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Manager: Ian Hughes

Manager Ian Hughes is in his fourth season as part of the coaching set up at Park Avenue, having been Assistant Manager for both Alan Morgan and Tomi Morgan. Angelsey born Ian is one of the youngest coaches in Wales to have achieved the UEFA A licence standard, achieving it at just 24 years of age. Ian was formerly Academy Director and Assistant Manager of Llangefni Town, and helped them to lift the Cymru Alliance in 2010, although they were unable to take part in the Welsh Premier, with the club failing to achieve the club licencing criteria. As well as more experience at Wrexham’s Academy in the past, Ian has been based with the FAW Trust for the last four years, and In his role as a coach and player development officer has run courses on Advanced Coach Education, as well as managing Central Wales in the Cymru Cup.




Assistant Manager: Wyn Thomas












First Team Coach: Antonio Corbisiero











Physio: Ffiona Evans

Playing Squad

Name: Mike Lewis
Squad Number: 1
Position: Goalkeeper


Cardiff based keeper Mike Lewis signed for Aberystwyth Town in May 2012 after leaving Carmarthen earlier the same month. Lewis had been the first choice keeper at Richmond Park for two seasons after Tomi Morgan made him one of his first signings at Carmarthen, and played his first game for Carmarthen against Aberystwyth, a 3-2 for the Seasiders in front of the S4C cameras. Before Carmarthen Mike played for Afan Lido, Cardiff Corries and UWIC in the Welsh League, and has previously had a trial at Bristol Rovers. Last season saw Mike fall out of favour early in the season, before his return to the side saw Aberystwyth's form improve dramatically as they saw off the threat of relegation.


Name: Sion James
Squad Number: 2
Position: Defence


Penrhyncoch born and bred Sion James, one of the longest serving players at the club, has been an integral part of the first team over the last eight years. Sion began his career at Aberystwyth, but finding his first team chances limited, spent time at Carmarthen Town, Barry Town and home village club Penrhyncoch FC before returning to Park Avenue in 2004 to cement his place in the first team. Happy to play where needed, Sion plays in a variety of positions across the back and midfield, but has made most of his starts as a centre back. Sion won supporters and players player of the year in season 2009/10.




Name: Antonio Corbisiero
Squad Number: 3
Position: Defence/Midfield


Corbisiero joined Aberystwyth Town in January 2013, having won the Welsh Premier League, the Welsh Cup and the League Cup during his seven years with Llanelli. He also played in the Champions League, UEFA Cup and the Europa League with the club he skippered and in total, scored 15 goals from 206 (+10) Welsh Premier appearances. Antonio moved to the area before signing, and his calmness and quality on the ball helped Aber to safety last season. In the close season Corbs was made first team coach, alongside running the U16 Academy squad.





Name: Peter Hoy
Squad Number: 4
Position: Defence


Peter Hoy, one of the well known hard men of the Welsh Premier League, has been a mainstay of the league for around a decade. Comfortable normally as a right back or at the centre of defence, Hoy began his Welsh Premier League career with Bangor City in 2003 where he spent two seasons, before he joined Rhyl FC for one season, where his chances were limited. He rejoined Bangor City late in 2006, and quickly re-emerged as a starter for the Citizens, and was an integral part of Neville Powell's Nevolution as he brought Bangor back to the top of the Welsh Premier. Several clubs showed an interest in Peter this season before he signed for the Seasiders.




Name: Stuart Jones
Squad Number: 5
Position: Defence


Based in Borth, Stuart Jones signed for his local Welsh Premier League club in May 2012, and took on the role of Club Development Officer alongside his playing duties. Stuart began his career at Swansea City, and although he made over 30 appearances for the Swans between 2003 and 2005, was surprisingly released at the end of the 2004/05 season. Llanelli made no hesitation in making Stuart their first full time signing for over 50 years, and over the next 7 years made almost 200 appearances for the side and in that time at the club won the League, League Cup and Welsh Cup and qualified for Europe on several occasions. Stuart has also earned caps for both the Wales Under 21’s and the Welsh Semi Pro squads, and has been named in the Welsh Premier Team of the Year on no less than 4 occasions.


