Due to the upcoming changes to data regulation, we would like to continue to ensure that you receive all the latest news from us at Carmarthen Town AFC.

The new GDPR data protection laws are about to come in to force on 25thMay 2018. 

Please note, we do not pass on your details to any third party and your personal data is the sole use of Carmarthen Town AFC.

If you are unhappy with our services or are not happy for us to keep your personal data then please do let us know.

Attached is our Club Privacy Notice

Kind Regards,

Carmarthen Town AFC.

 Club Privacy Notice

 Carmarthen Town AFC take your privacy very seriously. 

This Privacy Notice sets out how we use and look after the personal information we collect from you. We are the data controller, responsible for the processing of any personal data you give us. We take reasonable care to keep your information secure and to prevent any unauthorised access to or use of it.

What personal data we hold on you

Personal data means any information about an individual from which that individual can be identified. 

We collect, use, store and transfer some personal data of our participants and if applicable, their parents or guardians, and other Club members.

You provide information about yourself when you register with the Club, and by filling in forms at an event or online, or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise. 

The information you give us may include your name, date of birth, address, e-mail address, phone number, gender, and the contact details of a third party in the case of emergency. We may also ask for relevant health information, which is classed as special category personal data, for the purposes of your health, wellbeing, welfare and safeguarding. Where we hold this data it will be with the explicit consent of the participant or, if applicable, the participant’s parent or guardian.

Where we need to collect personal data to fulfil Club responsibilities and you do not provide that data, we may not be able honour or administer your membership. 

Why we need your personal data

We will only use personal data for any purpose for which it has been specifically provided.

The reason we need your personal data is to be able to run the Club properly, to arrange matches, to administer memberships and provide membership services that you are signing up to when you register with the Club, to ensure that all players are eligible to represent the club and to ensure that the Club is able to comply with all applicable obligations in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of our governing body, the Football Association of Wales (“FAW”).  The lawful basis for processing your personal data is that we have a contractual obligation to you as a participant or member to provide the services that you are registering for and/or we have a legitimate interest to ensure that the Club is administered properly and in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the FAW.

We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.

Purpose/ Processing Activity

Lawful Basis for processing under Article 6 of the GDPR.

processing membership forms and payments/ subs

Performance of a contract/Legitimate interest

organising matches 

Performance of a contract/Legitimate interest

sending out match or Club information and updates 

Performance of a contract/Legitimate interest

sharing data with coaches, managers or officials to run training sessions or enter events

Performance of a contract/Legitimate interest

sharing data with leagues we are in membership of, Area Associations, the FAW and any other competition providers where necessary for entry to events/competitions

Performance of a contract/Legitimate interest

sharing data with committee members to provide information about club activities, membership renewals or invitation to social events

The Club has a legitimate interest to maintain member and participant correspondence for club community purposes.

sharing data with third party service or facility providers

The Club has a legitimate interest to run the organisation efficiently and as it sees fit. Provision of some third-party services is for the benefit of the Club, participants and its members.

sharing anonymised data with a funding partner as condition of grant funding e.g. Local Authority

The Club has a legitimate interest to run the organisation efficiently and as it sees fit. Application for funding is a purpose that benefits the Club, participants and its members.

publishing match and league results

Performance of a contract/Legitimate interest – For the purpose of administering leagues and clubs, along with any other competitions

publishing photos of matches and any football related photography and/or videography

Legitimate interest – To run the organisation efficiently and as it sees fit. Where possible and if reasonable grounds are identified, photography/videography can be removed / taken down on the request of those captured. (If under the age of 16, consent from the child and parent/guardian will be required prior to photo/video being published) 

sending out marketing information such as newsletters and information about promotions and offers from sponsors

Consent. We will only send you direct marketing if you are an existing member, participant or other associated individual and you have not previously objected to this marketing, or, you have actively provided your consent.

To ensure we understand possible health risks

Consent. We will only process details on your medical history with your consent.

Who we share your personal data with

Your personal data may be shared with Leagues, Area Associations, the FAW and First Sports International (who administer on behalf of the FAW the Central Player Registration portal and MyClub portal) in order to ensure that the League is administered properly, that players and Clubs are correctly registered and for affiliation, safeguarding and licensing purposes and to comply with all applicable Rules and Regulations of the FAW.

