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Ladies start with Sudbrook Thursday 2nd August The fixtures for the South Wales Womens and Girls League have been announced and Aberdare will start with a home game against Sudbrook Girls. The   league   gets   underway   on   Sunday   2nd   September   and   after   the   visit   to   Aberaman   Park   of   Sudbrook   on   the   opening   weekend   the   ladies   will   then   face   two   away   games   against Rhiwbina and Ponty Panthers. For   this   season   the   league   has   been   re-organised   and   with   two   divisions   now   added   together   to   form   the   new   Division   One   this   means   there   are   now   11   teams   in   the   league   giving   far more games.  The new division is set to be wrapped up on the 17th March away to Goytre United. A full fixture list can be found on our website by clicking HERE Merthyr friendly cancelled Friday 27th July Aberdare Town have made the tough decision to cancel our home pre-season friendly with Merthyr Town. With   the   weeks   of   hot   weather   the   work   that   was   carried   out   by   RCT   Council   has   not   taken   effect   leaving   the Aberaman   Park   pitch   in   an   unplayable   state.      The   Club   took   the   option   of informing Merthyr early so they could find an alternative opponent and did not want them playing on an unfit and potentially dangerous surface. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by a situation that was out of our control. Thomas, Williams and Pinch all sign forms Wednesday 18th July Aberdare Town have added another 3 players to their ever expanding squad as boss Simon Jones looks to add as many options as possible. Rejoining   the   Club   is   striker   Cory   Thomas   who   played   four   times   last   season   for   Aber   scoring   once   after   stepping   up   from   the   Reserves   and   central   defender   David   Pinch   who previously played for Aber when it was known as Ento and adds experience to the group. Also putting pen to paper is Craig Williams who played last season for Hirwaun Sports after his return to the Country after a spell at a high level in Australia. We    welcome    all    three    to    the    Club    and    hope    they    enjoy    their    time    at    Aberaman    Park.        If    you    would    like    to    sponsor    any    of    the    players    you    can    do    so    by    emailing website@aberdaretownfc.co.uk Former Exiles youngster signs for Town Tuesday 17th July 2018 Aberdare Town are pleased to announce the signing of former Newport County player Simon Morgan. Simon   rose   through   the   ranks   with   Newport   County   playing   for   their   academy   and   upon   his   release   attracted   interest   from Truro   City   where   he   spent   pre-season.      He   eventually   signed for Aberdare Town before leaving the Club but has returned now since the appointment of Simon Jones as manager. We   welcome   Simon   back   to   the   Club   and   hope   he   has   an   enjoyable   and   successful   time   with   Aber.   You   can   sponsor   Simon,   or   any   of   the   other   available   players,   by   emailing website@aberdaretownfc.co.uk ‘1892 Club’ a huge success with 43 entries Monday 9th July 2018 The inaugural ‘1982 Club’ has been deemed a massive success after an impressive 43 entries were received from businesses and individuals. The main part of the Club was all the entries being placed into a draw with the first name pulled out of the hat being named as the new front of shirt sponsor for the new season. The   Club   are   pleased   to   announce   that   PERTHCELYN   FOOD   MARKET   were   the   winners   of   the   draw   and   they   will   now   be   on   the   front   of   the   new   Macron   playing   kit.      Meanwhile second place went to SACRED SPIRIT AND WELLNESS CENTRE who will appear on the playing shorts. A full list of the winners and all those who entered the Club can be found by clicking HERE. We would like to sincerley thank all those who took part and we look forward to welcoming them to a specially designated fixture during the season. Aber start away to Caerau (Ely) Sunday 8th July 2018 The   Welsh   Football   League   Division   2   fixtures   have   now   been   confirmed   and   the   new   look   Aberdare   Town   side   will   start   their   new   season   with   a   tough   away   trip   to relegated Caerau (Ely). There is a double header local derby in the opening month with two fixtures against AFC Llwydcoed, now managed by former Aberdare Town personnel Lewis Holder and Matt Driscoll. A   full   fixture   list   is   now   online   and   can   be   found   by   clicking   HERE .      Each   game   is   available   to   sponsor   both   the   match   and   the   ball   so   please   get   in   touch   if   you   are   interested   in sponsoring a specific match. Town get bye in 1st round of League Cup Saturday 30th June 2018 At the Welsh League Annual General Meeting held in Cardiff today Aberdare were handed a bye in the first round draw of the league cup. In total there are 16 ties in the 1st round meaning that Aberdare will enter in the second round, or the last 32! Assistant Manager and coach agree to join Thursday 21st June 2018 Simon Jones has added to his backroom staff with the confirmation of his new assistant manager and coach. Terry   Fitzpatrick   has   joined   as   Simon’s   number   2   and   is   currently   working   towards   his   UEFA   B   Licence   as   well   as   undertaking   a   Level   1   course   in   Sports   Psychology.      