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Sunday, 23 August 2015 07:56

The Road to Europe Starts Here

SATURDAY 22nd AUGUST: Deep Duffryn - humid.
AFC PERTHCELYN 1 LLANTWIT FARDRE 2 (JD WELSH CUP, 1st Qualifying Round)
Another week, another national cup competition gets underway for 2015-16. This time it's the Welsh Cup, so technically the road to the Europa League starts here, though the 118 clubs in action today will realistically be hoping for a run through a few early rounds, enough to earn a share of the prize money in the 'Proper' rounds, rather than a tilt at European glory.

With 58 ties in almost every part of Wales, there's no shortage of choice: there are numerous games that appeal - many of these at clubs which wouldn't normally issue programmes. But adverse weather, which so often afflicts this first stage of the cup, means postponements are possible, and I'm not travelling too far afield. The Perthcelyn tie is one within easy reach and with 'options' if the weather prevails. The home side are the only entrant from the Aberdare Valley League, hosting a team from three divisions higher in the pyramid, and on a ground I've not visited before.

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Sunday, 07 June 2015 08:09

2014-15 Season Review Issue

WF 182

Welsh Football #182 (June 2015)

Publication Date 06 June 2015

CONTENTS INCLUDE:

Dozens of photos of winners of Welsh competitions from the Welsh Cup and Welsh Premier to district leagues.

Bumper 2014-15 tables and honours supplement - you won't find all this information together anywhere else ! 

Annual WELSH FOOTBALL PROGRAMME AWARDS

Spotlight on treble-winning HOLYWELL TOWN

History - looking back 10 years to a memorable UEFA Cup night in 2005 and 25 years as the 1989-90 season drew to a close.

 

This issue is available by post at £3.60 including p&p - email for details of payment options.  Also stocked in Duddens Newsagents, Albany Road Cardiff, certain other independent bookshops around Wales, and the Welsh Books Council stands at major events like the Eisteddfod.  (And on sale on Sloper Road before the Wales v Belgium game 12 June)

 

 

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Saturday, 01 March 2014 20:32

NO SPRING SURPRISE

SATURDAY 1ST MARCH: Aberaman Park - dry and clear
ABERDARE TOWN 1 BALA TOWN 2 (Welsh Cup, Quarter-final)
St. David's Day: the first day of spring (officially) but not always the first spring day. However, this year, there's no mistake, St. David's Day really is a spring day. The fixture list (or at least the FAW's bag of balls) has decreed that I will head up the Cynon Valley today to see if Aberdare Town, south Wales's last hope in this year's Welsh Cup competition, can overcome Welsh Premier visitors Bala Town, and this means taking my familiar walk across north Cardiff to catch the train at Llandaf; through Caedelyn Park - early daffoldils opening (and maybe even more significant, a junior football match in progress, for Cardiff Council has allowed parks pitches to be used for the first time this year); along Church Road - cherry trees in blossom. And the sun shining all the way. What's not to like about today ?

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Saturday, 01 February 2014 20:20

NEW MONTH, SAME WEATHER

SATURDAY 1ST FEBRUARY - Aberaman Park, wet and windy
ABERDARE TOWN 4 BODEDERN ATHLETIC 1 (Welsh Cup Fourth Round)


Another week of rain: postponements loom for yet another Saturday. It's Welsh Cup weekend but all the games are on grass pitches so no easy options this week. And with the disruption that Six Nations rugby brings, travel via Cardiff is best avoided too. By Friday night, I've almost convinced myself that a revisit to one of the 3G pitches is about all I can expect. So when Aberdare Town announce early on Saturday that their pitch has passed an inspection, it's a pleasant surprise.

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Saturday, 07 December 2013 20:01

SILENCE (NOT JUST A MINUTE)

SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER: Jenner Park. Drizzly.
RHOOSE 1 BALA TOWN 6 (Welsh Cup Round 3)
The last 32 of the cup - fifteen ties to choose from (the sixteenth having been played on Friday night); but I'm not able to head off on a long journey this week, so the choice is narrowed down to two south Wales ties, Aberdare v Prestatyn, Rhoose v Bala.

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