Name: Anthony "Taff" Williams Role: First Team Manager
Aberystwyth Town Football Club were delighted to appoint Anthony Williams as First Team Manager in May 2022, most recently working as Assistant Manager and Head of Coaching at fellow JD Cymru Premier side Cardiff Met University.
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.
Name: Jack Rimmer Position: Defender (Right-Back) Squad Number: TBC Since being handed his debut by Ian Hughes away at Llandudno in 2015, the former Ysgol Penweddig pupil has made nearly a century of appearances for his hometown club over two spells. Welsh speaking Rimmer has an impressive sporting pedigree spanning back to his time in youth football. At a young age, he was invited to a number of academies including Liverpool, Stoke City and Birmingham City. He also part of the Aber United side that won the Ian Rush Super Cup in 2009. Jack earned international honours and was the captain of the club’s Under 19’s side that won the Welsh Premier League Development title in consecutive years. He also scored the winner in the final against Flint in the 2018 rendition of the tournament. His two spells at Aberystwyth have been sandwiched between a stint at JD Cymru North side Penrhyncoch. Speaking about his decision to remain at Aberystwyth University Park Avenue Stadium, Rimmer stated: “I was delighted to have been asked to sign again for the upcoming season. When the gaffer rang me, it was an easy decision for me as I’ve heard such great things about him. We’re all buzzing to get going.” “It’s a massive honour to have the opportunity to play for my hometown club once again this season. We’ll have some fresh faces again this year which will be exciting. I can’t wait to get back out playing in front of our fantastic supporters!”
Name: Jack Thorn Position: Midfielder (Central) Squad Number: TBC
After starting his career at Wrexham at the age of seven as a left-back, he progressed through the ranks at The Racecourse and was often deployed as a left winger, sometimes playing centrally.
Son of former Wimbledon Crazy Gang FA Cup winner Andy, Jack followed his father’s footsteps in the professional game and was named as an unused substitute in the FA Cup against Newport and FA Trophy against Boston in December 2018. He made his first senior National League appearance during the 2018/19 campaign against Harrogate Town coming on as a late substitute for The Dragons.
Jack joined Town in September 2020 after his release from Wrexham AFC, following a spell on loan with Newtown during the 2019/20 campaign. Making 23 first-team appearances in his first season in Black & Green, Jack was handed the armband for the 2021/22 season and was an ever-present in the line-up, making 35 appearances, missing only 1 game all season due to suspension. A committed and tough-tackling central midfielder, "Thorny" has endeared himself to the Green Army over the past 2 seasons.
Jack told us: "Last season we had a great group of lads that I really enjoyed working with so I'm excited to see what this season brings us. Having spoken with the gaffer a few times, he's been clear with what we need to progress and so I look forward to being a part of it.
Last season, the fans were quality and pushed us every game so I hope they can get behind us once again this season!"
Name: John Owen Position: Forward (Winger/Striker) Squad Number: TBC
29-year-old Welsh-speaking John first joined Town in January 2017 from Llandudno and immediately flashed his ability to the Green Army, becoming a favourite over the following 18-months, making 41 appearances and scoring 10 goals before a further spell at Llandudno, Cefn Druids and Porthmadog.
Jon re-joined the Seasiders in January 2021 and has made a further 39 appearances since, adding a further 7 goals. He was awarded Cymru Premier Player of the Month for November 2021 following two winning goals in consecutive 1-0 victories over The New Saints and Cardiff Met respectively.
John told us: “Last season was the best changing room I’ve been involved in. The group had a real togetherness and belief in each other which showed during the latter part of the season. I’m confident that we can take this into the coming season and grow as a group. Having spoken with Taff and hearing his plans and ideas for myself and the club, I was delighted to sign a new contract. I’m sure no stone will be left unturned and we will be ready come the start of the new season.
The supporters played a massive part last season and helped push us on in games. I hope they can do the same again and et behind the group – we look forward to seeing them again!”
