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Also forming part of the coaching team is Kristian Collins who will double up his coaching work along with his existing commitments with our ladies team. Kristian will also be signing forms for the Club and is no stranger to Aberdare Town having picked up the Clubman of the Year in the season before last. We welcome both Terry and Kristian into the first team squad along with Richard Evans who had already been confirmed at the time of Simon’s appointment. The final piece of the backroom team is being sought with a physio required for match days and training sessions. Eleven players commit for new season already Wednesday 20th June 2018 Aberdare boss Simon Jones has started getting his squad put together for the new season with eleven players confirming their commitment already. Signing for the new season is defenders Scott Griffiths, Daniel Riddiford, Andrew Feneroli, Sam Phillips and Kieron Bairstow, midfielders Levi Jones, Kevin Connelly and Rhys Thomas, winger Drew Langdon and strikers Mikey Edwards and Brad Lewis. Jones, Griffiths, Feneroli and Riddiford all have had Welsh League experience while Thomas, Connelly, Phillips, Lewis and Bairstow all played in the Reserve team over the last couple of seasons.  Striker Edwards suffered a bad injury in the opening game of last season and is now back to fitness after a year out and looking forward to the chance at the higher level along with 17 year old winger Langdon who played for much of last season for Ceiber Con. Simon Jones who has put his players through two early training sessions has been pleased with the turnouts so far and more signings are expected shortly: “We knew that it was going to be pretty much a large rebuild of the squad but we are still talking to new players about joining us and there are a few we are talking to with a hope they will stay as well. All those who are signing are those that really want to be at the Club and will fit into the type of football we want to play which you could see in the two games at the end of last season”. Player sponsorships are now available for every player and management team member at £50 for the season - as well as seeing your name on social media, in the programme and on the website all season along with 2 tickets to a dedicated league match, if you pay an extra £25 you will also get a discounted season ticket!  To sponsor a player please email us at website@aberdaretownfc.co.uk or make contact through our social media channels. Merthyr friendly for Aber Wednesday 13th June 2018 Aberdare Town are delighted to announce that Southern League Premier Division side and local neighbours Merthyr Town will be visiting Aberaman Park as part of the build up for the new season. The friendly against the Martyrs is the only home game and will take place on Tuesday 31st July (ko 7.30pm). Admission is set at £3 for adults & concessions and Under 16s are FREE Aberdare have lined up four other friendlies, all away from home, which start on Saturday 14th July when we visit Blaenrhondda FC followed a week later with a visit to face Pontyclun. On the 28th July Aber will play old friends AFC Porth on the Abercynon 3G pitch. The Merthyr game then takes centre stage before pre-season is wrapped up on Saturday 4th August against Treowen Stars. The league season will get underway on Saturday 11th August. With a brand new squad being put together pre-season training is getting underway slightly earlier than normal on Tuesday 19th June.  Players to meet at the Club at 6.30pm. Preparations are also underway for the ladies team with their first friendly being confirmed away to Cascade on Sunday 5th August. Admission price lowered Tuesday 12th June 2018 With a busy summer relaunch ahead for the Club, Aberdare Town have started by making some changes with their match day admission prices. In a bid to try and increase our attendances the adult admission price has been cut to just £3 while under 16s will continue to get in FREE while concession rates remain at £3. Match day programme will now cost £1.00 and will no longer be included within the admission price. The Club will also be introducing season tickets at a cost of £35 which will give holders access to all home league games and friendlies.  An application form will be available to download from the website of by emailing website@aberdaretownfc.co.uk. The Clubs committee are working hard on making some big changes to give the 125 year old Club a new lease of life and before the new season kicks off a refurbishment of the club house is being planned along with a full ground clear up, changes to match day ogranisation including a new match day office and a renovation of the refreshment outlet. Meetings have also started with officials from our successful and ever expanding girls and ladies section which will see a much closer working relationship including a new social calendar of events. As well as the upcoming Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for the 26th June (when the ‘1892 Club will be drawn), the Club are also preparing to hold an open evening with all those with an in interest in the Club from the boys, girls, ladies and mens sections can come along and help shape the future direction of the Club by airing their views. Further details will be announced in due course. Dapper FM are our first community partner Monday 11th June 2018 Aberdare Town Football Club and local Aberdare radio station Dapper FM are delighted to announce they have agreed a Community Partnership deal. Both organisations serve the local area and by agreeing this arrangement it is hoped to boost the awareness of both both in Aberdare and further afield. From Dapper FM Jonathan ‘Eggy’ Evans said: “We are pleased to link up with the towns football team and will be helping however we can. We recently located to a brand new purpose built studio based in Jacs and are looking to improve our output and anybody who wants to get involved we will be delighted to hear from you.  