Aberystwyth Town are delighted to announce the arrival of talented 19 year old left back Rhys Davies.
Rhys, from Talgarth in mid Wales is a highly rated defender who joins the Club from National League side Hereford FC. Davies joined Shrewsbury Town in July 2017 straight from school, signing a two year scholarship with the Shrews, after playing Youth Football for Hereford FC.
Whilst at Shrewsbury Rhys reportedly attracted the attention of Premier League and Championship Clubs, having spent time on trial at Southampton, where he impressed, as well as being watched by Bournemouth and Norwich. He also went out and starred on loan in non-league at an impressive level for his age, playing close on 30 games for National League North outfit Nuneaton Borough and National League South Chippenham Town.
Davies joined Hereford in July 2019 from Shrewsbury Town and also spent time on loan with Merthyr Town last season, but will travel west for his football this coming season in the Cymru Premier.
Rhys’ father Gareth was also a professional footballer for Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Reading and Swindon, and now works for the FAW Trust.
Rhys told www.atfc.org.uk today: “I am really excited to be signing for Aberystwyth and playing in the Cymru Premier League, looking forward to getting started and showing everyone at Park Avenue what I can do and having a successful season.”
Everyone at Park Avenue welcomes Rhys to Aberystwyth Town as we look forward to a successful 2020/21 season.
Aberystwyth Town FC are delighted to announce their first new arrival of the season, as Wales Under 21 International Owain Jones moves to Park Avenue.
23 year old Welsh speaker Owain, who features as a winger or a striker, was born in Swansea and played junior football for Pontardawe Town Juniors AFC before signing for Swansea City at the age of 10.
Jones scored 16 goals in 20 appearances for Swansea City’s U18s team and was offered his first professional contract in 2014. Owain was named as Swansea City Under 18s Player of the Year in 2014-15. In January 2017, Jones signed for Yeovil Town on loan and made his English Football League debut for Yeovil against Hartlepool United, on 4 February 2017.
Owain then moved from Swansea to Merthyr Town, had a spell with National league North side Nuneaton Borough and was loaned back to Merthyr Town in September 2018, where he scored 8 goals from 57 appearances.
On the International field Jones has represented Wales at U16 level at a triangular tournament in Belgium involving the hosts, Wales and Switzerland. In 2012–13 he was called up into the Wales U17 squad in the European Championship Qualification Group stage against England, Northern Ireland and Estonia.
Jones was selected for the Wales U19s squad the following season for their European Championship Qualification Group stage in Georgia scoring the first goal in a 6–0 victory in their final game against Moldova - a win which ensured qualification for the Elite Round in Portugal where Jones made 2 further appearances. In 2014–15, Jones was again selected for the U19s quad U19 European Championship Qualification Group campaign and started in all 3 games in Portugal.
Still aged 18, Jones was called into the U21 squad for the European Championship fixture against Bulgaria at the Cardiff City Stadium on 31 March 2015. He was an unused substitute in a 3–1 win. Later in the qualification campaign, Jones made his debut in a 2–1 win over Armenia.
Owain told atfc.org.uk this morning: "I am really excited to make the move to Aberystwyth. After some great conversations with Gav and Baz over the last year I feel that this is the right move for me. I can’t wait to get going when it’s safe to do so.’
Everyone at Park Avenue welcomes to Aberystwyth Town and we look forward to an excellent season together. Croeso Owain!
Aberystwyth Town FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Gavin Allen as First Team Manager, with immediate effect.
Gavin, who was recently accepted onto the FAW Pro Licence Course, moves up from his previous position as Assistant Manager, and he will replace the previous incumbent Mathew Bishop, who has agreed to stay on as Aber Town's Football Consultant. Aberystwyth Town expresses its gratitude to Mathew for accepting the offer to remain with the Club in his new capacity.
Gavin Allen will be supported in the Management Structure by Antonio Corbisiero, who is now Club Assistant Manager, and Bari Morgan, the Club’s Under 19s Manager whose dual role as Assistant First Team Coach is intended to facilitate the progression of Under 19s players to the First Team Squad. Tomos Robson has also been appointed as Performance Analysis Coach.
Gavin Allen told atfc.org.uk: “In the past two years of being involved with Aberystwyth Town FC, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some highly experienced individuals. This time has been invaluable to my development in football management, and I have learnt a lot from it. I am absolutely delighted to be named Manager for the coming season, and I am especially grateful to my new management team who I know are as passionate as myself when it comes to achieving success for this club.
We're already in talks with some really exciting players to welcome into our football family for next season; all of whom our fans should recognise and be wholeheartedly proud to support. Watch this space!“
Everyone at the Club wish the all local Management Team all the best for the forthcoming 2020/21 season.
Former head teacher Dic Evans has set himself a big challenge in order to raise money for the Chemotherapy Unit in Bronglais hospital Aberystwyth, writes Club Media Assistant Tomos Roberts. Dic has committed to run 1,000 miles - starting on lockdown day and finishing before the end of June. This is an enormous challenge for anybody but especially for a 73 year old. In order for Dic to achieve this challenge, he will need to average 10 miles a day.
From a young age Dic has always followed Aberystwyth Town, he even remembers the Crossville end before the Dias Stand was there. He has also watched some of Aber’s greatest ever players including the late David ‘Dias’ Williams, Wil Lloyd, Bryan Pugh-Jones, Gordon Pugh and Stuart Griffiths who was one of Dic’s lecturers while he was studying in Cardiff Met University. He also remembers Hereford coming to Aber for a Welsh Cup game in 1991 including games against Abergavenny Thursdays and Lovell's Athletic F.C who went out of business in 1969.
Dic has always been a very keen runner and supporters will have regularly spotted him running locally. As well as following Aber Town, he is keen volunteer in the area. He holds running sessions every Tuesday and Thursday that meet at the Sports Centre. These sessions are completely free and are for all ability.
Dic has also been the driving force for the Red Kite Challenge, an annual trail-running race held in Devils Bridge on early May bank holiday weekend for the past 18 years. All profits of this race go to Bronglais hospital. This year the money raised was going to the chemotherapy unit in Bronglais but due to Covid 19, this race was postponed. So, instead, Dic has committed to run 1000 miles - in aid of the same cause. For more information on this race, please visit - http://redkite-barcudcoch.org.uk
Everyone at the club would like to wish Dic all the best with challenge. Please donate anything you can. Here is the link - Dic's 1000 mile running challenge from 23rd March to 30th June 2020.
We hope to see Dic Evans at Park Avenue very soon!