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Tuesday 7th May 2019 Still time to enter our festival With   the   main   football   season   now   over   our   attentions   turn   to   the   annual   festivals   and   first   up   is   our   boys   festival   on   the   1st   June   which   as   always   is   held at Aberaman Park. Entries   have   already   been   coming   in   but   there   are   still   some   spaces   left   if   you   have   not   yet   made   contact.      Email   info@aberdaretownfc.co.uk    for   more   details   or   a   registration   form or you can call STEVE on 07886993292 Wednesday 17th April 2019 Jones: “We want to repay the faith” Following   the   news   yesterday   that   Simon   Jones   had   been   re-appointed   as   team   manager   for   next   season   the   gaffer   spoke   with   the   club   website   about   his   delight   in   the faith shown in him and the squad by the management committee. Simon   said   of   the   decision:   “I   am   so   pleased   that   the   club   have   kept   faith   with   Terry   (Fitzpatrick)   and   myself.   We   all   know   and   feel   the   disappointment   of   relegation   and   its   not something any of us want to feel again but when we were appointed last summer we all knew, and it was discussed, that there was a good chance we might go down this season. “Our   squad   is   mostly   made   up   of   players   who   are   local,   want   to   play   for   the   Club,   and   now   have   a   season   of   Welsh   League   football   experience   under   their   belts   which   bodes   well for   us.   Already   the   players   we   have   here   are   eager   to   show   that   some   of   those   really   good   performances   that   we   have   seen   can   be   produced   on   a   more   consistent   basis   next season”. As   much   as   the   club   knew   it   was   always   going   to   be   an   uphill   struggle   this   season   Simon   also   feels   there   were   some   mistakes   along   the   way:   “We   know   that   there   are   things   that we   could   have   done   better   and   as   a   management   team   we   have   learned   a   lot   about   ourselves   too   -   it   has   been   a   real   learning   curve   this   season   but   we   will   be   stronger   for   it. Knowing   the   clubs   Committee   is   giving   us   their   full   backing   means   everything   and   we   want   to   repay   them   for   showing   that   faith   in   us   as   a   Management   team   and   the   players   as well. The Club could easily have taken the easy option of deciding to make a change and go in another direction but credit to the committee”. With   two   games   of   the   season   left   to   play   thoughts   are   already   turning   towards   next   season   as   Simon   admitted   plans   are   already   starting   to   be   made:   “We   will   be   asking   everybody back   for   pre-season   and   there   is   already   plenty   of   interest   in   those   wanting   to   join   so   I   will   be   sititng   down   with   Terry   and   Martyn   (Phillips,   Director   of   Football)   as   to   where   we   go. We   know   we   will   need   to   strengthen   but   any   players   need   to   be   of   the   right   character   and   want   to   play   for   this   Club   and   to   be   committed.   Everybody   knows   how   much   Aberdare Town   means   to   me   personally   and   the   players   coming   in   need   to   have   that   same   determination   to   do   well.   Pre-season   will   be   an   important   time   and   everybody   is   going   to   need   to commit   to   what   we   are   doing   and   how   we   want   things   done   as   well   as   fighting   to   be   in   that   squad   when   the   league   gets   underway   again.   With   the   Club   making   the   decision   nice and early it means that the current players obviously now have our last two games of this season to impress and stake a bigger claim for next season”. Tuesday 16th April 2019 Jones retained for 2019/20 Aberdare   Town   have   confirmed   that   manager   Simon   Jones   has   been   offered   the   chance   to   remain   with   the   Club   as   first   team   manager   for   the   2019/20   season   and   we are delighted to confirm he has accepted that offer. After   a   tough   season   with   relegation   confirmed   to   Division   Three   football   for   the   new   season   it   had   always   been   destined   to   be   a   tough   campaign   for   the   Darians   but   with   the   Club continuing   to   build   following   the   start   of   a   new   direction   last   summer   it   was   felt   only   right   by   the   Clubs   committee   to   allow   Simon   the   chance   to   continue   his   work   which   was unanimously agreed at a Committee meeting last night. Chairman   Garry   Williams   said   of   the   news:   “Last   summer   Simon   was   given   the   unenviable   job   of   trying   to   halt   the   slide   of   the   team.   Everybody   went   into   the   season   with   their   eyes wide   open   that   it   was   going   to   be   a   tough   season   and   that   relegation   was   a   distinct   possibility.   