First Team Squad

Meet The Team

newtown afc first team squad 2016/2017

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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.
    • Winger

    • Nationality: English
    Kenton joined the Robins in January 2017 from West Midland League side Tividale FC.
    The pacey winger spent seven years at Wolverhampton Wanderers, before a two year spell as a scholar with Shrewsbury Town Youth team.
    • 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.
    • 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: 3rd February 1992
    Rushton re-joined the club on loan from GAP Connah's Quay in January 2017.
    He first spent time at Latham Park on loan from Wrexham, scoring 13 times in 28 games during the 2011/2012 season. He also helped the Robins to the League Cup Final.
    Released by Wrexham in 2015 following loan spells with Barrow and Hednesford Town, he joined GAP Connah's Quay, where he has played 30 times.
    • 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.
    • Winger

    • Nationality: Welsh
    Proven WPL pedigree to add to a very young Robins side.
    Williams began league life at Carmarthen Town and earned himself a trial with Southampton.
    A spell with Taffs Well followed, and then onto Llanelli.
    After a successful period in South Wales he was signed by TNS in 2008.
    He returned on loan to Llanelli in 2011, signing permanently again after leaving TNS.
    Following the demise of the Reds, he then signed for Aberystwyth Town in 2013. 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.
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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.
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    • Defender

    Signed first team forms with the Robins in January 2017 after an impressive spell in Gareth Watkins' under 19 side.
    • 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.
    • 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.