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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 07:41

Issue 205 (May 2018)

WF 205 cover


The May 2018 issue is available to purchase.


This issue's cover features the winners of the first two FAW Finals of 2017-18 (with supporting photo features inside)

Also in this issue, we look ahead to this summer's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League  qualifying rounds, with a guide to the changes in formats and what they'll mean for Welsh entrants.

We also have a comment article on the controversial subject of pyramid change and new ground criteria. 

Our main club feature by Stuart Townsend is on CPD Y FELINHELI  and we also revisit Cwmbran Town, while in the latest in our lost grounds series, Chris Berezai features Rice Road.  

The history features look back 50 years - to CARDIFF CITY in the Cup Winners Cup semi-finals - and 25 years - to CWMBRAN TOWN winning the first-ever League of Wales title. 

There are all the usual round-ups from Welsh competitions and usual columns by Jeff Jones and Gareth M Davies. 


This issue is available from usual stockists, or direct from the publishers (£3.60 inc postage) - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for details of how to buy online, or send a cheque to 57 Thornhill Road Cardiff CF14 6PE

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:04

South Wales into Europe again

EASTER MONDAY 2nd APRIL. Latham Park, heavy rain.

Of all the FAW's national competitions, the Regions Cup seems to get the least attention. This is odd, as it carries the prize of a place in a UEFA competition. Run over two seasons, select teams of grassroots players from the six Welsh regions contest two groups (north and south) with the two group winners meeting in the final.

The current competition has been running since autumn 2016. Of the twelve scheduled fixtures, only eleven have been played - thankfully the postponed Gwent v West Wales game has no significance, as South Wales had already topped the group table. Will it ever be played now?

In the build-up to the Easter Monday final, publicity and coverage has been scarce: a nice piece on the North Wales Coast squad in the Daily Post is the sum total really. Search on the web and the fixture is virtually impossible to find (even on the FAW site!) though it's had a few mentions on Twitter. Even if Easter Monday had been looking like a fine spring day, the chances of a good turnout at Latham Park are slim to non-existent. As it is, dire warnings of snow, fog, heavy rain are enough to put off all but the most intrepid traveller....

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 09:54

Watching Crows - from a Distance

SATURDAY 31st MARCH. Cwmbran Stadium, cold.
CWMBRAN TOWN 3 AC PONTYMISTER 2 (Autocentres Gwent County League Division 1)
24 hours of solid rain from Good Friday to the early hours of Easter Saturday mean binning all carefully-researched plans to attend first, second and third choice games and choosing instead from a small number of remaining fixtures. With games on grass being called off all morning, I go for a safe 3G option.

It's years since I last saw a game at Cwmbran Stadium, though I've been next door to Cwmbran Celtic relatively regularly. 25 years ago Cwmbran Town were the biggest club in town, heading for the first League of Wales title and the European Champions' Cup, the stadium one of the more impressive venues in the fledgling national league. The loss of backing brought an end to the good times for the Crows, who began a slide down the leagues. Town rivals Cwmbran Celtic and Croesyceiliog overtook them and today, at tier 5, they're still only the third highest-ranked club in Cwmbran.

The one thing the Stadium used to have in its favour was the elevated view from the huge seated stand, helping to overcome the distance between action and spectators. Nowadays, with the seating all blocked off and disused, it lacks even that compensation. There's the 3G surface, of course, and the leisure facilities under the stand are up to date, but to watch a football match here you can only stand on the flat area in front of the stand and peer past dugouts, training goals and other obstacles at the action on the other side of the running track. Today's Gwent County Division One match proves to be quite entertaining, the sort of game that could easily hold the attention if we could get close up. As it is, attention tends to wander.

Monday, 05 March 2018 16:28

Issue 204 (april 2018)

WF 204 cover


Contents include:


Lost grounds of Wales series: Parc Tywyn 

Looking back 25 years & 50 years

First experiments with floodlit football in South Wales 

A visit to THE OAK FC

Feature on grassroots cups - West, Central & South Wales regions

Regular columns on Welsh Premier, Huws Gray Alliance, Welsh League & regional leagues

Full tables and cup results supplement

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