Plas Madoc FC

In 1872 Plasmadoc Football Club, founded three years earlier, became Druids when the various colliery and quarry teams in the hills around Ruabon and Cefn Mawr were brought together under one banner.

Six Druids players were in the first Welsh international side which played Scotland on 25 March 1876 – the most from a single club ever to play for Wales – whilst the first secretary of the Welsh FA, Llewelyn Kenrick, was also an ex-Druid.

In 1876 Druids entered the English FA Cup, the first Welsh club to do so, and in 1882/83 they defeated Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round, losing to eventual winners Blackburn Olympic in the quarter finals.

Druids played in the very first Welsh Cup game at Newtown on 13 October 1877, just a week after playing Scottish giants Queens Park at Hampden Park, and ended up as runners-up to Wrexham in the first Welsh Cup Final in 1877/78. Druids were finalists in the first six years of the competition and became the first club to win it three times in succession by lifting the trophy from 1880-1882. In all Druids have won the Welsh Cup eight times.

The club joined the first Welsh League in 1890 and rose again towards the end of the nineteenth century with more silverware.

History

In 1920 the club left Wynnstay Park to combine with Rhosymedre to become Rhosymedre Druids, playing at Church Field. They merged with Acrefair United in 1923, becoming Druids United, but were perennial strugglers in the Welsh National League (North) until stepping down to the Wrexham & District League in 1930, moving to yet another new ground, this time in Acrefair.

Druids United

League form improved during the 1950s and, in 1957, Druids United reached the Welsh Amateur Cup final, losing to Porthmadog in a replay at Bangor. In that same season the club won the first of two consecutive Welsh Youth Cups.

Profit from the Amateur Cup run enabled the club to fund the layout of a new ground on derelict land in the centre of Cefn Mawr, which became the club’s home for over 50 years. A young George Best was part of a Manchester United XI that provided the opposition for the first match there.

But enthusiasm at Druids had waned by the 1980s when Druids were being outstripped by arch rivals Cefn Albion, who were formed in 1967.

Albion played initially at The Bont, then at Rhostyllen, Ty Mawr and Church Fields before settling back at Ty Mawr, scooping numerous pieces of silverware as they climbed the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area).

A merger between the two clubs was resisted until former Chester manager Ken Roberts intervened to convince the rival factions that an amalgamation was in the best interests of everyone. Thus, in 1992, Cefn Druids FC was born, playing at Plaskynaston and carrying the white and black colours of the original Plas Madoc club.

Cefn Druids

The club steadily consolidated in the Cymru Alliance, helped by a renewed youth policy, and under Gareth Powell, strolled to the 1998/99 Cymru Alliance championship, scoring over 100 goals in the process.

The club marked its arrival in the League of Wales with a 1-0 win at Inter Cardiff, the previous year’s runners-up, in its very first game and, in 2001/02, reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup.

A succession of managers were unable to prevent the Ancients from finishing in the second relegation spot at the end of the 2004/05 season but with only one team from the feeder leagues being promoted, Druids survived the drop.

For several years the possibility of a new stadium for the club was touted as the Plaskynaston land was earmarked for a supermarket and the existing stadium was showing signs of its age. But delays to the start of construction to the new ground meant the club was going to struggle to meet the criteria for the revamped 12-club Welsh Premier League. The club cut its cloth accordingly as relegation appeared certain with the club battling at the wrong end of the table.

When the inevitable relegation happened Druids returned to Rhosymedre in 2010 when the new stadium, The Rock, was completed.

The 2011/12 season saw the club reach the Welsh Cup Final for the first time in 108 years after claiming the scalps of Premier League sides Prestatyn Town, Aberystwyth Town and Airbus UK Broughton. A 2-0 reversal by The New Saints ended the club’s fairytale story but, as the winners had also won the Welsh Premier League, Cefn Druids reached Europe for the first ever time.

In addition the Welsh Cup run, Druids won their first trophy since 1999 after a 4-0 win over Ruthin Town at Wrexham’s Racecourse Stadium gave the club the North East Wales FA Challenge Cup.

The 2012/13 season started with the Europa League First Qualifying Round tie against Finnish side MyPa-47, who had previously faced Liverpool in European competition. A creditable goalless draw in the first leg at the Racecourse Stadium was followed by a 5-0 defeat in Finland.

Domestically, despite a mid-season wobble, the club finished second in the Huws Gray Alliance and achieved the FAW Domestic Licence.

The 2013/14 season saw Cefn Druids storm to the Huws Gray Alliance title, losing just one match in the process. And, with the Domestic Licence again awarded, promotion to the Welsh Premier League was achieved.

In addition the NEWFA Cup was again secured with a 2-0 victory over Ruthin Town in a repeat of the 2012 final, and ensured Druids repeated the double of 1999.

The club’s return to the Welsh Premier League was shortlived, however, as an 11th placed finish saw the club relegated back to the Huws Gray Alliance after just the one season back in Wales’ top flight.

