Garden Village AFC History & Honours

By Owain Johns - July 7 2007

CLUB HISTORY:

When Garden Village were first founded in 1922 we started playing football at Swansea League level before joining the Carmarthenshire League mid-way through the last century. After a number of league and cup successes over the years, 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, before successfully beating Neath League outfit Cwmamman United in the Welsh League promotion play-off for west Wales.

In only our first season of Welsh League football we secured promotion by finishing third in Division Three behind Garw and Ely Rangers - one point ahead of fourth-placed AFC Llwydcoed - and also faired well in the Welsh Cup on top of that; a run that saw us dispose of Pontyclun and Ely in the earlier rounds 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 we managed to finish a respectable eighth in our first season. We did, however, manage to secure promotion at the second attempt when we lifted the Second Division championship at the end of 2001/02 with a 3-2 win in our final game of the season at relegated Chepstow Town.

Village had just one short spell in the top flight of Welsh League football after we 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 safety, finishing two points adrift of Ely Rangers.

CLUB HONOURS

Tony Nakonecznyj West Wales Senior Cup
Runners Up- 2006/07

WELSH LEAGUE DIVISION 2
Winners- 2001/02

WELSH LEAGUE DIVISION 3
Third- 1999/00

WELSH LEAGUE RESERVE CUP
Runners Up- 2001/02

CARMARTHENSHIRE LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Runners Up- 1989/90, 1997/98, 1998/99

CARMARTHENSHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION 1
Winners- 1988/89
Runners Up- 1977/78

CARMARTHENSHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION 2
Winners- 2001/02, 2004/05

CARMARTHENSHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION 3
Runners Up- 1999/00

CARMARTHENSHIRE LEAGUE RESERVE DIVISION 2
Winners- 1990/91, 1998/99

CARMARTHENSHIRE LEAGUE RESERVE DIVISION 3
Winners- 1989/90, 1996/97

CARMARTHENSHIRE LEAGUE - SENIOR CUP
Winners-1989/90, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97
Runners Up- 1990/91, 1992/93

CARMARTHENSHIRE LEAGUE - T G DAVIES CUP
Runners Up- 1998/99

CARMARTHENSHIRE LEAGUE - CHALLENGE CUP
Winners- 1988/89
Runners Up- 1975/76, 1977/78

CARMARTHENSHIRE LEAGUE - DARCH CUP
Winners- 1993/94, 1999/00, 2000/01
Runners Up- 1981/82, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1996/97, 1997/98

SUMMER CUP (Llwchwr Region)
Winners- 1978/79, 1990/91, 1992/93, 1994/95, 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/00
Runners Up- 1979/80, 1989/90, 1991/92

WEST WALES YOUTH CUP
Winners- 2003/04

SWANSEA LEAGUE - INVESTITURE CUP
Runners Up- 1968/69

SWANSEA LEAGUE - GWALIA CUP
Runners Up- 1938/39


Garden Village Football Club - 1942/43