To   Simon’s   credit,   and   that   of   the   squad   he   has   assembled   -   made   up   predominantly of   locally   based   players   -      we   have   fulfilled   our   fixtures   and   at   times   put   on   some   excellent   performances   and   its   those   that   we   need   to   build   on   now   going   into   the   summer   ready   to aim   to   bounce   back   at   the   first   opportunity.      We   know   that   it   is   going   to   be   difficult   and   Division   Three   will   be   a   tough   test   but   with   a   nucleus   of   the   existing   squad   and   with   a   few additions we hope to start to see a change in fortunes and Simon, Terry and the squad have the full backing of the Committee”. Garry   also   confirmed   that   further   changes   may   be   forthcoming   at   the   Club:   “Now   we   have   sorted   the   management   situation   out   it   will   give   us   some   time   before   the   start   of   next season   at   looking   at   options   and   making   some   other   changes   off   the   field   in   order   for   us   to   be   able   to   move   forward. All   we   can   ask   is   that   everybody   continues   to   give   their   backing to the Club and to support Simon and the team for the last two games of this season and then into 2019/20”. Meanwhile,   Terry   Fitzpatrick   has   agreed   to   remain   with   the   Club   as   Simon’s   assistant   and   discussions   are   ongoing   to   increase   the   backroom   team   further   -   more   details   will   be announced in due course when complete. Friday 22nd February 2019 Pontypridd to use The Park Aberdare Town have agreed to allow Pontypridd Town to complete their Welsh League Division One season at Aberaman Park following an approach from the Club. Pontypridd   have   five   games   left   to   play   at   home   starting   tomorrow   with   Briton   Ferry   Llansawel   visiting   (ko   2.00pm)   followed   by   Afan   Lido   on   the   9th   March,   Llantwit   Major   on   the 23rd March while they have games against Undy Athletic and Goytre still to be arranged. Any   money   raised   by   this   move   has   been   earmarked   by   the   committee   to   use   on   further   upgrades   to   Aberaman   Park.   Club   Licence   Officer   Ian   Pearce   said   of   the   move: “Discussions   have   been   ongoing   for   some   time   and   approval   had   to   be   sought   from   RCT,   Welsh   FA   and   the   Welsh   Football   League   which   finally   came   through   this   week.      The move   has   allowed   Pontypridd   to   complete   their   season   as   a   Tier   2   ground   facility   was   required   of   which   Aberaman   Park   currently   has   that   licence   in   place   following   our   work   last season.  As a Committee any funds raised through this arrangement is going to be ring fenced in order to carry out some further improvements to the ground over the summer”. So if you aren’t following Aberdare on the road for the remainder of this season why not pop down to the Park to catch some Division One action. Friday 1st February 2019 Postponed: Caldicot game off Aberdare home game against Caldicot Town has been postponed as RCT Council closed all grassed pitches for this weekend following the snow and icy conditions. It means that the ladies game on Sunday also falls victim to the weather as peoples safety is of paramount importance. With   Aber’s   visit   to   Pontardawe   also   off   next   weekend   due   to   their   opponents   involvement   in   the   quarter-finals   of   the   FAW   Trophy   the   next   game   won’t   be   until   the   re-arranged fixture away to Swansea University on Wednesday 13th February. Saturday 26th January 2019 Buds game gets abandoned Aber   made   the   trip   to Aberbargoed   Buds   looking   to   build   upon   last   weeks   first   victory   of   the   season,   however,   with   the   wet   weather   set   in   for   the   afternoon   the   game ended up being abandoned on 67 minutes with the hosts leading 6-0. The   pitch   was   very   heavy   from   the   start   and   with   both   teams   not   warming   up   on   the   pitch   to   try   and   keep   it   playable   the   continual   rain   meant Aberdare   struggled   from   the   start   while the Buds would go in at the break 2-0 ahead. The   heavens   opened   further   during   the   half-time   break   and   it   became   monsoon   like   during   the   second   half   with   the   hosts   notching   4   more   times.      The   final   goal   all   came   from   an Aberdare   attack   with   a   pass   stopping   because   of   the   water   soaked   surface   and   a   quick   ball   forward   saw   the   ball   buried   into   the   net.      The   referee   immediately   spoke   with   one   of   his assistants and after trying to role the ball in the centre circle he blew his whistle to the unhappiness of the home side. Although tough to take for the hosts it was the right decision and in truth the game should maybe have never been started on such a heavy surface. Wednesday 23rd January 2019 Martyn Phillips appointed DofF Aberdare Town have appointed Martyn Phillips as the Clubs Director of Football. Martyn,   who   has   been   playing   for   Aberdare   this   season   in   his   second   spell,   has   been   handed   the   task   of   helping   build   the   football   side   of   the   Club   and   will   work   closely   with manager Simon Jones. Chairman   Garry   Williams   said   of   the   appointment:   “Martyn   knows   the   Club,   knows   local   football   and   has   played   Welsh   League   football   too.      