First Team Squad

Meet The Team

newtown afc first team squad 2015/2016

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Back, from left, Wayne Peter (Sports Therapist) Craig Harris, Jason Oswell, Kieran Mills-Evans, Gavin Cadwallader, Shane Sutton, Tom Goodwin, Neil Mitchell. Middle, from left, Sophie Love (Assistant Physio), Sean Evans, Jack Hughes, Dave Jones, Jack Perry, Matty Owen, Mark Griffiths, Dave Rose (Kitman). Front, from left, Luke Boundford, Matty Hearsey, Matthew Cook, Chris Hughes (First Team Manager), Stef Edwards, Craig Williams, Jamie Price

Manager - chris hughes

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Chris joined the Robins in November 2014 after a successful spell as Neil Gibson's assistant manager at Prestatyn Town.

Hughes, formerly assistant at Rhyl, Buckley and Caersws, guided Newtown into the top six last season, and has done so again this campaign, while also leading his side to a Welsh Cup Final.

He also guided the club to their first European campaign in 17 years and their first ever Europa League win beating Valletta 4-2 on aggregate. 

Hughes, who works as a Sports Development Officer for Wrexham Borough Council has also worked for the Welsh Football Trust and his currently taking his Pro-Licence course. 

The Players 

    • Goalkeeper

    • Date Of Birth: 3rd February 1990
    Dave is going into his third season as the Robins number one after returning from Caersws.
    He has established himself as one of the leading goalkeepers in the Welsh Premier League, played in all four of Robins European games last summer, and was key in the club's run to the play-offs last season.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 10th November 1989
    Stef signed for Newtown in summer 2014, with a host of WPL appearances under his belt at Bala Town, where he was a regular stater between 2011 and 2014.
    Other stints in the WPL include Aberystwyth Town, Cefn Druids and Welshpool Town.
    Edwards has been solid for the Robins in the last two season, with particular talent going forward.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 28th May 1985
    Stephens returned to the club this summer from Aberystwyth Town after two seasons with the Seasiders.
    The left footed versatile midfielder was a key member of the Newtown side under Darren Ryan in the late 2000's, and has already worked with boss Chris Hughes at Prestatyn Town.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 11th October 1992
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    KME was a youngster at Chester City and Shrewsbury Town, before joining the Robins on his release at 18.
    He has been a mainstay every since, a key part of the Robins rise in recent years, and has clocked up over 100 starts in a Newtown shirt.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 1st July 1989
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    Former Welsh U17 and U23 international Sutton is widely regarded as one of the most experienced defenders in the league.
    Joining from Shrewsbury Town in 2007, a brief spell at Presteigne followed, before returning. Last season suffered a nasty leg break, but this campaign will be starting his 10th season as a Robins.
    • Striker

    Made his WPL debut for Caersws as a 16-year-old before a move to Latham Park in 2004.
    Two seasons later, Mitchell became a Bluebird, but became a Robin once more in January 2014, as one of Chris Hughes' first signings.
    Ever present since then, making his name with top class long range strikes.
    • Striker

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 30th January 1988
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    Mr Versatile has played in every position since signing from Newbridge On Wye back in 2011.
    He has always been an asset to the side in his days as a striker, now as a midfielder.
    Regarded as one of the best headers of a ball in the WPL, Boundford always chips in with his fair share of goals.
    • Striker

    • Date Of Birth: 7th October 1992
    Oswell announced himself at Latham Park with 18 league goals in his first season when joining from Airbus in 2014.
    Stints at Rhyl, Crewe, and Inverness CT prior to signing for Newtown, and has been an integral part of the highly successful side in the last two seasons.
    • Winger

    • Nationality: Welsh
    Proven WPL pedigree to add to a very young Robins side. Williams began league life at The New Saints, before spells followed at Llanelli, and Aberystwyth Town.
    He became Hughes' first signing of this campaign, and possesses an abundance of pace, and a killer left foot.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: English
    • Date Of Birth: 23rd March 1985
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    Returned to mid Wales after three years with Airbus, AJ made himself a cult hero during his previous stint at Newtown.
    Signed from Evesham United, the former Telford and Shrewsbury was used upfront and at the back, and always gave his all in a red shirt. He became the latest addition at Latham Park this summer.
    • Goalkeeper