First Team Manager Anthony Williams commented: “I’m delighted to have John back with us next season. He has impressed me each time I have watched him play and having spoken with him recently, I have come to learn how much the club means to him personally. I’m excited to see his performances this coming season for us”.
Name: Sam Phillips Position: Forward (Winger) Squad Number: TBC
23-year-old Sam joined Town in July 2021 with a fair amount of JD Cymru Premier experience having played for both Newtown and Cefn Druids, amassing 48 league appearances across both clubs between 2018 and 2021.
A former Wolverhampton Wanderers youth player, Montgomeryshire-born Sam has also enjoyed a taste of football abroad having spent the end of the 2017/18 season with Swedish side IFK Ostersund before joining Newtown in 2018.
Last season, Sam flashed his ability and an eye for goal with 5 goals and 4 assists from 17 starts, plus a further 15 appearances from the bench. A skilful and tricky winger, Sam hit form towards the end of Phase 1 with four goals in five matches, finding the net against Newtown, Haverfordwest and a brace against his previous team Druids.
Sam told us: "I'm delighted to be staying at this amazing club next season. After securing our position in the league last season, it's time I personally and we as a group kick on and look to improve and reach new heights next season under the new management team!"
The talismanic forward played an integral role Aberystwyth’s 8th place finish last season, tirelessly leading the line as well as grabbing crucial goals against Cefn Druids and in both fixtures against Barry Town United in the Relegation Conference. Davies originally joined the Seasiders two seasons ago under the stewardship of Gavin Allen. Prior to his arrival at Aberystwyth University Park Avenue, the forward had amassed Welsh League experience with Haverfordwest County, Bow Street and Penrhyncoch. Davies told atfc.org.uk, “I’m really proud to be singing and playing for my now home town club. I’m looking forward to working with the new manager and meeting the squad.” “I hope we can continue to be competitive and make the town proud again. It’s going to be a tough season as always but I’ll be doing everything I can to reward the club for the faith they’ve shown in me!”
Name: Jonathan Evans Position: Forward (Winger) Squad Number: TBC
29 year old Evans, now in his third spell at Aberystwyth University Park Avenue, began his career in the club’s academy where he was spotted by the scouts of Cardiff City Football Club. Whilst there, he represented Wales Schoolboys and Under 16’s side, competing in the Victory Shield for his country.
Following a spell in the youth ranks at the Bluebirds, the popular winger spent time at Accrington Stanley before returning to Ceredigion. Evans’ time at Aberystwyth Town has been sandwiched between spells at JD Cymru North outfit Penrhyncoch.
Over the course of his time in Aber colours, the former Rooster has amassed a number of highlights including scoring a last minute winner away at Llandudno, grabbing a brace against Haverfordwest County as well as notching the goal that secured the Black and Greens the bragging rights in last season’s Mid-Wales derby against Newtown at Latham Park. On his re-signing, Evans told atfc.org.uk, “Within 30 seconds of speaking with the manager, my mind was made up. He spoke very well and made up my mind for me.” “As a local player, I feel I have a duty to stay and fight with my team to get Aber the best placing possible. I can’t wait to get going and see some fresh faces in the squad.”
33-year-old Alex began his footballing career with Wrexham as a seven-year-old before completing a 2-year youth scholarship with The Dragons and spending a season on professional terms at The Racecourse - joined at the time by new Town manager Anthony Williams, known as "Taff".
Alex joined The New Saints as a nineteen-year-old, spending nine-and-a-half-years at Park Hall, amassing 234 total appearances and 94 league goals as TNS lifted seven league titles, four Welsh Cups and five League Cups during his spell. Alex was also on target in Europe for The Saints, netting twice against Midtjylland and once against Cliftonville to aid the Oswestry side’s continental efforts.
Alex was also capped at international level in 2011 and 2012, making two appearances for Wales’ U23 Semi-Pro side against Estonia U23 and Norway U23.
Alex joined Bangor City for a 12-month spell in January 2018 before joining Maltese First Tier side Mosta FC for a six-month spell in January 2019. Alex returned to Wales for the 2019/20 season with Airbus UK before joining Cefn Druids for the 2020/21 campaign.
