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Giles Smith (Assistant Manager), Matthew Flynn (Vice Captain), Alex Davies, Jerome Maynard,Alex Blake, Dave Vincent, Craig Attard, Tyrrell Webbe, Tom Rutherford, Jamal Roberts, Owain Rogers (Coach)
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Luke Cooper, Kieran Joseph, Huw Corne, Curtis Matthews, Nana Baah (First Team Manager), Abdighani Noor, Andy Smith, Louis Gerrard, Gianluca Palladino, Amanj Hassan

A Brief History

Caerau Ely were formed in 1955 joining the junior division of the Cardiff Combination League. A set of red jerseys given to the club by Mr.Ron Miller of Cross Bros. AFC was to determine the colours of the club forever. The club started its playing days on the Ely Racecourse moving on to Glyn Derw School in the eighties and then finally moving onto the Cwrt-yr-Ala ground in Ely.

In 1991 they gained entry to the new Senior League and then progressed to the CC Sports Welsh League in 1998 after beating Dinas Powys 1-0 in the play off held at Bridgend.
The history shows that after winning well over EIGHTY combined league titles and cups in its time, Caerau Ely has become one of the most successful clubs in Cardiff.

Season 04/05 we gained promotion from the 3rd Division to the 2nd finishing in the third place, we were to carry on surviving near the bottom and scraping to safety at the end of most seasons, with most players probably leaving there best days behind them, we realised we had to look at the future.

Season 06/07 saw the coming together of Caerau Ely and the youth of Llanishen Dons football club. Caerau without a representative side in the youth league approached Llanishen to invite them to join the Caerau set up. The advantages for Llanishen were obvious in that they could play at a very good level and the advantages for Caerau were that they would have a new group of young players for the future.

The first season saw the youngsters finish third in the East division and also saw an amount of players move up and take their place in the senior side, the next season they finished 2nd with even more of a presence in the first side.

Season 09/10 was the biggest in our History ending in promotion to Division One, winning 8 drawing 2 and with 1 loss in the last 11 games we took third place and with a finish like that thoroughly deserved it. On times we played with a starting eleven that didn’t have a player over the age of 21, so the youth policy adopted in 06/07 had finally paid off.

The first Season in Division One went very well finishing with a respectful 5th place, which was our highest finish in our history so a great achievement, unfortunately the second season we came up very short, with major problems trying to keep hold of players and discipline on and off the pitch returning to days we thought we had moved on from we finished bottom, so a major come down from the previous season.

So we started Season 12/13 back in Division Two after a short but eye opening period in the first division, we employed a new team Manager in Nana Baah, who was helped by Giles Smith and Dominic Broad to try and rebuild the team.

In their first season in charge, they managed to work wonders and gain promotion back into Division One and in the process creating a new professional approach at the club. Discipline at the club is of a very good standard and major improvements have been made under the management of Nana Baah.

In 2014/15 we won the Welsh League Division One under Nana.

We hope for a long successful era under Nana Baah and his team.


Craig Sampson Coach

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