We may share your personal data with selected third parties, suppliers and sub-contractors such as referees, coaches or match organisers. Third-party service providers will only process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties to comply with a legal obligation; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of our participants, members or affiliates, or others. 

The Club’s data processing may require your personal data to be transferred outside of the UK. Where the Club does transfer your personal data overseas it is with the sufficient appropriate safeguards in place to ensure the security of that personal data.

Protection of your personal data

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. 

How long we hold your personal data

We keep personal data on our participants and members while they continue to be a participant or member or are otherwise actively involved with the Club. We will delete this data 1year after a participant or member has left or otherwise ended their membership or affiliation, or sooner if specifically requested and we are able to do so.We may need to retain some personal data for longer for legal or regulatory purposes. The personal data that is stored on First Sports International is subject to their privacy policy, we advise that you review their policy together with this notice. 

Your rights regarding your personal data

As a data subject you may have the right at any time to request access to, rectification or erasure of your personal data; to restrict or object to certain kinds of processing of your personal data, including direct marketing; to the portability of your personal data and to complain to the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office about the processing of your personal data. 

As a data subject you are not obliged to share your personal data with the Club. If you choose not to share your personal data with us we may not be able to register or administer your membership. 

We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time and will inform you of any changes in how we handle your personal data.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice then please contact Gareth Davies, Club Secretary

Carmarthen Town AFC is delighted to announce their new management team of Neil Smothers and Danny Thomas. Neil will take on the role as Team Manager, with Danny becoming his assistant. 

Neil’s playing career for us speaks for itself having played 230 WPL games, won a League Cup and had 7 European appearances. As a coach, he has also previously won the League Cup twice. 

Danny has 145 WPL appearances, holding our top goal scoring record for many a year.  His highlight was scoring two goals in Bergen against SK Brann when the Old Gold last played in Europe.

Chris Edwards, Club Chairman, stated “Their record as our management team since January has been excellent. Therefore it was an easy decision to welcome them aboard on a full time basis. We look forward to working with them both as they look to build a competitive team for this coming Welsh Premier League Season.”

“Neil has also recently been accepted onto the FAW Pro Licence Course, which will no doubt enhance his vision for the game and add to his coaching and managerial abilities, from which we will all benefit.”

Managing Director, Jeff Thomas added: “One additional advantage to the appointment of the new managerial team is that it ensures continuity within the club. With both having been players and coaches with the club they are familiar with the set up and also with the people who administer Carmarthen Town Football Club.”

“The players have already proved that they can react positively to Neil and Danny with some excellent performances during the second phase of the season.”

“Both Neil and Danny understand the responsibilities that their new roles within the club bring and are grateful for the chance to make their mark as an innovative and progressive management team.”

Chairman Edwards added: “The new lineup have already been busy arranging preseason fixtures for the Welsh Premier League side and have also met up with Academy Director, Jonathan Garcia.”

Neil Smothers himself emphasised:“I would just like to confirm that Danny and myself are delighted to have agreed with the club to be the management team for the upcoming season.  It has always been a fantastic club with great support from the committee and fans alike. We hope that there are exciting times ahead for the whole club and all teams within it and can assure you that as a first team squad we will be doing our best and working our hardest to make sure that we have a successful season and a season that everyone can be proud of.”


After Thursday's Licencing meeting, it has been confimred that Carmarthen Town will remian in the WPL for the 2018-19 Season. 


Chris Edwards, chairman of Carmarthen Town AFC, said -
"Everyone at Richmond Park is delighted to hear the news of Carmarthen's Welsh Premier League reprieve.
"We'd resigned ourselves to starting next season in a lower division, but we can now continue our 22-year run in the top tier of Welsh football.
"Players, fans, officials, supporters and sponsors will be delighted with the news, which comes on the eve of our final game of the season, against Barry Town tomorrow evening.
"As a club we continued to work hard on and off the field throughout the season, securing new players for Phase 2 and gaining our UEFA and Tier One licences. This work reflects great credit on everyone involved. 
"Staying in the Welsh Premier League is a massive boost for Carmarthen Town. It's been a difficult season for us, but we have the infrastructure in place (in particular our new 3G pitch) and the enthusiasm and the drive to improve on our Premier League performances.
"The reprieve is a welcome piece of news and we look forward to planning and rebuilding ready for the new Premier League season.”
Club director Gareth Jones welcomes the  decision.

