Chapel of Ease Rovers AFC, possibly around 1952  © Jill Parfitt

Uncertain, but possibly Abercarn Town AFC - any information welcome  © Jill Parfitt

Abercarn Rangers AFC in the 1950's  © Jill Parfitt

Abercarn Rangers AFC in the early 1960's - the serious quiffs on display suggest it's before the Beatles became popular...  © Jill Parfitt

The Abercarn Rangers AFC Charabanc Trip is about to depart from infront of the old Library - 1960's?  © Jill Parfitt

Abercarn FC 1925-26, supplied by Steve Pearce of Maidstone in Kent. Steve's father Melvyn is aged around five and peering out from behind the man kneeling on the left of the front row. The photograph belonged to Steve's grandfather, James Henry Pearce, who was injured in WW1 at the Somme, and is standing, second left, next to his brother Harry, standing far left. Their brother-in-law, the club secretary William Tilley, is second from the right in the middle row, and William's son Kenneth is the boy sitting cross-legged at the front.
This is one of only three photographs to survive the destruction of James Henry's house during a WW2 bombing raid over Bermondsey, London in 1941. © Steve Pearce



Abercarn Rangers AFC, Junior Cup Winners 1985-86, with manager Ivor Orchard on the right, front row. Courtesy of Kelvin & Mike Thorne.

Abercarn Rangers AFC, 1987-88 in the Top Club. Managed by Kelvin Thorne and John Harris, with Chairman Tony Howells. Premier X League Winners and Senior Bowl Cup Winners. Sadly, David Burton (third from the right) is no longer with us.
Courtesy of Kelvin and Mike Thorne.

Abercarn Rangers AFC, in their first season in the Gwent County league, 1988-89.
Courtesy of Kelvin & Mike Thorne.

Not a great photo, but worth including.... a photograph of the long-defunct 'Chapel-of-Ease Whippets XI' taken around 1970. Players included are (front row, second left) Rob Dight, back row, third from the right, long-time Stately-Albion manager Nigel Derrick and back row, extreme right,
the late Mike 'the Milk' Smith.
Photo courtesy of Gerald Gameson

Abercarn United 1st XI, 2009. The manager is Dean Kendall and the photograph was taken by Kelvin Thorne.

Abercarn United 2nd XI, 2009. The manager is Paul 'Nobby' Norris and the photograph was taken by Kelvin Thorne.

There was great excitement amongst females at the Welfare when the Chippendales turned up in their Cricketers outfits..... not really; this is Abercarn CC, date unknown, but the late and much-missed Rob Charles is second from left in the back row, wearing a flowerpot man's hat. Rob was a brilliant darts player.

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 centre Brian Jones. Photograph courtesy of Brian Jones.
Three Cwmcarn boys in the Newport RFC strip; all represented Wales at the end of the 50's and beginning of the 60's. From left to right: Jack Hurrell, Des Greenslade and Brian Jones. Photograph courtesy of Brian Jones.
Cwmcarn-born Newport and Wales centre Brian Jones in his Welsh cap and jersey, around 1961. Photograph courtesy of Brian Jones.




The late Gordon Powell, known as Goggy; Gordon was a great character and used to wrestle for charity, sometimes in the Top Club and sometimes on Cwmcarn School's field. The wrestler pictured with Goggy is Polly Harrison.

 Cwmcarn Junior football team, around 1965. The manager on the left is Ray Davies who was very instrumental in getting organised youth football arranged in the valley - sadly Ray died far too young, but is fondly remembered by many. The photograph has been supplied by the goalkeeper in this team, Peter Hackling (centre, back row).