Guilsfield

Post code:
SY21 9ND
Contact:
Secretary 07772371928
Web site:
Short name:
Guils
City:
Guilsfield

MANAGER

Nathan Leonard

Nathan was assistant to Danny Barton for the last two season, was been appointed as Player-Manager for the 2017-18 season

Founded 1930's

Guilsfield Football Club Football has been played in Guilsfield since the early part of 1930's but little is known of the teams of that era. A team was known to have played in the village at the end of World War 2. One game played was their version of an international when they played the local Italian prisoner of war camp side. One player of note from the early 50's was Wyn Nicholls who later played for Newtown, Welshpool and gained Welsh Caps at under 18 level, he later signed professional forms for Wrexham.  

The present club was formed on August 6th 1957. Mr.Bill Laker and several other men folk of the village got together to form a local side, with seven or eight local lads playing for surrounding villages it was felt that the village needed to form a team of its own. The club entered the Montgomeryshire Amateur League and matches during this early period were played on local farmer's fields and during the summer months the committee and players would help the farmer with his harvest to cover the ground rent for the season.   During the mid sixties the village doubled in size and the local Community Centre was built with room to accommodate a football pitch, which is where the club plays today. Throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's the team was almost all local players of a good standard but honours eluded the club except for the occasional runners-up in cup finals.  

At the beginning of the 90's a grandstand was built and the dressing rooms refurbished at a total cost of £34,000. By now the team was starting to show potential and the 1994/1995 season saw the club win the Montgomeryshire Amateur League, First Division. The club took advantage of the Welsh F.A. pyramid system, was promoted to the Mid Wales League and duly finished in a creditable 4th spot in our first season.

The 2000/2001 Spar Mid Wales League campaign was brought to a premature conclusion following the foot and mouth crisis that broke out in mid February 2001. At the time of abandonment we were well placed in the league and fighting for promotion to the Cymru Alliance League. As a result of the merger of two existing Cymru Alliance League clubs (Llangefni Town and Glantraeth) an extra promotion slot was available and our application to join the league for 2001/2002 was accepted.     In our first two seasons we finished in 15th place. It was during our second season that Mike Barton was appointed as manager. Mike soon got to grips with the standard of football in the league and began to strengthen the side. This rebuilding led to Guilsfield finishing in sixth position in 2003/04.  

The next league campaign saw us occupying a top half position throughout the campaign finally finishing in seventh spot. Our highest ever league position came four seasons ago and culminated with a 4-0 victory against Tywyn/Bryncrug in the Central Wales Challenge Cup Final. The 2006/07 season saw Guilsfield in a mid-table slot but disappointingly unable to retain the Central Wales Cup, losing to Llanfyllin Town in the final.  

The 50th anniversary season (2007/08) of the club saw Guilsfield led by new manager Graham Evans. The players went on a great Welsh Cup run after defeating 3 Welsh Premier League clubs in Airbus UK, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Caernarfon Town en route to losing in the Quarter Final in front of 500 spectators to Bangor City. Our top scorer for the season, Tim Nunnerley was rewarded for a fabulous year by being named the League’s Player of the Year.   Mike Barton returned as manager in 2008/09 and we completed the season in 13th spot and met Welsh Premier League giants The New Saints in the Welsh Cup, being narrowly defeated 3-2. Unfortunately, we also suffered defeat in a penalty shoot-out in the League Cup semi final against Holyhead Hotspur.  

Season 2009/10 was full of interest, with the focus on the FAW controversial plans for the re-structure of the Welsh Pyramid system. Our aim was to remain in this league but we struggled with our inconsistent play up until Christmas. However, the New Year brought a change in fortunes and the players put in a great League run in 2010 to secure our place in the Cymru Alliance League, despite ten clubs being relegated.  

In the 2010/11 season, we gained our first piece of silverware at this level by winning the Huws Gray League Cup after a great performance to defeat Porthmadog in the final held at Cefn Druids FC. During the season, the team was led by manager Russell Cadwallader

The 2011/12 season saw Guilsfield managing to retain its league status and celebrating the official opening of its new floodlights to bring the facilities up to the level of the majority of the other member clubs. The club was proud to receive the Club of the Year award from the fellow members of the Huws Gray Alliance.   The following season, the club finished in a respectable 8th spot and won the Central Wales Cup with a 2-1 victory over Aberaeron. Russell stood down as Manager after the game. Guilsfield appointed ex- Guilsfield player and Ellesmere Rangers manager Matthew Burton as its new Manager for 2013/14.

