Aberystwyth Town are delighted to announce the arrival of striker Dan Cockerline from FC United of Manchester of the Northern Premier League.
A towering 6’4” centre-forward, 24-year-old Dan progressed through the ranks as a scholar at Sheffield United, representing The Blades at U18 and U21 level as well as enjoying loan spells with Grantham, Marine, Matlock and Curzon Ashton.
Released in summer 2016, Dan spent a year at National League Barrow AFC before two seasons with National League North side Southport FC. A short stint Down Under with Adelaide Blue Eagles followed as Dan returned to the English pyramid with a very impressive season at AFC Liverpool, scoring 22 times and providing 9 assists in just 26 appearances. This earned Dan a move up three divisions, joining FC United of Manchester in June 2020. With three goals from six starts for The Reds before suspension, Dan joins the Seasiders hungry for more.
Having completed his move, Dan told atfc.org.uk: “I’m delighted to join the club and really looking forward to getting involved with the rest of the squad. The opportunity to challenge myself in the Cymru Premier is something that was really appetising and the opportunity to showcase what I am about as a player. I can’t wait to pull on the shirt when the time comes to kick off the season again and start climbing the table.”
First-team coach Bari Morgan commented: “As a management team, we are absolutely delighted to have secured Dan’s signature. Being 6’4”, Dan brings real presence and much-needed physicality to our squad. He’s quick, mobile, hard-working, and has a real eye for scoring goals.
We look forward to working with him and we’re excited for Dan to showcase his talents to the fans”.
Croeso i Goedlan y Parc / Welcome to Park Avenue, Dan!
Aberystwyth Town are delighted to announce the return of academy product, Welsh Premier Development League champion and Welsh international Harri Horwood. The 20-year-old left-sided player returns to Park Avenue after spells with Cardiff Met University and Briton Ferry Llansawel.
A pacey and tenacious winger, who also has experience at left-back, Harri progressed through Town’s academy and was an integral part of the Black and Greens’ hugely successful double-winning U19 Development squad of 2017/18 that became the first squad in club history to win a national title. Lead by current 1st Team coach Bari Morgan, assistant Iwan Roberts and captained by Jack Rimmer, the youngsters beat The New Saints at Latham Park to claim their first of two consecutive titles, before lifting the Central Wales FA Youth Cup two weeks later thanks to a Mathew Jones hattrick against Rhayader FC.
As well as representing Town’s youth team, Harri featured for Penrhyncoch of the Cymru North, further aiding his development and progression to senior football. A regular under Town legend Gari Lewis, Harri’s tenure at Cae Baker was headlined by an away brace vs Ruthin Town, securing The Roosters’ league status in 17/18 despite a travelling squad of just 12 with several starters missing the game.
On the international stage, Harri has amassed 14 appearances in a Cymru shirt across schoolboys and academy level, including a 0-2 win to retain the John Coughlin Memorial Cup vs the Republic of Ireland where Harri netted the opening goal at Graun Park - a squad including fellow Seasiders Alex Pennock, Lee Jenkins and Liam Doherty.
In 2018, Harri made the move to the capital to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University where he spent a season with Met before joining Briton Ferry Llansawel for the 2019/20 season, playing alongside ex-Seasider and fan favourite Mark Jones before season curtailment in March 2020. Harri re-joined The Archers for 2020/21 season but will now reunite with old friends at Park Avenue.
Upon rejoining the Seasiders, Harri commented: “I’m ecstatic to be re-joining my hometown club after time away at university. This is the club I supported growing up and I have many great memories here, including making my first Cymru Premier appearance at 17, which was a huge personal achievement.
I’m looking forward to getting back to it with the boys, especially with several former U19s now part of the 1st Team set-up, such as Matty, Pens, Lee and Rimmer, so it’s a very exciting time for us all. Hopefully I can help the club achieve its short and long-term goals”.
