Newbridge Welfare AFC, probably taken during the war years (around 1943) - seated front, far right is Fred Taylor who was very important in the success of Newbridge Boxing Club for many years. In the background is the old Boxing Club building, then resplendent with a balcony.
  Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Newbridge Welfare AFC Archive.





Newbridge Welfare AFC around 1965; two officials are Ursal Parry (crouching, front left) who chased many a schoolboy off the Welfare for churning up the football pitch and Arthur Millington (standing, right, apparently holding his tie). Players Ronnie Self (seated, second left) and Ray Hurley (standing, fourth left) played an important part in setting up Newbridge Town AFC with Ken Buck when the Welfare disbanded. Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Newbridge Welfare AFC Archive.


 

Newbridge Town AFC, 1975-76. Ray Hurley (second left, front) and Ronnie Self (ball at his feet), along with official Arthur Millington, form the link with Newbridge Welfare.
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Newbridge  Town AFC Archive.




Treowen Stars AFC Mon Senior XI (1968-69). The kit was sky blue and the official on the left is Ernie Appley, who lived in Hill Street, Newbridge and was involved with Treowen Stars for many years.  Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Treowen Stars AFC Archive.



Newbridge Boys Club Football Team 1952-53. Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne.




A special gathering of ex-Newbridge Town AFC (in red) and ex-Treowen Stars AFC players at Treowen's ground to play a memorial match for Glyn Morgan, an ex-Treowen player who died prematurely of an asthma attack. The official on the left is Ken Buck (February 1990).
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne, standing, far right.




Fields Park Athletic AFC, possibly 1950's (?) Colin Mustoe is standing on the left with the bag and
Joseph Smith is on the right in the suit, but any more information would be welcome.
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Fields Park Athletic AFC Archive.



 
Newbridge Villa AFC, lining up on Newbridge Welfare in front of the Grammar School.
Any more information welcome. 
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne.

 

 Treowen Stars Under 14's, 1969-70. The photograph was taken on the Stars' old 'top field'; the mascot is Craig Duddridge and the official is Ken Buck. Courtesy of Dory Buck / Treowen Stars AFC Archive.




Treowen Stars Under 18's, Cup Winners! 1970-71.
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Treowen Stars AFC Archive.




A
young Treowen Stars team, possibly Under 15's and around 1958. Any ideas?
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Treowen Stars AFC Archive.





Treowen Stars AFC Under 18's 1958-59. The official on the left is Ernie Appley and in the centre is Johnny Dale, who ran the entire club and it's weekly 'Tote' successfully and efficiently for many years; the official on the right is unknown. Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Treowen Stars AFC Archive.




Treowen Stars Under 13's 1968-69, again on the old Stars' 'Top Field'. To the left of the goalkeeper is Bobby Farmer, who sadly passed on in 2013 and to the goalkeeper's right is Glyn Morgan, who sadly passed on in 1990. Courtesy of Dory Buck / Treowen Stars AFC Archive.



Treowen Stars Under 16's, 1968-69, winners of the smallest cup in Monmouthshire..... third from the left in the back row is Rob Davies, who was to become an accomplished and long-serving Treowen Stars goalkeeper. Sadly, Rob passed on a few years back.
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Treowen Stars AFC Archive.




An unusual photograph of both Treowen Stars senior teams in 1969 (Mon Senior First XI and North Mon Second XI); in fact this constitutes the Treowen Stars Senior Squad;  the first team are in the lighter (sky blue) kit and  the second team are in what can only be described as 'bruised plum' or 'horrible'.
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Treowen Stars AFC Archive.





Treowen Stars Under 14's, 1969-70; the captain is Bobby Farmer and the official is Ken Buck. The player at the far right of the front row, in light blue shorts, is Morris Davies ('Dobbs') who sadly passed away in late 2013. Courtesy of Dory Buck / Treowen stars AFC Archive.





