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AFAN LIDO HISTORY
The club was formed shortly after the opening of the Lido Sports Centre in Aberavon and entered the local Port Talbot and District League for season 1967-68.
In 1971-72, the club was accepted into the Welsh Football League reaching the National Division in 1989-90.
We were invited to become founder members of the League of Wales for the inaugural 1992-93 season. A healthy mid-table position was achieved in this first season, finishing 12th overall. However, success in the League Cup, beating Caersws on penalties provided a superb end to the season.
This was not the club’s first major cup success however; in 1986-87 we had won the Welsh Intermediate Cup beating Taffs Well 1-0 in a replay at Briton Ferry. Our cup exploits continued in 1993-94 whenin a thrilling final at Aberystwyth we retained the League Cup by beating a rampant Bangor City side that had just clinched the League title by 1-0.
At the end of the 1994-95 season we finished in second place and earned an UEFA Cup spot.
Defeat in the UEFA Cup at the hands of RAF Riga of Latvia was a bitter pill to swallow, a 2-1 defeat at home gave us a mountain to climb away but we battled hard and deserved our nil-nil draw. We were one of the first League of Wales sides to avoid defeat on foreign soil. Sadly we failed to build on this performance and we were relegated at the end of the 1995-96 season.
Our first season back in the Welsh league saw us consolidate by finishing in sixth position.
We won promotion back to the League of Wales at the end of the 1997-98 season.
A number of ground improvements had taken place, including a 400 seated stand and a new clubhouse. Consolidation was again the aim and we finished in 14th place in our first season back. In season 1999-2000 we finished tenth.
Season 2001-2002 we finished 5th and we qualified for the FAW Premier cup. Topping the group and qualifying for the knockout stages against Wrexham at home. Wrexham fielded a full first team and ran out 4-0 winners.
In 2003-04 we were again in the FAW Premier cup, our league form was disappointing and we finished in 14th place with only 32 points from 32 matches.
2004-05 was again a huge disappointment, our best results of the season were two wins against newly promoted Airbus UK, a 4-1 away win followed by a 4-0 home win. Unfortunately in the 4-0 win one player was serving a ban picked up while playing for another side. We were unaware of this as the football authorities hadn’t informed us and it was to cost us dearly. We were found guilty of playing an ineligible player and were deducted 3 points. An appeal fell on deaf ears and we returned to the Welsh League for the first time since 1997-98.
We ended the 2005-06 in seventh place with 47 points and in 2006-07 we reached the finals of both the Welsh Cup and the Welsh League Cup in both cases for the first time. We were unlucky to lose 2-3 against Carmarthen in the Welsh Cup at Llanelli. We finished the season on a high defeating Goytre United by the only goal in the final of the Welsh League Cup at Port Talbot. Inevitably our cup success affected our league performances but we still managed a respectable fifth place.
2007-8 was the Club’s fortieth anniversary. We ended the season in 7th place with 62 points.
2008-09 we won the Welsh League Cup for a second time beating Penrhiwceiber on penalties and we finished the league campaign in seventh place with 54 points.
There was a terrific climax to 2009-10 season with any one of three sides able to win the league. We met Goytre United at home and a win would guarantee second place and possible promotion to the Premier League. We took the lead with 8 minutes to go only for Goytre to level in added on time. In going for a winner we got caught and conceded a second which gave the visitors the league title with Cambrian winning their final games we finished in third place.
2010-11. A tremendous run from January 2011 saw us cement 2nd place in the Welsh League. Together with our successful application for the Domestic Licence, Afan Lido ensured their return to the Welsh Premier League for 2011-12. We finished a creditable 10th and won the League Cup for a third time beating Newtown in the final. However we returned to Welsh League at the end of the 2013-2014 season. 2014-15 was a difficult season we ended the season in thirteenth place five points clear of the bottom three. However 2015-16 saw us finish in eighth place and reaching round 4 of the Welsh Cup. Our youth side completed the double, winning the Youth Division West on goal difference and beating Monmouth 3-0 to win the Welsh League Youth Cup. 2016-17 saw us finish in eighth place, we also were awarded the team and manager of the month for November but the manager of the month ‘curse’ kicked in and we didn’t win again until February 18th. However a strong end of season set of results saw us well clear of any potential relegation.
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Alex joined the club in 2011-12 before making his full debut against Newtown in the Welsh Premier in September 2012. Alex broke his leg at Taffs Well in the second game of last season but came back to perform well at both centre back and midfield. Joined an Icelandic club in March 2018. Re-signed for the club in October 2018 after receiving International clearance.
Kieran captained last season’s youth side and stepped up to play for the side towards the end of last season as a left back although he can also play further up the field.
Carl first played for the club back in 2001-02 having come through the junior setup. He left after the 2011-12 season and has played for both Port Talbot and Carmarthen, Re-signed for the club in September 2015 from Carmarthen. Has made 153 starts in the league for the club including 68 in the Welsh Premier. Has 9 goals to his name at present.
Jack was the top scorer for the Youth side for a number of seasons. Represented the Welsh Academies under 18’s side against the Republic of Ireland. Scored his first senior goal in our win over Goytre in February 2018.
Sacha first signed for the club in 2001-02 while we were in the Welsh Premier and made 56 starts scoring 27 goals in a 4 year spell. After the club was relegated he left and played for several Welsh Premier clubs before re-signing in August 2016. Brings a wealth of experience to the side.
Liam came in as assistant manager last season before taking over as manager in October 2016. Has a wealth of experience at both Welsh Premier and Welsh League levels. Made his debut for the club in 2002/03 and has made 80 Welsh Premier and 48 Welsh League appearances for us. Has also played at Port Talbot and Carmarthen in the Welsh Premier.
Cai signed for us ahead of the 2015-16 season. Previous clubs include Swansea City and Morriston. Made the right back position his own but left towards the end of last season to play for Goytre United. Cai re-signed for the club ahead of this season. Cai is a former Swansea schools representative and captained the Boys Clubs of Wales in 2015-16 in an International tournament in Germany.
Been on the league circuit for a number of seasons although just out of youth football. He made his debut at Penybont in August 2015 and went on to make 23 league appearances before joining Port Talbot in September 2016. Re-signed for the club in January 2018.
Progressed through the junior section and joined the Cardiff City Academy. Took time out from the game on his release but joined Port Talbot, signed for the club ahead of the 2017-18 season making a scoring debut against Ton Pentre on August 11th 2018
Craig has re-signed for the club after several seasons away. He made his debut for the club as a substitute at Porthmadog in August 2004 and made his full debut at Briton Ferry in August 2005 going on to make 12 starts that season scoring 2 goals. Prior to this season he has made 34 starts scoring 8 goals in a variety of positions but has now settled as a defender.
Played his junior football at the club winning caps for the Boys Clubs of Wales. Made his senior debut against Pontardawe in the Welsh League in April 2008. Studied at Cardiff University and played for Taffs Well before returning once he’d completed his studies. Left in October 2016 to join Port Talbot but has re-signed for the club for the 2018-19 season. Prior to this season had made 64 league appearances for the club.
Played for the Academy side last season, made his senior debut against Ton Pentre on August 11th.
James signed for Penybont from Port Talbot ahead of the 2016-17 season and joined Llanelli in the Welsh Premier League for 2018-19. Signed for the club in October 2018, a Boys Clubs International with plenty of pace.
Ben made his debut in the 2013-14 season. Has developed into a very competitive midfield player. A Lido player throughout his career, represented the Boy’s Club of Wales. Signed for Third Division Trefelin before the start of the 2018-19 season but re-signed for the club in October 2018.