Ground: Ynys Park (Ton Pentre) Date of visit: Wednesday 7th March 2018 Fixture: Ton Pentre v Caerau (Ely) Welsh Football League Division One Admission: £5 (programme included) Attendance: c. 60-70 (h/c) The Rhondda Valleys are a fantastic place to watch football. It is an underrated part of Wales with some beautiful scenery and some of … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #8: Ynys Park (Rhondda), home of Ton Pentre AFC – cherished home of the Rhondda Bulldogs, an iconic Valleys football ground
Ground: Rhiw Dda’r (home of Taffs Well FC) Date of visit: Tuesday 27th February 2018 Fixture: Taffs Well v Cwmamman United Welsh Football League Division One Admission: £5 Attendance: c.40 Rhiw Dda’r is a place that I will always have a certain affection for. It was the ground that sparked my interest in Welsh domestic … Continue reading Welsh League Ground #7: Rhiw Dda’r (home of Taffs Well FC) – a return to the place where this all began for me
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
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
My last trip around Welsh domestic football took me up the Rhondda to Ton Pentre, the most famous and storied football club from the old South Wales coalfield. For the best part of 100 years Ton Pentre enjoyed a football monopoly in Cwm Rhondda, but over the past decade that monopoly has been challenged by … Continue reading From Humble Beginnings: Cambrian & Clydach Vale, the club developing elite players from the grassroots.
The Rhondda Valley. When I was growing up the Rhondda was like this mythical place, like some lost world amidst our own. It was commonplace to joke about the Rhondda as though it were a place inhabited by troglodytes and other strange life forms, to head out on the road that leaves Pontypridd for Hopkinstown, … Continue reading Rhondda Ramble: Ton Pentre AFC, a valleys club at the heart of the community
Taffs Well FC received an unprecedented level of exposure when Neil Warnock took his Cardiff City squad to play a pre-season friendly at their Rhiw Dda’r ground in July. That was a fantastic evening and looking at Cardiff City’s positive start to the season it is difficult not to see that occasion as some kind … Continue reading Football Re-Discovered. Step 1: Taffs Well and the start of Welsh groundhopping.