First Team Squad

Meet The Team



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There are SIX local players at Newtown at the moment, a testament to the Board of Directors’ policy to increase the local involvement wherever possible and to fit in with their Community Strategy, a significant part of which is the recruitment and production of locally based players that the community can identify with. Another part of that policy is player-retention to assist with the same aspect of community identification and that the vast majority of last year’s team have been retained.

Club Chairman, Elwyn Preece paid tribute to the Management team who have taken the Board’s wishes into account when selecting players for trials and said he was pleased that several local players have had the determination and ability to show themselves worthy of Welsh Premier League squad selection ahead of the new season and looked forward to them playing their part in what we anticipate will be a successful season for the Club.

  • Keiren Mills-Evans (Newtown)
  • Craig Williams (Newtown)
  • Shane Sutton (Radnorshire)
  • Luke Boundford (Radnorshire)
  • Zack Evans (Radnorshire)
  • Ian Edmunds (Llanfyllin)

Manager - chris hughes


Chris Hughes was confirmed as the Newtown manager on Sunday 3rd November replacing Bernie McNally after he moved to Shrewsbury Town.

Hughes came from Prestatyn Town where he spent four seasons as assistant to Neil Gibson, and previous to this he had spells with Buckley, Rhyl and Caersws.

Hughes played himself for Buckley as a midfielder. He is a sport development officer for Wrexham Borough Council and is the holder of a Uefa A licence, and will be starting a Pro Licence shortly.

He comes in with the side sitting 5th in the league, and Hughes will be looking to build on the good work. 

The Players 

    • Goalkeeper

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 19th December 1987
    Platt joined Newtown from Bala Town in July 2013 having not made a Welsh Premier League appearance for the Lakesiders.

    The goalkeeper who had previous experience with Penycae has come highly recommended and is looking to fill the shoes of Dave Roberts.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 17th February 1993
    Defender who has representated Wales from Under-16 to Under-19 levels and joined Newtown on-loan from Wrexham in August 2011
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    • Midfielder

    • Date Of Birth: 24th October 1991
    Jones became Chris Hughes' first signing as Newtown manager, moving from Rhayader Town.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 11th October 1992
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    Tall defender who came through the Shrewsbury Town youth ranks, signing for Newtown in July 2011 following his release from the New Meadow.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 1st July 1989
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    Welsh schoolboy and Wales Under-17 international central defender who joined Newtown on his release from Shrewsbury Town in June 2007. Left Latham Park to join Presteigne St Andrews in the Mid Wales League, but returned in June
    • Striker

    Hearsey joined the club in January 2013 from Dudley Sports in the West Midland Regional Premier League.
    The forward had scored 20 times in 26 appearances already this campaign, prompting Berard McNally to move for the striker, who turned down advances from other clubs to joined the robins.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: English
    • Date Of Birth: 7th September 1985
    • Sponsor: I.C Quality Meats, Ladywell Centre, Newtown
    Former Welsh Under-19 player with experience at Leigh RMI, who joined NEWI Cefn Druids from Chester City in the close season of 2005. Sustained a double leg fracture in September 2006, ruling him out for almost two seasons. Returned in August 2008 but left to join Airbus UK Broughton at the end of the following month
    • Striker

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 30th January 1988
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    Defender previously with Newbridge-on-Wye who joined Newtown in the summer of 2011.
    • Striker

    White joined Newtown in the Summer of 2013 following the demise of his former club Llanelli.

    He had come up from the lower leagues of South Wales football and had previous experience with Port Talbot Town before moving to Llanelli.

    He impressed last season with a decent goal haul and bagged the winner for Llanelli at Latham Park.

    McNally moved quickly to add White to his squad as he was a player who fits the bill in terms of what is needed for the coming season.
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    • Striker

    Mitchell began his career at Caersws before moving to Newtown under Darren Ryan in 2008. Returned to Caersws in 2010 but made the move back to Latham Park in January 2014.
    • Striker

    • Nationality: English
    • Date Of Birth: 17th February 1995
    O'Neill was signed by manager Bernie McNally in July 2013 following a weeks trial at the club.

    After being released by AFC Telford United, O'Neill was brought to McNally's attention by Andy Jones who coaches the forward and McNally moved to sign O'Neill after he scored on his debut.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: English
    • Date Of Birth: 31st October 1989
    Signed for Newtown in January 2008, moving to Welshpool in autumn 2010. Played for Stafford Rangers and then Market Drayton Town before re-joining the Robins in January 2012.
    Left and rejoined the club for a third time in 2013.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 3rd May 1991
    Presteigne-born central midfielder who was a youth player at Cardiff City and is a product of FC Phoenix. Won Welsh caps at Under-17 and Under-19 levels. Joined Hereford United but departed before the end of a one year deal and joined Newtown in March 2011.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 25th September 1987
    Former Manchester United man Evans was signed by McNally in August 2013 after spells at Stourbridge and Ludlow Town.

    At Old Trafford Evans played with the likes of Jonny Evans and Darren Gibson in his time there.

    After a big injury he revived his career with Ludlow Town, and McNally has now moved to add the wide man to his side.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 21st December 1987
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    Promoted from the Newtown Academy. Appeared in the Sky TV show 'Football Icon' and became the youngest to be voted Welsh Premier player of the month in November 2005. Named in the Welsh Premier's team of the season for both 2005/6 and 2008/9, he transferred to Aberystwyth Town in June 2010 but returned to Latham Park in July 2012.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 12th January 1990
    Goodwin signed from Llanidloes Town this summer after guiding them to the Spar Mid Wales title last term.

    The strong tackling midfielder has had a previous spell at Latham Park as well as playing for Llandrindod Wells and Prestigne St Andrews.
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    • Defender

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 11th August 1991
    Bloom signed for Newtown in January 2014, moving from Port Talbot Town.
    The defender began his career at Cardiff City before joining Falkirk.
    During his time in Scotland he was called into the Welsh under 21 squad.
    He spend time on loan with Alloa before being released and moving to Gloucester City.
    Signed for Port Talbot on deadline day in January 2012 before making his switch to Latham Park in 2014.
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    • Goalkeeper

    • Date Of Birth: 16th September 1988
    Currently on loan from The New Saints until January.

    Mullock was signed by the saints in the summer after a long spell with Cefn Druids where he played a part in their Europa League ties two years ago.
    • Club Physio

    • 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. He also consults private clients, even catering for elite level British Team athletes. In his spare time Giggsy can often be found cycling, fly fishing or on the golf course.
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    • Reserve Team Manager

    • Nationality: Youth Team Manager
    • Assistant Physio

    • Sponsor: Kevin Hughes
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    • Assistant Manager

    Callum came in as assistant manager to Bernie McNally at the start of the 2013/14 season.

    The pro-licence holder has been given numerous plaudits for his work so far, and will now go on to work with new manager Chris Hughes.