"It is nice to hear something positive at the end of the season," said Jones.

"Having gone through a lot of emotion this season, we have had a positive outcome at the end.

"Relegation would have been a problem for us to raise our hopes again. Thankfully we don't have to worry about that now."


More info can be found on the Welsh Premier League Website:-


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Our Final Match Report of this season. Many Thanks to John Collyer for his commitment throughout the season at Home and Away games. John is also head of our Licensing application, from which we once again recieved our Domestic and Uefa Licence for the forthcoming 2018/19 Season. This enables us to compete in the Welsh Premier League. 

Thank you also to Peter Hughes Griffiths who translates the report into Welsh for us. 



Match Report – Barry Town United v Carmarthen Town (27 April 2018)

Barry Town United (1)  Carmarthen Town (0)  

After the deep disappointment of last week’s result at Aberystwyth which seemed to have condemned Carmarthen to life in the Welsh League next season, the subsequent welcome news from the FAW, barely 24 hours before this match, confirming Town’s reprieve from relegation certainly lifted the mood of the faithful group of supporters who had travelled to Barry – and, seemingly, it also had a positive effect on the players who during several spells produced some of their best football this season.

The opening stages of this match were fairly quiet and uneventful – although the hosts were enjoying the greater share of possession they were unable to test the Old Gold defence in any noticeable way.  Meanwhile the visitors were quick to burst forward on the counter-attack, always looking to exploit the pace and movement of strikers Liam Thomas and Luke Bowen.

And it was Town who managed the first clear scoring chance in the 8thminute – Kieran Lewis fired a corner-kick into the packed goalmouth where Dave Vincent rose high above defenders to connect with a smart, close-range header only to see it blocked on the goal-line before being cleared safely away.

But United were quick to respond when on 10 minutes Chris Hugh struck a speculative long-range drive that ‘keeper Lee Idzi safely resisted, diving swiftly down to beat the ball away.  Then moments later Macauley Southam-Hales, from the right-wing, sent an inviting cross into the penalty area where Kayne McLaggon produced a neat sweeping shot that flew narrowly over the bar.

Increasingly the play was becoming more evenly balanced – the Old Gold were attacking with greater frequency and penetration and after 21 minutes they again went close to taking the lead.  Bowen embarked on a typically powerful run before being brought down on the edge of the penalty area.  Lewis stepped forward and curled a delightful free-kick around the defensive ‘wall’ but, agonisingly, saw the ball crash against the top corner of the goal before it bounced safely away.

That disappointment spurred Town into even greater effort as the game developed into an entertaining end-to-end affair.  Increasingly they were prepared to make measured counter-attacking progress from out of defence with smart, swift passing moves that carved through the opposition midfield – the Old Gold were, refreshingly, playing with an unfamiliar  freedom that perhaps, with their WPL status already safeguarded, stemmed from the absence now of any absolute need to gather points. 

And in the 34thminute they opened up the home defence with a series of slick passes that finished with Aidan O’Kelly sliding a fine pass through to Bowen on the edge of the penalty area – he moved forward to the by-line then drove the ball invitingly into the goalmouth but Liam Thomas, closing in, was outnumbered by defenders and the danger was cleared,

After the interval United took the initiative and following a spell of pressure they went ahead on 56 minutes.  A long pass down the right flank was pursued by Southam-Hales who drove the ball deep into the goalmouth, reaching McLaggon beyond the far post – he stabbed it back towards the goal where Jonathan Hood reacted quickly to fire it home from close-range.

Town responded well to that setback and on 63 minutes they went close to forcing an equaliser – Clayton Green produced a surging run from the centre-circle before playing the ball across to Ceri Morgan who then released a stunning 25 yard drive that drew a smart full-length save from ‘keeper Mike Lewis.

Moments later Jordan Knott, from the half-way line, sent the ball upfield to find Thomas on the edge of the penalty area – he headed it back to Kieran Lewis who dispatched a fierce 25 yard volley that flew just marginally wide of the post.

However during the later stages, with Carmarthen by now clearly not performing with such fluency as earlier, the home side were more of a threat, especially given their ability to refresh their team by introducing experienced players off a fully-staffed substitutes bench – by contrast, the Old Gold were afforded no such luxury due to injuries and other absences.

