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Thursday, 01 November 2018 11:55

Issue 209 - November 2018

WF 209 cover image

The November 2018 edition of Welsh Football will be published on 6th November. 

As always, this issue contains in-depth coverage and discussion of football in Wales - international and domestic. 

Contents include:

- Editorial & comment on Welsh pyramid issues, postponements, the Team GB question and the CCS v Principality debate

- Full analysis of latest developments in JD Welsh Premier League, plus all other tiers of the Welsh pyramid 

- Double page spread on the opening rounds of the JD Welsh Cup 2018-19 

- Club spotlight updating the recent history of Caernarfon Town

- We feature the consequences for two clubs of the FAW Tier 2 regulations. Full club feature on AMMANFORD AFC and a look at clubs in Pontypridd.

- Women's football news including a feature on Bethesda Athletic Ladies   

- Looking Back:  25 years to the second season of the League of Wales (1993-4) and 50 years to Cardiff City's brief 1968-68 ECWC campaign. 

- Bumper 8-page supplement with up to date league tables, WPL results and attendances, cup results and draws 

This issue is available to purchase by post direct from us (£3.60) or as the first in an annual subscription (£27.00) 

Also sold at home matches of Barry Town Utd, Cefn Druids, Aberystwyth Town and Porthmadog, and at many Welsh bookshops, including WH Smith Albany Road in Cardiff.  

 

 

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:17

The Case of the Moveable Kick-Off time

SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER. Gresford Colliery Club, cold but sunny.
OFFA ATHLETIC 1 FC NOMADS 3 (FAW Trophy Round 3)

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.

Thursday, 20 September 2018 13:33

Issue 208 - October 2018

WF208

Publication date: 25th September 2018

Contents include:

Review of the Welsh groundhop 2018

Reflections on Welsh clubs in UEFA Competitions

Spotlight - full history of Four Crosses 

Looking Back:  Cardiff City in Cup Winners Cup 25 years ago

Lost Grounds series:  Holywell Road, Flint

Jeff Jones remembers:  HMP Prescoed

A visit to Rhosllanerchrugog

Regular columns on Welsh Premier, Huws Gray Alliance, Welsh League

Three pages of news from the regions, plus a look at the regional cup competitions.

Latest cup draws and up-to-date league tables in the supplement

 

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Monday, 03 September 2018 09:37

Cradle to Grave

SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER. Pant Brickworks, sunny and warm.
RHOSLLANERCHRUGOG 0 RHOS AELWYD 4 (JD Welsh Cup, 1st Qualifying Round)

There are so many ties in the opening rounds of our national cup competitions that a short-list of interesting ties forms in my mind. This year it's different, one Welsh Cup Qualifying tie always stood out - the 'Rhos derby'. And that's why, early on this late summer morning, I'm setting out on the train up through the borders towards Ruabon in north-east Wales.

The villages of Ruabon, Rhosllanerchrugog (or Rhos) and Cefn Mawr always evoke thoughts of the earliest days of football in Wales. This is the home of FAW founding father Llewellyn Kenrick, and also of the first great Welsh club, Druids of Ruabon, and it's pleasing to be visiting the area for the opening round in the oldest Welsh competition, the Welsh Cup. As a nod to history, I take lunch and a pint in the Wynnstay Arms, Ruabon - the venue where the FAW's second meeting took place in August 1876, to create its constitution, and where the first ever Welsh Cup draw was made a year later.

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