Cambrian Lakeside Sports Academy
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Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC
Cambrian Lakeside Sports Academy, Clydach Vale
Cambrian United was formed in 1965, taking its name from the local colliery. After success
in the Rhondda & District League, the club was elected to the South Wales Corinthian
League in 1972. They won the second division championship at the first attempt and
followed up the following season by winning the Corinthian Cup with a 5-2 extra time
victory over Cardiff Corries.
In season 1977-78 the side were runners up in the first division losing out on goal
difference to near neighbours Ton and Gelli. In 1980, the club joined with the very
successful Clydach Vale Boys and Girls Club seniors but the merger was a spectacular
failure and almost led to the club losing its Amateur League status after a number of poor seasons during the decade.
The 1990’s saw the rebuilding process begin and the second division title was won for the
second time in 1992. In 1994, manager Neil Foulkes joined the club and celebrated by
winning the Corinthian cup a season later. In 1996-97, the club had a terrific year winning
the FAW Trophy by defeating Rhyl Delta 2-1 at Jenner Park and won a second successive
Corinthian Cup beating Cardiff Civil Service 4-2. In addition, they were league runners up
to Ely Rangers. There then followed a run of four more runners up spots in six years and
another Corinthian Cup triumph, this time by a 4-1 margin against Llantwit Fardre, before
the Championship was finally won in 2004/5. In 2000, the club had re-merged with the
Boys and Girls Club.
The club is also very active off the pitch working closely with the local Village Trust to
develop facilities in the area. Two full time soccer coaches are employed to work with local schools and major improvements have taken place at the ground. An all weather, floodlit
astroturf area has been built at a cost of £116,000 and a clubhouse facility opened in
October 2005 after the club and the Trust successfully generated the £130,000 required.
Floodlighting on the ground was completed at the start of August 2007.
The Club entered the Welsh League for the first time in season 2005/6 and a very
successful year ended with the Third Division Championship being won after close rivals
West End had been deducted three points. Season 2006/7 turned out to be even more
memorable as promotion was gained to the top division of the Welsh League with a second placed finish behind champions Garw. In addition the Youth side won the MacWhirter Cup defeating Pontardawe Town 5-2 in the final as well as finishing runners up in their division.
In the 2007/8 season, the clubs first ever in Division One began with an incredible 5 straight wins and although the small squad could not sustain this long term, a creditable ninth place was achieved. The club also embarked on a new venture, taking over and forming the new RCT UEFA Academy programme. This has gone from strength to strength over the past few seasons and the club now runs age groups from 7 through to 19 at elite level.
A major change also took place on the Management Committee in 2008, with former
England Manager Terry Venables agreeing to become chairman of the club. Terry was
already Patron of the highly successful Cambrian Village Trust and has close links with Clydach Vale, where his mother was born. Last season after challenging for the title over the last few seasons Cambrian & Clydach became champions of the Welsh League for the first time in its history
Cambrian Lakeside Sports Academy
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WELSHY HAS IT ALL AND CAN PLAY ANYWHERE BUT NEEDS TO START BELIEVING IN HIMSELF AND WHEN BE DOES WILL HAVE A MASSIVE IMPACT
STRONG,QUICK AND NO NONSENSE CENTRE BACK.CAPTAINING THE CLUB IN HIS 2ND SEASON.
HARD WORKING CENTRAL MIDFIELDER WHO HAS MADE THE STEP UP FROM THE DEVELOPMENT SIDE.
LOVES HAVING THE BALL AND HAS A GREAT RANGE OF PASSING. KEY PLAYER IN CENTRE MIDFIELD
TENACIOUS MIDFIELDER WHO LOVES TO GET STUCK IN. SOMETIMES NEEDS TO TAKE HIS FOOT OFF THE GAS AND LET OTHERS HELP HIM OUT
BOX TO BOX MIDFIELDER WHO ALWAYS SEEMS TO HAVE TIME ON THE BALL. NOT AFRAID TO GET STUCK IN AND HAS AN EYE FOR GOAL. ALL THIS AND JUST 18! WATCH THIS SPACE
Forward. Midfied. Very experienced player has a clever football brain with great awareness.
AS A DEFENDER JOE HAS THE LOT SPEED,STRENGTH,HEADING AND COMPOSURE. ACADEMY AND YOUTH TEAM PRODUCT WHO HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF HIM
Andre signed for the club from Ton Pentre in November 2017. He became a vital member of their starting XI after breaking through as an exciting young player during the 2013/14 season. Has a great engine in midfield and gives 100% commitment in every match.
An exciting young talent signed this season from Newport County.
A local lad who has lots of skill who will be a great asset to the midfield.
He also has an eye for goal.
. Lastseason’s supporter’s Club Player of the Year
Signed this season from rhondda League side Prince of Wales.prolific scorer with lots of pace.Previous clubs,Ton &Gelli BGC, Cambrian & Clydach vale
Liam has returned to the club following a period withTreorchy based The Prince before moving on to Ton Pentre. Liam is quite a character in the changing room and always enjoys some banter with the lads.
Liam has scored lots of goals over recent seasons and shows an excellent turn of pace, he is hard working and doesnt give defenders any time on the ball.
Josh is a player that has come through the academy structure at the club from a young lad and has excelled here gaining international honours , while pushing his way into the first teams squad.
He is a forward who works tirelessly for his team mates and has an eye for goal. Josh was an integral part of the youth teams dominance of welsh yoth football last season.
Kyle is a player that again came through the clubs academy system where he became a key part of the teams success last year at youth level.
Kyle also gained international honours last season and is a very versatile player able to play at both centre back and mid field.
Mark is a dominant centre back who very rarely loses any ariel battles , and is a great leader for the team as catain of the club.
Mark is a very well known player on the welsh league circuit and has played for many clubs in this League as well as competing in the Welsh Premiership.
Cameron is another player that has developed through our highly succesful academy structure at the club and has developed here from a young lad to go on to be an integral part of the clubs success over recent years. Cameron has also gained internation honours last season and scored vital goals over recent seasons that saw the club lift trophies and gain National recognition .
Cameron is an attacking player that can play up front or in wider areas as well, he has a nack for scoring vital goals and always works hard for the team.
Corey has returned to the club following a short stay with the club at the start of the season. Corey will be an asset to the team and is a very influential player in the centre of midfield.
Creative midfield player.
Sam is a product of our very successful youth team for the last few seasons.He is a wide player who can also play in the center and has an eye for goal.He was also a regular in our first team whilst playing youth football.In the 2017-18 season he signed for Barry Town United in the Welsh Premier League.He has returned to us on loan for the rest of the season and we are confident he will perform as we know he can.
Niall is a young goalkeeper who is just starting out in his senior career and we all hope he will have a bright future with the club.