First-team coach Bari Morgan said: “We’re very pleased to have Harri back at Park Avenue. He’s a player with a huge potential that he showed as part of our triumphant U19 squad a few years back. In his time away, Harri has been working hard and has developed his game and himself tremendously, so we look forward to working with him again”.
Croeso nol i Goedlan y Parc, Harri!
Aberystwyth Town Football Club are delighted to announce the acquisition of central defender Ian Kearney from City of Liverpool FC of the Northern Premier League Division One West.
Known to Cymru Premier fans for his stints with Airbus UK Broughton and Connah’s Quay Nomads, amassing eight appearances in the Europa League, Ian brings a wealth of experience and leadership qualities to Aber’s youthful defence.
33-year-old Ian began his Cymru Premier career with Airbus UK Broughton in 2012 where he enjoyed four very successful season with The Wingmakers, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League for three consecutive years thanks to back-to-back runner-up finishes in 12/13 and 13/14, followed by a 3rd place in 14/15. Ian completed 90 minutes home & away vs FK Ventspils of Latvia as Airbus lost on way goals in a narrow 1-1 AEG contest.
The following year, Ian again featured in both legs vs Haugesund of Norway, with Airbus narrowly coming up short by a score of 3-2 AEG.
In his final season at The Airfield, Ian captained Airbus to the 2015/16 Welsh Cup Final, where his side faced The New Saints at The Racecourse. On the day, however, Craig Harrison’s men came out on top by a score of 2-0 to complete their domestic treble as Ian bid farewell to the club, joining Connah’s Quay Nomads for a 2-year spell.
At Deeside, Ian played both legs as The Nomads held Norwegian side Stabæk to a 0–0 draw at Rhyl before travelling to Scandinavia where an early Callum Morris strike secured an historic 1–0 victory for The Nomads. The result marked the first time in 24 years and 214 games that a Welsh side involved in European competition had kept two clean sheets across the two legs of a European tie. Despite a next round loss to FK Vojvodina, The Nomads continued their success in the league by securing a record position of 2nd and qualifying for the Scottish Challenge Cup the following season.
Departing The Nomads in 2018, Ian joined City of Liverpool FC the following year in the Northern Premier League Division One West, featuring for The Purps prior to season curtailment in March 2020.
Speaking with atfc.org.uk, Ian said: “I’m delighted to have signed with Aber and now very much looking forward to meeting the lads and getting started. From my initial discussion with the gaffer, I got a real positive feeling about the club and the opportunity we have. It was clear he wants to do things the right way and believes in the squad he has, so hopefully I can help build on that and support things going forward”.
Croeso i Goedlan y Parc ac i Geredigion, Ian!
Aberystwyth Town Football Club are delighted to confirm an extension to the loan of Louis Bradford from The New Saints.
The 19-year-old defender joined Town ahead of the 20/21 season on an initial 6-month loan from the Oswestry side. The youngster has shown great potential in the first half of the season, making 11 appearances in Green & Black at centre-back and right-back, and will look to pick up where he left off prior to season postponement.
Louis sat down with TNS' media team today to discuss his time with the Seasiders: watch HERE
Croeso nol i Goedlan y Parc, Louis!
Aberystwyth Town are delighted to announce an extension to the loan of Connor Roberts from The New Saints and the return of Green Army favourite Jon Owen from CPD Porthmadog.
Loanee Connor is set to complete a second full season at Park Avenue having first joined for the 19/20 season from the then-league champions. Making 13 appearances so far this season, Connor has consistently been one of Town’s best performers, filling an important leadership role as a veteran in Aber’s youthful squad.
On the international stage, Roberts has represented Wales at U19s level four times with six appearances for the U21s. In 2014, he received a call-up to the senior squad for a friendly against the Netherlands, and was selected to the Cymru C squad in March 2020 alongside teammate Lee Jenkins to face England C, though the match was forced to be cancelled.