He   knows   what   we   are   trying   to   build and   where   both   the   Committee   and   Simon   (Jones)   see   things   going.      This   role   is   seen   as   being   able   to   complement   and   help   Simon   as   team   manager   and   he   of   course   retains   all decisions   on   the   first   team   and   its   selection.      While   we   have   our   ideas   on   how   we   see   the   role   developing   it   is   something   that   will   continue   to   evolve   and   we   can   only   see   it   as   a benefit to help move us forward”. Martyn remains registered as a player for the Club but we all welcome him into his new role with Aberdare Town. Saturday 20th January 2019 David joins as new Club photographer Aberdare Town are delighted to confirm that David Sweet has agreed to join the Club as our photographer. David   has   been   writing   articles   for   the   Clubs   programme   this   season   and   has   been   a   regular   at Aberaman   Park   as   a   spectator   since   the   change   of   direction   of   this   season.      He   has now   agreed   to   add   another   string   to   his   bow   and   become   more   involved   by   taking   on   the   role   of   official   photographer   as   we   look   to   increase   our   media   team   and   what   we   can   offer to supporters. There are various new developments being discussed in this regard already with a new instragam account and a youtube channel so stay tuned for more details. Welcome on board Dave. Tuesday 8th January 2019 Fenners and Cory make Town return Aberdare Town are pleased to announce that they have completed the return signings of Andrew Feneroli and Cory Thomas. Both players left for Cwmbach and Abercwmboi respectively before Christmas and they have both agreed to rejoin Aberdare as they battle against relegation. We are delighted to welcome them both back. Saturday 8th December 2018 Postponed: Caerau game off Our game at home to Caerau (Ely) has been postponed following the continuing wet weather in the Valleys. The   Club   left   it   as   late   as   possible   to   call   the   game   off   but   with   heavy   rain   set   in   for   the   next   few   hours   and   water   already   laying   in   the   penalty   areas   there   was   no   chance   of   the game going ahead.  A date for the re-arranged game will be set in due course.
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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 Tuesday 7th May 2019 Still time to enter our festival With   the   main   football   season   now   over   our   attentions   turn   to   the annual   festivals   and   first   up   is   our   boys   festival   on   the   1st   June which as always is held at Aberaman Park. Entries   have   already   been   coming   in   but   there   are   still   some   spaces   left   if you   have   not   yet   made   contact.      Email   info@aberdaretownfc.co.uk    for   more details or a registration form or you can call STEVE on 07886993292 Wednesday 17th April 2019 Jones: “We want to repay the faith” Following    the    news    yesterday    that    Simon    Jones    had    been    re- appointed   as   team   manager   for   next   season   the   gaffer   spoke   with   the club   website   about   his   delight   in   the   faith   shown   in   him   and   the   squad by the management committee. Simon   said   of   the   decision:   “I   am   so   pleased   that   the   club   have   kept   faith with   Terry   (Fitzpatrick)   and   myself.   We   all   know   and   feel   the   disappointment of   relegation   and   its   not   something   any   of   us   want   to   feel   again   but   when we   were   appointed   last   summer   we   all   knew,   and   it   was   discussed,   that there was a good chance we might go down this season. “Our   squad   is   mostly   made   up   of   players   who   are   local,   want   to   play   for   the Club,   and   now   have   a   season   of   Welsh   League   football   experience   under their   belts   which   bodes   well   for   us.   Already   the   players   we   have   here   are eager   to   show   that   some   of   those   really   good   performances   that   we   have seen can be produced on a more consistent basis next season”. As   much   as   the   club   knew   it   was   always   going   to   be   an   uphill   struggle   this season   Simon   also   feels   there   were   some   mistakes   along   the   way:   “We know    that    there    are    things    that    we    could    have    done    better    and    as    a management   team   we   have   learned   a   lot   about   ourselves   too   -   it   has   been a   real   learning   curve   this   season   but   we   will   be   stronger   for   it.   Knowing   the clubs   Committee   is   giving   us   their   full   backing   means   everything   and   we want   to   repay   them   for   showing   that   faith   in   us   as   a   Management   team   and the   players   as   well.   