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We   are   also   pleased   to   confirm   that   signing   up   today   is   the   returning   Kieron   Bairstow.      Kieron   was   a   mainstay   of   the   Clubs   reserve   side   and   last   year   missed   much   of   the   season through   personal   issues   but   having   re-joined   the   squad   towards   the   end   of   last   season   with   a   new   sense   of   purpose   he   has   worked   hard   during   the   brief   closed   season   and   is   now raring to go with a point to prove. We dnesday 3rd July 2019 Ponty ‘home’ draw in NMG Cup With   Pontypridd   Town   set   to   start   the   season   at   Aberaman   Park   they   have   been   handed   a   home   tie   in   the   first   round   of   the   Nathaniel   MG   Cup   which   was drawn this evening. They will face newly promoted STM Sports on Saturday 3rd August while the winners of that tie will have a home tie the following week against either Afan Lido or Cwmbran Celtic. Tu esday 2nd July 2019 Town away to Pontyclun in WLC Aberdare Town will be on the road after the draw for the 1st round of the Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Cup. Aber will face an away tie at Pontyclun, who finished fourth last season in the division on Saturday 24th August (ko 2.30pm) Fri day 28th June 2019 Pryor, Morgan and Whitcombe sign The   Club   are   delighted   to   announce   another   three   players   who   will   be   part   of   our   new   squad   with   Simon   Morgan   returning   to   the   Club   while   new   faces   Liam Pryor and Ellis Whitcombe also agree to join. Simon   started   his   second   spell   with   Aberdare   last   summer   and   formerly   played   for   Newport   County   and   although   he   impressed   in   the   early   season   matches   work   curtailed   the majority of his season but with his availability now sorted he returns to the squad and can play either as a fullback or in midfield. Liam   is   a   locally   based   goalkeeper   who   joins   from   Hirwaun   Sports   and   has   impressed   in   the   pre-season   training   sessions   and   will   be   battling   it   out   to   grab   the   number   one   jersey   this season at Aberaman Park.  Having performed well for Hirwaun he has previously been handed the leagues Golden Glove award due to his abilities. The   final   new   face   for   this   week   is   youngster   Ellis   Whitcombe   and   his   signing   is   seen   as   something   of   a   coup   as   several   higher   level   teams   have   been   seeking   his   signature   this summer   and   he   is   a   great   talent   even   at   his   young   age   so   we   are   thrilled   he's   chosen   us   to   progress   into   senior   football.      He   is   technically   good   and   has   wonderful   vision   with   a superb   passing   range   and   a   fantastic   footballing   brain.   We   have   no   doubts   will   have   a   successful   playing   career   in   Welsh   League   Football.         He's   a   very   down   to   earth   and   athletic young man who quietly goes about his game with massive effect. Thu rsday 27th June 2019 Owen, Cushion & Abs first to sign We   are   pleased   to   announce   our   first   three   players   who   will   be   in   the   2019/20   squad   as   Matt   Owen   and   Abhay   Varghese   both   re-sign   after   playing   last season while a new face to the Club is defender Dan Cushion. Matt   joined   the   Club   last   season   from   Caerau   Ely   and   went   on   to   be   a   mainstay   of Abers   squad   which   saw   him   awarded   the   Managers   Player   of   the   Year.      He   had   good   offers   from other Clubs in a higher level but wanted to commit to the ongoing project at Aberaman Park  and we are thrilled he sees his future with us. Abhay   is   another   player   who   re-signs   having   played   the   last   few   matches   last   season   and   impressed   in   his   outings.   He   is   from   Ebbw   Vale   and   despite   his   tender   years,   he   has   a very   good   footballing   intelligence   and   has   technical   ability   in   abundance   with   a   fantastic   eye   for   a   pass   as   he   showed   last   season   on   his   full   debut   away   to   Pontradwe Town.   He   was discovered at sessions run by Cardiff City and their Foundation programme and is thrilled at the opportunity to grow and mature as player with us. Dan   joins   us   from   Risca   United   where   he   excelled   in   their Academy   and   is   a   very   quick   and   skilful   player   with   technical   ability   to   match   his   blistering   pace.      