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Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:45

Yin and Yang in the WPL

SATURDAY 4th MARCH: Cyncoed Campus. Cold.
CARDIFF MET 2 CARMARTHEN TOWN 2 (Dafabet Welsh Premier League)
After watching so many Met home games in 2016, the gap of a couple of months since my last visit somehow feels longer. On that occasion Carmarthen Town won, at the end of phase 1 - and whereas the Old Gold have made a good start in phase 2, Met haven't won in two months. So an away win seems more likely than it did back at New Year.

With the rather disappointing return to Saturday afternoons, ditching the very successful Sunday experiment, there's a noticeably quieter pre-match atmosphere in the stadium, and fewer familiar neutral faces. A chance then, to read the programme: whilst the university club's issues aren't going to win any awards, there's always interest in Professor Robyn Jones's programme notes. Today, his column includes phrases like "binary, two-dimensional analysis", name-checks the ancient Chinese concepts of yin and yang, and references the structuration theory of sociologist Anthony Giddens. Anywhere else, you'd assume they'd all been included to win a bet.

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Friday, 27 January 2017 08:29

Issue 195 - Feb./March 2017

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ISSUE 195 - publication date 27th January 2017

In this issue we have extensive features on three clubs: 

  • CEMAES BAY
  • GOODWICK UNITED
  • YNYSYGERWN

We also examine the vexed question of the best format for the Dafabet Welsh Premier League - Super 12 or Sweet Sixteen?

There is also a look at the planned changes to UEFA competition formats from 2018 and how they may affect Welsh clubs.  

In our popular Looking Back history columns, we revisit news and action from 50 years ago this month (1966-67) and25 years ago this month (1991-92)

Plus all our regular columns on major leagues, regional round-up, programme notes, international scene and other news and views.

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Monday, 02 January 2017 09:47

Out with the Old....

SATURDAY 31st DECEMBER. Cyncoed Campus, overcast.
CARDIFF MET 1 CARMARTHEN TOWN 3 (Dafabet Welsh Premier League)
It's somehow fitting that the year should end with a game at Cyncoed - the ground most visited on my travels in 2016. It's a significant game too, as the first phase of the Welsh Premier season nears its climax, with both teams in contention for a top six place. Cardiff Met need just a point to guarantee that, and withj a long unbeaten run at home, that should be within their grasp. Carmarthen need to win today and probably in their final game too.

With a remarkable dearth of football in south Wales over the whole festive period, the Mets' crowd is boosted by plenty of fans of other local clubs - and even by some Cardiff City supporters, attracted by the university's reduced admission for anyone who travelled in vain to the Bluebirds' postponed game at Brighton. So, even without the normal quota of students, the official attendance reached 324.

Published in Football
Friday, 14 October 2016 12:47

Issue 193 - November 2016

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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" 
  • International comment and photos
  • Stats, action photos, programme review and lots more. 

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 09:01

It's Been 11 Years

TUESDAY 20th SEPTEMBER: Cyncoed Campus, a fine evening.
CARDIFF MET 2 NEWTOWN 1 (Dafabet Welsh Premier League)

I've been up to Cyncoed more times in the past month than the whole of last season. Such has been the lure of Welsh Premier football in Cardiff, plus a couple of UEFA games. But I haven't yet seen Cardiff Met win a Welsh Premier match - in fact no Cardiff team has won a national league fixture in the capital since October 2005 (that was the ill-fated Grange Quins).

But there is hope: Cardiff Met actually won away on Saturday (at Llandudno) and clearly have a chance tonight against visitors Newtown. The university, with its students now back on campus, has promoted this game and is hoping for a big attendance. Half an hour before kick off, it seems they are going to be rewarded - a fair turnout of regulars, neutrals, officials plus some students, and the latter group start to arrive in bigger numbers as 7.45 approaches. At one point a queue is even spotted [the attendance is later confirmed as a ground record, 428].

Published in Football
Monday, 22 August 2016 07:53

Tough Lessons for the Students

SUNDAY 21st AUGUST - Cyncoed Campus Stadium, rain.
CARDIFF MET UNIVERSITY 0 BALA TOWN 1 (Dafabet Welsh Premier League)
After a ten-year absence, Welsh Premier football returns to the Welsh capital. A decade has passed since Cardiff Grange Quins' brief and disastrous cameo in the national league, several years more since the more successful era of Inter Cardiff. The latter, in fact, had a Cardiff Met connection in their final year at top level, merging with the college (then UWIC) to avoid folding. Technically, Cardiff Met are the direct successors of that merger, though they really reverted to being just a university club when the top flight place was lost in 2001.

Cardiff Met today are a far more professional outfit than that which was relegated in 2001, on and off the pitch. While Christian Edwards has built a team capable of competing at this level, their new stadium at Cyncoed is at the heart of the university campus and the football side now receives far more active support from the authorities, and they have been promoting this opening fixture heavily to the people of Cardiff.

Given all the publicity and attempts to interest Cardiff City fans, it's a shame that only 221 are here - though this may be deemed a good crowd in the neglected Welsh Premier. It's surely not the lowest Cyncoed will see this season, as it has been swelled by a fair number of groundhoppers from England and quite a few from visitors Bala Town. On the other hand, the weather - persistent rain - might have deterred a few casual 'fair-weather' spectators.

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Monday, 06 June 2016 06:55

Issue 190 - Season Review 2015-16

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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, 13 December 2015 10:30

Llandudno on course for Europe?

SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER: Richmond Park, dark, wet and windy.
CARMARTHEN TOWN 2 MBi LLANDUDNO 4 (Dafabet Welsh Premier League)
As the deluge has continued to soak the grass pitches of Wales for another week, and as rain is forecast in many places again today, once again the challenge is to dodge postponements and find a game that's on and that I want to see. As Carmarthen staged a game last week, I decide to take a chance on a grass pitch rather than the limited 3G options today - chiefly because I'm keen to see Llandudno play, the north coast side lying second only to TNS in the Welsh Premier in their debut season.

As I head west on the train, hopes that the morning rain would clear up begin to fade: the usual scenic views out across Gower and the Teifi estuary are grey and bleak, and when I arrive in Carmarthen the wind and rain make even the short walk into town an ordeal. But still no tweets of doubt on today's game....

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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 17:45

Issue 184 (September 2015)

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This issue includes:

- extensive coverage of Welsh Groundhop 2015

- full history of ABERMULE FC

- club features on NORTH END and AFC PERTHCELYN

- news, action, results, photos and comment from Welsh competitions

- updated chart of Welsh football pyramid

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