Thursday, 27 June 2013

Film & Media opportunity via Merthyr Town FC

Merthyr Town FC is looking for young people who are interested in a possible career in the media or film.

Aged between 14-25? If so? We need your help!

As some of you may be aware, we have been in the process of applying for a "Heritage and Young Roots" fund. If we are successful this will;

* Give all participants a fully recognized media qualification (Via Merthyr Tydfil College)

* Gain invaluable work experience for a CV

* Fund brand new and up to date equipment

* Attend networking events with other media departments and Universities

* Produce a Sporting Heritage documentary on Merthyr Town FC and the surrounding areas

* Add another branch to reach out towards the community

This is a very unique and exciting project for any young person wishing to get into the media, one that wasn't around when we were teenagers.

Now we need to get some names on our list so please, SPREAD THE WORD!

If anyone is interested in the course or being a part of Martyrs TV, please e-mail me Matthew Davies at


Thursday, 13 June 2013

Merthyr Town confirm 3g pitch investment

MTFC are very happy to issue the following press release regarding our bid for a grant and 3G artificial pitch
Ambitious Merthyr Town Football Club have netted a £500,000 award to install a 3rd generation synthetic pitch at Penydarren Park.

It is part of their exciting plans to secure the future of the club and hit the target of increasing their role as a community organisation.

A new 25-year lease for the Park is being negotiated with Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council. On completion, work on the pitch will get under way by the Bristol contractors Verde Recreo.

The firm have more than 18 years experience in the industry and their first major task in South Wales was to refurbish the astroturf at Abertillery Leisure Centre.

The huge cash boost was confirmed at a meeting of the Borough Council. The money will come from the Ffos y Fran Community Fund, which is financed by royalty payments received by the council from Miller Argent Limited based on tonnage of coal extracted from the Ffos y Fran land reclamation scheme.

Merthyr Town sprang up to preserve football in the area after the former Merthyr Tydfil club which was liquidated three years ago.

Southern League status was lost but the re-formed club, Merthyr Town, was welcomed into The Toolstation Western League and after two successive promotions, a place was regained last season in the Evo-Stik Southern League (Div 1 South and West). The club's first season saw them having to play at Taff's Well because the Administrator waited to see if there were any offers to buy the ground. They were able to return to the Park two seasons ago. And the club, under co-managers Garry Shephard and Danny Carter just missed out on a speedy return to the Premier Division of the league, losing in the Play-Offs final, after extra time, in Hungerford earlier this month.

The planned developments at the Park include new floodlights, developing the entrance to the ground, demolishing the derelict Strikers social club, providing more car-parking space, and extending social and community facilities.

Merthyr Town FC are now owned by the fans and for the fans with the remit to be very much a community club.
Company secretary John Strand said: "The club sees this development as a springboard for the club to become a hub for football development in Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding areas."
He added: "The club wish to thank the leader of the council Coun Brendan Toomey and the chief executive Mr Gareth Chapman for their invaluable support."

The club has also obtained funding from The FA Football Foundation and the European Regional Development Fund towards the cost of the project.

Merthyr Town chairman Meurig Price commented: "We feel that the new 3G pitch is definitely the way forward to ensure stability of the club. It will improve the quality of the football and we won't have matches postponed in the wet weather.
"We will be able to use it much more than a grass pitch. This season we had 62 games on the ground and the pitch suffered because we didn't have the money or the equipment to improve the pitch."

They expect a big demand from local sporting clubs to hire the new pitch. "Extra income is the way forward for the club and we will achieve this through hiring out the pitch. And we want to extend the club to be a part of the whole community of Merthyr Tydfil. The new pitch will also help us to make further progress as a club," Mr Price added.

The chairman said the pitch installation was expected to take 12 weeks. "This may mean that we will have to play a couple of games early next season on another ground."

Mr Strand explained:" This facility will enable the pitch to be used far more extensively than it is at the moment and will be available for use in wet weather conditions which make the current pitch often unplayable."

Despite the work of the groundsman, the pitch was often bumpy in the season just ended. And Mr Price said: "A 3G pitch will enable the team to play in the style which best suits them."

Mr Strand explained that the pitch would also be available to a far wider variety of users than at present.
This will include footballers from the club's associated team for disabled footballers, the Town's Football Academy, college teams, veterans' teams and ladies football.The pitch will also be available for private hire.
To deal with the increased usage, a stadium manager will be eventually employed.

The artificial pitch has a life of about 10 years for the surface and about 20 years for underneath.

Disabled footballers were at Penydarren Park on Sunday and they are likely to be the last to use the ground before the new development kicks off to mark a new era for football in the town.

Friday, 3 May 2013

End of a busy season

Merthyr Town FC was represented at a recent South West region meeting of Supporters Direct. The meeting was held at Rodney Parade. As part of the meeting we were asked as to our acheivements this season away from the field of play; the first reaction was that it may have been a quiet campaign but pretty soon we were reeling off numerous events and projects that have helped to cement our place at the heart of the South Wales Valleys communities;

Merthyr in pink shirts to raise over £1,000 for our nominated charity of Cancer Aid
Our mobile museum exhibition on display at the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
John Hartson evening to raise funds and awareness for cancer issues, once again in partnership with the Mayor's charity Cancer Aid
Sponsored walk over the Brecon Beacons from Brecon town to Penydarren Park to raise funds for the Merthyr Town FC Academy programme
Junior Martyrs trip to the Panto at the new Theatr Soar complex in Merthyr Tydfil town centre, over 50 children & parents enjoyed Owen Money in Robin Hood
Candac Suite hosting the inaugural Merthyr Town FC Hall of Fame evening which celebrated players spanning 90 years of football at Penydarren Park
The forthcoming 2nd annual Merthyr Town FC Mini-Football Festival involving over 700 children
Collection of easter eggs for local charity Llamau
Let's Kick Racism Out of Football Event v Abingdon United
Visit by Merthyr Town players to the children's ward at Prince Charles Hospital and donation of gifts to the children and ward
Partnership with Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to host a Foster Parents appeal day at Penydarren Park
A packed Candac Suite hosting the Junior Martyrs Christmas Party which over 100 children receiving a small gift from Santa Claus
Successful hosting of the Ex-players day at the ground, over 40 former players & managers in attendance
Sponsored ball dribble by the Junior Martyrs around the Penydarren Park pitch at half-time of the Wimborne Town match, each of the 20 children involved received a free football from the team sponsors Uhlsport. The event raised almost £600.00 for the club's funds.

It's been a great season at Penydarren Park with our supporters once again showing that the future of our club is bright with us as it's owners.

Look out for the Junior Martyrs summer trip to the seaside in June/July too.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at Penydarren Park ready for the next campaign. Don't forget that every supporter can make a difference to Merthyr Town FC.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Merthyr Town youth players wins Wales cap

Wales beat the Republic of Ireland in an Under-18 Semi Professional international match on Tuesday evening at the new Nantporth Stadium in Bangor. The match ending in a 2-0 victory for the Red Dragons.

Ashley Hollingshead of Merthyr Town was included in the squad and came off the bench in the 49th minute to represent his country.

Ashley is pictured above receiving his honours cap from Trefor Lloyd Hughes (FAW President) and Chris Whitley (FAW International Committee Chair) after the match in the Farrar Suite at the stadium.

It is another proud moment for the Supporters Trust as it was their decision nearly 9 years ago to resurrect the Youth Team at Penydarren Park and to fund it directly to provide an opportunity for young players in the South Wales Valleys to further their development in the game.

The youth team is now a fundamental part of the community club's academy structure and Ashley is continuing his career under the watchful eye of Academy Director Ceri Bowley.

Congratulations to Ashley for representing both his club and country so proudly.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Football Exhibition opens in Merthyr Tydfil

The Soccer Dragons Football Exhibition has opened at the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum in Merthyr Tydfil.

The exhibition has been compiled by both Ceri Stennett, FAW Historian, and Mark Evans, supporter of Merthyr Town FC to display the history of Welsh football and the role of Merthyr Tydfil in that story.

There are varied items on display from the very old; a 1913 Merthyr Town v Plymouth Argyle match programme, to the very new; a signed Gareth Bale Wales shirt.

The staff at the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum have been excellent in their promotion of Merthyr Tydfil's strong football tradition and the display although small is packed with information.