Name: Chris Venables
Squad Number: 7
Position: Midfield

Chris Venables re-signed for Aberystwyth Town in January 2013 from Llanelli, three-and-a-half years after he made the move in the opposite direction. Venables enjoyed Welsh Cup success and played in the Europa League with the Reds before his move back to Park Avenue.
He joined Llanelli in June 2009 from Aberystwyth and made his Reds' debut in the Europa League in July against Motherwell in the 1-0 victory.
He joined Aberystwyth Town in July 2008 after spending a year with Welshpool Town and played for Aber in the Welsh Cup Final defeat to Bangor City in 2009. He gained his revenge against Bangor for Llanelli in the 2011 Final scoring a goal in the 4-1 Welsh Cup win. He was made Llanelli captain in 2012/13 season.

Name: Bari Morgan
Squad Number: 8
Position: Midfield


A tenacious midfielder who gives everything for the team, Bari is Aber's longest serving player and was the 2003/04 Supporters' Player of the Year after arriving from Swansea City. He has captained the side on numerous occasions and was a Wales Semi Pro International in 2004. Morgan missed the entire 2011/12 season through injury, but remained active within the club and agreed a contract with the club for the 2012/13 campaign, having proved his fitness in pre-season. Bari is approaching legendary status at the Club, having made 282 appearances in his first 12 seasons at Park Avenue, scoring fifteen goals.



Name: Mark Jones
Squad Number: 9
Position: Forward


Jones, who has previously played for Cardiff City Academy, Afan Lido, Llanelli and Port Talbot, joined Aber on New Year's Eve 2012, and scored on his debut at Newtown the following day. He went on to make a major contribution in the Black and Greens' race to safety, scoring 9 league goals from 14 starts, and these goals, added to the 7 he scored for Lido, took him to fourth place in the League Top Scorers list for 2012/3. After playing for Moreland City in Australia over the summer, Mark agreed to a new two year deal for the Seasiders in August 2013.



Name: Geoff Kellaway
Squad Number: 10
Position: Midfield/Forward


27 year old Geoff is a very popular player at Park Avenue. The exciting winger began his career with Aberystwyth Town, making his debut during the 2003/04 season. He went on to make 141 appearances for the club, scoring 32 goals, and featured in the 2009 Welsh Cup final defeat to Bangor City. In May 2010, having been named in the 2009/10 Welsh Premier League team of the season, Kellaway joined Dandenong Thunder along with fellow Welsh Premier players Luke Sherbon and Jamie Reed. In August 2010, he was signed to a three month injury replacement contract with A-League side Melbourne Victory. He made his debut for the club as a substitute during a 2-2 draw with North Queensland Fury, becoming the 500th player to make an appearance in the A-League. He was released by the Victory and returned to Britain at the end of the 2010/11 season. In July 2011, he re-joined Aberystwyth Town and after one more season at Park Avenue, in June 2012 he moved to Llanelli, where he made his debut in the Europa League versus Kups in Finland. Geoff then moved to Carmarthen Town in January 2013 before returning to Park Avenue this summer.

Name: Cledan Davies
Squad Number: 11
Position: Defence/Midfield



Tregaron born Cledan Davies returned to the club in June 2012 after a season away. Signed in 2009 from Tregaron Turfs after impressing then Aberystwyth Town boss Brian Coyne, left footed Cledan, happy at either left back or as a left winger, became an important part of the team during his first season at the club. After being out with an ankle injury for most of the 2010/11 season, and finding his first team chances limited, Cledan spent time on loan at Penrhyncoch before signing for Tomi Morgan at Carmarthen in 2011. After starting most games and showing his worth at Carmarthen, Tomi wasted no time in bringing Cledan back to his local Welsh Premier team for the new season, and in his first season back, won Supporter's Player of the Year.


Name: Stuart Fraser
Squad Number: 12
Position: Forward


Fraser is no stranger to Park Avenue, joining for his third spell in Black and Green. An Academy product, he worked his way through the Reserve side and made his first team debut in 2006/7. Over the next four years he made 14 appearances, scoring four times, including a memorable brace in three minutes in December 2008 against Porthmadog at Park Avenue. He then moved to Newtown in 2009/10, making four further appearances, before rejoining the Black and Greens in December 2009.Stuart then joined Penrhyncoch, where he was joint top scorer in 2011/12 with 17 goals, and Huws Gray Alliance player of the month award in February 2011 and spent last season at Bow Street.


