History

The Early Days

The first mention of football being played in the village dates back to 1921.  They played on one of Tyfrys Fields know as Cae Rhydlidd, which was close to Rhandir Terrace, near the link-road roundabout.  On one occasion, they played a game against the rugby club and lost by more than 10 goals, and disbanded after a few years.


As far as is known, no further organised football was played in the village until 1956 when the Morlais Colliery workers formed a team which played on Morlais Field which is between Maes Road and the River Morlais.  Sheep continued to graze on the field between matches to keep the grass cut, the goalposts were made by the workers in the wagon shed of the colliery, and no nets were used.  The team played in blue and white strips, with their B team playing in green and white quarters. They were known as 'Bryn' and would change in the Castle Inn before walking over to the field for the match.  They owned just one ball which was preciously looked after by the captain John "Jack" Samuel.

 

Morlais  Colliery Football Team.

Morlais Colliery football team (1956) from left to right:  
Back row:  Bill Jarman (Selector), John Cartwright, Ronald Williams (Atôl), Peter Williams, Dilwyn Bowen, Tom Samuel.
Front row:  Harry Sturgis, Ken Rees, J Walker, John Samuel (c), Alun Lloyd, David Cartwright.

Llangennech AFC - The Beginning

The idea of forming a village club was thought up in the bar of the Bridge Inn in 1982. Former Chairman Barrie Williams and Swansea City defender Wyndam Evans were discussing football and when Wyndam asked how the team had faired the previous day he was shocked when Barrie informed him that there was no village side.

Huw Johns, an ex-Llanelli player happened to be in the pub at the same time and was quickly in on the debate.  Wyndam was adamant that a village the size of Llangennech should have it's own football team.

A few hours later the idea of "Llangennech A.F.C." had been formed.

Wyndam was obviously unable to participate any further because of his commitments with Swansea City, but had a lasting message for Barrie that the first kit should be in the same colours of Llangennech R.F.C. - red and black.

Our first game was a friendly away at Bwlch Rangers on 15 April 1982, where the side played in an all grey strip.

Following the game the first club kit was purchased - red and black of course!

The club went on to pick up its first league championship in 1987/88 - winning the Division Three title.

Famous Names and Champions

The club has been honoured to have some big names associated with it over the years.  As has been mentioned, former Swansea City player Wyndham Evans had a part to play in the founding of the club, but two more former Swans players have had spells as manager.

Former Leeds goalkeeper Glan Letheran was first to arrive in the mid nineties and also played a number of games for the club.

Then in 2002 the club shocked the local football community when it appointed 51 cap Wales international John Mahoney as its new Manager.  John, whose Bangor City side faced the might of Athletico Madrid in 1992 spent two years with Llangennech.

Despite big name managers, it was a relative unknown who guided the club to its second league championship.  Weston's side delivered the Carmarthenshire League Division Three title in 1997.

2004/2005

Llangennech started the season with high hopes of promotion from Division Two after a promising Star Cup performance.  However the first game of the season (a 5-2 defeat to Llandeilo after leading 2-0) optimised the season that followed with inconsistency being the main theme.  John Mahoney resigned as Manager and left the club in October with Richard 'Jack' Thomas agreeing to take over until the end of the season.  The First Team finally finished in 7th position.

2005/2006

This season is best remembered for the amount of debuts handed to youngsters from the previous season's under 16's.  Former player Ray Thomas was appointed to the vacant position of Manager but unfortunately the club struggled against relegation for most of the campaign, eventually securing their safety with an emphatic 5-1 victory away to Llanelli Radicals in the penultimate game of the season.

2006/2007

The season started brightly for Ray Thomas' side with back to back wins from their first two games, an achievement they could not replicate as they fell into Division Three after a miserable season. Simon Davies was appointed Manager in February but despite a remarkable effort could not halt the team's decline.

2007/2008

With Simon Davies resigning as Manager due to family reasons, Richard Coslett was given the chance to move into the Managerial hot seat at the club at the beginning of the season.  Five wins from the first six league games had everybody at the club believing promotion at the first attempt was a real possibility but the form was not maintained and key players departed.   However these departures paved the way for the youngsters to stake their claim with Michael O'Mara and Paul Thomas particularly impressive as they helped steer the club to a 6th position finish. This season also saw the creation of a new Junior Committee which helped start 3 new mini-football teams in the village and earned FAW Accreditation.