He   has   coached at Academy   Development   Centres      of   both   Newport   County   and   Cardiff   City   while   also   having   experience   with   Risca Academy   and   Caephilly   Schools   where   they   provided   opposition to Jayne Ludlow and the senior Welsh Ladies team in their World Cup preparation games against England and Russia. 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. 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
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their   home   league   games   for   just   £1   on   production   of   their   valid   and   current season ticket.  The   Club   house   and   refreshment   outlet   have   also   undergone   a   complete facelift. Looking    ahead    to    the    season    Simon    has    had    to    look    after    a    complete overhaul   of   the   squad:   "Apart   from   Levi   (Jones)   all   of   last   years   squad   have decided   to   move   on   so   it   has   been   a   complete   rebuild.      We   know   that   a   new squad   is   going   to   take   some   time   to   settle   in   together   but   as   pre-season   has progressed   our   peformances   have   improved   with   each   game.      There   is   no hiding   from   the   fact   that   it   is   going   to   be   a   hard   season   but   I   have   confidence that   a   squad   made   up   of   boys   from   the   valley   can   prove   people   wrong   and play   in   the   Welsh   League.      As   long   as   everybody   sticks   together   and   works hard   we   will   eventually   get   the   rewards.      Everybody   who   has   signed   wants   to be   at   the   Club   and   I   include   my   backroom   staff   in   that.     This   isn't   an   overnight project   and   it   will   take   a   couple   of   years   to   see   the   hard   work   pay   off   but   the Club knows that and is backing it". Abers   first   home   game   will   be   on   Wednesday   15th   August   when   they   face AFC   Llwydcoed   (ko   7.30pm)   and   then   will   play   newly   promoted   Swansea University on Saturday 18th. Calling   all   Swans,   Bluebirds,   Martyrs   and Exiles Saturday 4th August Aberdare    Town    have    launched    another    initative    ahead    of    the    new season to encourage more people to attend their games. All   existing   season   ticket   holders   of   Swansea   City,   Cardiff   City,   Merthyr   Town and   Newport   County   will   all   be   able   to   attend   Aberdare   home   games   in   the league   at   Aberaman   Park   for   only   £1   on   production   of   their   season   ticket. While   all   four   teams   operate   in   the   English   leagues   we   are   hoping   to   be   able to   attract   local   football   fans   to   come   and   watch   Welsh   League   football   when they aren’t watching their normal team. The   first   game   fans   will   be   able   to   use   this   new   scheme   is   on   Wednesday 15th   August   when   Aberdare   host   AFC   Llwydcoed   in   a   local   derby.   The   Club are using the hashtag #footballfamily on twitter for this idea. AGM for Ladies on 12.08.18 Saturday 4th August Aberdare   Town   Ladies   and   Girls   section   will   be   holding   their   Annual General Meeting on Sunday 12th August. The   meeting   will   be   held   at Aberaman   Park   and   will   start   promptly   at   7.00pm.     Nominations   for   positions   on   the   Committee   or   any   rule   changes   should   be notified        to        Ladies        Secretary        Ellie        Gunson        by        emailing bookings@aberdaretownfc.co.uk Ladies start with Sudbrook Thursday 2nd August The   fixtures   for   the   South   Wales   Womens   and   Girls   League   have   been announced   and Aberdare   will   start   with   a   home   game   against   Sudbrook Girls. The   league   gets   underway   on   Sunday   2nd   September   and   after   the   visit   to Aberaman   Park   of   Sudbrook   on   the   opening   weekend   the   ladies   will   then face two away games against Rhiwbina and Ponty Panthers. For   this   season   the   league   has   been   re-organised   and   with   two   divisions   now added   together   to   form   the   new   Division   One   this   means   there   are   now   11 teams   in   the   league   giving   far   more   games.      The   new   division   is   set   to   be wrapped up on the 17th March away to Goytre United. A full fixture list can be found on our website by clicking HERE Merthyr friendly cancelled Friday 27th July Aberdare   Town   have   made   the   tough   decision   to   cancel   our   home   pre- season friendly with Merthyr Town. With   the   weeks   of   hot   weather   the   work   that   was   carried   out   by   RCT   Council has   not   taken   effect   leaving   the Aberaman   Park   pitch   in   an   unplayable   state.     