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Issue 196 - April 2017

WF 196 cover

The April 2017 issue of Welsh Football is published on 20th March.

This issue includes all the regular coverage and analysis of domestic Welsh competitions, including the Dafabet Welsh Premier League.

This month's feature articles also include full club spotlights on Usk Town and Bargod Rangers and coverage of the recent Spring Groundhop weekend in Carmarthenshire and south Wales. 

For history lovers, we have several articles of interest: firstly, we focus on the Origins of Football in Cardiff, looking at the city's pioneering 19th century clubs. We also have an article by Richard E. Huws, telling the story of John Alwyn Evans, an Aberystwyth & District League player who went on to star for Millwall and Leyton Orient.

The regular 'Looking Back' series turns the clock back 25 years, and in this issue we are again looking at matches and other news from late Spring 1992, in the months prior to the formation of the League of Wales.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:50

In Praise of Diversity


Three days, six games in four different competitions - it can only be another Groundhop....

Published in Football
Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:58

The Welsh Groundhop Comes 'Home'


The first, tentative Welsh Groundhop took place in the South Wales Amateur League in 2002. Now, sixteen years later, the 2016 event is back 'home' in Cardiff and the valleys. The league has changed (to the Alliance) and so have Groundhops. But all for the better. A great weekend is in prospect (and the weather forecast isn't too bad either). Read on!

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Sunday, 24 April 2016 07:42

Fields of Dreams

15-17 APRIL 2016


After several enjoyable seasons visiting real grassroots venues in the Ceredigion League, the organisers of these events, Groundhop UK, have decided to dip a toe into the neighbouring Carmarthenshire League, and of course I have to be there. [if rest of article is not visible, click on Read More below]

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Saturday, 05 September 2015 18:53

Cakes and Ale - and lots of Football

Friday 28th August
August Bank Holiday weekend is synonymous with the Welsh Groundhop and, for me and many other lovers of football in Wales, there's only one place to be this weekend: north Wales. The pilgrimage starts on Friday with a train trip to Chester, whose university accommodation is the base for the weekend's excursions co-ordinated by Groundhop UK. It's damp as I leave Cardiff but the forecast for the north-west is hopeful - the weather really does matter when you've got eleven games coming up.....

Published in Football
Friday, 13 March 2015 20:39

Issue 180 - April 2015

Contains fully illustrated Ceredigion Groundhop report

Detailed contents here shortly

Publication date 19 March - available for pre-order now

£3.55 including postage.

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Monday, 08 September 2014 18:51

Issue 176 (Sept/Oct 2014)

WF 176 upload

Contents include:

Full lavishly illustrated report on Welsh Alliance Groundhop - six pages in total.

A Tale of 2 Towns:  Feature on Abergavenny and Monmouth

Club feature:  Canton Rangers

Looking back - reflecting on the start of the 1989-90 season, 25 years ago. Newport AFC founded, Merthyr in the Conference and Swansea in Europe.

Liverpool in Wales - second instalment of Phil Brough's look at Liverpool's visits through the programmes issued.

Welsh Footballers and the Victoria Cross (part 2). Ian Garland profiles George Prowse of Gilfach Goch.

Statistics feature containing cup results & draws, league tables as at 7th September

News and round ups from all main competitions.


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Published in Publication Dates
Friday, 05 September 2014 18:54

Half a Hop is better than...

Sunday 24th / Saturday 25th August - NORTH WALES GROUNDHOP

For several days I didn't expect to be making the trip north this weekend, expecting to be needed as nurse, cook, shopper etc at home. But I've been persuaded to travel up on Saturday night - with cover in place at home - and I'll get to join the Welsh Groundhop for days 3 and 4 after all. Half a hop is better than no hop, even though my record of attending every single Welsh Groundhop game ever staged is now gone. I catch the train to Chester, rendezvous with two coaches of very weary hoppers at 10.45 (they look as tired as I feel), and look forward to Sunday morning.

Published in Football
Monday, 10 March 2014 20:41


SATURDAY 8TH MARCH: The Welsh Spring Hop - dry and sunny with a cold wind.

ABERPORTH 3 CRANNOG 2 (Costcutter Ceredigion League Division One)

Saturday dawns dry - important this, because the main concern in recent weeks has been the state of pitches in Ceredigion. Few games have been played since the turn of the year, and even after a relatively dry fortnight, grounds are susceptible to fresh rainfall. With Thursday having been wet, fingers are well and truly crossed.

Our first venue on the Hop, the Civil Service ground at Aberporth, illustrates the situation well. We arrive at the MOD base up on the cliffs, with its football pitch opposite the social club, all dominated by the base itself on higher ground - they test aerial weaponry here, apparently. At first sight the pitch looks perfectly playable, until you discover the state of the top corner, where there's a natural spring underground; soft is an under-statement - this part of the pitch is best avoided. This being a groundhop game, postponement really hasn't been mentioned.

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