Kerry Football Club
Kerry Football Club is a successful village club playing in the 3rd Tier of Welsh Football – an outstanding achievement for a village of the size of Kerry. Its ground, which features a brand new 100 seater stand for spectators, is on Dolforgan Park in the village.
Kerry FC has two senior mens teams, a 1st team and a Reserves team. (At this time, no juniors or ladies teams).
The club trains at the Maldwyn Leisure Centre on a Tuesday evening 8.00pm – 9.00pm, and anyone interested in joining as a player should contact Mike Morgan on 01686 670628.
Article Written for the Kerry News – December 2019
The club have been working extremely hard to get our ground up to the standard of Tier 3 of Welsh Football, which for our village club will be a great achievement.
As you know we opened our new stand, which can seat 100 people, in July and we have now fitted new toilet facilities in the home / away teams’ and the referees’ changing rooms. To complete the work we have also installed a new intercom system.
Opening the New Stand at Kerry Football Club
7th September 2019. Courtesy of Kerry News
On the actual playing side the first team are having a good season and after beating our local rivals Montgomery 3 goals to 1 on Saturday have moved up to ninth in the league as well as being still in the hunt for the League Cup & the Central Wales Football Association Cup (The CWFA Cup)
The Reserves are also doing well, 8th in the League and thanks must go to Ashley Owen for stepping in and helping out with the running of the team after the bad accident that our manager suffered.
On the fixtures front:
Saturday 7th December Kerry away to Llandrindod K.O. 2pm
Saturday 14th December Kerry away to Twyn Bryncrug K.O. 2pm
No games 21st December
Thursday 26th December Kerry home to Berriew K.O. 2pm
Saturday 28th December Kerry home to Llansantffraid K.O. 2pm
Kerry Football Club would like to thank everybody who has helped us in completing the improvements made to our grounds and facilities.
We wish all our players, supporters and everyone else a very happy Christmas and a great New Year.
History of Kerry Football Club
Recorded history of the club really started back in the 1945/46 season, based upon the first set of minutes that we have on record. The first football club committee was formed at a meeting held in the Kerry Reading Room, and comprised Chairman: Mr N C Bebb, Vice Chairman: Mr S Madley, Secretary: Mr V Wilding and Treasurer: Mr C George.
The team joined the Montgomeryshire Amateur League, and played through the 50’s and 60’s.
The team, in its first guise, folded in the early 70’s, only to be re-formed in 1976. It has carried on in its present from that season onwards.
Back in 1976, the team was playing on local farmers fields, wherever they could get hold of them, with changing in the Village Hall (complete, by all accounts, with a tin bath!). This was soon upgraded to playing on the Kerry Lamb field, with 2 caravans equipped with showers.
In 1992/3, the clubs base moved to the Herbert Arms, and a purpose made pitch set up in front of Dolforgan Hall.
The team peaked in the 1995/6 season, under Manager Gary Lewis, winning the Montgomeryshire Amateur League 1, the League Cup, the Village Cup, and the J Emrys Morgan Cup – a feat never done in the County before or since.
The record-breaking 1995/6 Kerry FC team, with Cups
By winning the league, Kerry Football Club was eligible for promotion to the Spar Mid Wales League, but needed new facilities, including a permanent pitch and changing rooms. The building outside the Herbert Arms was converted with the help of the players committee and supporters, and the Dolforgan Park pitch as we know now improved and made ready.
Kerry FC went on to win the Spar Mid Wales League in the 1997/8 and 1998/9 seasons – allowing the team to be further promoted if they wished. The committee wisely decreed, however, that this might be a step too far for the club so soon!
The team have played in this League ever since, which represents the 3rd Tier of Welsh Football, successfully competing with teams from larger towns such as Welshpool. Caersws and Llanidloes
In 2005, new portacabin based changing rooms were constructed pitch side, moving those facilities away from the Herbert Arms. This proved ‘adequate’ and lasted through to this latest year – but in a major step forward, Kerry FC have now proudly opened a brand new 100-seater stand, with new home and away sections, referees changing room, and new toilets/showers.
Over the years, the Club has been blessed with strong Chairmanship from, amongst others, Richard Filby, Les Dawson, and Glyn Corfield, who have helped make this all happen. The current Chairman is Andrew Jones.