2008/2009

Richard Thomas and Simon Davies were appointed joint Managers of the First Team at the start of the campaign and quickly recruited several players to strengthen the side. The early signs were good with a giant killing in the Star Cup, beating Premier Division side Dafen in the group stage. That form continued into the league season with Llangennech winning 25 of their 28 league games acheiving promotion back to the Second Division and missing out on the Championship only on goal difference.

2009/2010

Following the promotion from the Third Division, Davies and Thomas' side initially struggled in the higher division and at Christmas time found themselves bottom of the division.  However a stark turn around in form saw them finish a respectable 5th place in Division Two.  In contrast to the First Team, the Seconds started with blistering pace soaring to the top of the table by November.  However their form fell away and ended up finishing 4th.

The season will best be remembered for the achievements of the two junior teams particularly the Under 12's team.  In their first season playing on the full pitch the boys reached the JH Evans Under 12's Cup Final and on 24th April 2010 became the first Llangennech side ever to run out in a cup final.  Unfortunately they lost the match to Kidwelly Town who also pipped them to the league title but it was a huge positive step for the club.  The club also formed a new under 14's team for the season and gradually improved throughout the season culminating in them winning the Bancffosfelen Plate Tournament playing in a tournament against teams one year older than themselves.

2010/2011

The most successful season so far in the club's history.  The first team, now under the leadership of former player Daryl Panayiotiou, won promotion to Division One after finishing as runners up in Division Two after a long promotion battle with Killay, Penllergaer and Trostre.  The team also reached the quarter finals of the Senior and Challenge Cups, beating higher division opponents along the way.  The second team had an inconsistent season and ended up 6th.

The season also saw Llangennech's junior sides pick up silverware for the first time.  The U13s completed a sensational league and cup double, whilst the U15s were beaten in their cup final and finished 3rd in the league.  However it was a tough season for the U12s and U16s who struggled throughout.

The club's mini section also went from strength to strength with more and more players joining the club.  The U9s in particular saw great improvement as the season went along, ending up as one of the better sides in their conference.

2011/12

As the club marked it's 30th anniversary, the 1st team finished the season 4th in Division One - our highest ever league finish.  The side also reached the semi-final of both the Star Cup and Challenge Cup to round off what was an excellent season.  The 2nds struggled for consistency for much of the season and despite a strong start, finished bottom of Reserve Division Three.  However, due to clubs leaving and entering the league, they were not relegated.

History was made in our junior section, as our U14s emulated their efforts of the previous season by winning the league and cup double.  The U12s, who initially struggled for numbers, ended the season strongly putting in strong performances against the division's top sides.  Despite not picking up many positive results, the U13s also showed huge improvements this season, whilst our U16s ended their junior competitions with an inconsistent season.

The club's mini section continued to expand and improve with increased numbers of coaches and players joining.  The U11s and in particular the U10s picked up some impressive results, giving real hope for future success.

2012/13

After the promise shown in 2012, the club was disappointed to start the season by receiving the resignation of Manager, Daryl Panayiotiou due to work committments at the new Bryn Fish Bar.  Curtis Roberts assumed the unenviable role of player manager but the squad was hampered by a string of injuries and circumstances going against them eventually finishing bottom of the table and finding themselves facing life back in the Second Division.

Off the pitch, long-term Chairman, Ian Williams officially left the club to peruse his role as Chairman of Llangennech Community Council.  However the club was unsuccessful in trying to develop a new second pitch in Llangennech Park due to the close proximity of the proposed pitch to the cricket square.  Attention was immediately switched to Llangennech Schools playing field when it became apparent that the school would now favour the development to level their field.  The existing facility presented a problem where the pitch sloped four metres down from one touch line to the other.

2013/14

The season started with the appointment of another former player, Andrew Kirkhouse as the club's Manager.  Kirky strengthened the squad with some experienced players who followed him from Wellfield Athletic.  Expectations were high but results were never consistent enough to mount a serious promotion challenge.  The club eventually finished in 8th position.

in the junior section, Mark Thomas' under 16s team completed their junior age groups and several players made their senior debuts towards the end of the season.  The under 14s reached the cup semi-final and the under 12s reached the league championship play-offs.

2014/15

Before a ball was kicked in the 2014/15 season, the club received the news that it had longed for over the past 15 years.  Funding had been secured to level the school playing field and provide a permanent home for Llangennech AFC.  On Thursday 17th July, work began on the new pitch to everyone's delight.

On the field, the Firsts were largely inconsistent and finished 9th, while Dean Bolgiani's Second Team had a much improved year, finishing in 3rd place.  The club fielded ten junior teams including a girl's under 8s side for the first time.