Last season, Alex predominantly featured in a holding midfield position making 17 total starts and 8 appearances from the bench, finding the net once against his former side Cefn Druids as Town ran out 6-0 winners at Park Avenue.
Darlo told us: "I'm really looking forward to next season as last season with Aberystwyth was probably the best team spirit I've been involved in over my career. I'm delighted that Taff has come in as manager and I look forward to working with him again as I was with him at Wrexham about 15 years ago so I know how he wants to play.
As for next season, I'm hoping we can continue with our form from the end of the season and that the fans can get behind us brilliantly once again like last year."
Taff commented: "Alex is a highly experienced player that I know from my playing days while he was a youngster at Wrexham. He has undoubted talent who can pass his knowledge and understanding of the game on to others within the squad. I'm delighted to have him with us for the coming season!"
Midfielder Charley became the first new addition to arrive in Ceredigion for the 2022/23 season after completing his move to Aberystwyth Town. Aber born Edge joins Anthony Williams’ squad after moving from former Cymru Premier outfit Cefn Druids, for whom he impressed, despite the Ancients suffering two difficult terms in the Welsh Top Flight. 25-year-old Edge was born in Ceredigion and attended St Padarn School before making moving to Shropshire. The versatile midfielder has earned international honours having been capped at Wales Under 16 and Under 17’s level. He started his career at Swansea City before joining Everton then onto the Potteries at Stoke City. Following the completion of his scholarship, Edge moved to League Two side Colchester United where he made a solitary appearance as an 84th minute substitute against Crawley Town. Whilst at the U’s, Edge earned experience out on loan at Maldon and Tiptree, Leamington and Needham Market before relocating back to Wales in 2019 after being signed by Huw Griffiths at the Druids. Edge told atfc.org.uk, “When I spoke to the gaffer for the first time, he told me the goals the club have set and how successful they want to be and I believe we can go and do that this season. I’m looking forward to be back playing where I was born and where football actually all started for me. I hope that we can go on to have a very successful season.”
Name: Sam Litchfield Position: Defender (Centre-Back) Squad Number: TBC
Centre-back Sam joins Town having represented the Guils since 2015, with a short stint at Newtown at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. A leader on and off the pitch, Sam was club-captain at Guilsfield, leading the club to an impressive 3rd place finish last season behind champions Airbus UK and runners-up Llandudno, as well as a Welsh Cup Quarter-Final berth, losing to eventual champions The New Saints. Last season, Sam made 28 appearances across all competitions and found the net on two occasions - and was named in the JD Cymru North Team of the Season through the league's official channels.
Sam told us: "I used to play in the Ian Rush tournament as a youth and absolutely loved it, so I'm no stranger to Aberystwyth. However, I've never played at Park Avenue which is something I'm hugely looking forward to. It will be a pleasure to play in front of the vocal fans as I know the club is one of the best supported in the league.
I spoke with the gaffer on a few occasions; it was his vision for the club and how he wants to play that convinced me that I will be a perfect fit. The squad was quite young last season, so I'm hoping to bring my leadership qualities to the group and help the club have a successful season. I'm excited to get going with pre-season now and glad we have four home games to get to know the group, the club, and the fans before the start of the season!"
Name: Iwan Lewis Position: Midfielder (Central) Squad Number: TBC
Box-to-box central-midfielder Iwan joins Town having represented a number of clubs across the Cymru Leagues, namely with Caersws, Porthmadog and most recently Guilsfield. In 2021/22, Iwan starred for the Guils making 29 total appearances and scoring 5 goals on his way to a JD Cymru North Team of the Season spot alongside his teammate Sam Litchfield.
Iwan told us: "I'm delighted to be joining one of the most established clubs in the league who have such a great following. Taff rang shortly after being announced as manager to talk through his plans for the club and the way he wanted to play. It was never going to be easy to leave a group of lads and club like Guilsfield but I felt it was too good an opportunity to turn down.
I'm looking forward to getting back to it ahead of the new season and putting the work in to put us in a good position to start the season!"