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Sunday, 13 January 2019 13:43

You Can't Beat a Proper Cup Tie

SATURDAY 12th JANUARY. The Muga, mild.
PLAS MADOC 3 BERRIEW 2 (FAW Trophy Round 5)

For the second week in a row my Saturday morning and evening will be spent travelling up and down the so familiar English border line on Transport for Wales trains. The weather's been unusually peaceful for January and neither trip was threatened by postponement. All good, although last week's outing was a bit of a drag, to be honest: a dull routine league game between two rusty sides, on a dull day in a rather dull place. I didn't write it up as a blog - there just wasn't much to say and I didn't want to waste time re-living it.

But I have higher hopes of today's excursion. For a start, it's the FAW Trophy, and knock-out football tends to produce more drama. Secondly, it's an inter-region game, North East v Central Wales, between teams that haven't met before. Thirdly, the home team, Plas Madoc, are a bit of a sensation - after winning the North East Wales League in only the first season, they're unbeaten so far in the league (Wrexham Area Division One). I'm looking forward to watching them.

Published in Football
Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:00

Results 11-12 January 2019

Bala Town - Caernarfon Town 1-3
Barry Town Utd - Aberystwyth Town 2-1
Carmarthen Town - Connah's Quay Nomads 3-2
Llandudno - Cardiff Met 0-3
Newtown - Cefn Druids 1-1
The New Saints - Llanelli Town 5-0


Grange Albion - Penydarren BGC 1-4
Pontardawe Town - Swansea University 3-2
STM Sports - Ynyshir Albions 3-0
Bodedern - Four Crosses 2-1
Cefn Albion - Bow Street 3-0
Corwen - Pwllheli 6-1
Llanrug United - Llangefni Town 0-4
Plas Madoc - Berriew 3-2


Bangor City - Denbigh Town 5-0
Prestatyn Town - Holywell Town 1-0
Penrhyncoch - Rhyl 0-1
Gresford Athletic - Guilsfield 2-2
Ruthin Town - Airbus Broughton 1-2
Conwy Borough - Buckley Town 2-2
Llanrhaeadr YM - Holyhead Hotspur 1-1
Porthmadog - Flint Town United 2-2


Goytre Utd - Briton Ferry Llansawel 3-2
Ammanford - Goytre 4-3
Cwmamman United - Taffs Well 2-3
Cwmbran Celtic - Llantwit Major 2-4
Haverfordwest County - Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC 2-2
Penybont - Afan Lido 3-3
Pontypridd Town - Port Talbot Town 1-1
Undy Athletic - Ton Pentre 2-3

Div 2
Garden Village - Risca United 2-3
Abergavenny Town - Caldicot Town 0-2
Bridgend Street - West End 4-2
Caerau (Ely) - Dinas Powys 3-0
Monmouth Town - AFC Llwydcoed 4-2

Div 3
Trethomas Bluebirds - Tredegar Town 2-2
Ynysygerwn - Ely Rangers 3-1
AFC Porth - Penrhiwceiber R. 0-4
Caerau - Panteg 2-3
Chepstow Town - Newport City 3-0
Treharris Athletic Western - Trefelin BGC 0-1
Treowen Stars - Pontyclun 1-3


Barmouth Dyffryn - Llanberis 1-2
Greenfield - St Asaph City 2-3
Llandudno Junction - Nantlle Vale 1-6
Llandyrnog Utd - Mynydd Llandegai 1-1
Llanrwst Utd - Llandudno Albion 0-2
Penrhyndeudraeth - Prestatyn Sports 3-3

Blaenau Amt - Kinmel Bay 2-3
Gaerwen - Llannerchymedd 0-3
Holyhead Town - Amlwch Town 5-0
Llannefydd - Y Felinheli 4-2
Meliden - Pentraeth 0-0
Mochdre Sports - Aberffraw 1-7
Penmaenmawr Phoenix - Glan Conwy 0-5


Aberaeron - Kerry 4-4
Builth Wells - Caersws 0-0
Llandrindod Wells - Churchstoke 3-0
Llanidloes Town - Carno 3-1
Tywyn Bryncrug - Llanfair Utd 2-4
Welshpool - Llansantffraid 4-1

Abermule - Newbridge-on-Wye 2-3
Borth Utd - Montgomery 1-5
Dolgellau - Machynlleth 5-1
Presteigne - Hay St Mary's 3-3
Rhayader - Waterloo Rovers 2-3


Brymbo - Brickfield Rangers 3-1
FC Nomads - Saltney Town 3-2
Hawarden Rangers - Rhos Aelwyd 1-6
Llanuwchllyn - Queens Park 3-2
Mold Alexandra - Chirk AAA 1-1
Rhostyllen - Penycae P-P (no referee)

Castell AC - Rhosllanerchrugog 1-0
Coedpoeth - Llangollen Town 4-2
Johnstown Y - Rhydymwyn    2-0
Offa Athletic - New Brighton Villa 2-1
Overton - Cefn Mawr Rangers 1-0


