Village club who were founder members of the League of Wales and were ever-present until relegation in 2010. They achieved their highest-ever Welsh Premier placing in 2001/2 and won the League Cup in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
Recreation Ground Caersws
Matchday tel 01686 688753
How to get there From Newtown take the A489; after six miles turn right A470 Caersws. After 400 metres the ground is down a lane on the left which is signposted Caersws FC.
Until fairly recently it was generally believed that the Club was formed in the mid 1880s, no official records still existing. Recent research, however, has revealed that in 1879 Caersws played fixtures against, amongst others, Newtown, Druids and Llanidloes. There are also records of matches between Caersws Red Rose and Newtown Blue Stars on 24 December 1877, and on Boxing Day Caersws British played Newtown Blue Stars second Xl. However it was not until the 1950s that the exploits of the Bluebirds began to match and indeed surpass those of their Mid Wales neighbours. Since then the Club has reached the final of eight all-Wales cup competitions, including winning the Welsh Amateur Cup against Buckley Wanderers in 1961 and the Welsh Intermediate Cup against Aberystwyth in 1989. The honours list also includes nine Welsh National League (Mid Wales Section) championship titles, eight runners up and six League Cup wins. The Montgomeryshire Challenge Cup has been won 24 times.
In the two seasons prior to the formation of the League of Wales the Club played in the Cymru Alliance, being runners-up in 1991 and Champions in 1992 In the inaugural season of the League of Wales the Club reached the final of the League Cup and finished in 11th position. Subsequent positions have been l7th, 14th,m9th, 14th, 11th, 10th, 12th, 5th, 4th, 8th, 5th and 10th. The Bluebirds were the losers in the first League Cup Final, but won it in 2001/02 and 2002/03, and have now won it for a third time in 2006/07, beating Rhyl 3-1 on penalties, after drawing 1-1 after extra time in the final at Aberystwyth. Having finished fourth in the League in 2001/2002, Caersws were entered into the UEFA InterToto Cup and were drawn against PFC Marek of Dupnitsa, Bulgaria, in the first round. The Bulgarian full timers won the away leg 2-0, but Caersws managed a creditable 1-1 draw in the home leg, played at Aberystwyth. During 2006 the club’s long standing Chairman Gareth Williams stood down and concerns grew about the club’s future. The club although remained towards the wrong half of the table managed to come through apparent troubles and lift the League Cup for the third time in seven seasons. The Cup Final win over Rhyl would become long serving Manager Mickey Evans’ last match in charge after 24 highly successive years. The club then appointed Mike Barton as his replacement in June 2007.Caersws struggled under Barton and, in February 2008, he was replaced by Dave Taylor as manager. The appointment failed to halt the club’s slide as they finished 17th but, owing to only one club being promoted, remained in the Welsh Premier League. The 2008/09 season was another season of struggle as once again they finished in the second from bottom spot in the table, but again were reprised by lack of promoted clubs. Then, in 2009/10, Mickey Evans made a shock return to the club, with Taylor becoming assistant. However this provided little change in fortunes on the pitch as - for the third season in a row - Caersws ended the campaign in 17th and were relegated owing to the Welsh Premier League restructure .
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