Enw / Name: Anthony "Taff" Williams Rôl / Role: Rheolwr Tîm Cyntaf / First Team Manager
Aberystwyth Town Football Club were delighted to appoint Anthony Williams as First Team Manager in May 2022.
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 Coach Educator, and as a 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.
As of 2023, Anthony has also served as Technical Director of Aberystwyth Town Football Club Academy.
Enw / Name: Dave Taylor Rôl / Role: Rheolwr Cynorthwyol / Assistant Manager
Dave scored 118 goals in 225 games as a Welsh Premier League striker and won the European Golden Shoe during the 1993–94 season with Porthmadog. He has extensive experience having acted as Assistant Manager to Clubs such as Cefn Druids and Caernarfon Town
Enw / Name: Dave Owen Rôl / Role: Hyfforddwr Gôl-Geidwad / Goalkeeper Coach
Formerly a goalkeeper coach at Neath and Swansea City among others, Dave joined the coaching team in 2018 as 1st Team GK Coach before taking on a manager role with our U19 Development Squad in September 2019 - a role he held for two years.
Dave is a FAW Goalkeeper A License candidate and holds a UEFA B License.
Enw / Name: Lucy Jones Rôl / Role: Ffisiotherapydd / Physiotherapist
Aberaeron-native Lucy serves as the club's Head Physio for both the men's and women's senior teams. Outside of football, she works at Bronglais General Hospital.
Carfan Chwarae Playing Squad
Enw / Name: Dave Jones Safle / Position: Gôl-Geidwad / Goalkeeper Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 1
A veteran of the Top-Flight with over 330 league appearances and multiple European campaigns with Newtown, keeper Dave made the move across Mid Wales to become a Seasider in July 2023.
Following his departure from Shrewsbury Town as a youth player, Dave made his first league start with Newtown AFC at just 17 years old in 2007. He made 60 appearances for The Robins before spells with neighbours Welshpool Town and Caersws - returning to Latham Park in 2014. Dave thereafter held the No.1 shirt until his recent departure in May 2023.
During his spell, Dave amassed 10 continental appearances thanks to qualifying campaigns in the 2015/16 Europa League, and 2021/22 & 2022/23 European Conference Leagues - progressing through the 1st Round on two occasions, beating Valletta in 2015 and HB Torshavn in 2022.
During their most recent campaign, Dave made a save in a penalty shootout at TNS' Park Hall as The Robins went on to win 6-3 and progress to face Spartak Trnava in the 2nd Round.
Enw / Name: Liam Walsh Safle / Position: Amddiffynnwr / Defender Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 2
Right-back Liam was a January 2023 addition who made his mark and played a crucial role in Town's survival, featuring in every one of the final 12 matches, playing a full 90 on 9 occasions.
Formerly of Swindon Town and Wrexham AFC - where he made one National League appearance - Liam's first taste of Welsh football came as a youngster with Prestatyn Town during the 2014/15 season before he joined Carmarthen Town in 2017.
Liam then moved to Penybont where he was a regular contributor, remaining at the South Wales club until the end of the 2021/22 season. In his final season, Liam made 26 appearances as Penybont finished 6th and reached the JD Welsh Cup Final, narrowly losing 3-2 to The New Saints.
Liam moved on to Barry Town United following their relegation to the JD Cymru South, where he has made 12 appearances before stepping back to the JD Cymru Premier for Town's run-in.
An immediate contributor, Liam quickly became a popular and well-liked figure at the club and now returns for his first full campaign in Black and Green.
Enw / Name: Ben Woollam Safle / Position: Amddiffynnwr / Defender Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 3 Ar fenthyg gan / On-Loan from: TNS
Born in Shrewsbury, centre-back Ben is a product of The New Saints Academy and is set to enjoy his first consistent spell of Cymru Premier action.
Ben is no stranger to senior football however, having spent the 2022/23 season at Guilsfield FC of the JD Cymru North -- making 31 appearances across all competitions, scoring twice, and playing an instrumental role in the Guils' 4th place finish.
Enw / Name: Louis Bradford Safle / Position: Amddiffynnwr / Defender Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 4
Wolverhampton-born Louis joined TNS Academy at U15 level following time with Shrewsbury Town, where he impressed at youth level to secure himself a loan move in the JD Cymru Premier for the 2020/21 season with The Seasiders.
Following two and a half years in Black & Green as a TNS loanee, Louis returned to the club as a permanent signing in January 2023 following his release from the Saints -- and has again signed-on for the 2023/24 season, his fourth at Park Avenue.
Still just 21-years-old, Louis has already amassed 85 appearances and 10 goals in Black & Green over his first three seasons.