The mobile football museum project of Merthyr Town FC provides the backdrop to the memorabilia on display on boards or behind glass.

Merthyr Town FC is run by democratically by its supporters and this event forms part of their community strategy of education via the sport of football.

Chris Coleman, the National Team Manager of Wales, will be at the Museum at 6pm on Thursday 14th March for a Q&A session with the public. If you wish to attend please contact Mark Evans via

The exhibition is open until 28th March 2013.

A video of the exhibition is available via the following link;

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Merthyr Town visit Children's Ward at Prince Charles Hospital

Merthyr Town FC played Santa yesterday with a Christmas donation to the Children's Ward of Prince Charles Hospital.

To have seen the faces of the staff and young patients of Prince Charles Hospital's Children's Ward when Matthew Harris strolled through the corridors with a giant cuddly wolf on his shoulders was quite something. Indeed, it was smiles all around yesterday as representatives of Merthyr Town Football Club visited Jill Davies and Sue Parry on the Children's Ward to hand over a Christmas donation.

After raising a tremendous £415 from various fundraising events, including the Under 14's Football Tournament at the Engine House this past Sunday, as well as the hard work of Jayne Abraham and the staff of Wards 5 & 6, the children were able to reap the benefits with a plethora of gifts for all. At 10:30am yesterday morning, Steve Williams, Matthew Harris, Luke Jones and Marcus Griffiths, along with Mark Abraham and several other representatives arrived to the interest of several of the youngsters and the warm reception of the staff.

The Teen Room will now enjoy the benefit of an Xbox 360 with a collection of games, Nintendo DS games and a pile of DVDs, whilst the younger children will no doubt be happy to see a bunch of new puzzles and arts & crafts materials, as well as their new mascot: the as-of-yet unnamed wolf donated by Matthew Harris.

Mark Abraham, Community Liaison Officer and the man behind the Christmas donation was overwhelmed with the positive reception and offered his thoughts on the event: "It was an absolute pleasure to be able to arrange such a donation for such a deserving service. The first team players that attended really got a buzz from the positive comments and warm reception and one little girl who had recently had surgery had her Christmas made a little brighter when she had a personal bedside visit from Steve Williams". Steve was one of the players who took time off work yesterday, along with Chairman Meurig Price, photographer Peter Harman and MartyrsTV crew member Matthew Davies, in order to be a part of the very special presentation.

"The gratitude and appreciation goes both ways in this case, for as great as it was for the ward to receive these gifts, it was equally as great that we were afforded the chance to give something back. It humbled the boys immensely." said Mark, who has spent the last month and a half rallying the support of fundraisers to try and help out the hospital during the festive period.

Mark offered his parting thoughts on the donation and wanted to congratulate and commemorate the hard work of all involved, "A massive thanks to everyone who donated or took part in the fundraising, from those ladies doing the charity walk, to the Engine House and the under 14s tournament to my mother's ward 5 and 6, you've really made a difference to these children this Christmas and the gifts are things that will get continual use for a long time to come"

Friday, 7 December 2012

Martyrs in Foster Parents Appeal

Foster Parent's Appeal Day - Saturday 8th December 2013

On the same day that MTFC play host to Yate Town and the charity walk to raise money for PCH Children's Ward, we appeal for more foster parents.

Representatives from Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council will be on hand on Saturday 8th December at Penydarren Park as they hold an appeal day to encourage more members of the community to come forward and offer their services as foster parents.

The Foster & Adoption Team at MTCBC will be in attendance during the Yate Town game in early December, the same day as the Martyrs hold a charity walk with aims of raising money for Prince Charles Hospital's children's ward. With reports and statistics from the Fostering Network finding out that a child goes into care and needs a foster family every 22 minutes across the UK, it's vitally important that able members of the community get involved and give these young people a stable, safe environment, without the need to be moved around from place to place.

Mark Abraham, Community Liaison Officer for the club, gave his thoughts "It's a great cause to be involved in. From my own background in youth work, I've seen the positive effects and better quality of life for disadvantaged young people that are afforded to them through foster care. It can be hard and challenging but ultimately, it's an extremely rewarding path to go down and I hope that we can help build up more foster carers within the borough. It is absolutely key that these young people are given a safe, nurturing environment with a loving family that can provide the stability they need".

For more information on these opportunities please download the flyer, call 01685 724589 or email

Monday, 3 December 2012

Junior Martyrs at the Panto

Merthyr Town FC undertook its annual trip to the Pantomime on Friday evening. The venue on this occasion was the brand new Theatr Soar complex at Pontmorlais. Every child invited received a selection box courtesy of the Football Club to enjoy during the performance.

The panto was produced as ever by MTFC Club President Lyn Mittell with his Owen Money Theatre Group and our thanks go to him for arranging the tickets on our behalf.

The performance was littered as always with references to our town and also our team at Penydarren Park.

A great night out for everyone as always.

Next date for the Junior Martyrs calendar is the Christmas Party at the Candac Suite on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd December.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Football exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum

'The Soccer Dragons' - Welsh Heroes and Merthyr's Football Story

Wales Football Exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle.

Date: 19/02/13 to 28/03/13.

‘The Soccer Dragons’ exhibition is being jointly staged by Merthyr Town FC stalwart, Mark Evans and Welsh Football Historian Ceri Stennett. The event will be hosted by Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery and there will be something for football fans young and old alike. There will be items showcasing the history of Merthyr Town and Merthyr Tydfil FC and Welsh football artefacts from the last 100 years.

There will be sections on Merthyr-born Wales internationals such as Mark Pembridge, Gordon Davies and Dowlais’ Dai Astley. Modern-day stars such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey will also feature, as well as Kath Morgan, a local women’s football star. Along with all that there will be items relating to Cardiff City winning the FA Cup in 1927 and a replica FA cup on display. On specific days visitors will even get the chance to take their photo with the cup for a charitable donation to the current Mayor's Appeal charity Cancer Aid.

Before the exhibition opens however, Mark and Ceri need your help. Do you have any items that could be loaned and displayed in the exhibition? We would love the chance to display items that local people may have. It could be medals from club or schoolboy football, caps or shirts from representative games or old pictures and programmes. If you have anything you feel maybe relevant please contact Ceri Stennett at or call 07848 109901.

There has been a great tradition of Merthyr Tydfil producing footballers from the 1900’s to the present day and we want to try to capture that spirit in the exhibition.

Admission to the exhibition is free and it will be open between 10:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday to Friday and 12:00pm to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday. (Please note we are closed on Mondays until April)

During the run of the exhibition, there will be several special events such as talks from footballers and there will be a special quiz visitors can complete while viewing the exhibition. Please check out the events section of Cyfarthfa Castle Museum’s website for more information on these events nearer the time.

For further details of the times of the exhibition and facilities for groups and school parties please contact Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery on 01685 727371 or


Martyrs TV - Promotion 2012

Merthyr Town FC are a unique club in South Wales in that it is run by a Supporters Trust. A community mutual sports club based in the South Wales Valleys. The past two seasons have been well documented with the football team gaining two promotions to once again be a member of the Southern Football League.

The club now employs a community officer Mark Abraham and through his work the Martyrs TV service has been launched to cover all home matches and provide behind the scenes insights to life at Penydarren Park.

The latest offering is included via the following link;

It's a 12 minute documentary based around the final match of last season when the Martyrs required a win for promotion. It's worth viewing as it shows the pride of the supporters in what has been acheived by themselves against all odds to maintain a semi-professional football club at our famous old ground.

The film was produced by Forge Films who are based at Merthyr College.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Merthyr and Abingdon united against racism

Merthyr Town FC hosted their annual Kick Racism Out of Football event on Saturday for the visit of Abingdon United to Penydarren Park.

The Trust-owned club once again funded a pre-match event to support the campaign's message that racism is unacceptable in both football and the wider community.

Both teams proudly wore the campaig t-shirts and were joined by the referee's team too.

Kick Racism Out of Football magazines and badges were distributed to the 391 crowd. Young fans were also able to get hold of campaign wrist bands.

Merthyr Town FC would like to thank both Abingdon United and the Match Officials for their help in making the event such a success.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Hall of Fame - Ken Tucker

On and off the field, Merthyr Tydfil's Ken Tucker has been Mr Football.

