Aberystwyth Town were delighted to name Neville Powell as their new First Team Manager in July 2017. Powell, who revalidated his A Licence in May 2017, replaced previous Manager Tony Pennock, who was released to rejoin Hull City in June. He has since been re-appointed as Director of Football.
Nev ensured legendary status as Manager at Bangor City FC after leading the Club to a Welsh Premier League title in 2010/11 and Welsh Cup Final wins in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He also earned five WPL Manager of the Month Awards and two WPL Manager of the Year Awards in 2010 and 2011, and won the Welsh League Cup as Manager of Connah's Quay in 1996.
Chairman Donald Kane said: "Nev's Stature within Welsh Football, his experience within the League, and the extensive contacts he has within the game marked him out as an outstanding candidate for the job, and as a Club we are delighted to have recruited him as First Team Manager. Nev and Assistant Manager Wayne Jones have already had extensive discussions with regards to preparations for next season and both look forward to working with each other, starting this week."
First Team Manager: Matthew Bishop
Aberystwyth Town FC were delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Bishop as First Team Manager of the Club in March 2019.
Penrhyncoch-based Matthew is currently employed as a Senior National Coach Developer and he returned for a second spell in charge at Park Avenue after a season at the helm in 2016/17. He of course holds the prerequisite Pro Licence Certificate which ensures the Black and Greens comply with their UEFA Licensing requirements, and has signed a contract with the Club which runs until the end of the 2019/20 season, with the option of a further extension.
Bishop previously was Assistant Manager at Hereford FC when they reached a Wembley FA Vase Final and won the Midland Football League Premier Division, League Cup and Herefordshire Challenge Cup in 2015/6. Prior to that he coached Newport County to promotion into the Blue Square Premier in 2009/10 with a record points total, and has also worked with Aldershot Town, Wales Under 16s, 17s and England Under 20s sides.
45 year old Bish played eight games for the Black and Greens in their first two WPL seasons (1992-4) before moving to Bangor City, Conwy United and Rhayader, making a total of 61 WPL appearances, scoring once. Club Chairman Donald Kane said: "Matthew's appointment is a huge boost to the Club as a whole. Not only will he be an integral part of the First Team set up, but also his Coaching expertise will be invaluable at a time when we are looking to develop the Academy structure.” "We also hope that appointing a locally based Manager will be applauded by our supporters as we look to continue developing top talent through our Academy structure looking forward."
First Team Assistant Manager : Gavin Allen
Aberystwyth Town Football club were delighted to announce the appointment of black and greens' legend Gavin Allen as First Team Assistant Manager in September 2018. Gavin, who possesses an A-license Coaching Qualification, replaced Wayne Jones who resigned his position in June having already made his mark as First Team Coach, and his experience will be a welcome addition to the current squad and coaching staff at Park Avenue.
Gavin enjoyed a successful playing career with the seasiders - joining Meirion Appleton's Aber side in 1996 after his release from Tranmere Rovers, and he made a huge impression with 53 Welsh Premier League goals in his first two seasons at the Club. A Wales Under 21 International and prolific striker who created a brilliant partnership with Ryan Nicholls up front, Gavin went on to make a total of 238 appearances, scoring 113 goals in three spells at the club over a nine year period, and also played for Bangor City, Barry Town and Carmarthen Town.
After settling in the Town, Deiniolen born Gavin went on to serve as Assistant Manager with Penrhyncoch, before working as a coach with Aberystwyth University. He has also worked in coaching roles with Aber's Academy Squads, as well as Shrewsbury Town's Academy.
Physiotherapist: Megan Meredith
Aberystwyth based Megan recently completed a degree at Birmingham University and joined the Club as Matchday Physiotherapist in August 2018.
Name: Terry McCormick Squad Number: 12 Position: Goalkeeper Aberystwyth Town announced the signing of experienced Welsh Premier League goalkeeper Terry McCormick in August 2018. Terry made a total of 179 appearances in the league for Bala Town, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Rhyl, and made his debut against Cardiff Met.
McCormick started his career with Tranmere Rovers before moving to Marine, and then on to Congleton Town who play in the North West Counties League. He moved into the Welsh Premier League with Connah’s Quay Nomads in 2008 and went on to make over 50 appearances in all competitions between 2008 and 2010. He then joined Bala Town in 2011 and helped guide the Lakesiders to the Europa League play-off final.
After his spell at Bala, he moved on to Conwy Borough before moving back to Connah’s Quay in July 2013 – and was named in the Welsh Premier League Team of Phase One for the 2013/14 season. Terry has also spent time playing for Flint Town, Rhyl, Brickfield Rangers, Runcorn Town and Ashville FC.
