Aberystwyth Town Football Club are delighted to appoint Anthony Williams as First Team Manager – most recently working as Assistant Manager and Head of Coaching at fellow JD Cymru Premier side Cardiff Met University. Boasting an extensive CV on and off the pitch, 44-year-old Anthony takes the reins of a new era at Park Avenue.
Hailing from Maesteg, former goalkeeper Anthony enjoyed a long career in the Football League as well as receiving international honours, making 17 caps for Wales U21 between 1996-2000 – including a matchup with Italy’s U21 side where Anthony saved two first-half penalties from future World Cup winner and football icon Andrea Pirlo!
Working under such names as Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson, and Chris Coleman, Anthony made 292 senior appearances with 10 clubs over a 15-year career, the majority of which with Hartlepool Town (142), Grimsby Town (50) and Wrexham (38). Anthony began his coaching career during his playing days, becoming Goalkeeper Coach at Grimsby Town and Carlisle United before taking the same role with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) at U17, U19 & U21 level, and with Bury FC following retirement.
Between 2013 to 2014, Anthony took the role of Assistant Manager at Crawley Town and Portsmouth before moving into scouting, gaining experience as an Opposition Scout with Leyton Orient and MK Dons before almost three years with Stoke City as a Recruitment Scout for the 17-21 Age Group. It was during this time that Anthony took on roles with the FAW as a UEFA B Licence & B Goalkeeping Licence Coach Educator, and as Head Coach with UK Football Trials – roles he continues to hold.
In 2017, Anthony became an Associate Football Tutor at Cardiff Met University and Assistant Manager of Cardiff Met FC – alongside former Seasider Dr. Christian Edwards – playing an instrumental role in achieving Europa League qualification with The Archers in 2018/19. In 2019, Anthony was appointed Head of Coaching and thereafter held all three roles with the university for three seasons, responsible for designing and implementing academy curriculums alongside his senior team roles.
In 2021, Anthony graduated with a Master’s Degree from Cardiff Met University in Sports Coaching Pedagogy and was successful in attaining his UEFA Pro Licence – doing so alongside current ATFC Head of Coaching & Youth and ATFC Women’s Manager, Gavin Allen.
Club Chairman Donald Kane commented:
"After a lengthy process, we are very happy that Anthony has agreed to join us. His CV speaks for itself, demonstrating a wealth of experience across many aspects of the game.
We now look forward to supporting him in every way possible to build on the work done last year with a young and committed squad – Welcome Anthony!
Anthony told us:
"I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to manage such a prestigious club. Having been involved in the league for a number of years, I’ve always admired the passion and dedication shown by the club's loyal supporters. It’s clear that the local community is at the heart of everything it strives to achieve.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone associated with Cardiff Met - it was a privilege to have spent the last 5 years at the club."
Be sure to keep an eye on our socials in the coming weeks as we build our squad ahead of the 2022/23 JD Cymru Premier season…
Croeso cynnes i Goedlan y Parc, Anthony! / Welcome to Park Avenue, Anthony!
Aberystwyth Town Football Club is delighted to learn that the official matchday programme, ‘The Seasider’ has been placed 5th overall in Wales and 2nd in the Cymru Premier in this season’s Non League Soccer Swap Club Shop’s annual awards.
The longstanding magazine, currently edited by Media Officer Matthew Wallace, has returned to its true physical form this season following a season of digital only copies during the 2020/21 season which was played behind closed doors.
'The Seasider' was pipped to the post by Cardiff Met’s matchday programme and placed ahead of Newtown’s and Bala Town’s in third and fourth respectively in the Cymru Premier.
Mid Wales outfit Barmouth and Dyffryn United took the top spot whilst former Welsh Cup opponents Cwmamman United and Ardal North West side Porthmadog joined The Archers and the Black and Greens in completing the top 5.
Editor Wallace told atfc.org.uk this afternoon, “I had no idea this type of competition ran so it was a pleasant surprise when I was told about it. It's fantastic to see that people still enjoy a matchday programme. I’m grateful to our fantastic media team, Colin Ewart, Y Lolfa & Y Clwb Pel Droed amongst a few for their help composing the publication and of course everyone who buys and reads the magazine every match day.”
If you would like to place and advertisement in, or contribute to the matchday programme next season, please get in touch via our social media channels.
Aberystwyth Town FC are currently recruiting for the post of First Team Manager
-Candidates would ideally hold, or be attending a course towards a UEFA Pro Licence, and hold an "A" Licence at a minumum
-A desirable criteria is that the candidate has experience of managing at Welsh Premier League level (or equivalent).
-Personal qualities required would include enthusiasm, motivation, communication skills, man management and excellent contacts within the game.
