Royal blue shirts, shorts and socks
Red and white hooped shirts, red shorts, red socks with white trim.
Jubilee Way, Caldicot
Season 2017 / 18: Caldicot Town AFC……..A Brief History
Caldicot Town AFC was formed in 1953. With voluntary help from the community the necessary funds were raised and after much hard work two pitches were laid at King George V playing fields. The 'green wooden hut' was erected to serve as changing rooms with a small shower area. The club then entered the East Gwent League. The 1963/64 Season saw a 2nd side formed and they took their place in the East Gwent 2nd Division. Throughout the 60's the club was successful in winning the East Gwent Division 1 and 2 along with the Watkins Shield, the Benevolent Cup, the Gill Cup and the Argus Shield.
In 1966 the senior side joined the Monmouthshire Senior League Division, now known as the Gwent County League. During the late 70's and early 80's the club won the Gwent Senior League Division 1, on two occasions, as well as winning the Senior Cup and Amateur Cup. We again won the Gwent Senior Cup in 2012/13 season with a 1-0 win over Monmouth Town. In December 1975 the original Clubhouse was built in Jubilee Way. This incorporated a small bar, a lounge, changing rooms and shower facilities. Since then the clubhouse has been modified and upgraded and now boasts four players changing rooms, a referees room, shower and toilet facilities, a large function room, a new lounge, a well equipped kitchen and outside patio areas complete with bench seats. 1979 saw the formation of Caldicot Town Junior Section. This gave local boys the opportunity to play competitive football at both Local and County Level. It is also a source of future players for the senior teams. In 1986 the club achieved its ambition of election into the Welsh Football League. A lot of hard work by many people had to be done to achieve this goal. The ground had to be enclosed with a high perimeter fence and a barrier had to put up around the pitch. Also the changing facilities had to reach the high standards set by the League.
The playing fields are not forgotten and are re-seeded and maintained each year. We also have covered spectator accommodation, with vandal proof shuttering plus excellent floodlights. As a result of these facilities the club is regularly requested to hold representative games at Local and County Level. We have now enjoyed 31 continuous seasons in the Welsh League, winning the Division 2 Championship in 1989/90 and, as runners up in Division 1, gained promotion to the top Division in 1990/91. Since then we have spent time in both the 1st and 2nd Divisions. Since being relegated from the top flight in 2010/11 season Caldicot finished subsequent seasons (in Division 2) in ninth, tenth, sixth and fourth before gaining promotion back to Division 1 in the 2015/16 season, where we finished as champions. Unfortunately, our stay in the top flight last only one season after finishing 16th we were relegated back to Division 2.
Review of 2016/17 season:
Unfortunately last season ended in bitter disappointment for Caldicot Town as we finished 16th in the league and were relegated back to Division 2 after only one season back in the top flight. Caldicot won 7 games, drawing 2 and losing 21 of their 30 league games; finishing the season on 23 points. We managed 36 goals in the league and conceded 65. Last season’s goals were spread throughout the team but Ben Smith finished as top score with 10 goals (7 in the league and 3 in the cup). Our biggest win of the season was a 5-0 away victory at Caerau Ely. Our heaviest defeat in the league was away at Barry Town (2-5). We had a good run in the FAW Cup which ultimately came to an end away at Bala Town (Welsh Premiership side), losing 6-1.
It has been a very busy closed season for Caldicot Town; Firstly Mark Williams stepped down as manager of the 1st team (however he will continue at the club in a supporting role), also stepping down was assistant manager Jamie Carwardine. Tony Wallis became our new 1st team manager and Andrew Wenzel as his assistant. They will be supported by the coaching team of John Burrows and Julian Williams. The new management team have added experience to our young side and hope to be able to go for promotion back to Division 1.
Off the field the club have completed the first phase of an on-going project by installing a 140 seat stand (which was built in 6 days!). This new stand has disability access and additional fencing to prevent vandalism. It is hoped that we will be able to complete the project in the very near future by increasing seating capacity to 250. We have also installed new dugouts.
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Goalkeeper - (Kit sponsor required): Reserve team player of the year 2016/17season.Ben is a young goalkeeper with a cracking attitude towards all aspects of the game.
Defence (Club Captain) - (Kit sponsor required): MJ needs no introduction; this will be his fifth season at Caldicot Town and his second as captain. Matt is a solid, no nonsense defender, who is good with both feet and chips in with the odd goal.
Defence - (Kit sponsor required): Ash is a strong defender, good with both feet and his long throw has proven to be a great asset. He also chips in with a number of assists and the odd goal. Unfortunately appearances were limited last season so he will be looking to make more first team starts this season.
Midfield - (Kit sponsor required): A central midfielder who is ever present and hardly ever misses a game. A very experienced player at this level. Shaz has a great eye for goalscoring and always chips in with his share of goals. His work rate on the pitch is second to none.
Midfield - (Kit sponsor required): This will be Sam’s fourth season with the club and he really established himself in the first team with some fine performances at wing back. Sam’s pace, skill and direct running with the ball proved difficult for defenders. He also has a great work rate and covers his defensive duties well.
Forward - (Kit sponsor required): A big, strong, powerful striker who is good in the air and can strike the ball superbly well with both feet. As always he will be an important player for us this season.
Ex keeper and will continue in his role as first team coach this season. John specialises in the goal keeping department and holds a UEFA C Goalkeeper Licence. Good organiser and conduit between players and management team. John was assistant manager in our successful 2015/16 championship winning season.