Name: Wes Baynes Squad Number: 2 Position: Defender Wes, who spent the second half of 2017/8 playing at Llandudno, joined the club in July 2018, and also has previous experience playing for Wrexham, Altrincham, Chester City, Telford United, Colwyn Bay, Connah's Quay Nomads and Airbus UK Broughton.
Many of Town's supporters may remember Wes for his standout performances in the Welsh Premier League in recent seasons, including his winning goal in the 2016 Play Off Final which saw Connah's Quay Nomads beat Airbus UK Broughton to make it into the Europa League for the first time.
A versatile player who can play at right back or on the right wing, Wes is also known for having a powerful and accurate right foot, and his experience will undoubtedly be a great strength going into the season ahead. He's made over 70 appearances in the Welsh Premier League, and has also played four times in the Europa League Qualifying Round for Connah's Quay Nomads.
Name: Steff Edwards Squad Number: 3 Position: Defender / Midfielder Town’s supporters might remember Steff from his previous spell with the club back in 2010, when he made 32 appearances during the 2010/2011 season including two appearances in the Europa League First Round Play-Offs, scoring three goals during his stay at Park Avenue. Steff rejoins the black and greens for the 19/20 season with a wealth of Welsh Premier League experience – he’s a Welsh u18 international who started his career with Gresford Athletic, before joining Cefn Druids in 2008. Steff has also played in the Welsh Premier League with Welshpool Town (2009), Bala Town (2011-2014) and Newtown (2014-2016) and has made a total of six appearances in the Europa League Qualifying Round.
In addition to that, Steff has scored nine goals in 202 Welsh Premier League appearances, and he spent last season with Airbus UK Broughton FC in the Huws Gray Alliance.
Name: Ben Birch Squad Number: 4 Position: Defender Ben Birch joined the Club from Tividale in the West Midlands League, where the 23 year old scored 6 goals from 41 appearances last season.
Signed in March 2018, he is described as “a ball playing Centre Back, comfortable with the ball at his feet and also plays a major role in set plays”. Ben was with Cheltenham Town from the age of 8 until he was sixteen. At 17 he signed a pro contract at Mansfield Town, and went on to play in Australia for the 2016-2017 season. His previous clubs include Redditch and Stourbridge.
Name:Ryan Wollacott Squad Number: 5 Position: Defender Ryan Wollacott joined the Black and Greens from Stourport Swifts in July 2016, and his previous clubs include Causeway United, Worcester Academy and Stourbridge Youth. He is currently studying Business and Finance at Worcester University.
Ryan, 22, featured in Aber's friendly games of 2016 and scored Town's first half opener at Caersws. A 6ft 1in central defender, he caught Matthew Bishop's eye as part of the Swifts side which beat Hereford FC in August 2015, and he went on to make 54 starts for the Midland League Premier Division side, scoring twice and earning 8 Man of the Match nominations.
Since joining Aber Ryan has made the Central Defensive berth his own with his strong and assured performances, making over 90 WPL appearances in his first three seasons. He was also part of the Town side which reached the Welsh Cup Final of 2018.
Name: Ryan Edwards Squad Number: 6 Position: Midfielder Aberystwyth Town Football Club signed attacking midfielder Ryan Edwards from Llandudno in June 2018, and he adds a wealth of experience to Aber's squad having previously played in the Welsh Premier League for The New Saints, Connah's Quay Nomads, Cefn Druids, Bala Town and Airbus UK Broughton.
Ryan, who hails from Northop, is a pacey and skilful attacking midfielder who can play anywhere across the midfield or front line. He started his career with Connah's Quay Nomads back in 2011, coming through the ranks with the Nomads' academy and forging his way into the first team by the 2013/14 season. Having excelled at first team level, Ryan's brilliant form caught they eye of The New Saints, who opted to sign the midfielder on a full time contract in January 2014.
Regarded as one of the best young prospects in the league, Ryan played a pivotal role in The New Saints' world record breaking 27 consecutive league victories during the 2016/17 season, before signing for Bala Town in 2017 where he made 12 appearances for the Lakesiders. Ryan also spent a period on loan with Airbus UK Broughton in late 2017, before joining Llandudno ahead of the 2017/18 season - where he made a total of 14 appearances. Despite being just 25 years old, Ryan has already made over 100 JD Welsh Premier League appearances, scoring 10 goals in the process. Known for being a great athlete and having an excellent work rate, Ryan is sure to become a fans favourite at Park Avenue in no time.