His   young   age   may   make the opposition feel relaxed but after a few runs at them, we are sure they'll give him plenty of respect. Wed nesday 26th June 2019 Titan on board with new kit deal Aberdare Town have reached agreement with Titan Teamwear from Torfaen to become the new kit and leisurewear provider for the Club. Aberdare will be wearing Titans own brand Kronos and will see both the mens and ladies sides wearing identical kit for the first time with the same sponsors. The kits and leisurewear will all be sublimated instead of the traditional embroidery or heat transfer. General   Manager   of Aberdare   Ian   Pearce   said   of   the   deal:   "We   are   really   pleased   to   be   working   with   a   new   company   and   a   new   brand   as   they   have   only   been   up   and   running   in   the last   year.   We   were   impressed   with   the   way   they   approached   things   and   of   course   the   actual   products   themselves   are   really   good.   We   hope   this   is   the   start   of   a   very   long   partnership and   that   it   is   our   aim   over   the   course   of   the   next   few   seasons   to   see   all   teams   within   the   club   not   only   being   in   the   same   brand   but   exactly   the   same   kit   -   that   is   a   core   principal around what we are trying to achieve". As   a   valleys-based   business,   Titan   Teamwear   are   extremely   pleased   to   be   named   as   the   new   official   kit   supplier   for   the   Club   saying:   “Not   only   are Aberdare   Town   our   first   team   in the   Welsh   Football   League,   they   are   also   our   first   team   in   the   SWWGL   as   well.   There   is   a   certain   element   of   gravitas   when   a   club   as   prestigious   as   Aberdare,   founded   in   1892, decides that you are the company of choice for them. We look forward to a long and successful future, all wish them all the best for the season ahead”. Wed nesday 19th June 2019 Martyn Phillips looks at 2019/20 With   pre-season   training   now   underway   and   a   couple   of   high   intensity   fitness   sessions   completed   Director   of   Football   Martyn   Phillips   thinks   that   there   is   a lot of positives after a disappointing season. Briefly   looking   back   Martyn   told   ATFC.co.uk:   “Without   doubt   last   season   was   disappointing,   it   wasn’t   unexpected   but   relegation   is   never   something   anybody   wants   to   be   involved with.      However,   there   is   a   big   difference   and   feeling   around   the   place   from   twelve   months   ago   -   this   time   last   year   we   were   struggling   around   trying   to   get   a   squad   together   and   now things are more structured and there has been a large amount of interest in players wanting to join us so its a completely reversed situation and there is a lot of optimism”. With   the   new   found   optimism   there   have   been   changes   both   on   and   off   the   pitch   as   Martyn   explained:   “Off   the   pitch   we   needed   to   get   things   in   order,   to   make   sure   the   environment   was   right   and that   we   are   running   as   professionally   as   we   can   -   that   has   been   at   the   heart   of   everything   we   are   trying   to   do.      There   has   been   a   lot   of   change   and   all   of   it   positive   with   people   at   the   Club   working hard over the summer to add to our already fantastic facilities - this is the second summer of the improvements and we think it will make a difference”. Of   course   the   most   important   part   of   any   football   club   is   what   happens   on   the   pitch   and   Martyn   is   just   as   pleased   with   the   work   being   done   with   the   team   too:   “We   decided   to   start   pre-season   early and   there   was   a   good   response   from   some   of   the   players   who   were   with   us   last   season   as   they   wanted   to   build   a   real   momentum   ahead   of   what   we   all   know   is   a   very   important   season.      