Treowen Stars  Under 16's. 1971-72; the photograph was taken on the narrow path outside the Stars' old clubhouse, now demolished. The captain is Martin Morgan, who had five o'clock shadow and very large feet and was known by everyone as 'Toggan'. Courtesy of Dory Buck / Treowen Stars AFC Archive.



 
Bryngwyn/Newbridge Boys Club, possibly as far back as the 1940's. Any ideas or information welcome.....
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne.

 

 Newbridge Grammar School 1st Year Under 12's Rugby XV 1967-8; Headmaster John Herbert on the left and PE Teacher Chris Padfield on the right.




Newbridge Grammar School 2nd Year Under 13's Rugby XV 1968-9; Headmaster John Herbert in the centre and Biology Teacher Alan Bullock on the right.




Newbridge Town AFC 1973-74; Newbridge Town AFC rose out of the ashes of Newbridge Welfare AFC, due largely to the efforts of Ken Buck, Ray Hurley and Ronnie Self; very soon they would adopt the image of the phoenix rising from the ashes as their club badge.
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Newbridge Town AFC Archive.





Newbridge Town AFC 1974-75; taken inside the boxing ring in the premises Newbridge Town shared with Newbridge Boxing Club. The officials are Arthur Millington (Chairman) on the left and Ken Buck (Manager) on the right. Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Newbridge Town AFC Archive.



Newbridge Town AFC 1976-77; the captain is Kelvin Thorne and the club officials are
Arthur Millington (left) and Ronnie Self (right) who had retired after breaking his leg.
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Newbridge Town AFC Archive. 





Newbridge Town AFC 1977-78; this was the year when manager Ken Buck hatched the devilishly cunning plan of playing in both red and blue shirts, in order to cause confusion amongst the opposition and make it easier to lose your marker from set-pieces. Understandably, the league came down on Newbridge like a ton of bricks and forced them to play in sweaty string vests for two seasons as a penance .....
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Newbridge Town AFC Archive.




Newbridge Town AFC 1979-80; the kit was exactly the same as the 'Admiral' kit worn by England, apart from the 'phoenix' badge. Officials are Arthur Witts (physio/left) and Ken Buck (manager/right). 
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Newbridge Town AFC Archive.





Newbridge Town 1981-82; holding the shield is striker Norman Bushell. Both Ray Hurley (back row, far right) and Alan Parfitt (kneeling, front left) have now sadly passed on.
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Newbridge Town AFC Archive.



The cup-winning Newbridge Town team of 1983-84; the captain is Kelvin Thorne and the two officials are Ken Buck (Manager) and Ray Hurley (Trainer).  
Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne/Newbridge Town AFC Archive.



 Fields Park Athletic AFC Second XI; possibly before a Cup Final in Oakdale - any information welcome.  The second player from the right in the front row is Dai Elsley, now sadly passed on, who did much to foster youth football in the area, being involved with Cwmcarn youth teams for many years. A nice guy. Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne / Fields Park Athletic AFC Archive.




Newbridge Grammar School Cricket XI 1974; Headmaster Arthur Bowman and Biology Teacher Tom Leader in the centre, with scorer Andrew Simmonds at the front. The missing player is Philip Duddridge.




 Crumlin Stars RFC 1922-23 Season. Courtesy of Gill Thorne.



Crumlin Boys Club Rugby Team, 1938-39 Season with one of the Viaduct supports visible in the background; WWII was about to break out..... 
Courtesy of Gill Thorne (the photograph, not the beginning of the war) .



Newbridge Villa AFC. Any further details would be welcome.
Courtesy of Granville Davies.

A charabanc trip for Newbridge Villa AFC and a couple of female friends. More details would be welcome.
Courtesy of Granville Davies.


A photograph believed to be Newbridge Welfare AFC, taken at the Welfare Ground,
possibly in the late '40's. Courtesy of Granville Davies.