From playing while a pupil in Twynyrodyn Junior School to his present position with The Football Association of Wales, he has had a major involvement in the sport throughout his life.

In school he was a contemporary of the late actor Philip Madoc, or Jones as he was then.

Ken played for Merthyr Tydfil still in his teens and then went to Aston Villa in 1954 until 1956 when he was sold to Cardiff City.

At the time there were several players at Ninian Park who later went on to lace up their boots for the Martyrs. They included goalkeeper Graham Vearncombe, defender Johnny Williams, (who still watches Merthyr Town) strikers Gerry Hitchens, Brian Jenkins and Neil O'Halloran and winger Brayley Reynolds. Also with City at the time was the legendary Trevor Ford who starred for Wales.

Also with The Bluebirds in that era were two footballers from Troedyrhiw, Dennis Callan and Islwyn Jones.

But they were tough times for The Bluebirds and they were relegated from the then Division One in 1956-57.

Ken, who played on the right wing, as it was then, moved on to Shrewsbury in 1957, making nearly 50 first-team appearances and netting eight goals. The side gained promotion and three years ago Shrewsbury held a night of nostalgia, which Ken attended, to mark the 50th anniversary of their achievement.

After his spell with the Shropshire club, Ken was transferred to Northampton, making 10 appearances and scoring three goals.

Hereford United was his next club before he returned to Merthyr Tydfil whose glory years were well behind them in the mid 1960s.

There was the time in 1963 when the big freeze meant no football for six weeks.Players had to train at the nearby, now derelict, YMCA. The first match after the weather let up saw Merthyr lose 2-1 at the Park in a friendly with Swansea Town. The gate was 420. Ken scored Merthyr's goal with one of the Swansea marksmen being Mike Hayes who later signed for The Martyrs.

There was a relegation fight for Merthyr but on May 11 they beat Cambridge City 3-1 with Ken Tucker netting twice, both after throw-ins by the tough Frankie Collins. The attendance was 780.

But during Ken's return to his home-town club, The Martyrs enjoyed a brief resurgence when former Swansea Town defender the late Harry Griffiths took over as player-manager at Penydarren Park.

Several former Football League players were signed up and encouraging early-season results saw the gates soar to more than 3,000.

Vearncombe, Keith Fry, Brian Jenkins and former Newcastle star Reg Davies joined the club.

Their FA Cup run saw them travel to Swindon Town but despite a brave display, they crashed 5-1.

Some of the signings even made their homes in Merthyr. But later gates fell again and despite a money-making scheme under a commercial manager, there were cash problems when it was found a large debt was owed to a local firm which angered the directors when they found out.

When Ken Tucker hung his boots up, he had a spell as manager before a long stint as secretary when he was always available to update the local Press on club activities, even if coming home late after a Board meeting which often had to deal with many vital matters as Merthyr struggled for survival over many years in the latter 1960s and 1970s.

Ken was kept busy with his full-time Civil Service job with the Social Security.

And for some of those years, the club relied on some local up and coming players.

Then in January 1972, Merthyr pulled off quite a coup with Swansea born John Charles, who had wowed fans in Italy, taking over as player manager.Maldwyn Davies, bingo hall manager, was club chairman at the time. And for a while ambitious Maldwyn was also the manager of Merthyr even though he had never played football himself. Results, however, were not too impressive. And gates had slumped to as low as 196.

.And someone new was needed to run the team. Ken has said since:"Maldwyn knew John Charles was available and so his signing was just a formality."

Talks took place in Maldwyn Davies' house overlooking the ground.

Charles,who had just left Hereford, was taken on at £40 a week, a small amount to the Gentle Giant but a lot of money which represented a gamble for the club as Ken recalled at the time.

The first game for Charles was against Barnet. The gate went up but Merthyr crashed and Charles failed to prevent the team being relegated that season.

And Ken was still with the club in the secretary's role when another revival came as John Reddy took over the club which saw Lyn Jones as manager spearhead the Martyrs to Welsh Cup success and the memorable European adventures with Italian side Atalanta at a time when English clubs were banned from Cup games in Europe.

When Ken Tucker left Merthyr Tydfil FC he looked after lots of local clubs in his capacity as secretary of The Welsh League.Then it was on to play an important role in The Football Association of Wales which he is still continuing to do.

He was opposed to a Great Britain team, wanting to maintain Wales' identity.

I don't think Ken Tucker will ever cease to blow the whistle on his life-long love for football.

And his name will go down in Merthyr Tydfil and Wales as a key man in the sport over many years and in many capacities.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Hall of Fame - Albert Lindon

Merthyr Town FC held its first annual Hall of Fame event tonight.

An amazing evening spent celebrating the centenary of football at Penydarren Park.

The following legends of football in Merthyr Tydfil were inducted tonight;

Albert Lindon
Ken Tucker
Lyn Jones
Chris Holvey
Gordon Davies
Syd Howarth

The following presentation was made on behalf of Albert Lindon;

Albert Lindon is a figure that transcends two football clubs and is paramount to the survival of professional football at Penydarren Park.

He is no local. He was born in Kings Norton near Birmingham on 27th January 1891.

His first clubs were the imaginatively named Birmingham Fruiterers and Delta Metal Works. Albert was a goalkeeper.

In 1910 he joined his local club Birmingham City where he made 7 appearances for the St. Andrews club in the 2nd division of the Football League.

The Blues had a disappointing season ending in 22nd place so our hero was on the move across the city to Villa Park where he managed one solitary game between the sticks for Aston Villa albeit in the lofty climes of the First Division.

Albert frustrated by the lack of games first of all went to Barnsley and then Coventry City to seek regular games. He made 29 appearances at Highfield Road before making the decision to head to South Wales.

It was in 1920 that Albert Lindon first entered Penydarren Park. Merthyr Town were inaugural members of the new Third Division of the Football League and Albert was one of the first signings for manager Harry Hadley for the Red & Greens. So it was on 28th August 1920 that Albert Lindon played in goals at our famous old ground as Crystal Palace were beaten 2-1 to notch Merthyr Town's first ever Football League victory. There were 16,927 fans there that day by the way.

In 1924 the then manager Thomas Daniel Jones resigned and on 1st August Albert was appointed player-manager. His reward for accepting one of the most challenging jobs in the Football League? The princely sum of £1.00 per week on top of his playing contract.

His first season wasn't a success by any imagination. Merthyr Town finished bottom of Division 3 South with only 8 wins during a desperate season.

Thankfully Merthyr Town survived re-election and our inductee was able to manage the team for a further two seasons which with both club and town fighting economic decline he managed to keep the club away from further re-election lottery.

All in all he made a record 250 appearances for the Football League club, he even managed to score a goal (I can't find out against who though, it was probably Newport County!).

In 1927 second division Charlton Athletic swooped to sign Albert Lindon as player-manager. He had another disastrous start to his managerial career winning just one of his first eleven games and losing half of the remaining games of the season. Only the good form of the opening start of the season accounted for Chalrton's 11th place finish which at the time was their highest in their history.

One of main successes was the recruitment of Dai Astley from us that year for £100.00. Dai had scored 3 goals in 5 games for Merthyr Town. Albert showed he had a great eye for a player as Dai Astley (who is included in the montage behind me on the wall) went on to score 27 goals in 96 appearances for the Addicks. The boy from the Valleys had to go to the Valley to start a career that culminated with Aston Villa and Wales. Albert Lindon's vision is central to that success.

The previous manager Sandy MacFarlane returned from Dundee FC in 1928 and Albert was appointed as Assistant Manager. He went on to play 34 times for Charlton Athletic and returned to the Manager's position in 1933 when MacFarlane resigned for a second time unfortunately a gloomy six months in charge resulted in Charlton's relegation from the second division.

Twelve years later Albert Lindon kick starts the reformation of the new Merthyr Tydfil FC with a stirring speech at the first public meeting on 1st March 1945.

The club appoints Jock McNeil to manage the fledgling professional enterprise at Penydarren Park but when he has to resign in 1947 due to his daughter's ill-health it is Albert Lindon that is appointed to continue Jock's good work and he doesn't disappoint. He takes Merthyr Tydfil even higher.