Affectionately known as “Jon y Cigydd” (the Butcher) by certain factions of the Green Army, Jon Owen makes his return to Park Avenue for a second spell. Formerly of Bangor City, Llangefni Town, Caersws, Rhyl, Llandudno, and Cefn Druids, the 28-year-old Welsh-speaking attacker spent 18-months in Black & Green, becoming a regular starter after joining in January 2017. Known for his pace, power, and ability to make something out of nothing, Jon gives Town an experienced option in attack. We thank Craig Paprinyk and all at CPD Porthmadog for their cooperation in the matter.
Croeso nol i Goedlan y Parc chi’ch ddau!
Match of the Day: Welsh Blood Service teams up with Cymru Leagues & WPWL urging the Green Army to save lives
'Blood, sweat and cheers’ campaign aims to get football fans into donation centres in Ceredigion
The Welsh Blood Service has partnered with the FAW’s JD Cymru Leagues and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League to launch a brand-new campaign to encourage Aberystwyth Town FC to donate blood before the end of the season and to help save lives in the local community.
Find your nearest donation session here: www.wbs.wales/AberTownFC
Through its ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign, clubs are being encouraged by the Welsh Blood Service to engage with their supporters and local communities to promote the importance of giving blood and signing up football fans to save thousands of lives. The campaign has received support from former Wales midfielder Owain Tudur Jones and Wales forward Natasha Harding.
Every single day the Welsh Blood Service needs to collect 350 blood donations to supply hospitals with enough blood for patients. Blood and its by-products play a vital role in saving lives each day, with donations helping accident victims, patients having a kidney, liver or an organ transplant, pregnant women, leukaemia and cancer patients, someone about to undergo open heart surgery and premature babies who cannot survive without a blood transfusion.
The Welsh Blood Service collects 100,000 blood donations each year from roughly 70,000 volunteer donors. In its new role as the official community partner of the FAW’s Cymru Leagues and Welsh Premier Women’s League*, the Welsh Blood Service is hoping the ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign will help the organisation with its goal of signing 11,000 new blood donors in 2020.
Although the pandemic has temporarily stopped football fans from attending games, clubs are asking supporters to cheer their team on by making a potentially lifesaving blood donation instead. Giving blood is considered an essential service and donation sessions have continued across Wales throughout the pandemic with additional safety measures introduced to meet Welsh Government guidance for donors attending.
Professor Donna Mead, chair of Velindre University NHS Trust, said: “This is a brilliant result for the Welsh Blood Service. These football clubs have a huge connection with their local communities and we really hope that our ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign will inspire fans to drop into a local donation centre".
“Additional measures have been introduced to ensure we can maintain our high levels of safety during the pandemic, from introducing new venues that meet the latest social distancing guidelines to introducing PPE requirements for staff and donor safety at session. Every single blood donation has the power to save up to three lives and there are plenty of upcoming donation fixtures that football fans can play a part in.”
Stephen Williams, Chairman of the National Leagues Board, said: “The Welsh Blood Service is our first community partner for the JD Cymru Leagues and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League and we’re delighted to have made such an important signing. In each and every community across Wales there are people whose lives have been supported by blood donation and we’re calling on football fans to get involved and be lifesaving champions".
“We know football clubs across all levels of the game are often at the heart of their communities and during what continues to be a difficult time for all, we are grateful to provide clubs and fans an opportunity to play an important role for their club when many clubs aren’t currently playing.”
With around 1,600 donation sessions at 400 different venues across Wales every year, there are plenty of opportunities for fans to find their nearest session and make a difference. Anyone aged between 17 and 66 can enrol online and become a donor. From start to finish, the process of donating takes just less than one hour, with the actual blood donation lasting only five to ten minutes.
The Welsh Blood Service has introduced a new function on its website which will allow fans from clubs across Wales to click on their club’s emblem and view a list of upcoming donation centres local to them. To learn more about those sessions or donating blood, visit wbs.wales/football and enter your postcode to find all donation sessions in your area.