Rhayader Town

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 Founded  1884

Records show details of a team playing in Rhayader as far back as 1884, the side gaining a 1-1 draw with Newtown who were one of Wales’ most successful clubs of the period.

Rhayader played at
Y Weirglodd.

The club reformed in the latter part of the 1940s and were again to be found playing their soccer in the Mid-Wales (South) League in 1947/48, seemingly as Turfs Rhayader FC. However, by 1950/1 they had moved into the Mid-Wales League.

After two years without football Rhayader restarted the 1954/55 season on the Y Weirglodd in the Mid Wales League (South). Doubt again for the 1958/59 season with Y Weirglodd ground not available. A ground was found and named ‘Brookside’. Not ideal and with little time and show of support to prepare, but it kept football alive in Rhayader and the club were League Champions and League Cup winners in the 1958/59 season. They were also League Champions in 1959/60. Two years later the club was able to return to Y Weirglodd. By the end of the decade but, by the mid-1960s, were competing in the Mid-Wales League and, in 1966/67, were victorious in the Radnorshire Cup Final.

Sixteen seasons in the Mid-Wales League saw Rhayader struggle virtually throughout, although the club finished bottom of the league on only three occasions. With the change of title to Central Wales League in 1981/82, Rhayader slowly began to climb into more respectable positions and finished 5th in 1987/88 when the competition went under the glorious title of the British Rail Sprinter League!

It was the formation of the League of Wales in 1992/93 that allowed Rhayader Town access to the Cymru Alliance, the latter having lost eight of its 16 clubs to the new national competition. Following a period of adjustment to their new surroundings, Rhayader quickly made great strides forward. The club consolidated on the administrative front and made a positive push for promotion.

Both the 1993/94 and 1994/95 seasons were relatively successful, with the team gaining a firm foothold in mid-table.

Then in 1995/96 came the first fruits of ambition when Rhayader progressed to 6th place in
The Cymru Alliance League, recording 20 league victories and scoring 66 goals. Thereafter, it took just 12 months to reach the pinnacle when, under the managership of Phil Woosnam and Richard Cross, Rhayader had a superb season and gained the Cymru Alliance Championship and also won the Central Wales Cup and Radnorshire Cup in the 1996/97 season. Throughout a campaign of 34 league games, Rhayader Town were beaten just once and netted 79 goals against only 25 conceded. The club also won the Central Wales Cup.

A programme of ground improvements commenced once the club had been accepted into the League of Wales and Y Weirglodd became a most attractive stadium. Whilst never finishing in the top half of the league, Rhayader Town performed consistently enough to be comfortably placed in each of their first four campaigns in the League of Wales. The fifth season, 2001/2002, proved their undoing, however, when the team recorded just three victories in 34 matches and suffered relegation, choosing to drop back to play in mid-Wales soccer rather than a return to the Cymru Alliance.

Things went from bad to worse in the summer of 2006 when lack of interest from potential officials led to the club ceasing to exist and resigning from the Spar Mid Wales League.

The club reformed for the 2007-2008 season with local lad Dylan McPhee appointed player-manager and went on to complete a Watson Associates Mid Wales (South) League and Cup double. They ended sixth in the Spar Mid Wales League the following term. Rhayader then finished runners-up to Penparcau last season to gain promotion to Huws Gray Alliance in the second tier of Welsh football.

For their first season into theHuws Gray Alliance the Club have made a number of new signings, but Player/Manager, Dylan McPhee admits there is a real buzz around Y Weirglodd as Rhayader Town prepare for life in this higher league. It has been a meteoric rise for Rhayader who as stated previously found themselves without a team for the 2006-2007 campaign.

In a normal season, consolidation would have been Rhayader's main aim but this time the word might just be survival judging by the strength of the Alliance. Rhyl, Welsh Premier League Champions just two seasons ago, will be desperate to return to the top flight and probably start as favourites. And with Powys rivals, Caersws and Welshpool Town, plus Cefn Druids, GAP Connahs Quay and Porthmadog also having been relegated from the Welsh Premier, Rhayader know they will have to fight for every point!

Rhayader finished second from bottom in their return to the Huws Gray Alliance and were relegated in the 2010/11 season but enjoyed their experience and would hope to bounce back immediately.

The 2011/12 Spar League season was a very tough league campaign with Rhayader getting a draw in their last game of the season against local rivals Llanidloes to pip long time leaders Montgomery to the league title and return promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance.

Rhayader have started the 2012/13 season with winning the Spar League summer Cup Final against Waterloo Rovers, but everyone at the Club is expecting a very tough season and survival to stay in the Huws Gray Alliance League would be a great achievement. The club maintained their Cymru alliance status in 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Rhayader secured their league status in the 2014/2015 season after losing a lot of players due to injuries and players moving from the area. We also won the Radnorshire Cup for the third time in a row and made the semi final of the CWFA Cup. Overall a good season but we will be looking to push on in 2015/2016. This will be the clubs fourth straight season in the Huws Gray Alliance which is a great achievement for a small club.


Season Pos Pd W D L For Ag Gd Pts
2015/16 16 30 4 3 23 24 96 -72 15
2014/15 12 30 8 6 16 42 53 -11 30
2013/14 11 30 8 9 13 41 60 -19 33
2012/13 11 30 9 6 15 44 66 -22 33
2010/11 15 30 4 3 23 34 76 −42 15
1996/7 1 34 21 12 1 79 25 54 75
1995/6 6 36 20 5 11 66 44 22 65
1994/5 11 34 11 6 17 48 66 −18 39
1993/4 13 34 10 5 19 50 86 −36 35
1992/3 13 28 6 5 17 32 66 −34 23
TOTAL   316 101 60 155 460 638 -48 363