1948 - Merthyr win the Southern League Championship for the first time. Six points clear of Gillingham.

1949 - We win the Welsh Cup for the first time with a 2-0 victory over Swansea Town at Ninian Park in front of 7,000 travelling Merthyr supporters.

It's from this match that Albert has an idea that the Welsh Cup winners should play the FA Cup winners so Wolves visit Penydarrent Park for a friendly in front of 13,400 fans.

However two weeks later Albert Lindon had resigned from Merthyr Town. His relationship with the Board was always prickly.

His team carried on the good work and won the league that year on goal average from Colchester United.

Albert Lindon died in 1976.

Albert deserves to be the first inductee into the Merthyr Football Hall of Fame as his prowess covered two eras of football in Merthyr Tydfil; as a player and manager during the Football League years through to the formative and glory years of the post-war period. He was there during some of the toughest and most rewarding days at Penydarren Park.

Ladies and Gentlemen please salute Albert Lindon.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Atalanta Day 1987

Merthyr Town FC will host an evening of celebration on Saturday 15th September to mark the 25th anniversary of the Martyrs participation in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

It was on 16th September 1987 that Penydarren Park hosted the current Serie A club Atalanta in the first leg with a packed ground witnessing a magnificent 2-1 victory for the semi-professional team from the Valleys.

Lyn Jones, the team manager who led Merthyr Tydfil to the Welsh Cup and then Europe, will be present in the Candac Suite on the 15th to reminisce on those heady days when the Martyrs were the finest team in Wales.

Both goalscorers on that amazing night; Ceri Williams and Kevin Rogers, will be there also to share their memories.

The big screen in the Candac will show highlights of the match, plus the 2nd leg played in Bergamo two weeks later, so everyone can once again watch the heroes of 1987.

There will be a guest book open for all supporters at the event to publish their personal memories of our European campaign.

Italian food, a quiz, race night and raffle will complete the evening's entertainment. Entry is free.

Doors open at 6pm although the Martyrs are home that afternoon against Fleet Town in the FA Trophy too.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Young film directors wanted!

Are you interested in film production and between the ages of 16-24?

MTFC have partnered with Merthyr Tydfil College to look for a group of 4-6 people to make up a volunteer led film committee.

The committee will learn to film, edit and produce footage for free with the help of Richard Davies and the Media Team at Merthyr Tydfil College. There will be various projects about the football club such as filming:







If you are between the age of 16-24 and are interested in becoming part of the film committee please contact Steve Lloyd, Business Development Manager before Friday 6th July on or 07912 748 210

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Happy Birthday

Happy 8th birthday to Martyrs to the Cause for today!

Ukraine visit to Merthyr

Merthyr Town FC will tomorrow host a visit of school children from the city of Donetsk in the Ukraine. The children will have a tour of Penydarren Park and the surrounding area before meeting the Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil Cllr Lisa Mytton in the Town Hall.

The visit has been arranged to celebrate the fact that Donetsk was founded by John Hughes who was born in Dowlais. The city was then called Hugheskova and a statue of John Hughes stands in the centre of the city to commemorate his acheivements in Ukraine.

The schoolchildren are all fans of Shakhtar Donetsk so let's hope we can arrange a friendly match in the not too distant future.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Walking for the Academy

Seven Merthyr Town fans walked from Brecon to Penydarren Park on FA Cup Final day to raise funds for the club's Youth Academy. Phil Mytton, Julie Martin, Colin & Liam Bodenham, Paul Owen, Christian Trotman, Steve and not to forget Jess the dog covered the 20+ mile journey over the Beacons via the Gap into the Taff Valley. It was a tough climb at the start from Llanfaes up into the Beacons but the party kept going as they traversed the peaks to drop into Pontsticill and a welcome pit in the Red Cow pub. They followed the Taff Trail down through Trefechan and Cefn Coed before finally reaching Penydarren Park after a 7 hour journey. The group have raised over £500.00 so far to support the excellent work being undertaken within the Club's Academy structure. Merthyr Town FC would like to thank everyone for their efforts, it is much appreciated.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Another Championship at Penydarren Park

Merthyr Town FC can celebrate another Championship after the club's darts team won the Merthyr & District Division 5 title on the weekend with a 7-4 win over their nearest challengers from the Winchester Inn. The team was formed a few years ago and was one of the club successes in maintaining a presence in the town when the Football Club had to play a season in exile at Taffs Well. The team provide an additional revenue stream into the Candac Suite on Friday evenings plus spreading the news of the club at the away matches. So it's congratulations to captain Joanna Mew and the team and good luck for next season in Division 4.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

It was only three years ago on 14th May that the Merthyr Tydfil FC Supporters Society hosted a crisis meeting for supporters at a local social club as their Football Club was in financial meltdown. Everyone who attended that meeting knew that what was required was a concerted and unified campaign to maintain semi-professional football in our town. With the guidance of Supporters Direct the long trek back had begun. Who would have thought that just three years later after a year in administration, a subsequent liquidation and even a season in exile that the reformed Merthyr Town would regain its place in the Southern League with a second successive promotion in the Western League? The club is now run by the aforementioned Supporters Trust and is continuing to go from strength to strength with an army of volunteers who have continued to work week in week out to raise funds to ensure that the club remains at the centre of the community. On Saturday the Martyrs overcame a spirited Ilfracombe Town team to win 1-0 to get the three points to pip Bitton to the Western League Premier Division title in front of 725 jubilant supporters. The journey continues for the Martyrs and there will be plenty of challenges ahead but having overcome so many hurdles so far and with the club right back in the Southern League who knows what can we achieve together?

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Merthyr Town FC launch Penydarren Park Pitch Fund

Merthyr Town FC has today confirm the setting up of a Penydarren Park Pitch Fund (PPPF) to help raise £5,000 to upgrade the current playing surface at our famous ground.

Penydarren Park was visited in November by inspectors from the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) as part of the Football Association of Wales's audit for possible international match venues.

The IOG team were very impressed with the work being undertaken by our Ron Walton but were happy to work with Ron to put together recommendations to improve and maintain the playing surface.

The levels across the pitch, particularly between the penalty boxes are poor and the pitch would benefit greatly from levelling to integrate these levels across the whole pitch.

The pitch is also becoming compacted around the goals and centre circle.

The topsoil should be de-compacted when ground conditions permit using a range of options including verti-draining and linear aeration.

The recommendations were costed at just over £5,000 therefore the club is seeking volunteers via the PPPF to set up events to raise new monies to achieve this goal.

The first event is on the evening Saturday 14th January when local band Future Sailors will be playing in the Candac Suite in support of the Penydarren Park Pitch Fund. Tickets are only £3.00 each and can be purchased from the Candac Suite or via Mark Evans on 07900671937.

Future events will include a children's sponsored bike ride around the Penydarren Park pitch, supporters cycling to our away match at Bristol Manor Farm on Easter Monday and David Powell sky-diving out of a plane in April.

Andrew Murphy will also run the Rotterdam marathon in April.

If you have any ideas for fundraisers please contact Merthyr Town FC.

Charity collection update

Merthyr Town FC would like to thank everyone who donated to the charity collection undertaken at Penydarren Park prior to match against Bristol Manor Farm yesterday. As a result of your kind donations we were able to forward £153.77 to the Llamau charity to continue their good work in our community.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Christmas Charity Collection at Merthyr Town FC

The Trust at Merthyr Town FC undertakes a charity bucket collection every Christmas period (weather permitting of course) for a local charity, this season it has been decided to support Llamau.

Llamau is a homeless charity delivering services to socially excluded, homeless and potentially homeless young people and vulnerable women in South Wales.

The word Llamau means steps, progression or threshold in old Welsh and their ultimate aim is to support people who use their services in making such positive steps.

They are particularly well known for engaging with those at risk - particularly care leavers, young offenders, those as risk of offending, victims of domestic abuse and people who have chaotic and disadvantaged lifestyles.

