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North v South in the West

SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER - Phoenix Park, showery.
GOODWICK UNITED 2 HAKIN UNITED 0 (FAW Trophy, Round 3)
Every season I say I should get down to west Wales more often, but it's a resolution I often fail to keep. The West Wales Cup would be the perfect competition to use for visits west - but it is always scheduled to clash with the Welsh Cup, and the latter usually takes precedence. Few west Wales clubs ever enter national cups, but this year regular FAW Trophy entrants Hakin have been joined by a couple of others, including west Wales treble winners Goodwick. When Goodwick and Hakin reached the third round, and were drawn to meet at Phoenix Park, it was clearly time to visit the north Pembrokeshire coast.

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SATURDAY 9th APRIL. The Bridge Meadow - chilly, but dry and sunny
GOODWICK UNITED 2 HAKIN UNITED 1 (Pembrokeshire Senior Cup final)

Hop on a train going east from Cardiff and it will take a couple of hours to get to London: you're in another world, faster, busier, more connected. Travel west instead, and it will take longer than that two hours to get to Pembrokeshire. But we sometimes underestimate how far, and how different again, the far west of Wales actually is, in culture, outlook, and - crucially - connectedness, or rather lack of it.

Pembrokeshire's geography isolates it, which can be both good and bad in many walks of life. As this is a football blog, that's the only area to discuss here, and geography (physical and social) shapes Pembrokeshire football more than any other county, though south Ceredigion shares more than a few similarities. Most notably, Pembrokeshire football almost a self-contained world: few clubs ever dip their toes in national competitions, few players can stomach the travelling and sacrifices required to play further up the Welsh or English pyramid systems, so as a result there's a thriving county league with competitions that are not overshadowed in any way. There's a sense of recognition and support for local clubs in the wider community that you don't get in the cities, the valleys or even much of mid and north Wales; and the local press - print and online - gives coverage that clubs in more populous areas can only dream of. For the season's showpiece, the Senior Cup final, they go to town - multi page spreads, previews, predictions and pen-pictures.  [article continues, click on 'Read More' if not visible]

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 06:58

Issue 173

WF173 cover

Issue 173 (May 2014) was published on 3rd May and is available to order by post (£3.50 including postage). Please send a cheque to 57 Thornhill Road Cardiff CF14 6PE (payable to Welsh Football) or use the contact form on this site to get details of how to pay electronically.

Contents include:

Feature on PEMBROKESHIRE football, including focus on champions HAKIN UNITED and cup winners TENBY AFC

Spotlight on RHOSGOCH RANGERS

FAW TROPHY final - LLANRUG UNITED victorious

LAMPETER TOWN win EMRYS MORGAN CUP

"THE GREATER GAME" - highlighting Welsh footballers' roles in the First World War

Reduced to £2.00 inc. postage

 

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