Like the football club we have expenses to pay regularly to stay on air so any donations are most welcome”. Aberdare Town were as equally as thrilled with the new partnership with Ian Pearce from the Club saying: “Dapper, like the Club, are going through similar relaunches as we both are aiming at reaching out to the local community more.  We are delighted of the enthusiam from Jonathan and all those with the station at wanting to build a great relationship that will benefit us both”. You can listen in to Dapper FM on www.dapperfm.co.uk or on the Tunein app. Privacy Policy Friday 25th May 2018 In line with the new regulations the Club have now adopted a privacy policy in regards to the new General Data Protection Regulation. As a Club we take any collection of personal data seriously and only use that data in order to provide football for our fans, members and players. You can access our privacy policy by clicking HERE SJ: “It’s a job I have always wanted” Tuesday 22nd May 2018 After being appointed manager last week Simon Jones has wasted no time in getting his teeth stuck into his new role buoyed by a win in his first game in full charge in the last match of the season at Garden Village. Clearly delighted at being appointed he told ATFC Online: "I am really proud to have been given the chance to help turn the Club around after a few difficult seasons. We will be working hard to reverse the slide and get people enjoying things again. I have never hidden the fact its a job I have wanted". On his thoughts for the future he added: "It is a big job we have on our hands but the most important thing is to get people wanting to come back and watch our games and feel part of the Club. We have great boys and girls sections and a ladies team so it is about bringing everybody together. I know the Clubs committee are looking into lots of things to help and with how we are restructuring things its going to probably end up a much more local side which we hope will help get more people using the place". A 2-1 win pleased the new boss to complete the season with Aberdare finishing 11th: "It was a great finish as a Sunday fixture isnt easy especially with players away but we deserved our win and battled for 90 minutes in hot conditions". Work now begins on preparations for next season with Si knowing he has a busy summer ahead: "I  have started speaking to the lads we already have here and, as much as we are expecting a few departures, we are inviting everybody back for pre-season. Training will be open for anybody to come along to but of course we also have a few players in mind to approach as we will be looking at running with a squad of around 20. We have a great home friendly that the Club had already arranged and we are just finalising our remaining games". He wont be working alone either and has already spoken to several people about joining his backroom team: "Its important to have a good group around me to help bounce ideas off. Richard Evans has already said he will continue to help and I am talking to a couple of coaches to come in as well which we will announce when things are complete and agreed. The one important thing we are needing is a physio so if you know somebody who can help please get in touch". One thing that Si was keen to stress was there is no quick fix to getting the Club back on track: "It isnt going to be an overnight turn around. The committee understand that and its a longer term plan that is being worked on so we can develop the structure properly rather than rushing into things. We have some great kids coming through, especially in our under 13s and its got to be our aim at building things up so they aspire to be in the first team squad". Simon Jones appointed manager Friday 18th May 2018 Aberdare Town are pleased to announce that Simon Jones has agreed to take on the role of First Team manager. Simon has been with the Club for several years having ran the Clubs Reserve team and previously been involved in the academy at Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC. Chairman Garry Williams said of the appointment: “The Club have been on a downward spiral for the last few years and it’s time to turn things around and by Simon coming into the managers role he is the ideal person to be able to shape the structure we have all wanted for some time as he shares that same vision. There are going to be a lot of changes over the coming months and we see this as a long term appointment to get the Club re-organised without any pressure on him in regards to results on the pitch - all we have asked for is a team that wants to play for the badge and 100% committed on the pitch”. Work is now well underway on the formation of a new backroom team that will assist Simon and details will be released when confirmed and there will be an interview with the new boss online over the coming week as he gets stuck into assembling a squad.
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