 



Treowen Stars AFC, in the early 1950's, resplendent in an Arsenal kit. The names have been left as they appear in the original frame.  Notable names are Johnny Dale, goalkeeper Tom Perkins, who had a cup named after him and Ernie Appley. This photograph appears to have been taken at the river end of Newbridge Welfare, possibly before a pre-season friendly. Courtesy of Granville Davies.



 

Another photograph of Treowen Stars AFC in their Arsenal shirts; possibly slightly earlier than the previous photograph, as Johnny Dale appears to have a little more hair. Again, the goalkeeper is Tom Perkins and Treowen appear to be supported by the Mystical and Majestic Order of Men in Macs (MMOMM).
Courtesy of Granville Davies.

 

A club with a proud history, the now defunct Fields Park Athletic AFC team of 1977/78. Fourth from the left in the back row is Paul Medcraft, whose family had a long association with the club, and far right in the front row is midfield dynamo Phil Walker, who many will now recognise as the Newbridge cobbler of Victoria Terrace.  In the background can be seen the now demolished clubhouse. 
© Paul and Roy Medcraft/Fields Park AFC Archive.

 

 

Four members of Newbridge Bowls team, relaxing on the club steps: the man on the left is as yet unidentified, but the two in the middle are well-known Newbridge RUFC supporter Ray Jenkins on the left and much-loved and respected Greenfield School deputy-head and magistrate Johnny Herbert on the right in the green cardigan. Far right is Norman Williams of Treowen. Photograph courtesy of Ken Buck.


Newbridge Cricket Club 1961: in the centre of the back row is Llew Smith, who went on to become a Labour MEP and subsequently MP for Blaenau Gwent. On the very right of the back row is John Evans, a loyal and longtime servant of Newbridge CC and second from the right in the middle row is Dai Hayward, who won 6 caps for Wales as an open-side wing forward. Dai passed on in 2003, aged 69.

The photograph is courtesy of Ken Buck, who is sat on the end of the middle row, next to Dai.





Fields Park United AFC 1923-24; back row, far left is E England (treasurer), third from left, in a very large flat hat, is JT Duke (secretary) and fourth from left is W Roberts (chairman). The goalkeeper is Oakdale collier Thomas Henry Mortimer. Front row, on the right is Stan Medcraft.
© Paul and Roy Medcraft / Fields Park AFC Archive.


Fields Park United, circa 1926. Again, Stan Medcraft is front row, far right. Standing to the right, with a towel cast nonchalantly over his shoulder, is Fields Park resident Norman Bloodworth.
© Paul and Roy Medcraft / Fields Park Archive.


Fields Park AFC, photographed on an unsurfaced Edwards Terrace during the 1934-35 season. The captain is Owen Evans, who has had the ball firmly wedged between his knees for the occasion. The middle three men standing in the back row are, from left to right, Fields Park residents and colliers Harry Dyer (without a cap), Dick Ross and Ernie Smith. Standing to the right at the front, in a waistcoat and watch-chain is Norman Bloodworth.
© Paul and Roy Medcraft / Fields Park Archive.


Fields Park AFC in the early 1950's, sporting an Arsenal kit.
© Paul and Roy Medcraft / Fields Park AFC Archive.


Fields Park AFC later in the 1950's, now in a Wolves kit. Back left is Roy Jones and back right is Reggie Bevan. Abertillery League and Firth Cup winners.
© Paul and Roy Medcraft / Fields Park AFC Archive.


Fields Park AFC 1969-70; Amateur Cup winners, beating Llanfrechfa Grange 4-1 after extra-time. Second left in the back row is a young Paul Medcraft, and third from the left is well-known Newbridge carpenter and long-time Fields Park goalkeeper, Ollie Davies (with beard).  Second from the right in the front row is Fields Park resident Eric Watts.
© Paul and Roy Medcraft / Fields Park AFC Archive.  

Fields Park AFC, 1977-78; North Gwent League and Firth Cup winners, beating Maesycwmmer 7-6 on penalties, after extra-time.
©Paul and Roy Medcraft / Fields Park AFC Archive.

