Black and white shirts, black shorts and socks
Yellow shirts, shorts and socks
Stafford Common , Swansea
Garden Village History
Garden Village A.F.C. was founded in 1922 and started playing football at Swansea League level before joining the Carmarthenshire League mid-way through the 20th century. After numerous league and cup successes over the years, Village gained promotion into the Welsh Football League at the end of the 1998/99 season after finishing second in the Premier Division of the Carmarthenshire League, and successfully beating Neath League team Cwmamman United in the Welsh League promotion play-off to become the West Wales representative in the Pyramid system.
In only our first season of Welsh League football, the club secured promotion by finishing third in Division 3 behind Garw and Ely Rangers - one point ahead of fourth-placed AFC Llwydcoed – the club also fared well in their first venture in the Welsh Cup, a run that saw them dispose of Pontyclun and Ely Rangers before being knocked out by the then Welsh Cup holder & League of Wales side Inter Cardiff.
The Second Division proved to be a much tougher test for Village but still managed to finish a creditable eighth in our first season. The following season we did, however, manage to secure promotion winning the final game of the season at Chepstow Town and became Division Two Champions. Village had a short spell in the top flight of Welsh League football unfortunately being relegated at the end of that season despite an excellent run of form towards the end of the season, which almost kept them up, but unfortunately this co-in sided with other teams hitting similar form and Village narrowly missed out on survival, finishing two points adrift of Ely Rangers.
After a number of seasons in Division Two, where the club never finished outside of the top 8 positions, the club regained Division One status when they finished third in season 2008/09. We remained in top division for two seasons but, unfortunately, a poor season in 2010/11 saw us relegated back into Division Two. Season 2013-14 saw Garden Village return to the first Division after finishing third in the league, losing 2-1 at Briton Ferry in the penultimate game of the season if we had won it would have seen us crowned Champions. After finishing the following season in a respectable position, season 2015-16 saw the management team and a number of players leave the club this had a big impact on what turned out to be a nightmare of a season and with us finishing bottom of the league with few points and a return to Division Two. Last season once again saw us struggle with us not being able to put a consistent run of results together and as a result finished 4th from the bottom of the league, the only saving grace for the club was the excellent performance from our Under 18’s who won the West Wales Youth League winning both section & overall champions. During this summer a number of changes have been made, last season’s manager David Rimmer stood down but we were delighted to have the experienced, former Swansea City player, David D’Auria taking over at the helm of the first team for the coming season, joining David as part of his management team will be Ashleigh Richards as his assistant manager with coaching back up from both Dayle Selvage and Kevin Murphy. Other changes have seen us reintroduce our under 19 youth team, together with the U18 team. Our third Senior XI moving from the Carmarthenshire after 61 years into the Swansea Senior League, with a full complement of teams we are hoping to move in the right direction after the disappointment of the last two seasons.
The club’s Stafford Common ground is greatly admired by visiting teams and their supporters and has been credited as having an exceptional playing surface. The ground is always improving – in 2006 the club opened its new changing room facilities while a new bar and suite area was added to the current club house in the summer of 2008. 2009 saw us complete the next phase of our development by installing a new 75 seater stand as well as rebuilding the covered standing area that had been damaged previously by a storm. During the summer of 2010, we were delighted to announce the completion of the floodlights system on the main pitch with additional training lights onto the outer pitch/warm up area. This long running project meant we were able to play midweek and evening games throughout the season, and further enhance the excellent facilities that we have already got, here at Garden Village. In the summer of 2012, the main pitch was ripped up completely to install the new drainage system. Over the years, the main pitch has had many problems with the drainage, so the decision was made to upgrade the drainage facility to help solve the problem. The work was finally completed at the end of September 2012, and since has proved to be a very successful project due to the virtual disappearance of any games being called off. The summer of 2014 saw further development of the ground with a wooden perimeter fence being erected to fully enclose the main pitch area.
Victoria Road, Kingsbridge
Joined the club at junior level and has progressed through the ranks. Older brother to Sunderland's Adam Matthews
Joined the club in November 2017 from local rivals West End
Joined the club in February 2013 from Division Two side Pontardawe Town
Re-joined the club in July 2017 following a short spell at Cwmamman United last season
Joined the club at Junior Level and has progressed through the ranks
Joined the club in August 2013 from Swansea League side Morriston Town Juniors
Re-joined the club in December 2015 after spells away at Ammanford AFC and Seaside
Re-joined the club in March 2016 after a brief spell away at Ammanford AFC and Pontardawe Town
Re-joined the club following a short spell away with Division Two side Ammanford AFC
Re-joined the club in July 2016 following spells away at Ammanford AFC and Pontardawe Town
Re-joined the club in June 2016 after a three season spell at Division Two side Ammanford AFC
Dai stepped up to the hot seat in June 2017, after joining the club as a coach under the previous manager. Dai has had excellent start to his tenure and is highly regarded by the players and club
Signed from Welsh League Division Two side Ammanford in August 2017
Joined the club following a spell away from football after playing for Swansea City FC
Joined the club in August 2017 from Welsh Premier League side Cardiff Met University
Re-joined the club in July 2017 following a two year spell away at Cardiff Met University & Llanelli
Re-joined the club in July 2017 after a year out of football due to work commitments
Joined the club in August 2017 from Welsh Premier League side Carmarthen Town
Re-joined the club in July 2017 following a 6 month spell with Swansea League side Rockspur