The   Club   took   the   option   of   informing   Merthyr   early   so   they   could   find   an alternative    opponent    and    did    not    want    them    playing    on    an    unfit    and potentially dangerous surface. We   apologise   for   any   inconvenience   caused   by   a   situation   that   was   out   of our control. Thomas, Williams and Pinch all sign forms Wednesday 18th July Aberdare   Town   have   added   another   3   players   to   their   ever   expanding squad as boss Simon Jones looks to add as many options as possible. Rejoining   the   Club   is   striker   Cory   Thomas   who   played   four   times   last   season for   Aber    scoring    once    after    stepping    up    from    the    Reserves    and    central defender   David   Pinch   who   previously   played   for   Aber   when   it   was   known   as Ento and adds experience to the group. Also   putting   pen   to   paper   is   Craig   Williams   who   played   last   season   for Hirwaun   Sports   after   his   return   to   the   Country   after   a   spell   at   a   high   level   in Australia. We    welcome    all    three    to    the    Club    and    hope    they    enjoy    their    time    at Aberaman   Park.      If   you   would   like   to   sponsor   any   of   the   players   you   can   do so by emailing website@aberdaretownfc.co.uk Former Exiles youngster signs for Town Tuesday 17th July 2018 Aberdare   Town   are   pleased   to   announce   the   signing   of   former   Newport County player Simon Morgan. Simon   rose   through   the   ranks   with   Newport   County   playing   for   their   academy and   upon   his   release   attracted   interest   from   Truro   City   where   he   spent   pre- season.      He   eventually   signed   for Aberdare Town   before   leaving   the   Club   but has returned now since the appointment of Simon Jones as manager. We   welcome   Simon   back   to   the   Club   and   hope   he   has   an   enjoyable   and successful   time   with   Aber.   You   can   sponsor   Simon,   or   any   of   the   other available players, by emailing website@aberdaretownfc.co.uk ‘1892     Club’     a     huge     success     with     43 entries Monday 9th July 2018 The   inaugural   ‘1982   Club’   has   been   deemed   a   massive   success   after   an impressive 43 entries were received from businesses and individuals. The   main   part   of   the   Club   was   all   the   entries   being   placed   into   a   draw   with the   first   name   pulled   out   of   the   hat   being   named   as   the   new   front   of   shirt sponsor for the new season. The   Club   are   pleased   to   announce   that   PERTHCELYN   FOOD   MARKET were   the   winners   of   the   draw   and   they   will   now   be   on   the   front   of   the   new Macron   playing   kit.      Meanwhile   second   place   went   to   SACRED   SPIRIT AND WELLNESS CENTRE who will appear on the playing shorts. A   full   list   of   the   winners   and   all   those   who   entered   the   Club   can   be   found   by clicking HERE. We   would   like   to   sincerley   thank   all   those   who   took   part   and   we   look   forward to welcoming them to a specially designated fixture during the season. Aber start away to Caerau (Ely) Sunday 8th July 2018 The    Welsh    Football    League    Division    2    fixtures    have    now    been confirmed   and   the   new   look   Aberdare   Town   side   will   start   their   new season with a tough away trip to relegated Caerau (Ely). There   is   a   double   header   local   derby   in   the   opening   month   with   two   fixtures against   AFC   Llwydcoed,   now   managed   by   former   Aberdare   Town   personnel Lewis Holder and Matt Driscoll. A   full   fixture   list   is   now   online   and   can   be   found   by   clicking   HERE .      Each game   is   available   to   sponsor   both   the   match   and   the   ball   so   please   get   in touch if you are interested in sponsoring a specific match. Town get bye in 1st round of League Cup Saturday 30th June 2018 At   the   Welsh   League   Annual   General   Meeting   held   in   Cardiff   today Aberdare were handed a bye in the first round draw of the league cup. In   total   there   are   16   ties   in   the   1st   round   meaning   that Aberdare   will   enter   in the second round, or the last 32! Assistant    Manager    and    coach    agree    to join Thursday 21st June 2018 Simon   Jones   has   added   to   his   backroom   staff   with   the   confirmation   of his new assistant manager and coach. Terry   Fitzpatrick   has   joined   as   Simon’s   number   2   and   is   currently   working towards   his   UEFA   B   Licence   as   well   as   undertaking   a   Level   1   course   in Sports   Psychology.      He   has   coached   at   Academy   Development   Centres      of both   Newport   County   and   Cardiff   City   while   also   having   experience   with Risca   Academy   and   Caephilly   Schools   where   they   provided   opposition   to Jayne    Ludlow    and    the    senior    Welsh    Ladies    team    in    their    World    Cup preparation games against England and Russia. 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.
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