Fields Park AFC 1978-79; Gwent Premier League and Amateur Cup winners, beating Spencer Works 1-0 after extra-time.
© Paul and Roy Medcraft / Fields Park Archive


Fields Park AFC 1979-80; Gwent Premier League winners.
© Paul and Roy Medcraft / Fields Park Archives.

Fields Park AFC, 1984-85 - photographed before the final of the Challenge Cup Final at Newport County's old ground, Somerton Park. Fields Park beat Liswerry 2-1 to win the cup.... hardly a neutral ground for Liswerry, which is just around the corner from Somerton Park!
© Paul and Roy Medcraft / Fields Park Archive.

Treowen Stars AFC Under 18's 1968-69; this team beat Pontllanfraith in the Cup semi-final, but were subsequently eliminated when Pontllanfraith protested that Paul Medcraft (back right) was also playing senior football for Fields Park.
Courtesy of Paul and Roy Medcraft / Treowen Stars AFC Archive.


Newbridge Grammar School Rugby First XV; 1948-49. The headmaster, sat behind the ball, is Archibald Theodore Sinclair Cooke, and seated, far left, is deputy-head Mr Talbot Thomas.

Newbridge Grammar School Rugby First XV, 1949-50; headmaster Mr ATS Cooke.


Newbridge Grammar School Rugby First XV, 1950-51; headmaster Mr ATS Cooke. Deputy-head Mr Talbot Thomas is sat next to Dai Hayward in his Welsh Schools' rugby shirt.


Newbridge Grammar School Rugby First XV, 1959-60; the headmaster is still Mr ATS Cooke.


Newbridge Grammar School Cricket First XI; the headmaster is ATS Cooke, and far right is the new deputy-head, Mr EM Jones, known to everyone as 'Latin' Jones. Sometimes he kept a small boy on his right shoulder for good luck.

Newbridge Grammar School Rugby Under 13's XV, 1965-66. The headmaster is Mr John Herbert.

Newbridge Grammar School Rugby Under 15's XV, 1965-66. The headmaster is Mr John Herbert. Sat either side of John Herbert are Brian Tiley and Mel Davies. PE Teacher Chris Padfield is in the back row.


Newbridge Grammar School Rugby Under 15's XV, 1968-69. The headmaster is Mr John Herbert. Second from the left in the back row is Billy Harding, and fourth from the right in the back row is Martin Tamlyn, who tragically died in an accident at work several years ago. Far right in the back row is Geography teacher Ron Davies, who went on to become a well-known MP. Seated on the far right is Billy Friend, who went on to captain the School Cricket team in 1972.


Fields Park AFC, 1966; Mon Challenge Cup Finalists, losing 1-3 to Risca United at Cefn Fforest.
© Paul & Roy Medcraft/Fields Park AFC Archive.
Fields Park AFC Second XI, mid 1980's, captained by ex-Risca and Newbridge player, Kelvyn Hurn.
© Paul & Roy Medcraft/Fields Park AFC Archive.










 













Wondering what this old hall has got to do with sport in Newbridge? Many people who attended Tynewydd Infants and Junior School will have taken their first 'PT' lessons in St Paul's Church Hall, which backed onto the Tynewydd yard. © Dory Buck



Pantside AFC's 1994 promotion winning team, captained by Mike Thorne (third left, front row).
© Mike Thorne/Pantside AFC Archive.




Pantside AFC; 'Tom Perkins' Cup Winners, 1997.
© Mike Thorne/Pantside AFC Archive.




Pentwynmawr AFC, around 1976, including ex-Newbridge Welfare goalkeeper Kenny Oliver.
© Courtesy of Brian 'Rocket' Hunt.






Greenfield Secondary School football XI; 1958-59.
Courtesy of Brian 'Rocket' Hunt.



Fields Park AFC, 1966; Mon Challenge Cup Finalists, losing 1-3 to Risca United at Cefn Fforest.
© Ollie Davies/Fields Park AFC Archive.



