Our History

Maesteg Celtic RFC was formed in 1926, after land was donated by the local colliery owners. The inaugural match was played against a Welsh Select Team. The club went from strength to strength playing all through the second world war. The club built up a great reputation, and was recognised as one of the strongest (second class sides in Wales). In 1949 they beat the “Invincible Maesteg Team” in a friendly during that season. In 1958 they won the Silver Ball Trophy and in 1984 won the Wrexham Lager Trophy, and throughout their history have climbed the various League Tables with many great successes as well as the occasionally disappointing periods.

The club has helped produce and develop many great players over the years, with Gwyn Evans and Alan Bateman , Wales and British Lions to the fore. 

Celtic players over the years have gone on to have produced between them, 4 British Lions Caps, 47 full Welsh Caps, 28 Schoolboy, 39 Youth, 1 English Colt, 8 Wales A caps and 8 Welsh Deaf caps.

The club currently run 2 senior men`s teams, 1 very successful Ladies Team formed in 2011, and have already supplied one international player and have 4 more in the Ospreys regional side. We have 7 Junior/Minis Teams age groups from 6 – 12 inclusive. Unfortunately our Youth Team folded in 2012, after 40 continuous years. Looking forward to seeing that revived shortly.

The Seniors play in Division 2 Central, the Ladies play in Division 2 , and our seconds team play in Mid Glam District Division 1A. The First team has one of the youngest Coaching teams in the region, with Captain Keiran Power, and former Wales Sevens Team International and Regional player Luke Richards, now sharing the roles.

Our Juniors now have 9 qualified coaches including former Wales Second Row Forward Chris Stephens among them. Currently have approx. 180 players registered to the club. 

The club have recently provided a new Astro Turf All Weather Training Area, Improved Floodlighting, and a refurbished Gym, which along with our very impressive club house, now provides the club with some of the best training and playing facilities in the Region. 

It is the clubs mission to continue to foster and provide the game of rugby football for the youngsters of our surrounding community, for as little cost as possible. This is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy our facilities, to play sport, to develop both their sporting and interpersonal skills, to benefit from the team ethic and to help maximise their potential both as individuals and team players, on and off the sports field.