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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:59

Llandarcy: all change

SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER - Llandarcy Academy of Sport - dry, overcast, mild
YNYSYGERWN 0 CHEPSTOW TOWN 1 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Div 3)
When Ynysygerwn won the west wales play-off and joined the Welsh League, I resolved to re-visit Llandarcy this season. It's taken longer to fit it in than expected, but that's possibly a good thing, as their form has improved recently.

It's a familiar ground, a fairly familiar journey, but on the other hand I haven't been to Llandarcy for years. It must have been in 2007-08 that I last visited. That was the last season that Neath AFC played here, before they moved to the Gnoll. By 2012 they had folded.

Of course, before Neath AFC's spell at Llandarcy Park (2005-2008), their predecessor clubs had other grounds nearby, notably BP Llandarcy's original ground. It's very hard to place exactly where that ground was these days, because the area has been so totally rebuilt. Even since my last visit eight or nine years ago, the main junction where it stood is barely recognisable - a huge dual carriageway now cuts through. As far as I can tell - and without referring to old maps - the site of the old ground is roughly where a Holiday Inn now sits.

Just down the road, the football ground at Llandarcy Park is not greatly changed, but its surroundings are. Most strikingly, the huge and grandiosely named Academy of Sport building dominates the south-west side of the ground, while behind the pavilion and changing room end a large modern housing development now looms on the hillside, threatening the tranquillity of Llandarcy village conservation area round the next bend.

The ground is still entered on either side of the pavilion. A wrought iron sign over the turnstile still displays the name Neath AFC. The pavilion itself - Neath's clubhouse - is now a proper café bar for the campus, with smart decking overlooking the corner of the pitch. The steps and bushy slope at this end - which add character - are still in place. On the left hand side, the old cricket scoreboard structure sits rotting away, to the side of the stand - which clearly lost its seating some time ago. On the opposite side, which used to be the cricket square, there is now a mesh fence and no spectator access at all. Even with just the three sides, it's still a fine Welsh League ground, and the playing surface must be one of the best grass pitches at this level. So it's an excellent facility for a little village club like Ynysygerwn to be using.

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Friday, 14 October 2016 12:47

Issue 193 - November 2016

WF 193 cover

The November edition of Welsh Football has been published and is available to order online. 

Contents include:

  • Welsh Premier, HGA, Welsh League and regional round-ups
  • Anglo Files - a look at the Welsh clubs in English leagues
  • Club features on PADARN UNITED, LLAY WELFARE and RHYDYMWYN
  • Looking Back - 25 years to late 1991 and the emergence of the "Irate Eight" 
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 08:57

Unbelievable PTT

SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER. Lakeside Sports Academy, sunny.
CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH BGC 2 PORT TALBOT TOWN 2 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division 1)

With the main railway lines east and west out of Cardiff closed by engineering works, it's a weekend for staying local; and for avoiding the centre of Cardiff itself, which has become "City of the Unexpected" for two days, with big crowds expected to celebrate Roald Dahl's centenary. The only sensible option is to head up the valleys today.Fortunately, Tonypandy in the Rhondda presents itself as the answer: Cambrian v Port Talbot Town in the Welsh League is interesting enough, but just next door there's a delayed FAW Trophy game too. And it's there that I head first on arriving in Tonypandy, a.k.a Mid Rhondda. On the old King George's Field ground, where Cambrian themselves started out, Tonypandy Albion of the Rhondda League are meeting RTB Ebbw Vale in a 2pm kick-off, so I can watch the first 20 minutes here before going up to Cambrian's 'new' field.

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Monday, 06 June 2016 06:55

Issue 190 - Season Review 2015-16

WF 190 cover

End of season edition - publication date 6th June 2016

Contents include:

Focus on outcomes, honours etc in all Welsh competitions

Full 8-page supplement with all pyramid league tables and cup final scores

Photos of many 2015-16 trophy winners on cover and on several inside pages

2015-16 Welsh Programme Awards

Spotlight on Berriew

Looking back:  50 years to the end of 1965-66, and 25 years to May and June 1991

 

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Sunday, 27 March 2016 20:16

Honours Even

SATURDAY 26th MARCH: Jenner Park, wet & windy
BARRY TOWN UNITED 2 CARDIFF MET UNIVERSITY 2 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Div 1)
For a capital city, with a decent transport infrastructure, Cardiff is often a hard place to travel through on a Saturday: after weeks of disruption because of Six Nations rugby, our city is rugby-free at last. But it has managed to find an even more disruptive event to blight another Saturday - a "world" half-marathon that involves closing many city streets, disrupting public transport and predicted to bring gridlock.