The   Club   could   easily   have   taken   the   easy   option   of deciding   to   make   a   change   and   go   in   another   direction   but   credit   to   the committee”. With   two   games   of   the   season   left   to   play   thoughts   are   already   turning towards   next   season   as   Simon   admitted   plans   are   already   starting   to   be made:   “We   will   be   asking   everybody   back   for   pre-season   and   there   is already   plenty   of   interest   in   those   wanting   to   join   so   I   will   be   sititng   down with   Terry   and   Martyn   (Phillips,   Director   of   Football)   as   to   where   we   go.   We know   we   will   need   to   strengthen   but   any   players   need   to   be   of   the   right character   and   want   to   play   for   this   Club   and   to   be   committed.   Everybody knows   how   much   Aberdare   Town   means   to   me   personally   and   the   players coming   in   need   to   have   that   same   determination   to   do   well.   Pre-season   will be   an   important   time   and   everybody   is   going   to   need   to   commit   to   what   we are   doing   and   how   we   want   things   done   as   well   as   fighting   to   be   in   that squad   when   the   league   gets   underway   again.   With   the   Club   making   the decision   nice   and   early   it   means   that   the   current   players   obviously   now have   our   last   two   games   of   this   season   to   impress   and   stake   a   bigger   claim for next season”. Tuesday 16th April 2019 Jones retained for 2019/20 Aberdare   Town   have   confirmed   that   manager   Simon   Jones   has   been offered   the   chance   to   remain   with   the   Club   as   first   team   manager   for the   2019/20   season   and   we   are   delighted   to   confirm   he   has   accepted that offer. After   a   tough   season   with   relegation   confirmed   to   Division   Three   football   for the   new   season   it   had   always   been   destined   to   be   a   tough   campaign   for   the Darians   but   with   the   Club   continuing   to   build   following   the   start   of   a   new direction   last   summer   it   was   felt   only   right   by   the   Clubs   committee   to   allow Simon   the   chance   to   continue   his   work   which   was   unanimously   agreed   at   a Committee meeting last night. Chairman   Garry   Williams   said   of   the   news:   “Last   summer   Simon   was   given the   unenviable   job   of   trying   to   halt   the   slide   of   the   team.   Everybody   went into   the   season   with   their   eyes   wide   open   that   it   was   going   to   be   a   tough season   and   that   relegation   was   a   distinct   possibility.   To   Simon’s   credit,   and that   of   the   squad   he   has   assembled   -   made   up   predominantly   of   locally based   players   -      we   have   fulfilled   our   fixtures   and   at   times   put   on   some excellent   performances   and   its   those   that   we   need   to   build   on   now   going into   the   summer   ready   to   aim   to   bounce   back   at   the   first   opportunity.      We know   that   it   is   going   to   be   difficult   and   Division Three   will   be   a   tough   test   but with   a   nucleus   of   the   existing   squad   and   with   a   few   additions   we   hope   to start   to   see   a   change   in   fortunes   and   Simon,   Terry   and   the   squad   have   the full backing of the Committee”. Garry   also   confirmed   that   further   changes   may   be   forthcoming   at   the   Club: “Now   we   have   sorted   the   management   situation   out   it   will   give   us   some time   before   the   start   of   next   season   at   looking   at   options   and   making   some other   changes   off   the   field   in   order   for   us   to   be   able   to   move   forward. All   we can   ask   is   that   everybody   continues   to   give   their   backing   to   the   Club   and   to support   Simon   and   the   team   for   the   last   two   games   of   this   season   and   then into 2019/20”. Meanwhile,   Terry   Fitzpatrick   has   agreed   to   remain   with   the   Club   as   Simon’s assistant    and    discussions    are    ongoing    to    increase    the    backroom    team further - more details will be announced in due course when complete. Friday 22nd February 2019 Pontypridd to use The Park Aberdare   Town   have   agreed   to   allow   Pontypridd   Town   to   complete their   Welsh   League   Division   One   season   at   Aberaman   Park   following an approach from the Club. Pontypridd   have   five   games   left   to   play   at   home   starting   tomorrow   with Briton   Ferry   Llansawel   visiting   (ko   2.00pm)   followed   by Afan   Lido   on   the   9th March,   Llantwit   Major   on   the   23rd   March   while   they   have   games   against Undy Athletic and Goytre still to be arranged. Any   money   raised   by   this   move   has   been   earmarked   by   the   committee   to use   on   further   upgrades   to Aberaman   Park.   Club   Licence   Officer   Ian   Pearce said   of   the   move:   “Discussions   have   been   ongoing   for   some   time   and approval   had   to   be   sought   from   RCT,   Welsh   FA   and   the   Welsh   Football League   which   finally   came   through   this   week.      The   move   has   allowed Pontypridd   to   complete   their   season   as   a   Tier   2   ground   facility   was   required of   which   Aberaman   Park   currently   has   that   licence   in   place   following   our work    last    season.        