During September 1876, an athletics club was formed in the Caernarfon, and later that year on 18 November, Caernarvon Athletic faced North Wales Training College in their first football match, with a somewhat interesting formation of 1-2-8, suggesting they had 12 men on the pitch including the goalkeeper!
Their next opponents were Bangor, a match which was played with 14 men a-side. Bangor won the game with a single goal, and the victory was enough to convince the Citizens to officially form their own club.
Ten years after Caernarvon Athletic were originally formed, the Canaries were the first club from North West Wales to compete in the FA Cup, though they suffered a heavy 10-1 defeat to Stoke City in October 1886!
Two years later, the Oval became their permanent home, but in 1893 the club went out of existence and it was another two years before some former players of the Athletic team decided to reform, this time under the name Caernarvon Ironopolis.
In the next few years the club disbanded and reformed several times, first as two separate teams using the names Caernarvon Colts and Caernarvon RWF, before they merged again as Caernarvon United in 1906.
Perhaps the most successful season in recent years for the Cofis came in 1986/87 when Caernarfon Town enjoyed a successful run in the FA Cup.
After beating Stockport County 1-0 at the Oval in the first round, the Canaries went on to beat York City 1-2 at Bootham Crescent in a second round replay following a goal-less draw at the Oval.
The third round saw them hold Barnsley to a 0-0 draw at the Oval before suffering a heartbreaking 0-1 defeat at the Oakwell Stadium.
The future of the club came under threat in March 2009 following serious financial difficulties, resulting in the resignation of chairman George Denham and his fellow directors. The club currently play in the Welsh Alliance Football League, and is run by fans and officials.