Merthyr Town FC recently helped in publicising Llamau's project to renovate and create a cyber cafe at the famous Flooks jewellers shop which has stood empty on Pontmorlais Circus for a few years now. Llamau won £60,000 in their heat of the Jubilee People's Millions which was run on the HTV Wales Evening News programme. The charity needs more funds though to continue its great local work. The Bling Cafe @ Flooks will be run, in a similar vein to Merthyr Town FC, as a social enterprise but by homeless young people, providing them with work experience, knowledge, self-confidence and motivation to go on and lead successful independent lives. It will contribute to the regeneration of Merthyr town centre and in particular the Pontmorlais area where of course Penydarren Park is situated.

Trust volunteers will be looking for donations for this excellent local charity before, during and after todays' match against Bristol Manor Farm, please give generously and show your continued support for our community partners.

For further information on Llamau please note the following link -

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Wrexham Supporters Trust complete takeover

Merthyr Town FC wish to congratulate our colleagues within the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) for their successful takeover of Wrexham AFC this week. The process has been lengthy but the WST has been diligent in its approach to securing the future of Wales's oldest football club.

As we know at Penydarren Park the best guardians for a club's future are its supporters and we're sure that good times lie ahead for those fans at the Racecourse Ground.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Penydarren Park renovation plan

Merthyr Town Launch project for Penydarren Park Upgrade

On Thursday December 1st the Merthyr Town Board meet supporters of the club at the CANDAC Suite at 7.30 pm to outline the plans to upgrade Penydarren Park . The club has received a substantial grant through the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Social Economy team. The grant will be spent to overcome years of neglect at Penydarren Park on an upgrade of basic facilities such as security fencing, shower facilities, heating and facilities for the disabled. It has also enabled the appointment of a Business development Manager, whose role will be to expand the business turnover at the Penydarren Park, and to increase the use of the facilities at the club by the wider community. The club Board will also take the opportunity to inform supporters of all developments over recent months. All who are interested in the continued progress of Merthyr Town are welcome.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Steve Williams - 300 appearances for the Martyrs

Merthyr Town FC was delighted to present a momento to our captain Steve Williams on Saturday prior to our Les Phillips Cup match to commemorate his 300th appearance for the Martyrs.

Congratulations to Steve on reaching this milestone, here's for many more seasons at Penydarren Park.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

White Hot Webley t-shirts

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of Merthyr Tydfil's historic 4-1 Welsh Cup win over Cardiff City at Ninian Park the website Cultzeros has launched a t-shirt design of the inconic Dai Webley goal celebration from that match.

If you would like one or would like to purchase one as a Christmas gift for the Martyrs fan in your life please use the following link;

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Merthyr boxer wears the shirt with pride

Kerry Hope showed his support for his hometown by wearing a Merthyr Town shirt into the ring for his latest fight which was shown live on Sky Sports.

The fight was a British Middleweight title eliminator against Tony Hill at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton. Kerry won the fight.

The Club is very proud to be associated with Kerry and wish him all the best for his next fight when he will once again wear the Martyrs shirt with pride.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Fans elections to the Board at Merthyr Town

Merthyr Town have issued ballot papers to all of its members for the election of 4 Board members as part of the Club's constitution.

There are 7 candidates for the places;

Richard Bennett
Peter Harman
Les Howells
Dave Powell
Meurig Price
Len Sankey
Philip Sweet

Members are reminded that the ballot papers needs to be returned to the independent auditor by 19th November at the latest.

Another successful Minithon

Merthyr hosted its annual Run, Walk or Crawl 5km event on Sunday 23rd October and although numbers were down on last season's inaugural event it was a day enjoyed by all who took part.

Councillor Brent Carter, a regular Merthyr Town FC supporter, started the race at Rhydycar on the Taff Trail and soon the route was full of MTFC players, supporters and families enjoying the scenery on a crisp autumn day.

Danny Carter was present along with captain Steve Williams and physio Russ Jones plus more players to show their support for the Academy teams at Merthyr Town FC.

The race was a deadheat this year between defending champion Andrew Murphy and Liam Bodenham. Lloyd Type finished third.

Our thanks to the players & staff for supporting the Minithon 2011.

Funds are still welcome to support both Merthyr Town FC and its Academy teams, if you wish to donate please contact Mark Evans on

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Merthyr Town FC honours legendary supporter

David Miles who supported Merthyr Tydfil FC from its resurrection in 1945 right through to the current supporter-owned club of Merthyr Town FC was honoured on Saturday with the unveiling of the new sign on Theatre End stand at Penydarren Park which now carries his name as one of the greatest supporters of the Martyrs.

David Miles followed the Martyrs from 1945 through the glory years of the early 1950s into the barren years of the sixties then enjoyed the 1970s with John Charles at the helm he was around to enjoy the second glorious era when the Martyrs won the Welsh Cup and entered Europe. The decline of the club to its eventual liquidation in 2010 didn't put David off and he continued to sell Soccalot tickets to the very end.

David sadly died this year but was able to see the Supporters Trust save his favourite club from extinction. He was inspiration to us all with his never ending support for football at Penydarren Park and he will be greatly missed by all.

His family were present on Saturday to the David Miles Stand unveiled which will serve as a great reminder to future generations of a wonderful supporter.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Martyrs host annual Let's Kick Racism Day

Merthyr Town hosted its annual Let's Kick Racism Out of Football Day on Saturday for the visit of Sherborne Town.

Both teams and match officials wore the campaign t-shirts in the pre=match warm up and pennants were exchanged by the team captains.

Merthyr Town is proud of its inclusive community initiatives and recognises the Kick It Out campaign as part of its vigilance to ensure that racism is not tolerated at our club.

Campaign leaflets were distributed to the 411 fans who attended the match.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

2nd Annual Merthyr Town FC Minithon

Merthyr Town FC will host its annual fundraising Minithon on Sunday 23rd October from Rhydycar Leisure Centre at 1pm.

Players, supporters, families and friends will either run, walk or crawl the 5km route from Rhydycar to Abercanaid and back along the beautiful Taff Trail to raise funds for both the Football Club and its Academy structure.

Sponsorship forms for the event can be downloaded via the following link -

Last year's event saw over 60 people enjoying a Sunday on the Taff Trail which raised in excess of £2,000.00. Merthyr Town FC would like to exceed that this year.

Andrew Murphy will be defending his title as the Minithon 5k Race winner for 2010 but others will be pushing prams or walking the dog as part of their participation in the event.

All participants are invited back to Penydarren Park after the Minithon for refreshments in the Candac Suite plus a chance to see one of the Academy teams who rely on fundraising to keep them going.

The Under-14 team will play Newport YMCA at 2.30pm.

It's going to be a great day on Sunday, see you at Rhydycar.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Merthyr Town unveil Poppy Day shirt

Merthyr Town FC has unveiled a new shirt to be worn by the Club in November to raise much needed funds for the Royal British Legion. The Supporters Trust at Penydarren Park has made a collection each year to raise funds for our servicemen and so this season we've designed a black shirt with the poppy logo to raise the club's support for this vital charity.

The shirts will be sold for £35.00 with all profits being donated to the Royal British Legion.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Martyrs launch Away Supporters Guide

The away supporters guide to Merthyr Town FC has been re-launched via the following link;

Merthyr in seventh heaven

Merthyr Town completed their return to Penydarren Park on Saturday with a 7-1 win over visitors Odd Down in front of 513 jubilant fans. Penydarren Park was looking excellent for the return of semi-professional football to the town, the Trust's army of volunteers had worked tirelessly through the summer to make sure that the old ground was back to its best.

The Martyrs hit the cup trail on Saturday with the visit of Bitton to Merthyr for an Extra Preliminary Qualifying FA Cup tie.

In other news Merthyr Town will return to the Welsh Cup with a home draw against Caerau.

Friday, 12 August 2011

The final stage of the MTFC revolution nears

At 3pm on Saturday 13th August Merthyr Town will play Odd Down in Western League Premier Division at their Penydarren Park stadium and bring the Supporters' Trust reformation of Merthyr Town FC to its conclusion.

It's nearly seven years since concerned supporters of the South Wales club decided to form a Trust in order to seek an influence in the way their Football Club was run whilst raising funds to support it's development.

Martyrs to the Cause has remained committed to preserving semi-professional football in the South Wales Valleys area and needed to act decisively in the spring of 2009 when the owner of Merthyr Tydfil FC refused to invest any further money to his ailing club.

