The Conygar Bridge Meadow
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The Conygar Bridge Meadow, Haverfordwest
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Haverfordwest Football Club was formed on 7th December 1899 and subsequently became Haverfordwest Town. The early fixtures were friendlies until the Club joined the Pembrokeshire League before the First World War. The Club competes in the Pembrokeshire League to this day.
The First Team moved up to the Welsh Football League in 1936 and became known as Haverfordwest Athletic. The Bluebirds were usually in the top flight of the League, but were relegated to the Second Division in 1954. They returned as Champions and stormed to the First Division title in 1956. During that triumphant season the Bluebirds held Cardiff City’s First Division outfit with Gerry Hitchens, Alan Harrington, Ron Stitfall, Colin Baker and Danny Molloy et al to a Welsh Cup 3-3 draw at the old Bridge Meadow in front of over 3,000 on a wet Thursday afternoon. The Blues were led by the legendary former Welsh international and City stalwart, Stan Richards through these famous times.
The Club in this period became Haverfordwest County as the town holds “county” status by ancient charter.
In 1960-1 the Blues won the League Cup, were runners up in the League in 1969-70 and 1970-71, but were relegated in 1975-76. Promotion was won after three seasons followed by the League Championship in 1980- 81 losing only five games and also winning the WWFA Senior Cup for the first time, the first of six wins to date.
In 1983 the League was restructured into a Nation
The Club then appointed local boy and ex Wrexham favourite Deryn Brace as Player Manager. The Blues had a difficult start and were in the relegation places by mid season. The run-in saw 8 out of 10 matches ending in victory and the same squad finished third in the WPL in 2003-4 and qualification for the then UEFA Cup. County drew Icelandic opponents and lost 4-1 on aggregate. The Bluebirds then finished fourth the next season and reached the semi final of the Welsh Cup.
During the 2006-7 season Deryn left the Club and was replaced by ex Manchester United and Cardiff player, Derek Brazil. The team were comfortable in mid table and survived the “cut” when the WPL was reduced to 12 members. However the Bluebirds finished bottom of the inaugural Super 12 WPL.
Derek Brazil replaced by Bluebirds stalwart Micky Ellis, former player here and at Pembroke Borough, current Academy Director and First Team Coach for the last 10 seasons. Micky has held a UEFA “A” Licence for 17 years. His Assistant is the former Newcastle Emlyn manager, Wayne Jones, who played for five seasons here and also for his home town club, Carmarthen Town.
The Bridge Meadow has been developed into an international venue with Women’s World Cup matches against Germany, Belgium and Belarus, and a number of Under 19 and 17 Wales matches. A crowd of 2,400 saw the Blues entertain English League Wrexham in 2004 in the Premier Cup, and over 2,000 at last season’s Schools Victory International against England. In August 2011 an Under-21 international against Hungary was staged.
In 2011 the Blues were relegated to the Welsh League and spent four seasons in Division One, with the manager’s role moving to Wayne Jones, with Sean Cresser coming in as his assistant. For three years the side finished in the top four but then, in 2014/15, there came a dramatic evening when they travelled to play their last fixture at Aberdare and came away with the five-goal victory they needed for promotion.
The Blues had just the one season back in the Welsh Premier but despite playing some good football they finished in 12th place and were relegated. They start the 2016/17 season with club stalwart Chris O’Sullivan as joint manager with Sean Cresser, and are aiming to recruit significantly from the Pembrokeshire area.
The Conygar Bridge Meadow
Bridge Meadow Lane
Name: Ryan Thomas Position: Midfield
Age: 22 A.K.A: Thomo
Thomo finally signed for the club last pre-season after numerous attempts. What a first season he had with Cwm, clearing up at the awards evening with picking up Players Player, Managers Player and Top Scorer of the season awards. Pure Class!
|Jack Daniel Williams|