Yet the only further notable goalmouth excitement arose after 77 minutes when the lively McLaggon raced into the penalty area before striking a crisp angled shot that Idzi, with an impressive reflex save, parried – then, with the ball dangerously close to the goal-line, Craig Hanford made a timely intervention to clear the danger and deny Southam-Hales a simple tap-in chance.

From thereon the match, and Town’s season, drifted uneventfully to a close. 

So, Carmarthen’s season ended in the way it began, goal-less and defeated.  But what happened in between left their loyal supporters at various times despondent, anxious, frustrated, content, entertained or even elated (occasionally, all during the same match!).

Town’s initial poor form could not have been anticipated – the nucleus of the previous season’s squad, which had comfortably finished in the WPL top six and contested the UEFA qualifying play-offs, remained in place – only Dwayne Bailey and Declan Carroll had left.

Also, after losing their four opening matches they travelled to Bala, consistently a top four side in recent seasons, and convincingly defeated them 4-0 to offer fans the hope of a turnaround in form – but that proved to be a false hope.  Another fourteen matches would follow before a second win was achieved by which time the Old Gold were firmly rooted at the bottom of the League table.

However the festive period double victories over Aberystwyth heralded an improvement in Town’s fortunes which would carry on through the second-phase programme – the signing of several new players during the January ‘transfer window’ provided a further boost, while the immediately subsequent changes in the management/coaching set-up were swiftly completed to ensure unhindered continuity for the playing squad.

The second-phase performances were refreshing, exciting and productive – and the prospect of avoiding relegation became increasingly realistic.  Prestatyn, at one stage ten points ahead, were quickly overhauled and the gap up to tenth-placed Aberystwyth was gradually reduced – but the Seasiders were still taking points off other clubs while the Old Gold were running out of games and their fading chances evaporated with their failure to win at Park Avenue, the penultimate match of the season.

Yet, as on several occasions in previous seasons in relation to other clubs, the FAW Licensing Regulations have intervened to determine that Carmarthen Town, despite finishing in the relegation places, will participate in the WPL next season.   


Team:  Lee Idzi; Jordan Knott;  Dave Vincent (Ryan Foschi sub 88);  Lee Surman;  Craig Hanford;  Aidan O’Kelly;  Kieran Lewis; Ceri Morgan;  Clayton Green;  Luke Bowen; Liam Thomas;    

Unused subs:  Dan Sheehan; Danny Thomas;  Neil Smothers;  

Cards: (Y)  Clayton Green (40);  

Match Report – Aberystwyth v Carmarthen Town (20 April 2018)

Aberystwyth (1) Carmarthen Town (1)  


Carmarthen continued their recent impressive sequence of performances with another highly spirited and determined display to secure a well-earned draw from this typically fiercely contested encounter with old rivals Aberystwyth – and on any other day this would have been a welcome result.  Regrettably, however, the Old Gold needed three points from this match in order to keep alive their lingering hopes of Welsh Premier League survival.

The match began at a hectic pace with the play quickly switching back and forth as both sides sought an early breakthrough.  And while there was goalmouth action at both ends of the pitch, it was the visitors who managed the first significant scoring chance after 8 minutes – Luke Cummings fired an inviting corner-kick into the packed penalty area where Liam Thomas measured his arrival perfectly and produced a smart close-range header that ‘keeper Chris Mullock, reacting sharply, claimed on the goal-line.

Yet following a further period of fast-paced, competitive, end-to-end play the Seasiders took the lead on 21 minutes.  Declan Walker, from the right-wing sent a searching cross into the goalmouth and while the ball was cleared, it fell nicely for Tom Owens who struck a stunning 20 yard volley beyond the reach of ‘keeper Lee Idzi and into the top corner of the net.

The pace and momentum of the game never weakened and in the 28thminute Town went close to restoring parity.  Cummings, so often the source of scoring opportunities throughout the season, delivered a right-wing cross that reached Kieran Lewis who from 25 yards instantly dispatched a rasping drive that left Mullock beaten but clipped the top of the post and bounced safely behind.