Simon (Jones)   and   Terry   (Fitzpatrick)   have   been   talking   to   players   and   we   feel   the   players   that   we   are   aiming   to   recruit   will   mean   we   have   a   better   squad   and   produce   a   more   attractive   attacking   style   of play as we look to blend the core of last seasons squad with an injection of both youth and experience”. With   the   opening   friendly   a   couple   of   weeks   away   Martyn   finished   by   saying:   “We   all   feel   that   the   future   is   very   bright   for   the   Club   and   I   am   proud   to   be   a   part   of   what   we   are   trying   to   do.      The players will continue to build up to the opening away friendly with a couple more sessions and then we can look forward to starting to finalise our squad and getting players officially signed”.   Wednesday 12th June 2019 P re-season schedule Ahead of the new season Aberdare Town have arranged a series of friendlies to get the squad ready for their new league campaign. With   The   Snakes   preparing   for   life   in   Welsh   League   Division   Three   (or   Two   depending   on   the   new   naming   following   the   pyramid   restructure!)   they   start   on   Saturday   6th   July   against FC Tredegar on the Ynys 3G surface in town (ko 2.00pm) and then a week later we travel down to Caerphilly Athletic for a 2.00pm kick off. Friday   19th   July   see   a   trip   over   to   face   Blaenrhonnda   and   on   the   27th   its   another   away   game   at   Aber   Valley.   Wednesday   31st   July   is   a   trip   to   Wattsville   before   the   warm   up campaign in completed on the 3rd August away to Caerau - a week before the new league season kicks off. There is no home friendlies this season due to pitch availability issues. Training got underway last weekend and a further session is set for Saturday afternoon as boss Simon Jones and Terry Fitzpatrick put some new, and old, faces through their paces. The ladies team have also arranged two friendlies so far away to Tredgar and Pontypridd while they will also be taking part in the Caerphilly tournament in early July. Wednesday 15th May 2019 Cl ub restructure agreed Following a meeting of the clubs management committee it has been agreed to begin the process of a radical overhaul of the way Aberdare Town is run. The   restructure   will   be   formed   over   a   four   year   period   with   the   initial   changes   set   for   implementation   at   the   Clubs AGM   this   year   after   the   plans   were   agreed   on   Monday   night.   This will involve a restructured Management Committee with an eye firmly set for future progression. Subject   to   ratification   at   the AGM   Richard   Rowlands   will   be   the   new   Vice-Chairman   while   Ian   Pearce   will   take   on   the   newly   created   role   of   General   Manager   tasked   with   keeping   an eye on the day to day running of the Club, bar and facility. With these proposed changes there are now three roles available to be filled ahead of the AGM in June. Club Accreditation Officer (CAO) This   will   involve   overseeing   the   Clubs   FAW   accreditation   with   our   aim   to   achieve   the   Gold   award.   The   post   will   also   look   after   club   membership   and   eventually   will   develop   into   the coach development officer. This role would suit somebody who is admin focussed. Community Officer The club wish to develop more links locally with organisations and schools. This role is suited to somebody with an outgoing personality, good communication skills and motivated. Commercial Manager We are looking to appoint a commission based commercial manager to help drive our vision commercially in the local and wider area. If you are interested in applying for any of these new roles please contact Ian Pearce on 07812511222 or email website@aberdaretownfc.co.uk This is an ideal time to get involved with your local Club as we aim to develop all aspects of Aberdare Town FC, BIG  history : BIGGER future : ONE  club Tuesday 14th May 2019 Rob Jones joins as new coach Aberdare Town have added to their backroom team with Rob Jones joining as a coach. The   management   team   have   restructured   slightly   with   Terry   Fitzpatrick   now   taking   on   the   role   of   Head   Coach   to   support   Manager   Simon   Jones   while   Martyn   Phillips   will   continue   to assist in his position of Director of Football.  Rob, who was known by Terry and has worked together before, joins up ahead of the pre-season preparations getting underway. We   are   still   looking   for   three   more   additions   to   complete   the   backroom   team   with   a   goalkeeper   coach,   physio   and   a   kit   manager   required.      If   you   can   help   or   are   interested   please email info@aberdaretownfc.co.uk  for more information