Midfield - (Kit sponsor required): Gidders, who signed from local rivals Undy Athletic and has proved to be a great signing. He has a really good eye for goal and is also extremely fit and has great energy. Gidders is a midfielder who trains hard and is a great club man.
Midfield quality footballer key player to the cause
Defence - (Kit sponsor required): Both the first team’s player’s player and supporter’s player the year 2016/17season.Jacob re-signed from Monmouth Town at the start of last season after he left Caldicot Town in 2011. The former Cardiff, Swansea centre half is a strong defender who is very strong in the air as well as being good on the deck, chips in with the odd goal too.
Age 24, Prev Club Taffs Well,joined 2016 Striker.
Loves getting forward, has an eye for goal, cool ,calm in front of goal.
Been chasing his signature for a while now, glad get him signed up.
|Olly (Oliver) Smith|
Midfield – (Kit Sponsor: Samuel Williams): First team players player of the 2016/17 season. Signed in September 2015 from Undy Athletic Ollie has proved to be a great signing. Without doubt he thoroughly deserved his players player of the year award after performing consistently well throughout the season. Olly is another former star of our under 19s and tasted first team duties at just 17, great potential and one for the future, a great left foot.
Forward – (Kit Sponsor: Richard Smith - Dickies Coaches): Ben joined us from Blackrock in February 2016. Was a key player in our Welsh Youth set up and is a very hard working striker, with a cultured left foot, Ben does not give defenders a seconds rest.
Goalkeeper - (Kit Sponsor: Mark Anderson): “Wess” is a strong and influential character who commands his goal area and gives strong vocal support and encouragement to the rest of the team. Wess is a very experienced keeper who has player for Plymouth Argyle, Newport County, Newport YMCA and Chepstow Town.
Defence - (Kit sponsor required): A product of the youth academy. Tyler broke into the 1st team at the end of the 2013/14 season. Tyler is a versatile defender who can play anywhere at the back and he will be looking to break into the first team again this season.
Midfield - (Kit sponsor required): Signed in July 2016 from Llwydcoed, attacking midfielder who likes to get forward and is very comfortable on the ball with a good eye for goal. Garin is a brave player who unfortunately suffered a bad facial injury last season which limited his appearances.
Forward - (Kit sponsor required):A product of our under-19 youth team, former Welsh Schools international Alex will be looking to make an impact within this season. He has blistering pace and is very skilful which can cause any defence problems. If Alex works hard with the squad he could play a big part this season.
Goalkeeper - (Kit sponsor required): On loan at Chepstow Town last season, another promising young keeper who has tasted first team football (in our Championship winning 2015/16 season).
Forward - (Kit sponsor required): Signed from Hallen FC (Bristol) of the Toolstation League in December 2016. Safian is an experienced striker who has also played for Monmouth Town and Lliswerry.
Midfield - (Kit sponsor required): Progressed through the youth ranks, first season with the first team squad, exciting prospect who has an eye for goal.
Defence - (Kit sponsor required): Gareth is one of the fittest members of the squad and can play at either left back or centre half. Gareth has a wealth of Welsh League experience (with both Undy and Caldicot Town) which proves to be great in both the dressing room and on the pitch.
Goalkeeper - (Kit sponsor required): The Gordon Lewis Award winner “Young player of the year 2016/17 season. An excellent young goalkeeper who has played at both Cinderford Town and Merthyr. Jack broke into the first team last season and is a great prospect.
Defence - (Kit sponsor required): Reserve team manager’s player of the year 2016/17season.Very good left foot and can play at both left full back and left midfield. Hopefully he will avoid injury and push for a regular first team place.
Forward - (Sponsored): Rejoined Caldicot Town in the closed season from AFC Porth. Ricardo was with us previously in the 2012/13 season where he played left fullback. However, he rejoins us as a striker, difficult to get ball off him when he’s going forward, strong player with great feet.
This will be Tonys first season in management after completing his playing career in Caldicot Town’s first team last season. Tony holds a UEFA B Licence. Caldicot signed Tony in November 2015, as a striker, from Risca United. The former Cardiff City professional has vast Welsh League experience which will hopefully prove invaluable this season.
Andrew joins Tony having finished his playing career at the end of last season, with Caldicot Town. Many years of playing Welsh League football who was an excellent defender who read the game brilliantly. Again, like Tony, he has a lot of experience at this level which we hope will prove to invaluable in his Assistant Manager role.
Julian performs an invaluable role within the first team setup. Great asset to the first team, and the club as a whole, with his tireless contribution. Julian holds a UEFA C Licence.
Defence - (Sponsored by his fan club): Chip resigned in the close season from Monmouth Town. Likes a tackle, has a terrific engine and is also capable of scoring the odd goal. Another player with the chance to cement a first team place this season.
Defence - (Kit sponsor required): Young defender and a good prospect, hoping to break in to the first team this season. New signing from Undy.
Midfield - (Kit sponsor required): An exciting talent who joined the club from Undy in the closed season. He brings a wealth of Welsh League experience to the club.
Striker - (Kit sponsor required): Ben, a new signing over the closed season from AFC Porth, is a versatile midfielder who loves getting forward and has a knack of scoring goals. Previous clubs also include Taffs Well. Ben has already settled in to his role and is looking sharp, scoring a number of goals in pre-season. A great addition to the squad. Talented player who creates things out of nothing.