Name:Geoff Kellaway Squad Number: 7 Position: Midfielder / Forward Aberystwyth Town were delighted when 2018/9 Top Scorer Geoff Kellaway committed himself to the Black and Greens' WPL adventure for 2019/20.
Fan favourite Kellaway, whose blistering pace strikes fear into hearts of opposing Managers and defenders throughout the WPL, has been a major part of a Black and Greens attack force which notched over 140 goals between 2014-6, and his excellent form of 2014/5 did not go unnoticed. In April Sgorio confirmed that Geoff was joint top of the WPL Assist Table with 12, to add to his 10 Goals from 29 WPL games. His third goal in a hat trick at Bala, an audacious lob from outside the area, was nominated for Goal of the Month for March. Geoff was named on the bench in the WPL Team of the Season, and won the prestigious Aberystwyth Town First Team Supporters' Player of the Season at the Club Dinner in June 2015. Geoff 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 the following summer, where he has remained since, playing in the Welsh Cup Final of 2013/4, and the UEFA Europa League and Europa League Play Off Final in 2014/5.
Since making his debut for the Black and Greens in 2003/4 Geoff has played over 300 WPL games. His superb service to the Welsh Premier League was recognised at the Annual Dinner in June 2018 when he was awarded the Clubman of the Year Award. You can watch the accompanying video here.
2018/9 Update: Geoff made his 300th WPL appearance away to The New Saints in September 2018.
Name: Paulo Mendes Squad Number: 8 Position: Attacking Midfielder / Striker Portuguese-born Paulo has previous experience of playing in the Welsh system, after signing for Airbus UK Broughton back in 2016, and is a dynamic, versatile midfielder who can also play as a central striker.
Paulo spent time playing for Estrela de Amadora and Oeiras as a youngster in his native country of Portugal, before moving to the UK five years ago. He's also had spells playing for Vauxhall Motors, Nantwich Town, Colwyn Bay, Oxford City and most recently Darlington in 2017/8.
Name: Porya Ahmadi Squad Number: 9 Position: Striker Iranian-born Poryais a clinical and mobile striker with previous Welsh Premier League experience; after spending spells with Bangor City and Rhyl between 2015 and 2017.
He was Bangor's top goal scorer in the 2015/16 season - netting 8 goals in 29 appearances, and started his footballing career with Sheffield United's Academy. Porya, or 'Rio' as he's also known, has also spent time playing for Chorley, Droylsden, New Mills, and most notably Salford City, where he scored hat-tricks in consecutive games back in 2014.
Rio left the Club to join Newtown in January 2019, and rejoined the following June.
Name: Marc Williams Squad Number: 10 Position: Attacking Midfielder / Striker Aberystwyth Town Football Club were delighted to announce the signing of experienced and wily Welsh Premier League striker Marc Williams from Bangor City in January 2019.
Marc has spent periods with Conference sides Wrexham, Chester, Northwich Victoria and Kidderminster Harriers and has been capped for Wales at U17, U19, U21 and semi-professional levels. Aber's fans will most recently remember Marc for his spells with Llandudno and Cymru Alliance outfit Bangor City. Known for his prolific goal scoring record, the front man made 86 appearances for Wrexham between 2005 and 2011, scoring 17 goals in the process. He scored 14 goals in 60 games for Conference North side Chester City between 2011 and 2014, and more recently netted 25 goals in 76 games for Llandudno in the JD Welsh Premier League, guiding them to a Europa League qualification tie back in 2016/17.
Name: Luke Boundford Squad Number: 11 Position: Forward Aberystwyth Town FC were delighted to announce the signing of forward Luke Boundford from Newtown FC in July 2019.
Presteigne based Luke is well known for his time at Latham Park. He joined the Robins in 2011/12 and since then has scored 61 goals from 220 starts, including six WPL goals last season. His consistent return of goals over eight seasons have been a major factor in the Robins qualifying for the UEFA Europa League (in which Luke also scored), a number of Top Six finishes and a Welsh Cup Final. Many of Luke’s goal seemed to come against the Black and Greens but Town fans can now look forward to seeing Boundford’s physical presence and eye for goal at the right end!
Name: Edmilson Pedro Vaz Squad Number: 14 Position: Forward Aberystwyth Town announced the signing of Portuguese midfielder Edmilson Pedro Vaz for the 2019/20 season.