Acton - Caerwys 2-1
Airbus UK Broughton Youth - Mold Town United 1-0
Bradley Park - Borras Park Albion 1-2
Brymbo Victoria - Bellevue FC 12-0
Connahs Quay Nomads U18 - Penyffordd Lions 0-5


Baglan Dragons - Merthyr Saints 8-1
Canton Liberal - Garw SBGC 3-2
Cefn Cribwr BC - Caerphilly Athletic 4-0
Cwm Welfare - Cardiff Draconians 0-17
Pencoed Athletic - Pontlottyn 7-0
Ton & Gelli BC - Brecon Corries 1-3
Trebanog - Sully Sports 2-3
AFC Whitchurch - Blaenrhondda 2-3
Cardiff Airport - AFC Butetown 5-3
Cornelly United - Clwb Cymric 3-2
Llangynwyd Rangers BGC - FC Cwmaman 1-3
Penrhiwfer - Penrhiwceiber Con Athletic 1-0
Porthcawl Town - Cardiff Corinthians 2-1
Tonyrefail BGC - Aber Valley 3-0

Aberfan Social - Llantwit Fardre 4-0
Carnetown - Cardiff Cosmopolitan 0-3
Cogan Coronation - Vale United 2-0
Cwmbach Royal Stars - Llanrumney United 0-4
Llangeinor - Graig FC 3-2
St Albans - AFC Bargoed 3-0
St Josephs - AFC Wattstown 2-2
Tynte Rovers - STM Sports Old Boys 3-1

Published in Results
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:17

The Case of the Moveable Kick-Off time

SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER. Gresford Colliery Club, cold but sunny.

The last 64 of the FAW Trophy, 32 games to choose from. Of course, there are plenty closer to home than the one I've picked, but travelling north has been out of the question for four weeks (the dreaded rail replacement buses) so I feel in need of a long distance away-day while the weather still holds and grounds aren't waterlogged. By this stage of the competition, there tend not to be many venues I haven't visited before, but Offa Athletic's Gresford Colliery Club ground is one on my list.

The weather has changed since last week. It's bitterly cold as I set off for Wrexham, the thermal layers making an early seasonal reappearance. But it's dry, so no need to worry about postponement. Instead, I have to worry about actually getting to the game - my train turns out to have been delayed at Carmarthen and turns up nearly half an hour late at Cardiff. For the next two hours, instead of sitting back and enjoying the journey up the borders, I'm fretting that I may miss the connection to Wrexham, which, the train conductor insists, will not be held if we're late. Contingency plan: catch the next Wrexham service an hour later and dash by taxi, just enough time to make the 2.30 kick off.

In the end, I make my connection at Shrewsbury with five minutes to spare, shivering on the platform in an icy wind. So it's a more leisurely journey up to Gresford, via the bus towards Chester. A short stroll around the road interchange and into Bluebell Lane and the Gresford Colliery Club.

Published in Football
Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:13

Issue 203 - Feb/March 2018

WF 203 cover

Publication Date:  24 January 2018


History feature - the story of football at Taff Vale Park

Club features:  Goytre FC, Cefn Druids

JD Welsh Premier, Nathaniel Cars Welsh League and Huws Gray Alliance round-ups and comment

Editorial:  How to grow attendances in Welsh Premier and tier 2

Grassroots features:  Gwent Amateur Cup, FAW Trophy, Penydarren BGC

Looking Back - 25 and 50 years ago

Programme and Book reviews

Double supplement:

1) Full Welsh Premier phase 1 stats and phase 2 fixtures

2) Latest cup results and draws plus dozens of latest tables from Tier 2 & below


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Published in Publication Dates
Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:24

Long Distance

SATURDAY 13th JANUARY: Abertillery Leisure Centre, cold and gloomy.

When I saw the draw for the Fifth Round of the FAW Trophy (my favourite domestic competition), I was delighted to see that it was national, rather than regionalised. In recent years, the competition had been regional until the last possible point, but that deprived clubs of one-off away-days in other parts of Wales, and deprived spectators of the inter-region ties that capture the imagination.

The only disappointing feature of the last sixteen draw was the shortage of games in south Wales. Most of our local clubs were drawn away, with just Abertillery in reasonable, January-travel range. Hence a journey up the Ebbw valley - not the easiest, as I'm wary of Gwent buses. Quite often it seems only locals actually know where they stop - and I remember waiting in the wrong place, in what looked like a bus station, on my last trip to Abertillery. Signage and visitor information is non-existent in these parts - I suppose they don't expect tourists.

Published in Football
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:32

The Lower Mountain

SATURDAY 18th NOVEMBER. Argoed Sports Ground, sunny and cold.

The risk of adverse weather generally puts me off long journeys in November, but with a decent forecast for north-east Wales, after a quiet week, I'm fairly confident in sticking to my original, tentative, choice from the Trophy 4th Round draw - a first-ever visit to Mynydd Isa, whose ground I missed out on when the previous club played Cymru Alliance football there, a decade ago.

