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Saturday, 20 September 2014 20:20

IN PRAISE OF TAKING PART

SATURDAY 20th SEPTEMBER: Parc Bryn y Don, overcast, humid
DINAS POWYS ATHLETIC 0 MERTHYR SAINTS 9 (FAW Trophy Round 2)
People choose matches to watch for all sorts of reasons: for some it's simple (their team is playing), for others it's a new ground, or a fixture that looks promising. For me, all of those are considerations at different times - but until today I've never chosen a game because it's close to a hospital !

I'd looked at a few of today's 55 FAW Trophy Round 2 fixtures when the draw was made. It's one of the best fixture lists of the year, lots of obscure venues and odd pairings;  I had a short list, some quite far afield. But my wife's hospitalisation at Llandough on Friday put all football matters on hold for me. Then, when it was clear she'd still be there on Saturday, and that visiting was from 4pm, I looked at the fixtures again - to see what was on along a Cardiff west / Dinas Powys axis. In fact three games were being staged in the village of Dinas - one of those an FAW Trophy tie. So Dinas Powys Athletic v Merthyr Saints it is.

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