The Trust acted to take the Club into administration to protect it from its creditors and proceeded to work with the appointed Administrator to run the club on license for the 2009/10 season. A season that culminated in an emotional day at Swindon Supermarine when the Martyrs gained the point required to avoid relegation from the Southern League Premier Division in front of 250 of their travelling fans.

It was obvious that saving the Club was beyond the means of the Trust and in May 2010Merthyr Tydfil FC was liquidated.

Martyrs to the Cause immediately set about reforming the Club as Merthyr Town FC and with the valued support of Supporters Direct they were able to meet the strict requirements of the Football Association to remain in their pyramid structure.

However the lease of their famous old stadium at Penydarren Park remained as an asset for the official Liquidator and therefore the Martyrs needed to find an alternative venue for the start of the 2010/11 season.

Two volunteers spent a day dashing around South Wales looking at options and were rewarded when the wonderful people at Taffs Well FC stepped up to host our flegling club in its first season.

Merthyr Town FC now registered as a Community Sports Mutual, the only one in Wales, set about upgrading the Rhiw Dda'r ground to match the Western League criteria. Following a site visit Merthyr Town FC were placed in Division One, a drop of three leagues from the Southern League Premier Division.

Merthyr Town FC had a great season under the management of Gary Shephard and his assistant Danny Carter and the title and promotion was won. The Martyrs were on their way back.

The great work continues to this day with the Trust-run Club committed to serving its communities and bring a sense of pride back to watching the Martyrs.

On Saturday we return home to our ground and complete a remarkable chapter in the story of our Club.

We own our football club!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

The Boys are Back In Town

Merthyr Town FC has on the eve of the new season launched its Boys Are Back In Town campaign to remind our community that we are back at Penydarren Park.

The stadium has been transformed by the club's ever-willing army of volunteers and with a newly refurbished Candac Suite we are ready for the start of the new season on 13th August when Odd Down become the first club to take on the supporter-owned Martyrs in a Western League match at Penydarren.

10,000 fixture cards will be distributed throughout the South Wales Valleys to show that Merthyr Town FC is back at the centre of our community!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Merthyr rocks in the park again

Penydarren Park hosted the annual Rock In The Park music festival on Saturday and once again the local community responded with over 600 persons enjoying the event.

Limehouse Lizzy headlined the event but were supported by local bands to once again showcase the talent available in South Wales.

The event raised much needed funds for the Martyrs and provided an opportunity for the Trust run club to present its stadium as a venue for the whole community.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Merthyr supporters show their support for Godre'r Coed fields

Merthyr Town FC expressed its support for the campaign to save the school field at Cefn Coed today with the first appearance of its supporters cricket team to take on the Cefn Social club team who are organising matches on the threatened community facility to widen its use and also show the benefits of exercise.

The school field site has been earmarked as a possible venue for the new Ysgol Y Graig school however locals are concerned that one of the few green field sites in the villages would be lost whilst other venues for the new building are available.

Further information could be seen via the following newslink -

The 20/20 cricket was a low scoring affair with the Football club team struggling to 31 all out despite a great performance with the bat by Lee Normanton.

The Cefn Social team also struggled with the lively wicket but managed to knock off the runs to win by 3 wickets.

It is hoped that the Merthyr Town FC cricket section will play a few more matches during the summer.

(Captain Jason Scanlon is pictured above inspecting the wicket before today's match).

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Martyrs back at Penydarren Park

It's been a long road for the Supporters Trust at Merthyr Town FC but finally the end of the struggle to resurrect our famous club is near.

This weekend saw the first friendly match of the pre-season with Llanelli the visitors to Penydarren Park for the club's return to its home.

A season in exile twenty miles away in Taffs Well did not deter the club from gaining promotion from the Western League Division One and now the faithful supporters can return to their normal pre-match routines as the Martyrs return home.

The first match was a tough return for Merthyr Town who faced a Llanelli team preparing for their Europa Cup tie with Dynamo Tbilisi (a creditable 2-1 win last week for the Reds!), it was the West Wales team who took the spoils with a handsome 9-1 win.

No one seemed to mind at the game as we were home.

Tuesday evening saw the return of Dean Clarke to Penydarren Park as the Martyrs took on local rivals Newport County in a benefit match for the combative midfield who has played over 370 matches for us over 10 years. A great servant to the club and it was great to see 500 supporters fill the stands to pay credit to his career.

The pre-season will continue but all eyes in the town are now fixed on 13th August when Dawlish Town provide the opponents for the first competitive match for the reformed club at its spiritual home.

Up the Town!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Merthyr Town FC supports local Homeless project

Merthyr Town FC has placed its support behind the Bling Cafe project being undertaken at the old Flooks store on Pontmorlais Circus.

The project being undertaken by the Llamau charity won a £60,000 people's lottery grant last week with many of our supporters taking part in the telephone vote.

For more information on the project please visit the following link;

It is hoped that the Flooks project will be the start of the renovation of the Pontmorlais area of the town whic of course includes Penydarren Park.

We will be working with our colleagues on the Town & Park Communities First Partnership to support future projects that help to revitalise our community.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Merthyr Town FC Supporters' Six-a-side success

Merthyr Town FC supporters returned to the prestigious Queens Park Sixes tournament this weekend after an absence of well over a decade, the youthful squad surprised everyone (including themselves) by going unbeaten in their qualifying group matches with wins over supporters teams from Worthing, Oxford United, Queen's Park, Tottenham Hotspur (Scotland) and Jalgpallihaigla (Estonia).

A quarter-final win over a young Leyton Orient team raised hopes of winning the tournament but our supporters were beaten 4-1 by eventual winners from Troon at the semi-final stage.

The Queen's Park event is more than a football tournament. With over 40 teams present it was an opportunity for supporters to share experiences and relive memories of previous events.

It was great to tell the story of our unique community club to friends from Orient, Peterborough, Tranmere, St Johnstone, Edinburgh City and Motherwell amongst many others.

We're hopeful of welcoming many of those clubs' supporters to Penydarren Park for the 2011/12 season as we return to our famous home stadium.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Heritage Day at Merthyr Town a complete success

Yesterday's heritage day at Merthyr Town FC was a great success with the Club's new Mobile Museum Panels being welcomed by everyone who visited the Candac Suite.

Supporters were able to view exhibits from the club's origins right through to the present day.

The mobile museum project had been funded with a grant from the Communities First Trust Fund and has taken over 12 months of research to piece together the ten panels that take the viewer through the story of football at Penydarren Park from 1908 to the present day.

The Trust-run Club believe that the mobile exhibition will help to promote itself within the community. The mobile museum is now on the road for the summer with visits planned to local schools and clubs.

The Heritage Day was enhanced by Philip Sweet who made a great presentation on the Managers who were in charge of Merthyr Town from 1908 to 1934 which uncovered a few unknown facts about those who have sat in the hot-seat at Penydarren Park.

Many thanks to everyone who donated items on the day and who expressed an interest in the forthcoming digital archive project.

The mobile exhibition has already attracted attention and will be on display from 1st-12th September at Rhydycar Leisure Centre and from 13th September to the 3rd October at Dowlais Library. Look out for the panels at a venue near you.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Merthyr Town FC - New Sponsor for season

Merthyr Town Football Club was full of the joys of spring this week as the club’s board finalised a new lucrative shirt sponsor deal with Trade Centre Wales for next season. The Neath based company has sponsored the club in the past, but this announcement is linked to the recent opening of the new Trade Centre Part Exchange Outlet on June 1st at the former Kwiksave store adjacent to the A465 in Pant, Merthyr Tydfil.

Trade Centre have worked closely with Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council in establishing the new venture, which should see the introduction of up to 30 jobs in the area, and are keen to develop working partnerships with the business community and the community of Merthyr as a whole, by doing some good in the area. The first step on this road is the sponsorship of Merthyr Town Football Club.

Martyrs management team Garry Shephard and Danny Carter were at a recent sponsors evening with the club’s new kit for next season, with the new Trade Centre Wales logo. The agreement was reached following an approach to the club by Trade Centre, following a phone in on Real Radio, with Garry Shephard, Merthyr stalwart Anthony Hughes and former Cardiff City star Jason Perry, father of Merthyr goalie Joe Perry.

Merthyr Town club captain Steve Williams expressed his joy at hearing about the new deal. Steve was pleased that the sponsorship from Trade Centre Wales has supported the club for the return to Penydarren Park next season.