Not a brilliant photograph, admittedly, but this shows Fields Park AFC in only their second game in the Mon Senior League at Abergavenny Amateurs' ground in 1963. The goalkeeper is Ollie Davies and second from the right in the back row is Dai Elsley
. On the right in the front row is Tommy George and second left, front row, is Eric Watts. Far left in the front row is Ollie Davies' cousin, Guiseppe Lucarini, who was in Wales to learn English and was co-opted into the team, which, even then, was still one man short! Guiseppe went back to Italy, where he still lives. Photograph courtesy of Ollie Davies.



Arsenal legend Paul Merson wearing a Newbridge RUFC shirt, following one of his successful 'evening with Paul Merson' events that was held in the clubhouse. A great character..... © Newbridge RUFC













Newbridge Hotel's Sunday League team; this was mid-1970's and an incredibly strong team for the then very sketchy Sunday League standard - a team with Kelvin Thorne, Paul Medcraft, Steve Nicholls, Mike Young, John Charles and (the late and much-missed) Rob Charles would give any local amateur Saturday team a good game.






'Croes United' (short for Croespenmaen, pronounced 'Cross') Sunday League team in the late 1970's; an excellent line-up with players like Graham Phillips ('Phelps'), Kelvin Thorne and the late Andrew Long in goal - a very good keeper and a lovely guy.














Newbridge United RFC XV, around 1958, photographed on Newbridge Welfare. The captain (holding the ball) is Eric Cooper, who also played cricket for Newbridge CC for many years. Far left in the middle row is Horace Hopkins, and behind him, far left in the back row, is his brother Ernie, who also boxed. Second from the right in the back row is Ray Jenkins, who also played for Newbridge Bowls Club later in life. The dog is Montmorency Mongrel, a local celebrity and licker of stamps. 
Photograph courtesy of Horace Hopkins' daughter, Debra Goslin.










Pentwynmawr AFC, in the late 50s or early 60s; the man on the far right won the title of the world's baggiest trousers for three years running between 1956 and 1958, thereby securing the coveted 'Golden Pantaloon' trophy and a cheque for 17/6d to be spent at any Peacocks store in Wales.




Newbridge Grammar School Under 13's (1969-70); the teacher to the left of headmaster John Herbert is John Bullock, now sadly no longer with us. Holding the ball is captain Keith Kinsey, and a few others worth a mention are boys in the back row, starting with the player between Mr Bullock and Dr Herbert... Murray 'Muzzy' Jenkins, then moving right, Dai Arnold (who supplied the photo), Vaughan 'Beep' Palmer, Mike Breeze, Lyndon 'Scruff' Morris and a cold and under-nourished looking David 'Dukey' Wellington, who was also a good opening bat for the school cricket team. Thanks to Dai Arnold for the photo.





Newbridge Grammar School 2nd XV Rugby team, 1972-73. Notice David 'Dukey' Wellington has been stood in exactly the same position as on the previous photograph for three full years, so he didn't miss the team photo. In the interim he has shot up, filled out and put on a thermal vest and presents a much healthier physique, due in no small part to Chris Padfield's intense regime of circuits and medicine ball throwing. To our knowledge he stands there still...... Again, thanks to Dai Arnold for the photo.




Young people having a jolly old time - all good clean fun, obviously. This was taken during Newbridge Grammar School's rugby tour to L'Aquila in Italy, around 1973. Many among them seem to be indicating a victory of some sort.... photograph supplied by Dai Arnold.




Fields Park AFC reborn! With Newbridge and Treowen, Fields Park has a long history of producing excellent footballing teams, and after ceasing to exist when a joint venture with Pontllanfraith AFC didn't work out, Fields Park AFC finally relaunched - in bright yellow kit - in the 2014-15 season..... Fields Park have too much footballing history just to disappear. Photograph © Paul and Roy Medcraft/Fields Park AFC Archive.