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the   winners   of   that   tie   will   have   a   home   tie   the   following   week   against either Afan Lido or Cwmbran Celtic. Tu esday 2nd July 2019 Town away to Pontyclun in WLC Aberdare   Town   will   be   on   the   road   after   the   draw   for   the   1st round of the Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Cup. Aber   will   face   an   away   tie   at   Pontyclun,   who   finished   fourth   last   season   in the division on Saturday 24th August (ko 2.30pm) Fri day 28th June 2019 Pryor, Morgan and Whitcombe sign The   Club   are   delighted   to   announce   another   three   players   who will   be   part   of   our   new   squad   with   Simon   Morgan   returning   to the   Club   while   new   faces   Liam   Pryor   and   Ellis   Whitcombe   also agree to join. Simon   started   his   second   spell   with   Aberdare   last   summer   and   formerly played   for   Newport   County   and   although   he   impressed   in   the   early   season matches   work   curtailed   the   majority   of   his   season   but   with   his   availability now   sorted   he   returns   to   the   squad   and   can   play   either   as   a   fullback   or   in midfield. Liam   is   a   locally   based   goalkeeper   who   joins   from   Hirwaun   Sports   and has   impressed   in   the   pre-season   training   sessions   and   will   be   battling   it out   to   grab   the   number   one   jersey   this   season   at Aberaman   Park.      Having performed   well   for   Hirwaun   he   has   previously   been   handed   the   leagues Golden Glove award due to his abilities. The   final   new   face   for   this   week   is   youngster   Ellis   Whitcombe   and   his signing   is   seen   as   something   of   a   coup   as   several   higher   level   teams   have been   seeking   his   signature   this   summer   and   he   is   a   great   talent   even   at his   young   age   so   we   are   thrilled   he's   chosen   us   to   progress   into   senior football.      He   is   technically   good   and   has   wonderful   vision   with   a   superb passing   range   and   a   fantastic   footballing   brain.   We   have   no   doubts   will have   a   successful   playing   career   in   Welsh   League   Football.         He's   a   very down   to   earth   and   athletic   young   man   who   quietly   goes   about   his   game with massive effect. Thu rsday 27th June 2019 Owen, Cushion & Abs first to sign We   are   pleased   to   announce   our   first   three   players   who   will   be in   the   2019/20   squad   as   Matt   Owen   and Abhay   Varghese   both   re- sign   after   playing   last   season   while   a   new   face   to   the   Club   is defender Dan Cushion. Matt   joined   the   Club   last   season   from   Caerau   Ely   and   went   on   to   be   a mainstay   of Abers   squad   which   saw   him   awarded   the   Managers   Player   of the   Year.      He   had   good   offers   from   other   Clubs   in   a   higher   level   but wanted   to   commit   to   the   ongoing   project   at   Aberaman   Park      and   we   are thrilled he sees his future with us. Abhay   is   another   player   who   re-signs   having   played   the   last   few   matches last   season   and   impressed   in   his   outings.   He   is   from   Ebbw   Vale   and despite   his   tender   years,   he   has   a   very   good   footballing   intelligence   and has   technical   ability   in   abundance   with   a   fantastic   eye   for   a   pass   as   he showed   last   season   on   his   full   debut   away   to   Pontradwe   Town.   He   was discovered     at     sessions     run     by     Cardiff     City     and     their     Foundation programme   and   is   thrilled   at   the   opportunity   to   grow   and   mature   as   player with us. Dan   joins   us   from   Risca   United   where   he   excelled   in   their Academy   and   is a   very   quick   and   skilful   player   with   technical   ability   to   match   his   blistering pace.      