Trade Centre Wales have a long history of supporting sport in south Wales, and currently sponsors 20 sports clubs in the region, so the first port of call in supporting the local community is the Martyrs.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Merthyr Town FC - Rock at the Park 2011 - The Boys are back in town

Penydarren Park will host the third Rock At The Park event on Saturday 23rd July to raise funds for Merthyr Town FC.

The Club has continued its policy of looking for the best of local talent coupled with a top headline act;

Weekend Legacy - This year's young show opener
Flaming Ferrets - Up and coming Rock band
Celtic Pride - Merthyr's Metal Masters
Minnie's Chuff - Rock/Pop Maestros
Four Wheel Drive - featuring Graham Williams

Limehouse Lizzy - Britain's premier Thin Lizzy tribute act will headline and bring the show to a close.

Gates open at 12 noon and the event runs through until 8.00pm.

Bar & Food stalls available.

The day is sure to attract another large crowd for one of the events of the Merthyr music calendar so make sure you get your ticket in advance, only £12.00.

Please contact the following persons for details and ticket sales;

Wayne - 07852769467
Phil - 07882066625

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Merthyr Town FC Heritage Day - 18th June 2011

Merthyr Town FC will host its first annual Heritage Day in the Candac Suite at Penydarren Park from 2pm on Saturday 18th June 2011.

The event will also launch the Club's mobile museum project which has been funded with a grant from the Communities First Trust Fund, the mobile exhibition is comprised of ten individual panels outlining the history of football at our famous ground from 1908 up until the present day.

The panels will provide a backdrop for the story of football in our borough to be told via presentations and memorabilia.

Supporters are invited to bring any artefacts from the Clubs' histories to the event to be copied or scanned for inclusion in a proposed digital archive.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Merthyr Town unsuccessful in FAW Futsal Finals Day

The Finals day of the inaugural FAW Futsal Cup on Sunday proved to be a huge challenge to the young Merthyr Town team as they suffered three defeats in their group matches in Cardiff.

Merthyr Town Futsal were placed in a group with CSKA Talybont, Connah's Quay and The New Saints which was a tough group which was proven by both North Wales teams from the group facing each other in the Final which was won by TNS who will now play in the UEFA Futsal Cup in August.

Jon Henderson, the team coach, can be justifiably proud of his young team who performed admirably in this new format of the game and surely the event will prepare them for another assault on European glory next season.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Young Merthyr team through to Wales Futsal Finals

Merthyr Town continued it's successful season as our youngsters triumphed in Sunday's FAW Futsal Cup qualifying round.

The Martyrs only had to play one match due to withdrawals from the inaugural Futsal tournament but they comfortably overcame Rhayader Town 7-4 to book their place in the Finals tournament in Cardiff on 5th June.

Dan Richards was accredited with scoring the goal of the event displaying some great technique to outwit the Rhayader keeper for one of the Martyrs' goals.

Good luck to the lads as they seek to emulate the team of '87 and qualify for Europe.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Merthyr Town unveil new kits for next season

Gary Shephard and Danny Carter unveil the new playing strip for Merthyr Town's promotion push from the Western League Premier Division next season.

The club is run by its members and at this season's AGM it was decided that the club would return to playing in black & white after a debate amongst the supporter and a subsequent vote.

The new replica shirts are available to purchase by supporters via Mark Jones in the Club Shop on

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Merthyr Town Futsal

Merthyr Town were drawn today in Group 1 of the Southern Conference for the inaugural FAW Futsal Cup to be played in Cardiff on Sunday 22nd May.

The Trust-run Club will need to top the group including AFC Llwydcoed, Port Talbot Town and Rhayader Town to progress to the National Finals to be played next month.

Jon Henderson, the Merthyr Futsal team manager, has welcomed the draw and is continuing the squad's preparation for the tournament.

The winners of the National Finals will represent Wales in the UEFA Futsal Cup 2011/12.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Merthyr v Cardiff but Fred Keenor Appeal is the winner

The Supporters' Trust from both Merthyr Town and Cardiff City clashed on Thursday evening in a skittles challenge to raise funds for the Fred Keenor Statue Appeal that is close to the hearts of both Cardiff City and Welsh football fans.

The match was played at the Taffs Well Ex-Servicemens Club which has hosted Merthyr Town supporters during their season in exile.

The match was a close affair with the Merthyr team eventually prevailing with a 322-301 result.

It was a fun night to share stories of the season so far and to raise £156.00 for the appeal.

Merthyr Town FC wishes the Cardiff City Supporters Trust every success with the Appeal.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Merthyr Town back in Welsh Cup?

Merthyr Town FC is delighted to hear that the FAW is to invite them to re-enter the Welsh Cup for the 2011/12 season. The club would obviously love the opportunity to bring the famous old trophy back to Penydarren Park for a fourth time. The Club is looking forward to receiving more information from its governing body on the competition rules and will advise its loyal supporters accordingly.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Fred Keenor Appeal Skittles Night

Merthyr Town supporters have laid down a challenge to the Cardiff City Supporters Trust for a skittles match at Taffs Well Ex-Servicemens Club on Thursday 28th April from 7.30pm.

The match will be held as a fundraiser for the Fred Keenor Statue Appeal currently being raised by the Cardiff City Supporters Trust to recognise the player who represented both his Club and Country so proudly and culminating in him lifting the FA Cup for the Bluebirds in 1927 (the picture above shows Fred Keenor bringing the FA Cup to Penydarren Park five days after the Final; Merthyr won 1-0 that day).

Supporters of both clubs are welcome to attend the match to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause which is close to our hearts at Merthyr Town FC.

Our thanks go to Taffs Well Ex-Servicemens Club for hosting the event and also for providing excellent hospitality to Merthyr supporters during our current season in exile at Rhiw Dda'r.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Football Association of Wales Roadshow at Merthyr

The FAW will host a roadshow at Penydarren Park today as part of its consultation process with the Associations's strategy for the next five years.

Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the FAW, will be taking questions from clubs, referees and supporters on all matters of the Association's business.

The Candac Suite will host a meeting for the South Wales region to discuss the priorities for the FAW.

The meeting starts at 7pm, please be there to make your statement on Welsh football.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Champions in our first year

Merthyr Town FC celebrated its first Championship on Saturday with a 5-1 win over Gillingham Town at our temporary home in Taffs Well. A record crowd of 501 basked in the spring sunshine to witness Wales's only community mutual football club take the Western League Division One title.

The Club has overcome numerous hurdles to reach this point but can now look positively at the future and an imminent return to Penydarren Park, it's historic stadium in the town.

The support this season has been amazing with an average crowd in excess of 300 making the 40 mile round trip to Taffs Well to ensure that the Martyrs remained on course to continue their resurrection under their main stakeholders; their own supporters via the Martyrs to the Cause Supporters Trust.

Our thanks go to the management team of Garry Shephard and Danny Carter for providing the team to match the supporters' ambitions. The team has been excellent all season and have deserved to win the Championship.

Next season we return to Penydarren Park where we belong. There's a lot of hard work to be done but with our players and our supporters there's nothing we cannot acheive.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Minithon Update - Gol charity announcement

The JustGiving account for the Minithon held in October has now closed with just over £1,000 raised for both Merthyr Town and the Gol charity.

The Gôl charity has booked flights today for four Montenegrin Orphans, plus two carers to visit Wales for the Wales v Montengro game on 2nd Spetember 2011.

It will be a trip of a lifetime for Vasilija Durkovic, aged 12, Valentina Salihi, aged 14, Bojan Siskic, aged 13 and Danilo Korac, aged 12. They were all born in Podgorica apart from Valentina who was born in Bar and they now all live at the only orphanage still in existence in Montenegro, in Bijela, where Wales supporters representing Gôl visited last September along with the British Embassy.

The four youngsters will act as Mascots for the Wales v. Montenegro match in September.

This will be the third time Gôl have brought orphans to Wales after the previous successful visits of children from Azerbaijan in 2003 (two children) and 2005 (four children).

Gol has publicly thanked Merthyr Town for their donation to their funds as it helps fund the outstanding work being undertaken both home and abroad.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Merthyr Town FC - No return to Penydarren Park yet

MERTHYR Town must wait until next season to start playing home league matches again at Penydarren Park.