In his first season, Matt steered the club to sixth spot which meant automatic qualification for The Word Cup in 2014. The year appeared to end on a high with Assistant Manager Danny Barton being awarded both the League's Top Scorer and League Player of the Year awards. However, in a final twist to the campaign, Matt had to stand down as Manager due to changing work commitments.  

Obviously recruiting a new manager was a priority and former player Mike Parry was given the role in his first managerial appointment. Mike used his playing experience to realise that the squad did not need tinkering with and the nucleus of the squad remained for the 2014/15 season. This faith in the players was repaid as the Guils gained its highest ever league position with a 3rd place finish. The team were also runners-up in the Huws Gray Cup final. Mike was duly rewarded as the League's Manager of the Season.  

However, in a busy pre-season, Mike and Guilsfield parted company due to family and work commitments and Danny Barton was subsequently appointed Player/Manager for the 2015/16 season. Danny duly appointed Nathan Leonard as his Assistant Manager. The season proved to be an inconsistent one, with Guilsfield struggling with home form but managing to keep in touch with the leaders until the final stages and eventually finish in a very creditable 4th spot. Unfortunately, we failed to grasp the Central Wales Cup at the final hurdle, losing to Carno on penalties.

We look forward to extending a warm welcome to all football supporters and clubs once again in 2016/17


LEAGUE RECORD

  Pos Pld W D L For Ags Gd Pts
2015/16 4 30 17 2 11 60 44 16 53
2014/15 3 30 19 6 5 68 33 35 63
2013/14 7 30 10 12 8 44 41 3 42
2012/13 8 30 12 6 12 60 54 6 42
2011/12 11 30 10 4 16 41 58 -17 34
2010/11 13 30 8 6 16 43 56 -13 30
2009/10 6 32 12 9 11 54 54 0 45
2008/9 13 32 11 1 20 52 67 -15 34
2007/8 9 32 12 5 15 57 62 -5 41
2006/7 11 34 14 5 15 58 64 47 11
2005/6 4 34 16 12 6 73 44 60 4
2004/5 7 34 14 8 12 78 66 50 7
2003/4 6 32 15 8 10 68 56 52 6
2002/3 15 32 7 7 18 43 86 28 15
2001/2 15 34 8 6 20 49 82 30 15
  TOTAL 476 185 97 195 848 867 277 442


DIRECTIONS
FROM OSWESTRY TRAVEL ALONG THE A483 UNTIL YOU SEE B4392 SIGNPOST FOR GUILSFIELD. TRAVEL APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES UNTIL YOU ENTER THE VILLAGE. PASS THE SPAR SHOP ON THE LEFT AND THEN TAKE FIRST RIGHT (SIGNPOSTED LLANFAIR CAEREINION). PASS THE CHURCH ON YOUR RIGHT AND THEN TURN LEFT BY THE OAK PUBLIC HOUSE AND GO DOWN "FFORDD MYTTON" AND ENTER THE CAR PARK FOR THE CHANGING ROOMS AND GROUND.

COMMUNITY CENTRE GOUND,
GUILSFIELD,
POWYS.
SY21 9ND

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Name Played matches Goal Yellow Card Red Card Subs Position
0 2 0 0
2 0 0 0
1 0 0 0
28 4 0 0 Defender
23 4 0 0 Defender
27 2 0 0 Defender
27 0 5 0 Defender
18 1 1 0 Defender
5 0 0 0 Goalkeeper
24 0 1 0 Goalkeeper
24 4 0 0 Midfield
17 8 0 0 Midfield
22 0 0 0 Midfield
15 0 0 0 Midfield
16 1 0 0 Midfield
25 2 1 1 Midfield
28 2 1 0 Midfield
2 0 0 0 Midfield
23 3 5 0 Midfield
18 2 2 1 Striker
17 3 1 0 Striker
23 15 3 0 Striker