First Team Squad

Meet The Team

newtown afc first team squad 2015/2016


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


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
    Jones is in his second season of his second spell at Latham Park having signed a new one year deal.
    Formerly of Shrewsbury Town, the commanding stopper signed for Caersws in 2010, returning to the Robins last season and but in a string of fine performances in a successful season.
    Excelled in his second season, establishing himself as one of the league's top goalkeepers.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 10th November 1989
    Signing for the Robins this close season will only add to Stefan's extensive experience in the WPL. The small but rapid left back caught the eye of Chris Hughes during his most recent season at fellow WPL club Bala Town, where he had cemented himself as a starting 11 player over his 3 years playing there (2011-14). Other experience in the WPL also includes a stint at Aberystwyth Town during the 2010/11 campaign. Previous to this, Edwards enjoyed playing football at both Cefn Druids and Welshpool Town.
    • Midfielder

    • Date Of Birth: 27th June 2016
    Stephens returned to the club this summer from Aberystwyth Town.
    A key member of the side under Darrren Ryan, he left for Prestatyn Town, enjoying success their with current boss Chris Hughes.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 11th October 1992
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    Kieran made his name working up through the ranks of Chester City academy from the age of 13. When the club went into liquidation just 5 years later, the 17 year old signed for local side Shrewsbury Town. When he was released at 18, Newtown swiftly signed the Llanfair lad.
    In his fifth season as a Robin and has over 100 appearances under his belt.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 1st July 1989
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    Shane is a Welsh schoolboy and Wales U17 and U23 international who joined Newtown AFC on his release from Shrewsbury Town in 2007. The tall and stocky defender left Latham Park for a short spell with Presteigne St. Andrews in the Mid Wales League, before returning to the Robins for the start of the 2009/10 season. Since then Shane has been a constant in the starting 11 and has gone on to make his 150th WPL appearance for the club.
    Just signed a new contract to extend his Latham Park stay to nine seasons.
    Suffered a broken leg against Bala early in the 15/16 season, returning late in the campaign.
    • Striker

    Mitchell first made his debut into the WPL at the tender age of 16 playing for now Cymru Alliance side, Caersws. In 2004, the local lad moved to Latham Park, a move that lasted two seasons before Neil moved back to Caersws.
    Re-signed in January 2014, and fast became a key member of the side.
    Nominated for the 2014/15 goal of the season for a stunning strike against Rhyl.
    Robins top scorer so far this season, including more stunning strikes.
    • Striker

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 30th January 1988
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    Another local lad, Luke started out his career in the Mid Wales League at Presteigne St. Andrews. He joined the Robins in the 2011/12 season, making this campaign Boundy's 5th year at Latham Park. Often fondly referred to as the 'utility' of the team, there isn't a position Luke can't turn his hand to and perform in.
    Boundford has been an asset to the Robins grabbing 10 goals last season, and the winner in the play off semi-final.
    • Striker

    • Date Of Birth: 7th October 1992
    The former Crewe, Inverness CT, Rhyl and Airbus man grabbed 18 goals in his debut season with Newtown.
    Was second in the scoring charts and nominated for player of the season in the WPL.
    Featured in all four European games last summer, and has been a key part of the Robins side again this season.
    • Winger

    • Nationality: Welsh
    Williams became Chris Hughes' first 2016 summer signing, after a spell at Aberystwyth Town.
    Williams was a part of successful side at TNS and Llanelli, before joining Aber.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: English
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    AJ made his return to Latham Park this summer after two and a half years at Airbus UK.
    The centre half turned striker began at Shrewsbury Town and Telford United, with stints in the English system.
    He was snapped up by former boss Bernie McNally in 2012 from Evesham United, and became a fans favourite at Latham Park.
    Left in 2014, before returning this summer.
    • Goalkeeper

    • Date Of Birth: 31st October 1997
    Perry broke his way into the first team squad at the age of 16 this summer.
    Made his debut against Prestatyn in the Robins 4-3 win.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: English
    Wells joined Newtown on loan from The New Saints in January until the end of the season.
    Brother of former Robin, Ashley, Jordan has been a product of The New Saints academy, and previous to that, Shrewsbury Town.
    He made four appearances on loan at Carmarthen Town last season, and came to the Robins on the back of a stint at Conwy Borough.
    • Date Of Birth: 22nd July 1988
    The 2014/15 saw Cheltenham Schoolboy Jamie back to Latham Park for the second time after a 2 year break from playing competitive football. At just 15, Price got a taste of the big time when he was bought by professional club Birmingham City, where he spent 2 years completing his YTS and went on to spend another 2 years at the club as a professional footballer. Upon his release, Jamie had spells at his local clubs Gloucester City as well as Worcester City before joining the Robins the first time, in 2011. He has also represented Wales at Under-17 and Under-19 levels and is a Welsh Under-23 semi-professional cap.
    In his second season of his second spell with the Robins
    • Centre half

    Cadwallader returned to the club in January 2015 after a previous spell with the Robins.
    Has previously played for Cefn Druids, Aberystwyth Town and Airbus in the WPL after a spell as a professional at Shrewsbury Town early in his career.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: English
    Arrived on loan in summer 2016 after a transfer in January fell through.
    Quick midfielder, who came through the ranks at Tranmere and Wrexham, before a spell with Colwyn Bay.
    • Midfielder

    Kershaw arrived on a permenant deal from TNS in summer 2016.
    Youngster had enjoyed spells in Europe with TNS, and loan moves out to the likes of Cefn Druids before arriving at Latham Park.
    • Defender

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 21st December 1987
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    Craig has 11 Welsh Premier League seasons under his belt, nine of them with Newtown.
    A loyal local player who had a brief spell with Aberystwyth has accumulated over 300 appearances in the WPL, and got his just rewards with the play off final win this season.
    Previously appearance on Sky talent show 'Football Icon.'
    Played in all four European games last summer, and made his 300th WPL start against Bala Town in March.
    • Midfielder

    • Nationality: Welsh
    • Date Of Birth: 12th January 1990
    Tom joined the Robins in the 2013 close season following a successful 2012/13 playing for local side Llanidloes Town. Previously to this, the strong central midfielder spent time at Rhayader and Presteigne before requiring a knee operation which left Tom sidelined for 12 months, before he was able to get half a season under his belt at Llandrindod Wells Town. Tom has come a long way under both past and present management staff, going from a WPL newbie to a consistent choice in the starting 11 for the Robins.
    Scored vital goals against Connah's Quay and Aberystwyth in the play-off final, and was named the Robins player of the season.
    Featured in all European games and has again been a key part of the side.
    • Left back

    Joined the Robins from Caersws in the summer of 2015.
    Previously a part of the successful Robins reserve side.
    Featured in a handful of games this season, impressing at left back before picking up an ankle injury in December.
    • 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 is currently on his A licence course through the FAW. Coming from the Powys town of Rhayader, Callum knows the local football scene, although he has lived away for most of the last 10 years, working in the Cardiff City coaching structure, and whilst there was responsible for bringing the Cardiff Ladies team into the Welsh Ladies Premier League.
    A former player with Newtown under the management of Brian Coyne & Roger Preece, he has spent the last twelve months in Conneticut, USA where he was Assistant Coaching Director for Everton.
    • 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 is the Under 19s coach and Sophie is also the Physio for the Under 19s in which her brother also plays. Currently studying for her Physio degree at University.
    • 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.