The 1.30 kick off dictates an early start: in fact, to be safe, a VERY early start. There's enough slack in my schedule today, and enough alternative routings, not to worry about the inevitable disruptions on the trains. I make it to Wrexham in time for a connection to Buckley and a leisurely hour's stroll across town and up Pren Hill to Mynydd Isa. As the names imply, it's not all flat, but they do seem to be a tad modest with their names around here: on the way I passed Little Mountain, and now I'm at Mynydd Isa meaning 'Lower Mountain'.

Published in Football
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 14:39


SATURDAY 28th OCTOBER. Waunfawr Park, sunny intervals.
With the weather calming down after its recent excesses, there's a full programme of football going ahead on this, the last Saturday in October. But no need to scan the fixture lists - my choice is already made.

This is the match I should have been at last Saturday. I was glad when it was called off in mid-morning, because I didn't fancy a storm-affected trip to a ground without cover, with every risk of postponement. Today, however, its appeal is irresistible. A couple of buses get me to Cross Keys, where the Sirhowy flows into the Ebbw, and where Gwent League newcomers Cwmcarn Athletic play in Waunfawr Park.

Published in Football
Monday, 14 August 2017 07:47


SATURDAY 12th AUGUST. Underhill Park, sunny.
Seven matches into my season, and finally one within 100 miles of home in Cardiff. Just the 80-odd mile round-trip to Swansea Bay for this one. True, today there were plenty of competitive games much closer to home, but the first round of the FAW Trophy is one of those special days of the season - a long list of interesting matches, many at grounds I haven't visited, so the difficulty is always in the choosing. But the decision is made - Mumbles Rangers is a famous Swansea club I've read plenty about over the years, and a visit to Underhill Park is overdue.

From Swansea station to Mumbles is five miles - a nice walk if time allows, but it doesn't today, so I take the crowded number 2 bus, crawling its way round the bay in heavy traffic - on a sunny August afternoon, there are plenty of other people heading out to Mumbles, Langland Bay and Gower.

Underhill Park lies at the far end of Oystermouth's attractive, up-market High Street. The football pitch - or at least the one in use today - is in the corner of the park nearest the town, although Mumbles Rangers usual pitch is at the furthest end, in front of their clubhouse. Today, cricket has use of that area. Despite this enforced change, the home club have done an exemplary job of staging the game, complying with Trophy rules by issuing a programme and roping off the pitch. Not just any old token bit of rope either, the neat yellow posts and cord running all round the four sides are the swishest temporary barrier I've come across. Added to this, over in the clubhouse there's a refreshment window open for business. And there's even another bonus: This pitch can be added to my list "Football Grounds with a view of a Welsh Castle".

Published in Football
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:05

Triple A

SATURDAY 8th APRIL - Park Avenue, warm and sunny.
Having followed the FAW Trophy competition closely throughout the season, I always hoped to attend the final. When the final venue was announced as Aberystwyth, I was in two minds - Cardiff to Aber by public transport is rather tedious - but thankfully the FAW came to the rescue, and I've secured a lift with Head of Referees Ray Ellingham.

Football chat makes the road trip pass quickly and we're in Aberystwyth by 1pm. The ground is open and fans from the Swansea- and Wrexham-based finalists are already gathering, Chirk in red and Penlan in predominantly yellow colours. Programmes and refreshments are on sale and the Aber Town club shop is even open, although many groups of fans are heading off to the town-centre bars for the next hour.

Conditions are perfect for watching football - a warm and sunny afternoon, and no wind. I'm hoping the match lives up to the occasion. It's a hard fixture to assess, with clubs from such different leagues. Chirk have the experience of previous finals, three times winners and losing finalists a few seasons ago. Penlan are a newer club, but have been dominating Swansea Senior football in recent years. There have been no north/south encounters at all in this year's Trophy, and whilst Wrexham Area teams have again had a very good campaign, dominating the final rounds, Swansea clubs have a good record in the Trophy. Penlan, on their day, can be very impressive, especially if they can retain their discipline.

Published in Football
Sunday, 15 January 2017 09:34

Carno's Clifftop Catastrophe

SATURDAY 14th JANUARY: Swanbridge Road, sunshine and showers.
SULLY SPORTS 4 CARNO 1 (FAW Trophy Round 5)
The last sixteen of the FAW Trophy always produces some interesting fixtures - by this stage there are no easy games - and, although it's still regionalised, inter-region ties do crop up. Like today's game, a South Wales v Central Wales encounter - with the visitors lumped into the southern half of the draw. They're the last club standing from their region, but are a form team lying third in the Spar Mid Wales League, unbeaten in fifteen, and with Huws Gray Alliance aspirations. It's only an easy local choice today - I ruled out north Wales with snow and ice up there likely to bring postponements - but the forecast down here is encouraging - a sunny afternoon in prospect.

So I set off for the coast expecting a close game. Re-visits to Sully are always enjoyable, the ground sitting on the cliffs with views across the Bristol Channel. When time and weather allow, I always think a pre-match stroll is in order here, and with an icy morning giving way to a fine sunny afternoon, I leave time for this 'tradition'. It's cold, but there's only the lightest of breezes as I walk out past the Captain's Wife inn and Swanbridge Farm on the coastal path - and then back again, finding time for a quick pint of ale in the pub.

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