While the Old Gold were getting forward on plenty of occasions, they failed to test the home defence often enough as attacking moves too frequently broke down outside the penalty area due to indecision or a poor final pass allowing Aberystwyth to clear the danger.  By contrast, the Seasiders posed more of a threat with a series of incisive attacks but they were rarely able to penetrate the visitors’ defensive unit at the core of which Lee Surman and Jordan Knott confidently provided stubborn resistance.

After the interval Carmarthen looked more lively and inventive and were clearly intent on quickly getting back on level terms.  But as they enthusiastically pressed forward they became vulnerable to occasional counter-attacks – and on 53 minutes Aberystwyth went close to extending their lead. Malcolm Melvin raced forward into the penalty area then neatly slid the ball past Idzi, who had quickly advanced out of his goal, but it struck the base of the post before being cleared to safety by Knott.

However moments later the Old Gold were rewarded for their positive opening spell.  In the 57thminute a slick passing move through the centre finished with Luke Bowen setting up a fine chance for Lewis on the edge of the penalty area – he instantly fired a sharp drive that Mullock, under pressure from Liam Thomas, spilled and Ceri Morgan eagerly snatched the opportunity to stab the ball into the unguarded net from close-range.

Encouraged by that success, and the real prospect of snatching a vital match-winning goal, Town pressed forward with even greater intensity.  On 61 minutes Thomas weaved smartly through several tackles just inside the penalty area before releasing a crisp close-range drive that Mullock resisted with a fine reflex save.

Shortly afterwards Lewis delivered a right-wing cross into the goalmouth where Clayton Green, arriving with perfect timing, saw his powerful close-range header crash against the bar – the ball rebounded out to Surman on the edge of the penalty area but he also was marginally off-target with a smart volley that flew narrowly too high.

Then in the 69thminute the increasingly productive Lewis directed a marvellous cross-field ball to Bowen on the left-wing – he instantly cut inside past his marker before dispatching a fierce 20 yard strike that Mullock, diving quickly down, claimed at the foot of the post.

All through this spell the Old Gold had managed to resist the Seasiders’ intermittent counter-attacks with some solid, composed defending.  Howeverduring the last 15 minutes of the match their defensive set-up resembled little more than tokenism once Carmarthen were understandably committed to all-out attack.  

Manager Neil Smothers sent towering central defenders Surman and Dave Vincent upfield to function as strikers, while full-backs Cummings and Dan Sheehan were already operating well beyond the half-way line.  Consequently the versatile Knott was often left in isolation, sometimes attempting to deal with two or three marauding opponents on the counter-attack – and several times Idzi was forced to race way out of his penalty area to help clear the danger.

Inevitably Aberystwyth created decent scoring chances as they broke forward.  Notably on 87 minutes a long cross-field pass from Craig Hobson set Jon Owen bursting clear to reach the corner of the penalty area before he produced a crisp angled drive that defeated Idzi but was headed off the goal-line by Lewis who, with astute anticipation, had raced urgently back to provide valuable extra cover. Then well into added time Ryan Wade broke forward to the edge of the penalty area and fired a promising shot that Idzi resisted, once more, in spectacular fashion.

So after this result, and with just one match of their League programme remaining, the Old Gold are condemned to finish in eleventh place and now face relegation to the Welsh League thereby ending their 22 year participation in the WPL (formerly the League of Wales).

But this desperately disappointing outcome has not, of course, arisen just because of the failure to win this game at Aberystwyth – it directly stems from the generally miserable performances over the first 20 weeks of the season during which Town, from 18 matches, gathered only a pitiful 6 points which left them firmly rooted at the foot of the League.  

To have recovered from that dire positon and performed so creditably since then (particularly during the second-phase programme), sufficiently enough to keep alive their chances of WPL survival until the penultimate round of fixtures, is highly commendable - and it is testimony to the remarkable commitment and resilience of the playing squad and coaching staff. 


Lee Idzi;  Luke Cummings;  Lee Surman; Jordan Knott;  Dan Sheehan;  Kieran Lewis; Ceri Morgan;  Clayton Green (sub Dave Vincent 81);  Luke Bowen;  Mark Jones; Liam Thomas;    

Unused subs:  Craig Hanford;  Aidan O’Kelly;  Danny Thomas; 

Cards: (Y)  Ceri Morgan (2);  Clayton Green (76);  Jordan Knott (79);  Luke Cummings (85);      

Goal:  Ceri Morgan (57);



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