davies (1996 2003)
84 by Chris Summers (1996 2004)
53 by Simon Dyer (1995 1998)
Most Appearances
277 (+3 Sub) by Jim Blackie (1992 2002)
245 by Pat OHagan (1992 2002)
Tony Wilcox (Nov 1991 March 2003)
Roger Gibbins (March 2003 June 2003)
Brian Coyne (June 2003 date)