His   young   age   may   make   the   opposition   feel   relaxed   but   after   a   few runs at them, we are sure they'll give him plenty of respect. Wed nesday 26th June 2019 Titan on board with new kit deal Aberdare   Town   have   reached   agreement   with   Titan   Teamwear from Torfaen   to   become   the   new   kit   and   leisurewear   provider   for the Club. Aberdare   will   be   wearing   Titans   own   brand   Kronos   and   will   see   both   the mens   and   ladies   sides   wearing   identical   kit   for   the   first   time   with   the   same sponsors. The   kits   and   leisurewear   will   all   be   sublimated   instead   of   the   traditional embroidery or heat transfer. General   Manager   of   Aberdare   Ian   Pearce   said   of   the   deal:   "We   are   really pleased   to   be   working   with   a   new   company   and   a   new   brand   as   they   have only   been   up   and   running   in   the   last   year.   We   were   impressed   with   the way   they   approached   things   and   of   course   the   actual   products   themselves are   really   good.   We   hope   this   is   the   start   of   a   very   long   partnership   and that   it   is   our   aim   over   the   course   of   the   next   few   seasons   to   see   all   teams within   the   club   not   only   being   in   the   same   brand   but   exactly   the   same   kit   - that is a core principal around what we are trying to achieve". As   a   valleys-based   business, Titan Teamwear   are   extremely   pleased   to   be named   as   the   new   official   kit   supplier   for   the   Club   saying:   “Not   only   are Aberdare   Town   our   first   team   in   the   Welsh   Football   League,   they   are   also our    first    team    in    the    SWWGL    as    well.   There    is    a    certain    element    of gravitas    when    a    club    as    prestigious    as    Aberdare,    founded    in    1892, decides   that   you   are   the   company   of   choice   for   them.   We   look   forward   to a   long   and   successful   future,   all   wish   them   all   the   best   for   the   season ahead”. We dnesday 19th June 2019 Martyn Phillips looks at 2019/20 With   pre-season   training   now   underway   and   a   couple   of   high intensity   fitness   sessions   completed   Director   of   Football   Martyn Phillips     thinks     that     there     is     a     lot     of     positives     after     a disappointing season. Briefly   looking   back   Martyn   told   ATFC.co.uk:   “Without   doubt   last   season was   disappointing,   it   wasn’t   unexpected   but   relegation   is   never   something anybody   wants   to   be   involved   with.      However,   there   is   a   big   difference   and feeling   around   the   place   from   twelve   months   ago   -   this   time   last   year   we were   struggling   around   trying   to   get   a   squad   together   and   now   things   are more   structured   and   there   has   been   a   large   amount   of   interest   in   players wanting   to   join   us   so   its   a   completely   reversed   situation   and   there   is   a   lot of optimism”. With   the   new   found   optimism   there   have   been   changes   both   on   and   off   the   pitch as   Martyn   explained:   “Off   the   pitch   we   needed   to   get   things   in   order,   to   make sure   the   environment   was   right   and   that   we   are   running   as   professionally   as   we can   -   that   has   been   at   the   heart   of   everything   we   are   trying   to   do.      There   has been   a   lot   of   change   and   all   of   it   positive   with   people   at   the   Club   working   hard over   the   summer   to   add   to   our   already   fantastic   facilities   -   this   is   the   second summer of the improvements and we think it will make a difference”. Of   course   the   most   important   part   of   any   football   club   is   what   happens   on   the pitch   and   Martyn   is   just   as   pleased   with   the   work   being   done   with   the   team   too: “We   decided   to   start   pre-season   early   and   there   was   a   good   response   from some   of   the   players   who   were   with   us   last   season   as   they   wanted   to   build   a   real momentum   ahead   of   what   we   all   know   is   a   very   important   season.      Simon (Jones)   and   Terry   (Fitzpatrick)   have   been   talking   to   players   and   we   feel   the players   that   we   are   aiming   to   recruit   will   mean   we   have   a   better   squad   and produce   a   more   attractive   attacking   style   of   play   as   we   look   to   blend   the   core   of last seasons squad with an injection of both youth and experience”. With   the   opening   friendly   a   couple   of   weeks   away   Martyn   finished   by   saying: “We   all   feel   that   the   future   is   very   bright   for   the   Club   and   I   am   proud   to   be   a   part of   what   we   are   trying   to   do.      