All football suspended
indefinitely due to COVID-19
Saturday 14th March 2020
14 - 30
Friday 6th March 2020
1 - 0
Llantwit Major Football Club was formed in 1962. A selection committee selected the team until entry to the South Wales Amateur League 2nd division was gained in 1971.
Gwyn John was appointed as the first team manager. Manager John’s team were promoted to the 1st Division after finishing second in the 1976/77 season. Llantwit consolidated in the division before claiming their first Amateur League title under new manager Alan Foster in the 79/80 season.
This was closely followed by their second championship just a year later after retaining the title and adding the Corinthian Cup to achieve the double. This kick started a golden period in the 80’s where the club won another double of league and Corinthian Cup in 83/84. The hat-trick of Corinthian Cups came in the 86/87 season. The
club were also runners up in the league on a further two occasions during the decade.
The 90’s by contrast was a very mixed period for the club, first relegation in 91/92 under Rob Sherman’s leadership, followed by promotion two years later with Steve Manning at the helm. Fast forward two years and relegation, this time with record appearance holder Pete Lingham as player/manager. However, the club made sure they were in the first division again at the turn of the millennium, the management duo of Kev Pycroft and
Phil Clay gaining promotion by winning a comfortable 2nd division title.
The club spent the next decade consistently flirting with the league title without ever looking like serious title contenders with Llantwit stalwarts Tim Watts and John Guy providing much needed stability in charge. The club also came runners up in the Corinthian Cup in 2005. John Guy stepped down as manager in 2010 following a
decade as manager to move upstairs as Chairman. Guy did this selflessly in order to allow the introduction of fresh ideas into the club from new boss Kevin Rees in partnership with Watts. Rees and Watts introduced flesh blood into the playing staff gaining instant success by lifting the SWFA Senior Cup in 2010/11.
The bedrock of the new players was Darren Robinson who became player-manager along with the irrepressible Watts and Leigh Pratt as player- coach. In his first season (2011/12), the club went onto win the South Wales Amateur League losing only once in the process before securing promotion to the Welsh League Division 3 after
beating Sully Sports 4-0 in a play-off final. Following a respectable debut season in Div 3 where the club faded in the final weeks of the season to finish 6th, Robinson stepped down from his managerial duties due to personal reasons.
Over the next two seasons Baz Whitelam, Dave Peniket and Phil Clay all contributed to stabilising the club in what became a challenging period with several local players finishing playing for different reasons and the club fighting to retain their Welsh League status.
Over the summer months of 2014, the club were quick to act in appointing Karl Lewis as manager, having become available following two highly successful years managing in the Welsh League Reserve and Youth Leagues. Three years on, and only ten league defeats within this period, Lewis has superbly led the club to back-
to-back league titles winning the Welsh League Div 3 title in 2016/17 and Welsh League Div 2 title in 2017/18 in the club’s most successful period since forming. The club will now look forward to competing in Welsh League Division 1 and the second tier of the Welsh Football Domestic Pyramid System for the first time in its history.
After Karl Lewis resigned as manager after a successful season in the Welsh League, Darren Robinson became the new manger to guide Llantwit Major AFC into the next chapter playing in the JD Cymru South.