TREFONEN Football Club can trace its resurrection to a charity match fundraiser in 2008.

However this proud border club has its origins in the last 19th century and a Welsh Cup second round defeat to eventual winners Oswestry White Stars in the 1884 edition of the competition.

The cub was based in Woodhill but little is known of the early club but the village's most famous footballing son was soon to rise to prominence.

Di Jones was born in the village in 1867 and represented Oswestry Town before winning two Welsh Cups with Chirk in 1887 and 1888.

A big move to Newton Heath in 1888 represented the start of an international career and while his time in Manchester was unsuccessful the full back would go on to become a club legend at Bolton Wanderers, making 228 appearances in the next decade.

In 1898 Jones returned to Manchester with a move to Manchester City where he made another 114 appearances in four years before his life was tragically cut short.

In 1902 the Welsh defender suffered a cut knee in training after falling on glass and died of blood poisoning on August 17 1902.

Football returned to Jones' home village seven decades after his death in the form of pub team Efel Inn who sported a black and white kit purchased from fellow border club Morda United.

Trefonen Football Club was formed in 1981 when their now distinctive yellow and green striped kit was donned in the Wem and District Sunday League and, following two seasons of struggle, were prmoted to the first division.

The club enjoyed much success over the next decade with a host of titles while the club won three Graham Edwards Memorial Trophy titles.

However in 1996 the failure to fill vital roles within the club committee led to their folding.

It would be 12 years before Trefonen Football Club returned.

In 2008 a charity match for the village's hill walk weekend between veterans of the club's defunct Sunday League side and young men from the village was held and the seeds of a new club were sewn.

However on this occasion the club looked west, to Wales, and joining the Montgomeryshire League for travel reasons and due to strong links forged with border clubs Llangedwyn, Llansantffraid and Morda United.

The club won the second division in their second second while also winning the Village Cup but opted against promotion.

Two years later the club ended runners-up and secured promotion to the top tier of the Montgomeryshire League.

During this period the club invested in its facilities but their time in the first division was brief and were relegated in 2016.

The club regrouped, winning the Consolation Cup in 2018 before securing promotion the following season when the club enjoyed its best ever run in the Emrys Morgan Cup.

Today the club, known as the Pitmen, remain well supported in the village with attendances increasing while replica shirts and club merchandise are a common sight around the area.

Away from matchdays, the club rely on a strong and experienced committee to carry out a large range of tasks needed to run a village football team.

The hardworking individuals are also backed by a number of volunteers and supporters who all play their part throughout the season while recent success under current manager John Reid have seen a surge in much needed sponsorship opportunities from local businesses, most of whom have strong roots with the village itself, for which the club are extremely grateful.