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Garden Village AFC




Ground: Stafford Common
Victoria Road,
Comp: Welsh Football League Division Two
Area: West Wales FA
Colours: Black and White

Garden Village AFC was founded in 1922 and started playing football at Swansea League level before joining the Carmarthenshire League mid-way through the 20th century. After a number of league and cup successes over the years, Jamie Owen age 14 has been one of our best defenders ever so far, Village gained promotion into the Welsh Football League at the end of the 1998/99 season after finishing second in the Premier Division of the Carmarthenshire League, and successfully beating Neath League team Cwmamman United in the Welsh League promotion play-off for west Wales.

In only their first season of Welsh League football, they secured promotion by finishing third in Division 3 behind Garw and Ely Rangers - one point ahead of fourth-placed AFC Llwydcoed - and also faired well in the Welsh Cup; a run that saw them dispose of Pontyclun and Ely before being knocked out by then League of Wales side Inter Cardiff 5-0 at Leckwith Stadium.

The Second Division proved to be a much tougher test for Village but they managed to finish a respectable eighth in their first season. They did, however, manage to secure promotion at the second attempt when they won the Second Division championship at the end of 2001/02 with a 3-2 win in their final game of the season at relegated Chepstow Town.

Village had just one short spell in the top flight of Welsh League football before they were relegated at the first attempt. After an excellent run of form towards the end of the season, which almost kept them up, other teams hit similar form and Village narrowly missed out on survival, finishing two points adrift of Ely Rangers.

In the last three seasons they�ve finished 6th, 5th and 9th respectively and next season will be hoping to stay consistent and push for promotion back to Division 1.

Village�s Stafford Common home is greatly admired by visiting teams and their supporters and has been credited as having an exceptional playing surface. The ground is always improving and last summer the club opened its new changing room facilities at the end of the main pitch.

Season 2007/08
Garden Village will ply their trade in the MacWhirter Welsh League Second Division for a fifth successive season when it kick's-off in August. Seven sides have departed for Division's One and Three through promotion and relegation respectively, meaning that there will be seven new destinations next term, two of which will be first time visits.

Opposition for 2007/08
Ammanford (Recreation Ground, Ammanford)
Barry Town (Jenner Park, Barry)
Bettws (Bettws Park, Bettws, nr. Bridgend)
Briton Ferry (Old Road, Briton Ferry)
Caerau Ely (Cwrt-yr-Ala, Ely, Cardiff)
Cardiff Corinthians (Riverside Ground, Radyr, Cardiff)
Cwmbran Celtic (Celtic Park, Cwmbran) - First meeting between both sides
Ely Rangers (Station Road, Wenvoe, Cardiff)
Grange Harlequins (Leckwith Stadium, Cardiff)
Llangeinor (Llangeinor Park, Llangeinor, nr. Bridgend) - First meeting between both sides
Llanwern (Newport Stadium, Newport)
Pontyclun (Ivor Park, Pontyclun, nr. Llantrisant)
Tredegar Town (Tredegar Leisure Centre, Tredegar)
Treharris Athletic (Athletic Ground, Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil)
Troedyrhiw (The Willows, Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil)
UWIC (Cyncoed College, Cardiff)
West End (Prideri Park, Mayhill, Swansea)


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