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Larkfield Park, Chepstow
Chepstow Town History –
Founded in 1878 Chepstow Town FC is the most easterly situated of all Welsh League clubs. Formerly known as Chepstow Castle FC fixtures have been played at various venues around the town from Bulwark to St. Arvans and also at St. Mary’s institute ground which is where the Tesco supermarket is now located.
Up to the beginning of the First World War all matches played were in the local East Gwent League. The resumption of football after the war in the 1919-1920 season saw Chepstow Town become co-founders of the Welsh League. Welsh League football was enjoyed until the mid 1920’s which then saw the club relegated to the Mon. County League. In 1928 the club then entered the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League and they became champions of this league in the 1931-1932 season. Home matches during the club’s time in this league were played at the St. Mary’s institute ground. During World War Two the St. Mary’s ground was taken over by the Ministry Of Defence and used as a supply depot for the war effort.
At the end of the war returning local servicemen wanted to revive football in the area. The club was then reformed incorporating Chepstow Boys Club and Fairfield FC. The club subsequently rejoined the Mon. County League. In these immediate post war years Chepstow Town FC became the dominant club in the area and it was not uncommon for crowds of 200 to 300 to watch the club’s matches.
The period of the mid 1950’s to the mid 1960’s was one of great success for the club on and off the field and this was rewarded with promotion back to the Welsh League. This culminated with Chepstow Town becoming Division Two champions at the end of the 1964-1965 season. Regrettably due to the high cost of travelling expenses and financial problems the club were forced to drop out of the Welsh League. The club then entered the newly formed Gwent Premier League and quickly advanced to gain promotion to the First Division.
Due to Chepstow Council’s road expansion plans and the proposed re-development of the St. Mary’s ground the club was relocated to the present Larkfield ground in the late 1980’s. In 1997 the club gained promotion back to the Welsh League and remained there until being relegated back to the Gwent County League in 2007. Despite this setback Chepstow Town were determined to regain Welsh League status and this was achieved in 2012 with the club finishing as Gwent County League Division 1 champions. This was followed by the club achieving promotion to Welsh League Division 2 at the end of season 2012-2103.
Over the years the club has been graced with some notable managers including Brian Harris (Everton and Newport County) and Barry Vassallo (Arsenal and Plymouth Argyle). Chepstow Town players who became professional footballers were Ollie Burton (Newport County, Norwich City, Newcastle United and Wales); Colin “Rocky” Hudson (Newport County and Cardiff City) and Harry Harris (Newport County, Portsmouth and Wales).
After an indifferent start to season 2016-2017 the first team gradually found their form and only just missed out on promotion by finishing 3rd on goal difference. This season the club hope to go one better and achieve promotion back to Division 2. Following the decision of Malcolm Hardy not to seek re-election the club now has a new Chairman, Rob Moore. Rob has been a stalwart of the club for many years and is hoping that the club can now progress on and off the pitch to establish itself as a top Welsh League side. The club has been sorry to lose the services of co-manager Nicky Morgan who has taken a coaching position with Newport County. Long serving players Ian Turner and Richard Jago will now assist manager Dave Livermore on the coaching side and everyone at the club is confident that they will have a very successful season.
DEFENDER / PLAYER/COACH: Richard is an experienced defender who has played over 400 Welsh League games in his career to date whose previous clubs include Ton Pentre and Ely Rangers. Richard is a very popular member of the first team squad who unfortunately suffered a serious shoulder injury at the end of last season. He is still an invaluable member of the squad and this season will also use his experience to assist on the coaching side.
MIDFIELD / FORWARD: Adam joined the club two seasons ago from Tiverton FC. A skilful and popular player who will take every opportunity to have a shot at goal and scored some vital goals last season. Was made team captain last season and will continue in that role for this coming season.
MIDFIELD: Signed two seasons ago from Newport Civil Service FC. Very skilful on the ball and tenacious in the tackle. Luke was a regular member of the side last season and grew stronger as the season progressed. Will be an important member of the squad this season.
DEFENDER / MIDFIELD: A very popular and regular menber of the first team squad. Was probably one of the most consistent players last season and his Welsh League experience has proved invaluable to the younger members of the team.
MIDFIELD: Signed last season from local Gwent County League side Mathern Wanderers FC. A strong attacking midfield player who has proved to be an excellent signing. Will be an important member of the squad this season.
MIDFIELD: Dan is a local player who has returned to the club last season after a spell with Mathern Wanderers FC. He has always shown good potential and is a strong tackling midfielder player. Got into the first team last season after some excellent form in the Reserves. Kept his place in the side and with the experienced players around him kept his discipline to show that he has a long future in the first team.
MIDFIELD: Signed for the club in December last year after having Welsh League experience with Newport YMCA FC. Dan is an exciting,skilful and strong running midfield player who can also score some vital goals. He will be an important member of the squad this season.
DEFENDER / MIDFIELD: A promising young player who has signed for the club after playing youth team football with Undy Athletic FC. Jo is a strong tackling defender who also enjoys playing in midfield where he is able to play a more attacking role.
MIDFIELD: A promising young player who is still eligible to play for the U18's Youth Team. It is hoped this season he will gain further first team experience.
CENTRAL DEFENDER: A new signing this season from Newport side, Malpas Unionist FC. Has shown in pre-season friendlies that he will be a good signing for the club.
MIDFIELD: Richard has been a Chepstow Town player since youth football but unfortunately has not been available for the last two seasons to push for a regular first team spot. He is a strong tackling midfield player with an eye for goal and hopefully he will be available for the whole of the season to make a claim for a first team place.
FORWARD: Mark has rejoined the club after a season away at Gwent County side, Mathern FC. Is a skilful and exciting player who will be challenging for a regular starting place in the first team.
Forward, previous experience with Cinderford and Taffs Well
DEFENDER / MIDFIELD - SIGNED FOR THE CLUB LAST SEASON AND QUICKLY PROVED HIMSELF TO BE A STRONG TACKLING DEFENDER. LUKE IS KEEN TO BE A REGULAR MEMBER OF THE FIRST TEAM SQUAD AND WILL BE CHALLENGING HARD TO BE INCLUDED IN THE STARTING ELEVEN.
FULL BACK: This is Tristan's first season in senior football. has signed for the club after progressing from junior football. He is also a prominent player in the U18 Youth team.
FORWARD: Ryan has yet to show his full potential after a promising youth team career. The first team management are hoping that be the season that he will become a first team squad regular.
STRIKER: Rhys is an experienced striker who joined Town just after the start of the season from Newport & District side Gaer Park FC. Is inexperienced at Welsh League level but has been a prolific scorer with his former team. Should prove to be an ideal replacement for long term injury Steve Perszewski.
DEFENDER - A promising young defender who was previously with Bristol Rovers Academy as a goalkeeper. Callum is still eligible for the Under 18's youth side and has already been part of the first team squad.
MIDFIELD- Connor is another of the successful u18' youth side who is pressing for a place in the first team.
STRIKER: Dan is another youth team player who deserves his chance in the first team squad. Will be challenging for a regular spot as the season progresses.
FULL BACK - Signed mid season from 2nd Division side Aberdare Town. Rhys is an experienced defender who has had a career in the League Of Wales and and Welsh League and has previously played for Newtown FC.