It's tempting once again to avoid the centre of town, but Jenner Park is clearly the place to be this week, with a top of the table Welsh League fixture, so the cross-city journey must be made. I forsake the buses and travel by train leaving hours to get to Barry in time for kick off, but it's almost impossible to board my local train service - just room to squeeze onto the two carriages already crammed with a mixture of runners and spectators. It gets worse as we progress to Cardiff, particularly when a number of family groups decide to launch themselves and their buggies into the few inches of space at each door. The match had better be worth it after this.   (article continues - click on 'Read More')

Published in Football
Saturday, 02 January 2016 20:31

3G Saves the Day - Again

SATURDAY 2nd JANUARY: University Sports Ground. Bright, mild, drying up.
STM SPORTS 5 NEWPORT YMCA 0 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division 3)
It's been raining pretty much all night and all morning, on top of weeks of rain. The grass pitches of south Wales are saturated, and the postponement announcements this morning are almost routine, confirming what we expected. Few games will survive, so the only safe approach again is "stay local, seek out 3G". In my case, that's simple - head to Llanrumney for STM Sports' home game on their artificial pitch.

Ironically, as I head to east Cardiff, the weather clears up - a hint of brightness, and the rain and wind abate. Too late to save the lost fixtures, but a bonus for those of us attending what's left. And there are quite a few who, like me, have headed here to the university playing fields in search of match action, groundhoppers from far and wide, and many local neutrals, all swelling the crowd to somewhere between 80 and 90. STM sell out of programmes, despite a decent print run, and the gate receipts must be a nice little windfall to help with match expenses.

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Saturday, 28 November 2015 20:00

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER: The Willows, wet and windy.
BRIDGEND STREET 5 CAERAU 1 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Div 3)
The continuing rain - and the forecast of even more - puts paid to plans for a longer trip today, to north-east or west Wales. It even looks as though it might be another '3G only' day, but news during the morning from Bridgend Street is hopeful, and I'd rather go there than any of the other local options today.

I set off for Splott half-expecting bad news at some point, for the weather is worsening over the lunchtime period. The car park at the Willows is flooded, but on arriving at the ground I hear that the referee has said he'll start the match. In the circumstances, I'll settle for that. On closer inspection, the pitch is in remarkably good shape - except for a couple of small patches on the stand side, where it's boggy, and the ball will get stuck. So, against expectations, it's game on.  Maybe we'll get half an hour... 

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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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Sunday, 27 September 2015 20:42

A Day of Firsts

SATURDAY 26th SEPTEMBER: Parc Ynysderw, dry and sunny.
PONTARDAWE TOWN 2 CALDICOT TOWN 0 (Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Div 2)
A return to league matters a bit closer to home, after a couple of weeks of cup action in the north-east. Six weeks into the season tables are beginning to yield some clues to the season, and in the Welsh League Second Division Caldicot Town hold a 100 percent record after five games, and with the East Gwent side in action at Pontardawe's Parc Ynysderw, I can not only check out the new venue but also catch one of the league's in-form teams.

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Monday, 19 January 2015 19:50

HARD LESSON FOR STUDENTS

SATURDAY 17th JANUARY: Cyncoed Campus, cold, wintry showers.
CARDIFF MET UNIVERSITY 0 CAERAU (ELY) 2 (Welsh League Division 1)
The weather wreaks havoc on the football programme again, with practically all the grass-pitch fixtures in south Wales lost to waterlogging, snow or ice. But in truth, this simplifies things today - I had other options in mind, and having watched the Mets twice recently, I was minded to go slightly further afield, but this top of the table game was always the stand-out fixture today. I am not at all sorry to have it emerge as the only sensible choice today.

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