-This is a part time role and remuneration will be by negotiation during the interview process.
Football CVs should be emailed to Club Secretary Thomas Crockett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rights and Duties of the First Team Manager of Aberystwyth Town Football Club
(as defined within Club Licensing Document P08)
-To coach the First Team for 2 hours every Tuesday and Thursday, unless otherwise agreed
-To pick the First team squad for every game
-To ensure an acceptable level of fitness for all players
-To monitor the progress of the Academy players and to watch as many Reserve/Youth team games as possible
-Must try to recruit the best players possible as well as developing the indigenous talent
-Must ensure that the players & coaching staff abide Fair Play and all other Codes of Practice at all times
-Must continue their Coach Education Development to gain the best possible qualifications, for which the club will support
Aberystwyth Town FC’s Board of Directors have reluctantly accepted the resignation of First Team Manager Antonio Corbisiero, with immediate effect.
Corbs took over as Manager in June 2021 and lead his young side to a Top Eight finish last season, earning famous victories against TNS and Newtown, reaching the Welsh Cup Quarter Finals and getting a crucial win at Barry Town last month to guarantee the Club’s safety in the Cymru Premier for the forthcoming season.
Antonio’s Assistant Manager Gari Lewis, and Coaches Stuart Jones, Bari Morgan and Dave Owen will also be standing down from the Management Team.
Chairman Donald Kane said:
“We are saddened to receive Antonio’s resignation, particularly after a positive season which promised well for the future. However we respect and accept his decision and wish him the best.
Antonio and his team were hugely effective in bringing together a unit of very young players and locals whereby every game played by our Club was contested with good football, physicality and a set up where every player knew his role. This at times was all consuming for him as I know how much any defeat or bad performance hurt him personally: he was harder on himself, and always looking for ways to improve.
Corbs, Stuart, Gari, Bari, and Dave will always be welcome at Park Avenue after the excellent job they have done over the past twelve months.”
Corbisiero told atfc.org.uk today:
“It is with regret that I step down as Aberystwyth Town Manager, it has been an absolute pleasure. I want to thank all the fans, the Board and people behind the scenes who don’t get the recognition they deserve.
I’ve loved every moment of it and I wish all the Players, the Board, the fans and the new Manager all the success possible for the upcoming season. Corbs – the Gaffer.”
Further updates regarding the recruitment of a new First Team Manager will follow in due course.
Aberystwyth Town Football Club is delighted to learn that young full-back Jamie Jones has received a call-up to the Welsh Schools U18 International squad, joining fellow Seasider Cameron Allen on a journey to the Italian capital for the Roma Caput Mundi tournament this weekend!
Following the recent fantastic success of the squad in securing their first Centenary Shield in over 40 years with a 2-0 win over The Republic of Ireland at The Oval, home of Caernarfon Town, Marc Lloyd-Williams' boys are looking forward to what is sure to be an unforgettable trip to Italy for the Roma Caput Mundi tournament. A European invitational tournament hosted in Rome, the Welsh Schools FA collaborate with the Welsh Colleges U18 to form an international team to take on other international national teams, amateur teams and schools/college teams.
18-year-old Jamie was ever-present in Town's U19s Development team and collected his first senior minutes with an appearance from the bench in November's 1-0 victory over Champions-to-be TNS before a 30 minute stint in Town's 6-0 victory over Cefn Druids last month.
Jamie told us:
"It means so much to my family and myself to see my hard work paying off with this reward. I'm eager to keep putting in the work to carry on improving and developing my game!"
The club is over the moon to have both Jamie and Cameron representing our club, academy, and town in this great honour for both lads. Pob lwc bois!!
Central Wales Cup Final
Sunday 8th May
Aberystwyth Town Women 7 Llanfair United Ladies 1
Everyone at Aberystwyth Town FC congratulates the Black and Greens Women's side who yesterday retained the Central Wales FA Ladies Challenge Cup with a resounding 7-1 win over Llanfair United, at Victoria Park, Llanidloes.
After Llanfair had taken a second minute lead from an own goal Gwenllian Jones headed an equaliser on 36 minutes. Town improved significantly after the break: Libby Isaac put the Seasiders ahead eleven minutes in, and Jones got her second on the hour. Amy Jenkins then got on the scoresheet on 73 minutes and added a second eight minutes later. Town then cruised to victory with Gwenllian Jones (88 minutes) and Amy Jenkins (89 minutes) completing their hat tricks to make things safe.
The Cup win completes a memorable first season under Gavin Allen, as the Black and Greens saw some impressive young talent coming through, attained an impressive fourth place finish in the Genero Adran Premiership, and secured the necessary Tier One Licence to ensure another season at the Top Table in 2022/23. We're looking forward to next season already!