Caernarfon Town Football Club Papers

Scope and Content

Records of Caernarfon Town FC, 1945-1962, including club minutes and committee papers, 1950-1961; papers relating to the Oval, 1949-1961; general correspondence, 1949-1961; correspondence with the Supporters' Club, club members, ground and playing staff, 1949-1961; correspondence and papers relating to Football Association of Wales, Welsh Football League and other clubs, personnel, and fixtures, 1948-1961; match programmes and Secretary's notes, 1956-1960; Treasurer's records, 1945-1962, including bank papers, 1948-1960, club accounts, 1945-1961, match receipts and expenses, 1947-1962, general club administration receipts and expenses, 1950-1961, donations, 1952-1960, and financial papers relating to the Association and League, 1948-1961.

Administrative / Biographical History

The first organised football team in Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, was the Carnarvon Athletic Club, founded in 1876. The present Caernarfon Town Football Club (Clwb Pel-Droed Tref Caernarfon) ('The Canaries') was founded in 1937. The club achieved success in the late 1940s, playing in the Welsh League (North) Division 1 from 1945 onwards. The club erected a new stand in 1952, purchased their Oval ground in 1958, and appointed their first team manager in 1959, but by 1961 had accumulated considerable debts. The team set new club goal-scoring records during the 1955-6 and 1956-7 seasons and reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup in 1958. Between 1981 and 1995 the team played in the Northern Premier League; in 1996 it joined the Welsh National League.


Arranged into the following: papers of the club Secretary; and papers of the club Treasurer.

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Caernarfon Town Football Club Papers/Papurau Clwb Pel-Droed Tref Caernarfon, 1945-1962; Garland, Ian, and Wyn Gray-Thomas, The Canaries Sing Again: A History of Caernarfon Town Football Club (Gwasg Gwynedd: Caernarfon, 1986).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

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Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


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Related Material

Further records are in Caernarfon Record Office, XD70/253.

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