The New Saints Make History

The New Saints of Oswestry Town and Llansantffraid Football Club made history on Saturday the 12th of April 2014, by winning the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League for a record eighth time.
 
The reigning Welsh Premier League Champions managed to secure the point they needed against second placed Airbus UK at Park Hall Stadium to secure the title, completing a hat-trick of League Championships in the process.
 
Craig Harrison’s side overhauled Barry Town’s record of seven league titles in what has been an incredible 14 years for the club. 
 
By avoiding defeat, The Saints also managed to go the whole campaign at home undefeated, in what was the last home game of the 2013/2014 season.
 
Amazingly it was the fourth time that TNS and The Wingmakers had drawn one all this season after a Mike Wilde goal in the first half, was cancelled out by a late Tom Field penalty.
 
The incredible run of League successes started in the 1999/2000 season when The New Saints, who were then known as Total Network Solutions, were first crowned Welsh Champions.
 
During the 1997/1998 season, Total Network Solutions Ltd invested £250,000 over a 5-year period.
 
The club, formerly known as Llansantffraid, then changed its’ name to Total Network Solutions FC as part of this particularly unique deal.
 
Since 2000, the club have become a truly dominant force in Welsh football.
 
After the merger with Oswestry Town FC in 2003, the 2004/2005 season ended with a League and Welsh Cup double.
 
More silverware was collected during the 2005/2006 season. Another League title and a Welsh League Cup were won.
 
At the start of the 2006/2007 season, the club’s name changed to The New Saints but a different name didn’t stop the success and Ken McKenna guided The Saints to yet another League title, completing a hat-trick of titles.
 
The 2009/2010 season resulted in another league title for TNS under the guidance of Mike Davies.
 
Current TNS manager, Harrison, took over in the winter of 2011 and achieved a League and Welsh Cup double in his first six months at the helm.
 
The following season, the former Middlesbrough defender broke a new Welsh Premier League record by winning the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League by an incredible 22 points.
 
The 2013/2014 season has already been a successful one after wrapping up the League title last weekend and it could get even better as TNS have also secured a spot in the FAW Welsh Cup Final where they will meet Aberystwyth Town on the 3rd of May.
 
The Oswestry based side will also now eagerly await the UEFA Champions League draw which is set to take place in Nyon, Switzerland on the 23rd of June 2014.
 
Find out more about The New Saints FC here www.tnsfc.co.uk