Name: Krzysztof Nalborski
Squad Number: 14
Position: Defence/Midfield


Now a third year student of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University, Krzystzof originally joined Aber's First Team squad under Alan Morgan in July 2011. Before coming to Wales he had played with Polonia Leszno in the Polish Third Division, been a member of the Remes Opalenica Football Academy, and had been invited to Polish Under 18 and Under 19 squads. Nalborski played 19 games in 2011/12 for Town, the highlight being a goal on Boxing Day against Carmarthen Town, in front of his visiting parents. Last season Nalborski moved to Penrhyncoch in the Cymru Alliance, but after being invited for trials with the Black and Greens this pre season resigned after impressing Ian Hughes.


Name: Craig Williams
Squad Number: 16
Position: Midfield/Forward


Craig is a new signing at Aberystwyth Town, having arrived from Llanelli over the summer. Craig had returned to Llanelli on loan from TNS in January 2011, making the move permanent for the 2011/12 campaign. The winger made the shock switch from then-Champions Llanelli to The New Saints for an undisclosed fee in September 2008. After arriving at Stebonheath in November 2004 from Taffs Well, Craig became one of the longest-serving players at the club, playing for the Reds in the Intertoto Cup, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League and won the Welsh Premier League and Loosemores League Cup.


Name: Tom Shaw
Squad Number: 17
Position: Midfield


Tom is an Aberaeron based player who started out with Aberystwyth Town, before moving to the United States of America on a full football scholarship, playing for Barton County Community College, before moving on to the NCAA Division 1 level, where the majority of players are drafted to the MLS playing at Adelphi and St Peters University. Following his senior year he was invited to the USL PRO combine, where from that he was invited and spent time on trial with the New York Cosmos.




Name: Wyn Thomas
Squad Number: 18
Position: Defence


Llandysul born Wyn Thomas is in his third season and his second spell at the club, after joining from Llanelli in 2011. Wyn made his Welsh Premier League debut for Aberystwyth Town in 1996, under Meirion Appleton, but after 2 seasons left for Carmarthen Town. Over the next five years Wyn was a regular starter at Richmond Park, before he moved again in 2003 to Haverfordwest. After 3 seasons at Haverfordwest Wyn moved to Llanelli where he stayed for the next five years, in that time winning the league, League Cup and Welsh Cup with the Reds, as they qualified for Europe most seasons. Wyn has also been awarded internationally, being called up for the Welsh Schoolboys, Welsh Colleges and Welsh Semi Pro squads. Wyn has made over 500 appearances in the Welsh Premier League and was asked by new manager Ian Hughes to become Assistant Manager for the 2013/14 season.





Name: Rhydian Davies
Squad Number: 19
Position: Midfield


Aberystwyth born Rhydian Davies made his first team debut in early 2012 after impressing in the reserves. A product of the youth academy and Bow Street, Rhydian also spent time with Birmingham City Academy, starting and scoring against Manchester United in an academy game as well as having a trial at Newcastle United. Rhydian made his debut against Llandudno, and scored his first goal against Afan Lido, a vital second half header that helped to ensure Aberystwyth survived relegation. Rhydian also earned caps during the last two seasons for both the Wales U’16’s and Wales School’s U18’s squads and Rhydian will be hoping to cement his place in the first team squad during this season.


Name: Jamie Butler
Squad Number: 31
Position: Midfield


16 year old Jamie Butler looks to be a star of the future for Aberystwyth Town. After being released from Swansea over a year ago he returned to Aberystwyth Academy, and after some assured performances in pre-season, came on in the first team friendly against Bow Street, getting two assists in the final 20 minutes.







Name: Ed Powl-Jones
Squad Number: 40
Position: Forward


Ed Powl-Jones hails from Tywyn. Just 16 years of age, Ed came off the bench twice towards the end of the season, and with his impressive youth appearances in the last year, this striker seems to have a bright future at Park Avenue.









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