The Monmouthshire Football Association was
founded on the 4th October 2011 in the Savoy Hotel, Station
Approach Newport. Leagues and Clubs affiliated to the South Wales and
Monmouthshire F.A. In 1958 the Football Association of Wales made the
decision that the Associations’ area will be the geographical area of
It changed its name to the Gwent County Football Association in 1974.
In the early days the
Association did not have any permanent home. They started using rented
offices in Skinner Chambers and then held meetings in various hostelries
in Newport amongst those were the bunch of Grapes where the host was
Davy McDougall the first captain and manager of Newport County. From
1968 until 1985 the Courtebella Club was used before a permanent home
was found in the Civic Centre Newport.
The Association is responsible for Leagues and clubs throughout Gwent
with some 300 clubs now affiliated and approximately 9000 players. There
is increase in the number of girls and ladies teams and the Association
in partnership with the FAW trust will shortly be setting up a Girls
Performance Centre to encourage girls to get on the ladder to an
It wasn’t until 1968 that the Association gained representation on the
Football Association of Wales.
There have been a number of players from Gwent who went on to get full
caps with Wales. Some of them include Nathan Blake, Danny Gabbidon,
Darcy Blake, Chris Gunter, Ryan Doble, Jeff Thomas, Glyn Garner, Mark
Aizlewood, Steve Lowndes and Peter Nicholas.
Another person who went on to receive a cap was our goalkeeper in 1996 –
it wasn’t for the FAW it was Ryan Jones captain of the Welsh Rugby Team.
Quite a few players from Gwent went on to play Amateur Football for
Wales including Ken Brown, Graham Reynolds and Idwal Robling.
Cliff Kingston who was Secretary of the Newport & District League and a
life member of the Association refereed the first English FA League Cup
Final in 1961. He also refereed many internationals at all levels.
2008 saw the FAW enter the Uefa Regions Cup. This cup was for grass
roots football and was competed for between the 6 Area Associations in
Wales over a two year period. The winners then went on the next stage by
representing Wales. We were fortunate to will the first two competitions
and went on to represent Wales in Israel and then last year we
represented Wales in Croatia.
In 1961 the Association celebrated 50 years with a gentleman only dinner
held in the canteen at Lovells.