Enw / Name: Harry Owen Safle / Position: Amddiffynnwr / Defender Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 5 Ar fenthyg gan / On-Loan from: Connah's Quay Nomads
Bodelwyddan-born Harry progressed through the ranks at Flint Town Utd before moving to the Nomads' Academy in 2019 on a full-time scholarship programme in conjunction with Coleg Cambria. At just 16-years-old, he captained the club's U19s to the 2019/20 JD Cymru Premier Development North League -- where a professional contract followed in January 2021.
A loan spell with Ruthin Town for the 2nd half of 2021/22 saw Harry enjoy his first consistent taste of senior football, before he spent the 2022/23 season with his former club Flint Town Utd. He made a total of 33 appearances with The Silkmen, scoring three times -- including once against his new club, rescuing a point for a 1-1 draw at Cae y Castell in January 2023.
Enw / Name: Jack Thorn (Capten / Captain) Safle / Position: Canol Cae / Midfielder Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 6
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.
Jack returned for the 2022/23 campaign and history repeated itself as he made 35 appearances in all competitions, missing a single game to suspension. He also pitched in with two vital goals - each in 2-1 home victories against Deeside opposition, first against eventual runners-up Connah's Quay and then to Flint Town during Phase 1.
Now into his fourth term in Black and Green -- third as captain -- Jack has already surpassed over 100 Town appearances at the age of 22.
Enw / Name: Calum Huxley Safle / Position: Blaenwr / Forward Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 7
Chester-born Calum began his career with Wrexham AFC where he made a handful of first-team appearances in the club's Scottish Challenge Cup ties before he was signed by Sheffield Wednesday in January 2021.
Following release from The Owls in Summer 2021, Calum joined Caernarfon Town where he made a handful of appearances in Phase 1 of 2021/22. Stints with Nantwich Town, Eccleshall Town, and Witton Albion followed before Calum spent Phase 2 of 2022/23 with Flint Town United most recently.
Enw / Name: Iwan Lewis Safle / Position: Canol Cae / Midfielder Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 8
Joining Town in Summer 2022 from JD Cymru North side Guilsfield, Iwan featured in 3,238 of Town's 3,240 competitive minutes during the 2022/23 season.
With experience across the Cymru Leagues, namely at Caersws, Porthmadog and Guilsfield, 30-year-old Iwan starred for the Guils in 2021/22 making 29 appearances and scoring 5 on his way to a spot in the JD Cymru North Team of the Season.
Deciding to make the jump to the JD Cymru Premier following contact from then-newly-appointed Town manager Anthony Williams, Iwan more than proved himself in the division as he made 36 competitive starts out of a possible 36 games, only missing 2 whole minutes of action.
Enw / Name: Mark Cadwallader Safle / Position: Ymosodwr / Striker Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 9
With previous spells across a number of north-Walian clubs, striker Mark most notably enjoyed six-and-a-half prolific seasons with Flint Town United before joining the Seasiders in January 2023. 'Caddy' proved his worth and made an immediate impact to the Seasiders' Phase Two campaign, with back-to-back braces against Pontypridd and Airbus UK in February - winning himself the JD Cymru Premier Player of the Month award!
Mark's tireless work off the ball and hold-up play proved as impressive as his goal-scoring, as Town went unbeaten in their final 5 games to secure safety on the final day - not forgetting Caddy's crucial equaliser against Caernarfon Town!
Enw / Name: John Owen Safle / Position: Ymosodwr / Striker Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 10
The club confirmed the retention of forward John Owen for the 2023/24 JD Cymru Premier campaign in July 2023 -- this being his 6th season in Black and Green over two spells.
30-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.
John re-joined the Seasiders in January 2021 and has made 65 appearances since, adding a further 8 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.
The 2022/23 season however was frustrating for John, as injuries limited his contributions on the pitch. Now with over 100 club appearances, John is looking to push on get back to his best.
Enw / Name: Steff Davies Safle / Position: Ymosodwr / Striker Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 14
First joining Town ahead of the 2020/21 season, Headteacher Steff has amassed 59 appearances and 8 goals in his three seasons in Black & Green - a number of those remaining long in the hearts and minds of the Green Army faithful!
No more true is this than in the case of Steff's 4th minute diving header against Barry Town United on the final day of the 2021/22 season with both teams threatened by relegation. Town went on to hold onto the 0-1 victory and assure safety - a feat repeated one year later, an effort to which Steff contributed once again.
A spate of injuries limited Steff's involvement through last term's Phase 2 campaign - however his role as a leader was unwavering and his affinity for the club on show always.
Enw / Name: Rhys Jenkins Safle / Position: Amddiffynnwr / Defender Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 15
Youngster Rhys is a regular for the club's U19 Development side and is brother to former Seasider now-Bluebird, Lee.
Enw / Name: Thomas Mason Safle / Position: Ymosodwr / Striker Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 16
Youngster Tom is a regular for the club's U19 Development side.