A three-man Football Association panel yesterday upheld a Western League decision to turn down the club’s request to return to the Merthyr ground.

That means the Martyrs will keep playing home games at the Rhiw Dda’r ground in Taffs Well where they’ve been since the start of this season.

If the FA had overturned the Western League’s decision, the club say they would have been ready to play at Penydarren Park as early as this weekend.

Despite hosting matches in Taffs Well, Merthyr have been allowed to use Penydarren Park as their base with friendly fixtures, under-18 games and college teams playing there.

A permanent move back would have eased the financial burden on the club as they are currently paying Taffs Well to hire Rhiw Dda’r and shelling out money for the upkeep of Penydarren Park.

And although frustrated by the FA’s judgement, club spokesman Anthony Hughes said everything bodes well for a summer return.
“On the playing side of things I don’t think it makes a great deal of difference,” he said.
“It just means that our fans will keep having to make a 40-mile round trip for no reason as we see it.
“If the decision had gone in our favour we would have played at Penydarren Park as soon as Saturday. It is frustrating but we are 100% certain we will be playing there at the start of next season.
“We are based there now and have played some friendlies, we just won’t be allowed to play the rest of our home games there this season.”

Merthyr had already agreed a compensation deal with Welsh League outfit Taffs Well before their original request to the Western League was rejected.

Hughes added that the FA has said the club can submit another application to move back to Merthyr by May 1 when they would need to sign a new lease on the ground to secure the tenancy, something they believe the local authority would look at in their favour.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Candac Suite Exhibition Open

The refurbishment of the Candac Suite at Penydarren Park has been completed. This is a completion of the first stage of the return to our historical home. The design of the Candac Suite has included many of the prints from the successful community arts day from last season, iconic shots of former players Chris Holvey and John Charles are supplemented by an impressive Warhol-esque print of four international players with links to our town.

(Top left) - Bryn Jones, born in Penyard on 2nd February 1912, who won 17 caps for Wales scoring 6 goals too.

For a player who was to become the most expensive footballer in Britain, Bryn Jones had a remarkably circuitious entry into league soccer. From local football in Merthyr he was given a trial by Southend, where his brother Emlyn played, and by Swansea. Bryn was unsuccessful and joined Glenavon in the Irish League before returning to South Wales to play for Aberaman. He was seen by a Wolves scout and moved to the Molineux club for a fee of £1,500. In a matter of weeks he had made his league debut and his brilliant displays earned him headline notices in the sporting press.

Bryn was a splendid ball player, lithe and elusive and with the ability to turn defences inside out. He excelled at creating openings seemingly out of nothing and could open up a defence with his long penetrating passes. in 1938, he became the sporting sensation of the year when he joined Arsenal for the then record fee of £14,000. He had played 163 times for Wolves scoring 52 goals in the process, however the fact that Bryn was one of the few people to stand up to Wolves manager Major Buckley may have been a contributory factor in the club's decision to sell. Nonetheless, the size of the fee staggered the sporting world. The attendant publicity proved a heavy burden for Bryn and affected his play. Arsenal manager George Allison thought a spell in the second string might help Bryn but there was non respite from the publicity and 33,000 turned up to see his debut for the reserves! It was not until Arsenal's scandinavian tour of 1939 that he began to recover his form.

During the War, Jones served in the 34th Light AA Regiment in North Africa and Italy but continued to play football regularly. In fact he supplemented his 17 official appearances for Wales with 8 war-time appearances for his country. In 1949 he joined Norwich City as a player coach but a chest condition resulted in him retiring on medical grounds eighteen months later. Bryn ended his connection with the game and took a newsagent and confectionery business in Stoke Newington, North London.

Bryn died in Wood Green, London on 18th October 1985.

(Top Right) - Dai Astley, born in Dowlais on 11th October 1909, who won 13 caps for Wales scoring 12 goals.

Dai Astley was a coalminer who joined Merthyr Town from Dowlais Welfare. Albert Lindon, player-manager of Charlton Athletic and a man who knew the South Wales soccer scene well, took him to the Valley in 1927 as although Dai had only made 5 appearances for the Red & Greens he had scored 3 goals in that period. A slenderly built, skilful player, he had superb positional sense and could shoot with either foot. Although naturally right-footed, Astley was aid to have a "mustard left peg" - perfected by hours of practising with a tennis ball. He preferred to keep the ball on the ground and was a master at deceiving defenders with his body swerve. Astley proved to be one of the most astute signings made by Aston Villa, as his prolific goal scoring record of 92 goals in 165 matches indicates. He once scored four goals for the Villa in a FA Cup match against Swansea Town - not a bad record for a player considered by some to be lazy.

In 1936, Astley preferred to move to Derby County rather than return to Charlton and he maintained his goal scoring reputation at the Baseball Ground in an all-international forward line, 45 goals in 93 appearances. He was reluctant to leave Derby but with no first team football in prospect he joined Blackpool. Astley found the net regularly for Wales and his 12 goals in 13 international matches demonstrated his uncanny knack for goals. He retired during the Second World War and went on to coach at Inter Milan, in France and Sweden up to 1956. Astley was subsequently landlord of the White Horse in Ramsgate, Kent.

Dai died in Birchington, Kent on 7th November 1989.

(Bottom left) - Gordon Davies, born in Merthyr Tydfil on 3rd August 1955, made 16 appearances for Wales scoring 2 goals.

Gordon Davies was a relative latecomer to league football at the age of 22 years, having previously played for Merthyr Tydfil FC in the Southern League and worked as a physical education teacher. As a youth he had joined Manchester City as an apprentice but was released and embarked on training as a geography teacher. A determined player with an eye for a half chance, he was a consistent goalscorer at Fulham who he joined for a fee reported to be in excess of £5,000 but also made chances for others, he in fact made 247 appearances for the London club with an impressive haul of 113 goals in that time.

In 1983 his goalscoring feats attracted the top clubs at a time when he had been recalled to the Wales side after a two year absence. Davies moved in quick succession to Chelsea and, ironically, Manchester City. He returned to Fulham in November 1986 and maintained his gift for goalscoring. In 1988 he overtook Johnny Haynes's club record tally of 157 league & cup goals.

In 1991 Gordon joined Wrexham where he finished his professional career.

Gordon now lives in Leicestershire and is a regular visitor to Craven Cottage on match-day where he acts as a club ambassador.

(Bottom right) - Moses Russell, born in Tredegar on 20th May 1888, who made 23 appearances for Wales scoring 1 goal.

Moses Russell left school to work down the pits but spent his leisure time playing football and rugby. He also boxed and swam - once rescuing a drowning child from a river. In 1912 he left South Wales to join Southport but when the club hit financial problems he accepted a free transfer rather take the cut in wages. A bout of rheumatic fever had left Moses "thinly thatched" and his bald head made him appear years older than his age.

He settled at Merthyr Town in the Southern League and it was during this period that he became the first player from the club to represent Wales with appearances against Scotland and Ireland in 1912. It was shortly after playing for Wales against England in 1914 that he was transferred to Plymouth Argyle for a then club record fee of £400. After service with the Royal Army Corps, Moses resumed his career with Plymouth.

His gritty determination at full-back throughout the 1920s was an inspiration to his colleagues for both club and country.

In those days only the Third Division champions were promoted. Plymouth finished as runners-up in six successive seasons and Moses was dubbed the "unluckiest captain in soccer". The club finally made it to the Second Division in 1930 but Moses only played in 7 senior matches during the season and never realized his ambition to play in the top flight.

Moses played many fine games for his country and in 1924 converted the penalty in Belfast that gave Wales a 1-0 win over Ireland and the "Triple Crown". He toured Canada in 1929 with the Welsh party and was involved in a disturbing incident at Hamilton, Ontario. The match against the local XI got a little rough and the crowd invaded the pitch to surround Moses. The unflappable Moses remained calm until one of the crowd drew a pistol. Fortunately the Mounties got their man before he culd get to Moses. During his playing career he kept a public house in Plymouth but subsequenly returned to South Wales. At the outbreak of war, he joined the territorial army and it was while working at the Royal Propellant Factory in Chepstow that he died on 18th December 1946.