Welsh League Ground #5: Cambrian Lakeside Academy, Cambrian & Clydach Vale Boys and Girls Club

Ground: Cambrian Lakeside Academy Date of visit: Saturday 10th February 2018 Fixture: Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC v Haverfordwest County Welsh Football League Division One Admission: £5 Attendance: circa 50 Another weekend that didn’t exactly go to plan because of the weather. It’s bordering on the absurd the way this winter has caused havoc to … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #5: Cambrian Lakeside Academy, Cambrian & Clydach Vale Boys and Girls Club

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Welsh League Ground #4: Ynys Park (Port Talbot), home of Trefelin Boys and Girls Club

Ground: Ynys Park (Port Talbot) Date of visit: Saturday 3rd Fixture: Trefelin Boys and Girls Club (BGC) v Panteg Welsh Football League Division Three Admission: £3 (programme £1) Attendance: c. 35 (h/c)   Since I began this Welsh League adventure last summer two grounds have been towards the top of my to-do list. Goytre United’s … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #4: Ynys Park (Port Talbot), home of Trefelin Boys and Girls Club

Welsh League Ground #3: USW Sports Park, home of Pontypridd Town and site of a Welsh Cup giant killing

Ground: USW Sports Park Date of visit: 27th January 2018 Fixture: Pontypridd Town v Penydarren BGC Welsh Cup Fourth Round Admission: £5 (programme £1) When the draw for the Welsh Cup fourth round was made I believe almost every neutral with an interest in domestic football based in South Wales had penned Pontypridd Town v … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #3: USW Sports Park, home of Pontypridd Town and site of a Welsh Cup giant killing

Welsh League Ground #2: Aberaman Park – the home of Aberdare Town FC

Ground: Aberaman Park Date of visit: Saturday 20th January 2018 Fixture: Aberdare Town v Dinas Powys Welsh Football League Division Two Admission: £5 (includes programme) Oh the Welsh winter! Another weekend where games were washed out across Wales. It’s always a bit tense on a Saturday morning when the weather has been poor, checking social … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #2: Aberaman Park – the home of Aberdare Town FC

Welsh League Ground #1 and the start of my 2018 Welsh League challenge: Cardiff University Playing Fields/STM Sports)

Happy New Year! I’m not one for making resolutions at the start of a new year but this year my wife asked me to make three. I didn’t want to have a needless argument about why I believe new year resolutions are vacuous, so I gave her three off the top of my head. One … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #1 and the start of my 2018 Welsh League challenge: Cardiff University Playing Fields/STM Sports)

The ‘Rhondda derby’ experience – Cambrian & Clydach Vale v Ton Pentre

This time last week I was in Clydach Vale for the second time this season, stood in torrential rain on the sideline at King George New Field – the home of Cambrian & Clydach Vale Boys & Girls Club – watching my first ever ‘Rhondda derby’. The visitors, a club I have previously written about … Continue reading The ‘Rhondda derby’ experience – Cambrian & Clydach Vale v Ton Pentre

Challenging The Duopoly: Can Pontypridd Town become the next dominant force in Rhondda football?

In domestic Welsh football it is indisputable Ton Pentre AFC and Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC are the juggernauts in the Rhondda Valleys. I believe a case can be made for them being the two biggest football clubs in all of the South Wales Valleys in the domestic game. That statement comes with a qualifier: … Continue reading Challenging The Duopoly: Can Pontypridd Town become the next dominant force in Rhondda football?