    • Nationality: English
    • Date Of Birth: 31st October 1997
    Perry, a former TNS academy stopper, broke his way into the Robins squad two years ago, and made his debut at 16 in a 4-3 win over Prestatyn.
    Understudy to Dave Jones, and performs when called upon. Also part of the club's Under 19 side.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: English
    • Date Of Birth: 18th October 1996
    Wells joined Newtown on loan in January from TNS, making his move permanent in the summer.
    Brother of former Robins Ashley, Jordan has been a product of the Saints academy, and spent time on loan with Carmarthen Town and Conwy Borough.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 22nd July 1988
    2015 saw the former Birmingham City man return to Latham Park after a two year break from football.
    He began at Cheltenham Town, and was signed by the Blues, and earned himself a Welsh under 23 cap.
    He has had spells with Gloucester and Worcester and first signed for Newtown in 2011.
    A sweet left foot, Price is a big asset to the Robins.
    • Centre half

    • Nationality: English
    • Date Of Birth: 18th April 1986
    Cadwallader returned to the club in January 2015 after a previous spell with the Robins.
    He turned out as a professional at Shrewsbury Town, before spells with Druids, Aberystwyth and Airbus.
    Will miss the start of this season with a knee injury.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: English
    • Date Of Birth: 17th September 1995
    Quick and direct midfielder, what Newton lacks in height he certainly makes up for in ability.
    Signed on loan from Wrexham this summer after his move in January fell through.
    Originally he has come through the system at Tranmere Rovers, before a spell with Colwyn Bay.
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    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 21st September 1995
    Kershaw arrived on a permanent deal from TNS this summer.
    He has enjoyed a long spell with TNS, featuring in European squads before a move to Cefn Druids.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 21st December 1987
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    Craig is now moving into his 10th season with the Robins, 12th in total.
    A loyal local player who had a brief spell with Aberystwyth Town, he has clocked up over 300 WPL appearances, and featured in all four European games last summer.
    Previously a contestant on the Sky talent show Football Icon, Williams made his 300th WPL start against Bala Town in March.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 12th January 1990
    Goodwin joined the Robins in 2013 from Llanidloes Town, and has gone on to be one of the best local transfers in recent times.
    Formerly of Rhayader, Presteigne and Llandrindod Wells, Tom has come a long way under the management set up, and is a mainstay in the side.
    Has bagged vital goals in the last two years to secure European football, and was named player of the season in 2015.
    • Left back

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 12th February 1990
    Joined the Robins from Caersws last summer, and was previously part of a successful Newtown youth side.
    Featured in a handful of games last season and will again by vying for the left back spot with Jack Hughes.
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    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: English
    Fletcher signed for Newtown this summer from Midlands side Redditch United.
    A skillful central midfielder, Fletcher signed forms for Shrewsbury Town, and on release signed a one year deal with Scots Ross County.
    Things didn't work out north of the border, and a spell with AFC Telford United followed.
    • Midfielder

    Harris is a product of the Newtown Youth System after previous playing youth football for Bishop's Castle.
    The midfielder also turned out for Churchstoke before becoming a permanent fixture in the Robins squad last season.
    He was also part of the Europa League squad and made his debut as a sub against FC Copenhagen.
    Currently on loan at Huws Gray Alliance side Rhayader Town.
    • Assistant Manager

    Callum has been Assistant Manager at the club for 3 seasons, working first with Bernie McNally and now Chris Hughes. Callum has over 15 years coaching experience, presently working for Shrewsbury Town FC's Acadmey overseeing part of their youth department. Callum previously worked for Cardiff City FC and Everton FC in the USA.
    • Club Sports Therapist

    • Sponsor: Kevin Hughes
    Born and Bred Newtownian, Wayne is a former pupil of Newtown High School and Coleg Powys. He played football amongst our youth ranks and was also the Junior Captain at Newtown Golf Club. ‘Giggsy’ qualified as a Sports Therapist in 2008 after studying at Manchester University. Wayne is also a part of the Shrewsbury Town FC Medical Team where he provides top notch Sports Therapy treatment from Academy through to First Team level.
    • Assistant Physio

    • Sponsor: Kevin Hughes
    A Newtown girl, Sophie comes from a family dominated by Football. Her father was Under 19s coach and Sophie and her brother have been part of the club for many years. Currently working as a physiotherapist at Wye Valley NHS Trust
    • Goalkeeping coach

    Joined Chris Hughes' coaching staff in 2014 after a spell with Cefn Druids.
    Has worked with the impressive Dave Jones and Jack Perry in the recent season.
    Former academy director at Cefn Durids, former NEFA girls centre director regional LD goalkeeper coach and double B UEFA licence holder.
    • Kitman

    Rose is a former Robins goalkeeper, who was in the squad for one of their European home games in the 90's.
    Has been part of the youth team set up, and last season part of the first team back room staff, replacing Tyler Clifton this season as kit man.