Rebirth

Wednesday 11th July 2018 | Tonyrefail Leisure Centre Pontypridd FC 0-7 AFC Porth | Pre-season Friendly (Kinsman-Hacker Cup) Attendance: c. 60 Admission: FREE (commemorative match programme £1) “Isn’t this a good ground for football!” This is how the Glamorgan Free Press match report of the original Pontypridd Football Club’s (or Pontypridd AFC, as they were … Continue reading Rebirth

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Scorcher in ‘Poola’

201819.1 Saturday 7th July 2018 Pontypool Town v Pontnewynydd AFC Pre-Season Friendly Albion Road (Pontypool) Attendance: 20-25 (h/c) Welsh football is back! That said, it doesn’t seem that long ago that the 2017/18 season finished. I wrapped mine up at the end of May, but with a few cup finals running into June, the Regions … Continue reading Scorcher in ‘Poola’

Welsh League Ground #24: The Willows (Bridgend Street FC)

Thursday 24th May 2018 Bridgend Street 2-0 Swansea University (Welsh League Division Three) Admission: £3 (programme £1) Attendance: 407 (reported) A confession: I wasn’t expecting much from a football ground based inside a school, especially when said ground is in the Tremorfa area of Cardiff. I’ll leave it there. However, what a pleasant surprise to … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #24: The Willows (Bridgend Street FC)

Welsh League Ground #23: Windmill Lane (Llantwit Major FC)

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 Llantwit Major 5-3 STM Sports (Welsh League Division Two) Admission: £5 (programme included) Attendance: c. 200-250 (h/c) This is one of those football matches that will stay with me until the end of my days, particularly the first half which took 60 minutes to complete, produced five goals, included a penalty … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #23: Windmill Lane (Llantwit Major FC)

Welsh League Ground #22: Ammanford Recreational Ground (Ammanford AFC)

Saturday 19th May 2018 Ammanford AFC 1-3 Pontypridd Town (Welsh League Division Two) Admission: £4 (programme £1) Attendance: c. 170 (h/c) Having watched Ammanford scrape past AFC Llwydcoed a few days earlier I was back on the road to see them again; this time heading to Carmarthenshire to watch them at home. Historically Ammanford AFC … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #22: Ammanford Recreational Ground (Ammanford AFC)

Welsh League Ground #21: Sketty Stadium (Swansea University FC)

Wednesday 16th May 2018 Swansea University 0-1 Trefelin BGC (Welsh League Division Three) Admission: Free (programme £2) I’ve never seen a team receive a trophy before a match. That is exactly what happened here as Swansea Uni were presented with their WL Division Three trophy before kick-off while their opponents, and the side they pipped … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #21: Sketty Stadium (Swansea University FC)

Welsh League Ground #20: Welfare Ground (AFC Llwydcoed)

Tuesday 15th May 2018 AFC Llwydcoed 1-2 Ammanford AFC (Welsh League Division Two) Admission: £3 (programme included) Attendance: c. 50-60 (h/c) On a balmy spring evening I headed up the Cynon Valley to Llwydcoed, a small village just above town of Aberdare. In the 19th Century Llwydcoed was a village renowned for its revelry. In … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #20: Welfare Ground (AFC Llwydcoed)