The   players   will   continue   to   build   up   to   the   opening away   friendly   with   a   couple   more   sessions   and   then   we   can   look   forward   to starting to finalise our squad and getting players officially signed”.   Wednesday 12th June 2019 P re-season schedule Ahead   of   the   new   season Aberdare Town   have   arranged   a   series of    friendlies    to    get    the    squad    ready    for    their    new    league campaign. With   The   Snakes   preparing   for   life   in   Welsh   League   Division   Three   (or Two   depending   on   the   new   naming   following   the   pyramid   restructure!) they   start   on   Saturday   6th   July   against   FC   Tredegar   on   the   Ynys   3G surface   in   town   (ko   2.00pm)   and   then   a   week   later   we   travel   down   to Caerphilly Athletic for a 2.00pm kick off. Friday   19th   July   see   a   trip   over   to   face   Blaenrhonnda   and   on   the   27th   its another   away   game   at   Aber   Valley.   Wednesday   31st   July   is   a   trip   to Wattsville   before   the   warm   up   campaign   in   completed   on   the   3rd   August away to Caerau - a week before the new league season kicks off. There is no home friendlies this season due to pitch availability issues. Training    got    underway    last    weekend    and    a    further    session    is    set    for Saturday   afternoon   as   boss   Simon   Jones   and   Terry   Fitzpatrick   put   some new, and old, faces through their paces. The   ladies   team   have   also   arranged   two   friendlies   so   far   away   to   Tredgar   and Pontypridd   while   they   will   also   be   taking   part   in   the   Caerphilly   tournament   in early July. Wednesday 15th May 2019 Cl ub restructure agreed Following   a   meeting   of   the   clubs   management   committee   it   has been   agreed   to   begin   the   process   of   a   radical   overhaul   of   the way Aberdare Town is run. The   restructure   will   be   formed   over   a   four   year   period   with   the   initial changes   set   for   implementation   at   the   Clubs AGM   this   year   after   the   plans were     agreed     on     Monday     night.     This     will     involve     a     restructured Management Committee with an eye firmly set for future progression. Subject   to   ratification   at   the AGM   Richard   Rowlands   will   be   the   new   Vice- Chairman   while   Ian   Pearce   will   take   on   the   newly   created   role   of   General Manager   tasked   with   keeping   an   eye   on   the   day   to   day   running   of   the Club,   bar   and   facility.   With   these   proposed   changes   there   are   now   three roles available to be filled ahead of the AGM in June. Club Accreditation Officer (CAO) This   will   involve   overseeing   the   Clubs   FAW   accreditation   with   our   aim   to achieve   the   Gold   award.   The   post   will   also   look   after   club   membership and   eventually   will   develop   into   the   coach   development   officer.   This   role would suit somebody who is admin focussed. Community Officer The    club    wish    to    develop    more    links    locally    with    organisations    and schools.   This   role   is   suited   to   somebody   with   an   outgoing   personality, good communication skills and motivated. Commercial Manager We   are   looking   to   appoint   a   commission   based   commercial   manager   to help drive our vision commercially in the local and wider area. If   you   are   interested   in   applying   for   any   of   these   new   roles   please   contact Ian Pearce on 07812511222 or email website@aberdaretownfc.co.uk This   is   an   ideal   time   to   get   involved   with   your   local   Club   as   we   aim   to develop   all   aspects   of   Aberdare   Town   FC,   BIG    history   :   BIGGER   future   : ONE  club Tuesday 14th May 2019 Rob Jones joins as new coach Aberdare   Town   have   added   to   their   backroom   team   with   Rob Jones joining as a coach. The   management   team   have   restructured   slightly   with   Terry   Fitzpatrick now   taking   on   the   role   of   Head   Coach   to   support   Manager   Simon   Jones while   Martyn   Phillips   will   continue   to   assist   in   his   position   of   Director   of Football.      Rob,   who   was   known   by   Terry   and   has   worked   together   before, joins up ahead of the pre-season preparations getting underway.
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