Results

23rd September 2020
1 - 2
JD Cymru Premier
2021
N/A

Cefn Druids vs Flint Town Utd

20th September 2020
2 - 1
JD Cymru Premier
2021
N/A

Bala Town vs Cefn Druids

28th March 2020
Postponed
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Queens Park

21st March 2020
Postponed
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Llay Miners Welfare v Cefn Druids

14th March 2020
Postponed
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Holywell Town v Cefn Druids

7th March 2020
1 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Mold Alex

28th February 2020
3 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Buckley Town v Cefn Druids

22nd February 2020
5 - 0
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Gresford Athletic v Cefn Druids

15th February 2020
Postponed
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Ruthin Town v Cefn Druids

8th February 2020
0 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Hawarden Rangers v Cefn Druids

1st February 2020
5 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Castell Alun Colts

24th January 2020
3 - 0
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Buckley Town

11th January 2020
1 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Penycae v Cefn Druids

4th January 2020
0 - 2
NEWFA Challenge Cup
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Buckley Town

4th January 2020
Postponed
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Queens Park

14th December 2019
2 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Penycae

30th November 2019
2 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Corwen

23rd November 2019
3 - 7
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Llay Miners Welfare

2nd November 2019
Postponed
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Rhos Aelwyd

19th October 2019
Postponed
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Brickfield Rangers v Cefn Druids

12th October 2019
6 - 3
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Gresford Athletic

5th October 2019
2 - 4
Welsh National League - Reserves Division Cup
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Mold Alex

27th September 2019
3 - 3
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Hawarden Rangers

21st September 2019
0 - 6
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Castell Alun Colts v Cefn Druids

14th September 2019
3 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Mold Alex v Cefn Druids

7th September 2019
10 - 0
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Holywell Town

24th August 2019
6 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Ruthin Town

17th August 2019
2 - 3
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Cefn Druids v Brickfield Rangers

14th August 2019
3 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Queens Park v Cefn Druids

9th August 2019
2 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2020
N/A

Corwen v Cefn Druids

16th April 2019
6 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids vs Ruthin Town

9th April 2019
0 - 4
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Brickfield Rangers vs Cefn Druids

30th March 2019
1 - 4
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Gresford Athletic vs Cefn Druids

23rd March 2019
5 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids vs Mold Alex

9th February 2019
2 - 3
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Castell Alun Colts vs Cefn Druids

25th January 2019
3 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids vs Corwen

19th January 2019
5 - 4
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids vs Buckley Town

11th January 2019
1 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids vs Hawarden Rangers

5th January 2019
4 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Mold Alex vs Cefn Druids

1st December 2018
1 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Hawarden Rangers vs Cefn Druids

24th November 2018
0 - 4
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Ruthin Town vs Cefn Druids

10th November 2018
8 - 3
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids vs Castell Alun Colts

13th October 2018
5 - 0
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids vs Brickfield Rangers

6th October 2018
3 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids vs Queens Park

22nd September 2018
0 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Queens Park vs Cefn Druids

15th September 2018
1 - 6
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Buckley Town vs Cefn Druids

Attendance: 40
8th September 2018
3 - 0
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Corwen vs Cefn Druids

27th August 2018
0 - 4
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Ruthin Town FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

25th August 2018
5 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids vs FC Nomads

22nd August 2018
3 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids vs Gresford Athletic

11th August 2018
1 - 4
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2019
N/A

FC Nomads vs Cefn Druids

8th August 2018
6 - 0
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Brymbo Victoria FC

4th August 2018
8 - 0
2019
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Flint Mountain FC

12th May 2018
2 - 1
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Buckley Town FC

28th April 2018
4 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Ruthin Town FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

21st April 2018
2 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

CPD Corwen FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

10th April 2018
2 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Mold Alexandra FC

7th April 2018
2 - 5
2018
N/A

Chirk AAA FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

27th March 2018
5 - 0
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs FC Queens Park

24th March 2018
3 - 3
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Buckley Town FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

17th March 2018
9 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Castell Alun Colts FC

10th March 2018
7 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division Cup
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs CPD Corwen FC

24th February 2018
3 - 5
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Flint Town United FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

17th February 2018
1 - 0
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Buckley Town FC

10th February 2018
3 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Hawarden Rangers FC

27th January 2018
2 - 5
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

FC Nomads of Connah’s Quay vs Cefn Druids AFC

6th January 2018
5 - 0
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Flint Town United FC

2nd December 2017
3 - 2
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs FC Nomads of Connah’s Quay

24th November 2017
4 - 0
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Chirk AAA FC

18th November 2017
0 - 0
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Gresford Athletic FC

11th November 2017
2 - 5
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Mold Alexandra FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

4th November 2017
2 - 3
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

FC Queens Park vs Cefn Druids AFC

28th October 2017
3 - 1
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs CPD Corwen FC

14th October 2017
2 - 4
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Chirk AAA FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

7th October 2017
1 - 3
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Hawarden Rangers FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

16th September 2017
1 - 6
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Castell Alun Colts FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

9th September 2017
3 - 4
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Cefn Druids AFC vs Ruthin Town FC

22nd August 2017
2 - 4
Welsh National League - Reserves Division
2018
N/A

Gresford Athletic FC vs Cefn Druids AFC

Leagues
FAW Reserve League North East, JD Cymru Premier, Welsh National League - Reserves Division
Seasons
2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
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