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The Golden Era

Sufficient players were available during 1944 to once again enter a team in the League. The following season saw the beginning of a golden era in Dafen's soccer history, and they were to have ten years of unrivalled success. Officials for that season were : A.J.Davies(Chairman) J.Davies(Treasurer) & H.Griffiths,New Rd (Secretary). The club's record for those 10 years was as follows :

1945/46:

Played a total of 25 league and cup games. Won 17, lost 7, drawn 1. Won Darch Cup versus Pontyates 2-0. Won shield versus Grovesend(played the following season). W.Reynolds, H.Griffiths & G.Coughlin represented the Carmarthenshire League.

1946/47:

League Champions. Won the Senior Cup against Llanerch 4-3. Played 38, won 31, lost 3, drawn 4. John Jones signed for Fulham March 1st 1947.

1947/48:

League Champions. Played 35, won 32, lost 2, drawn 1. Top scorers, Jackie Howells 31, Wilf Green 29, Lem Green 18, Will Williams 17, Llew Davies 16. Gwyn Grant, Alewyn James & Wilf Green signed for the Reds.

1948/49:

Played 31, won 17, lost 9, drawn 5. Top scorers Jackie Howells 24, Lem Green 22, Will Williams 20, Ken Green 17.

1949/50:

Played a total of 35 games, won 20. Played 25 league games, won 14, lost 5, drawn 6. Top scorers Ken Williams 24, Jackie Howells 17. Lost to Bwlch in the semi-final of the West Wales Cup at Stebonheath 2-1.

1950/51:

League Champions. No defeats in the league. Lost in the semi-final of the West Wales Cup 4-2 after extra time. Total games played 33, won 25, lost 3, drawn 5. Top scorers Will Williams 31, Lem Green 20. Officials, Ivor Thomas(Chairman), Huw Jones(Secretary) & Idwal Dunn(Treasurer).

1951/51:

League Champions 2nd year running. Only 2 defeats in the league. Lost to Bwlch in the final of the Morris Cup 4-0. Total games played 28, won 20, lost 6, drawn 2. Top scorers Alcwyn Williams 26, Will Williams 21.

1952/53:

Won Senior Cup v Trimsaran 3-2. Lost to Bwlch 5-2 after extra time in the Darch Cup final. Games played 33, won 16, lost 10, drawn 7. Top scorers Ken Williams 43, Alcwyn Williams 17, Alcwyn Griffiths 17.

1953/54:

2nd in the league. Lost to Bwlch in the final of the Senior Cup 2-1. Lost to Clydach in the final of the West Wales Cup 1-0. Games played 32, won 23, lost 5, drawn 4. Top scorers Ken Williams 23, Len Davies 18(father of rugby's Jonathan Davies).

1954/55:

Won the Senior Cup v Babcock & Wilcox 3-2. Huw Jones resigned as Secretary after 20 years service. The following article on the club was written in the mid 1950's, by Bill Paton, the soccer correspondent of the Evening post:

' But for a dispute over the Llanelli and District Rugby championship, which they won themselves in the 1921/22 season, Dafen might still have been a rugby stronghold. Their decision to turn to soccer was a bold step, but except for a short period in 1928 the association code has flourished in this sporting suburb of Llanelly, which holds the distinction of having won every honour in the Carmarthenshire League.

Taking a walk around the well appointed Welfare Sports Ground, with its excellent facilities for soccer, cricket & bowls, including showers and even a children's corner. I was left in little doubt that they are better equipped than most clubs in South Wales. Around the walls are pictures of teams that have done the village proud on the field of play.

The soccer section has some outstanding achievements to its credit. In 1925/26, the team won the Llanelli and District League championship under the captaincy of Glyn Charles. Included in that grand side were W.J.James(who was previously one of the rugby stars), H.J.James, Harold Andrews, D.R.Thomas, E.J.Morgan, Will Davies & Alwyn Owen( a brilliant half back). The most notable season was that of 1946/47 when the team won evey honour in the Carmarthenshire League including the championship, the Darch Cup, the Senior Cup & shield.

Outstanding personalities in the side were John Jones and Cliff Thomas(captain) now professionals with Fulham, and Cy Thomas, the ex-Steel and Llanelly right half. John Jones is also engaged on the ground staff of the Surrey Cricket Club. One cup, however, has always eluded the club. It is the West Wales Amateur Trophy and, strangely enough, the team which has put them out each time went on to win the trophy.

Another interesting feature is the family atmosphere attached to the team, for at different periods it has had four Davies brothers, four Green brothers, three Howells brothers and five Williams brothers wearing the club colours.

This season the team has been undergoing a re-building process. Five of the club's players are on the Llanelly senior club's books, but the team is fortunate in having such stalwarts as Will Williams, Lem Green and Wilf Reynolds to pass on the benefit of their experience. In addition, the officials I.Thomas(Chairman) Hugh Jones(Secretary) J.Dunn(Treasurer) and Bryn Green(Trainer) are so enthusiastic over their jobs it will not be long before the team hits the highlights again.'

Written by: Paul Clement
Article date: 25 July 2007


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25/07/2007 - The Golden Era - by Paul Clement (current article)
06/11/2005 - Welcome to Dafen! - by Paul Clement
05/11/2005 - The Early Years - by Paul Clement

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