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Issue 203 - Feb/March 2018

WF 203 cover

Publication Date:  24 January 2018

CONTENTS INCLUDE:

History feature - the story of football at Taff Vale Park

Club features:  Goytre FC, Cefn Druids

JD Welsh Premier, Nathaniel Cars Welsh League and Huws Gray Alliance round-ups and comment

Editorial:  How to grow attendances in Welsh Premier and tier 2

Grassroots features:  Gwent Amateur Cup, FAW Trophy, Penydarren BGC

Looking Back - 25 and 50 years ago

Programme and Book reviews

Double supplement:

1) Full Welsh Premier phase 1 stats and phase 2 fixtures

2) Latest cup results and draws plus dozens of latest tables from Tier 2 & below

 

Available at following club shops: Aberystwyth Town, Cefn Druids, Porthmadog, Caernarfon Town. Also available at Barry Town United games.  

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Sunday, 14 February 2016 09:14

Celtic spring a cup shock

SATURDAY 13th FEBRUARY. Celtic Park, cold and drizzly.
CWMBRAN CELTIC 5 GOYTRE FC 3 (JD Welsh Cup Round 4)
Although I've missed the last two Saturdays while on holiday, nothing has changed on my return: football people are still avidly following every weather forecast, desperately hoping the end of the week will be dry enough to allow some games to be played. By all accounts, last Saturday was as wet as any this miserable winter, and it was stormy when I returned, but a dry interlude brings a little hope...

Actually, last weekend's bad weather worked to my advantage, as the postponement of the Cwmbran Celtic v Goytre tie in the Welsh Cup means it's been re-scheduled for today - an obvious choice of game - assuming it's on - with teams from levels 2 and 3 of the pyramid doing battle for the chance to host a Welsh Premier side in the quarter-finals. Overnight rain on Friday night/Saturday morning means a couple of pitch inspections, but positive reports mid-morning are enough for me to head east (there's an added bonus here - I can travel this way without touching Cardiff city centre, which is going to be its usual mess on a rugby Six Nations matchday).

By the time I get to Cwmbran, the rain has stopped, though it's still very cold and dull as I walk down from the bus station to Celtic Park, via the busy Cwmbran Shopping Centre and the less busy Old Cwmbran high street - an incongruous street in the midst of the new-town estates, its run-down, old-fashioned shops presumably appealing to those who find the centre just a bit too exciting.
The pitch at Celtic Park is clearly playable: the goalmouths sanded, but the surface not holding water anywhere. A few early arrivals are here, and the small band of home officials is already busy with matchday duties. As kick off approaches, a reasonable crowd gathers, and would be counted at well over a hundred were it not for the thirty-odd who assemble on the bank outside the ground to watch for free - too mean to pay the very modest £3 entrance fee.

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Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:55

Goyts Go Top in the Non-Derby

SATURDAY 10th OCTOBER: Glenhafod Park, dry but chilly.
GOYTRE UNITED 3 GOYTRE FC 0 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One)

No Welsh Cup or Trophy matches this week so it's an opportunity to catch up on some league action, and there is a stand-out fixture in south Wales, with the top two sides in the Welsh League, both unbeaten, coming up against each other at Glenhafod Park. It's the clash of the Goyts, but of course it's not a local derby: Goytre FC's journey (to Goytre) is actually one of their longer ones in the league, from their base in rural Monmouthshire to the outskirts of Port Talbot. It's the sort of fixture that should draw a good attendance, especially on a weekend with no English Premiership and Championship games due to the international break. In England and Scotland, the designated "Non League Day" is a cue for clubs to try to boost attendances with offers, but it doesn't really happen in Wales - partly because "non-league" doesn't have much meaning here, but also partly because our semi-pro clubs, especially in the south, just don't really think about attracting crowds in the way their English counterparts do. Not that it would have been easy to tempt many south Walians to local football today - everyone is seemingly gearing up for a long evening in the pubs watching the Welsh rugby and football teams in vital internationals.

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