Newbridge Welfare AFC Welsh League team around 1964-65, photographed in front of the wall in the corner of the Welfare grounds. Photograph courtesy of Archie Self (second player from the left, front row, next to his brother Ronnie).

























The Newbridge Utd team who played Tredegar in the Welsh Cup in the 80s.

The names are top left back row Paul Gameson, Councillor Martyn James, Ron Twin Davies, Steve Laffan, Graham Heath, John Peregrine, Brian Edge, Gary Freeman, Chris Hopkins, Jeff Thomas, Mark Gadja, Martin Hyde, Wayne Morgan, John Prosser, Neil Price (deceased), Tony Bates.

Left Front row kneeling; Bruce Barrowman, Ray Sheldon, Cen Hayward, Gwyn Jones (skipper), Gary Hollister,  Adrian Niblett, Leighton Powell, Craig Roberts, Geoff Luxton.

 Photograph courtesy of John 'Polly' Peregrine, gentleman of this Manor.










Ray Hurley (left) and Ken Buck, the two men, along with Ronnie Self, who were responsible for relaunching Newbridge Town AFC from the ashes of Newbridge Welfare AFC, hence the Phoenix crest.

 

Newbridge United RFC, pictured on the Welfare Ground in front of the Grandstand; this photograph is from the early 1950's and features brothers Brian and Dennis Bartlett - Brian is the second player (in hooped shirt) from the left in the back row and Dennis is second from the left (in hoops) in the front row. Photograph is courtesy of Brian's son, Kieron Bartlett.






















The Crumlin CC Under 14s team that won the cup against the favourites Sudbrook CC at Caldicot on Sunday 31st August 2003.






Treowen Stars under 16s (95/96) in front of the stand on the Stars' pitch. Manager (in red top) is Kelvin Thorne, and the two assistant managers are Maxie Whitlock (far left) and Glyn Smith (far right). Courtesy of Kelvin Thorne.



Newbridge Grammar School 2nd XV, 1971-72: not all names are known, but some of them are.... back row, second left - Gareth Edmunds, third left - Steve Lane, fifth left - Dai 'Daisy' Ware, and then Philip Evans, Dai Handy, Mike Rees and John 'Polly' Peregrine (far right). Front row, from left: the late and much missed Keith Kinsey - a superb scrum-half, Alan Britt, Gareth 'Franky' Rees (Skipper and sometime Choirmaster), Dr John Herbert (Headmaster), Chris Padfield (PE Teacher and Rugby Coach), Martin Lambert, Murray 'Muzzy' Jenkins and finally Martin Davies. The caption is a collaboration between John Peregrine, Dory Buck and Alan Britt, who supplied the photograph.... between them they almost possess a memory....

 

Three Newport RFC players in their Barbarian shirts, at the old Cardiff Arms Park following the famous 6-0 win over South Africa on the 4th February 1961; the very muddy chap on the left is Newbridge-born scrum-half Billy Watkins, in the middle is the famous Welsh lock Brian 'B.E.V.' Price from Deri and on the right is Cwmcarn-born centre Brian Jones. Photograph courtesy of Brian Jones.

 
















































 

 























 




 









 








 


Wondering what the Mighty Arsenal are doing on a page about Newbridge sports teams? If you look closely at the player third from the left on the back row, you will also see the same guy on some of the Newbridge Town FC photos - it's Shane Walker, who was signed by Arsenal and is photographed here in the squad photo for 1974-75. Among the players on this photo are not only World Cup winner Alan Ball, but also Liam 'Chippy' Brady, Gunners legend Charlie George, England Internationals Peter Storey and Bob McNab, future Arsenal assistant to Arsene Wenger Pat Rice, Geordie Armstrong, John Radford, England Physio Fred Street and Double winning manager Bertie Mee. Amongst the younger players are future Arsenal regulars David O'Leary and Graham Rix. Shane went on to play for Hereford United, under manager John Sillett and his assistant Terry Payne, also part of the 1966 World Cup winning squad.