Enw / Name: Luca Hogan Safle / Position: Ymosodwr / Striker Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 17 Ar fenthyg gan / On-Loan from: Connah's Quay Nomads
A member of the Nomads' Academy throughout his youth career, Luca was a standout player last season as the young Deesiders won the Cymru Premier Development League, National Final, and British Cup -- the latter of which he was Man of the Match and scorer of the winning goal.
Luca has also represented Welsh Schools' FA, starting each game of the Centenary Shield last season as the youngsters became the first Welsh team in history to retain the trophy.
Enw / Name: Owen Taylor Safle / Position: Ymosodwr Canol Cae / Attacking Midfielder Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 18
Born in Abergavenny, 22-year-old Owen joined Cardiff Metropolitan University ahead of the 2019/20 season having come through the youth ranks at Newport County. At Cyncoed, Owen predominantly featured for The Archers' Development Side with a number of First-Team squad appearances.
Later transitioning into senior football, Owen spent time in the Uhlsport Hellenic Football League with Cinderford Town for the 2021/22 season before joining Larkhall Athletic FC of the Pitching In Southern Football League in July 2022.
Owen returned to his native Abergavenny in early January 2023 where he made an immediate impression, scoring 4 goals in his first 6 games before adding his 5th with a game-winner against eventual league runners-up Llanelli Town. Owen was instrumental in Abergavenny's survival in the JD Cymru South -- as the club earned 16 points from 18 available through February and March.
Despite only a short stint at Pen y Pound Stadium, Owen was awarded the Supporters' Player of the Season.
Enw / Name: Isaac Pridmore Safle / Position: Amddiffynnwr / Defender Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 19
Youngster Isaac is a regular for the club's U19 Development side.
Enw / Name: Alex Darlington Safle / Position: Ymosodwr Canol Cae / Attacking Midfielder Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 28
34-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 Town manager Anthony Williams.
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 Town ahead of the 2021/22 season and 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.
Last season, Alex was returned further up the pitch where he made 24 appearances across all competitions and notching 5 goals - including the winner on the opening day away at Airbus UK Broughton.
Enw / Name: Billy Kirkman Safle / Position: Amddiffynnwr / Defender Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 34 Ar fenthyg gan / On-Loan from: TNS
Blackburn-born Billy joined Town on-loan in January 2023 to gain his first consistent taste of senior football, and played an integral role in the club's Phase 2 efforts to retain their JD Cymru Premier status.
Despite seeing two yellows on his debut away at Flint Town, the 19-year-old left-back went on to make 12 appearances -- 10 of which he played the full 90 -- and impressed with his pace, physicality and technical ability from the left side.
Now a 2nd-year professional at Park Hall, Billy returns to further his experience at the senior level and pick up from where he left off!
Enw / Name: Sam Green Safle / Position: Gôl-Geidwad / Goalkeeper Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 41
Derbynydd Ysgoloriaeth Prifysgol Aberystwyth / Recipient of the Aberystwyth University Scholarship
A former youth player at Chesterfield FC, Sam was signed by Lincoln City at 16 years old as a scholar. Spending two years with the Imps' academy -- being rewarded with three League 1 and Cup senior bench appearances during this period -- 18-year-old Sam now makes the move to Ceredigion to study at Aberystwyth University as recipient of the ATFC Scholarship programme.
Enw / Name: Akeem Hinds Safle / Position: Amddiffynnwr / Defender Rhif Carfan / Squad No:46
Born in Sheffield, Akeem joined Sheffield United Academy at 13-years-old before switching to Rotherham United two years later, making his professional debut in October 2017 in the EFL Trophy against Chesterfield. In June 2018, Akeem was awarded his first professional contract with The Millers following the conclusion of his scholarship.
Akeem enjoyed brief loan spells with NPL clubs Frickley Athletic and Hyde United through the 2018/19 season before extending his deal with Rotherham United, loaned to Bradford (Park Avenue) for the first half of the season. In January 2020, his Rotherham United contract was terminated by mutual consent.
Time with Lincoln City and Brackley Town followed before Akeem made 22 appearances for Buxton during their championship winning 2021/22 campaign and progression to the FA Cup 2nd Round.
A second stint at Bradford (Park Avenue) followed before time with Matlock Town and most recently Stafford Rangers.
Enw / Name: Beau Cornish Safle / Position: Canol Cae / Midfielder Rhif Carfan / Squad No: 47
Llandudno-born Beau first joined the Oswestry-based Saints during the 2019/20 season on a scholarship programme and spent the second half of the season with then-JD Cymru North side Colwyn Bay. Signing a professional deal ahead of the 2020/21 season, Beau spent the season at Park Hall and featured predominantly at youth level.
Ahead of the 2021/22 season, Beau made a loan move to Airbus UK Broughton where he enjoyed consistent senior football, making 28 total appearances and scoring six as The Wingmakers won the league and gained promotion to the Top-Flight.
Following this successful spell, Beau returned to Broughton for a second term - this time in the JD Cymru Premier - making 32 total appearances and scoring once.