23 year old Edmilson was born in Guinea-Bissau but has joint Portuguese nationality, and he arrives from fourth tier club Atletic Clube Malveira. He has been trialling with Aber in pre season, giving some impressive attacking performances. He will double the Black and Greens’ Portuguese possee, alongside Paulo Mendes who like Edmilson lives in North East Wales.
Name: Lee Jenkins Squad Number: 15 Position: Defender Young starlet Lee Jenkins signed a 2-year contract with Aberystwyth Town in August 2018. At just 17 years of age, Lee is one of the club’s most promising talents, and has already broken into the first team squad – making his full JD Welsh Premier League debut in Town’s home victory against Llandudno in August 2018.
Ceredigion-based Lee has played a pivotal role as Captain of Bari Morgan's Under 19's double-winning squad over the past two seasons and has produced a number of impressive performances for Aber's development sides in recent seasons. Despite being just 17 years old, he already stands at 6 feet tall, and is a no-nonsense defender with a physical presence who also possesses the technical ability to play the ball to feet.
Lee was selected to play for Wales' u18 School Boys side in 2017/8, where he excelled in the central defensive position against old enemy England. Having impressed with the first team in pre-season, Lee was rewarded with his first JD Welsh Premier League start against Llandudno and was absolutely outstanding in helping Aber’s back four keep a clean sheet against the North Wales outfit.
Name:Stuart Jones Squad Number: 16 Position: Defender Aberystwyth Town were delighted to announce the return of central defender Stuart Jones to Park Avenue in August 2019. Aberystwyth born Jones returns to the Black and Greens after a hugely successful three year spell at Bala Town which included two UEFA Europa League campaigns and a Welsh Cup Final win. Stuart previously had a four year spell with Aber which also included a Europa League campaign, a Welsh Cup Final and a Top Four finish in 2014/5.
He began his career at Swansea City, and although he made over 30 appearances for the Swans between 2003 and 2005, moved on 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.
The acquisition of Jones with his huge experience and aerial prowess at Centre Half will be a huge boost to the Black and Greens and everyone at Park Avenue welcomes him back to Aberystwyth Town FC ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Name:Mathew Jones Squad Number: 17 Position: Midfielder Local boy Mathew Jones joined the Club in August 2017.
18 year old Mathew attended Comins Coach and Penglais Schools and is the son of Richie "Gas" Jones who played for Town's Reserve side for years and is a loyal supporter of the Black and Greens. He was a key member of Shrewsbury Town's Youth Team which enjoyed a good FA Youth Cup run last season reaching the fourth round before being knocked out by Premier League side Sunderland, and joined Aber on his release from the Shrews last summer. Last season Jones was selected for the Wales Semi Pro side which drew 2-2 with England C at Salford City in March 2019.
Jones made a keen impression in pre-season 2017 with some full blooded performances in Central Midfield and was rewarded with squad number 17. In his first season with the Club Matthew was part of the Town side which reached the Welsh Cup Final of 2018, and he was announced in June 2018 as the first recipient of a Football Club Scholarship at Aberystwyth University. The Club will support two Players through University Courses per year, and more details can be found here.
Exciting 16 year old winger Richie Ricketts, who hails from Llanfarian, joined the Black and Greens from Bow Street in August 2019 after making a positive impression in pre season.
He scored in Aber's first friendly against Llanidloes Town and did enough to earn his opportunity with Aber Town's First Team Squad in 2019/20.
Name:Alex Boss Squad Number: 20 Position: Midfielder Right midfielder Alex Boss was one of Bangor’s best performers in last season’s Cymru Alliance and will be aiming to prove he can make the step up to the Welsh Premier League in 2019/20.
A product of Bangor City’s Academy who has also played for Holyhead Hotspur Alex is noted for his electrifying pace and direct play. Still only 19 Alex has a bright future in the game, hopefully at Park Avenue!
Name:Joe Phillips Squad Number: 27 Position: Midfielder 22 year old winger Joe Phillips signed for Aberystwyth Town in July 2017.
He played for the same Stourport Swifts side as Ryan Wollacott, for whom he scored 16 goals from 46 appearances in 2016/7.
Joe made some prominent contributions to Town's pre-season of 2017, not least when he scored a terrific goal with a low drive against Hull City Under 23s in August. He became a permanent fixture in the First Team Squad of 2017/8, scoring a perfect hat trick against Connah's Quay in January 2018 (highlights here). Joe was part of the Town side which reached the Welsh Cup Final in 2018 and having returned to Park Avenue after a spell with Alvechurch at the end of 2018/9 his attacking flair is expected to thrill Black and Green supporters further in 2019/20.