As    a    Committee    any    funds    raised    through    this arrangement   is   going   to   be   ring   fenced   in   order   to   carry   out   some   further improvements to the ground over the summer”. So   if   you   aren’t   following   Aberdare   on   the   road   for   the   remainder   of   this season why not pop down to the Park to catch some Division One action. Friday 1st February 2019 Postponed: Caldicot game off Aberdare   home   game   against   Caldicot   Town   has   been   postponed   as RCT   Council   closed   all   grassed   pitches   for   this   weekend   following   the snow and icy conditions. It   means   that   the   ladies   game   on   Sunday   also   falls   victim   to   the   weather   as peoples safety is of paramount importance. With    Aber’s    visit    to    Pontardawe    also    off    next    weekend    due    to    their opponents   involvement   in   the   quarter-finals   of   the   FAW   Trophy   the   next game   won’t   be   until   the   re-arranged   fixture   away   to   Swansea   University   on Wednesday 13th February. Saturday 26th January 2019 Buds game gets abandoned Aber   made   the   trip   to   Aberbargoed   Buds   looking   to   build   upon   last weeks   first   victory   of   the   season,   however,   with   the   wet   weather   set   in for   the   afternoon   the   game   ended   up   being   abandoned   on   67   minutes with the hosts leading 6-0. The   pitch   was   very   heavy   from   the   start   and   with   both   teams   not   warming up   on   the   pitch   to   try   and   keep   it   playable   the   continual   rain   meant Aberdare struggled from the start while the Buds would go in at the break 2-0 ahead. The    heavens    opened    further    during    the    half-time    break    and    it    became monsoon   like   during   the   second   half   with   the   hosts   notching   4   more   times.     The   final   goal   all   came   from   an   Aberdare   attack   with   a   pass   stopping because   of   the   water   soaked   surface   and   a   quick   ball   forward   saw   the   ball buried    into    the    net.        The    referee    immediately    spoke    with    one    of    his assistants   and   after   trying   to   role   the   ball   in   the   centre   circle   he   blew   his whistle to the unhappiness of the home side. Although   tough   to   take   for   the   hosts   it   was   the   right   decision   and   in   truth   the game should maybe have never been started on such a heavy surface. Wednesday 23rd January 2019 Martyn Phillips appointed DofF Aberdare   Town   have   appointed   Martyn   Phillips   as   the   Clubs   Director of Football. Martyn,   who   has   been   playing   for Aberdare   this   season   in   his   second   spell, has   been   handed   the   task   of   helping   build   the   football   side   of   the   Club   and will work closely with manager Simon Jones. Chairman   Garry   Williams   said   of   the   appointment:   “Martyn   knows   the   Club, knows   local   football   and   has   played   Welsh   League   football   too.      He   knows what   we   are   trying   to   build   and   where   both   the   Committee   and   Simon (Jones)   see   things   going.      This   role   is   seen   as   being   able   to   complement and   help   Simon   as   team   manager   and   he   of   course   retains   all   decisions   on the   first   team   and   its   selection.      While   we   have   our   ideas   on   how   we   see   the role   developing   it   is   something   that   will   continue   to   evolve   and   we   can   only see it as a benefit to help move us forward”. Martyn   remains   registered   as   a   player   for   the   Club   but   we   all   welcome   him into his new role with Aberdare Town. Saturday 20th January 2019 David joins as new Club photographer Aberdare   Town   are   delighted   to   confirm   that   David   Sweet   has   agreed to join the Club as our photographer. David   has   been   writing   articles   for   the   Clubs   programme   this   season   and has   been   a   regular   at   Aberaman   Park   as   a   spectator   since   the   change   of direction   of   this   season.      He   has   now   agreed   to   add   another   string   to   his bow    and    become    more    involved    by    taking    on    the    role    of    official photographer   as   we   look   to   increase   our   media   team   and   what   we   can   offer to supporters. There   are   various   new   developments   being   discussed   in   this   regard   already with   a   new   instragam   account   and   a   youtube   channel   so   stay   tuned   for more details. Tuesday 8th January 2019 Fenners and Cory make Town return Aberdare   Town   are   pleased   to   announce   that   they   have   completed   the return signings of Andrew Feneroli and Cory Thomas. Both    players    left    for    Cwmbach    and    Abercwmboi    respectively    before Christmas   and   they   have   both   agreed   to   rejoin   Aberdare   as   they   battle against relegation. We are delighted to welcome them both back. Saturday 8th December 2018 Postponed: Caerau game off Our   game   at   home   to   Caerau   (Ely)   has   been   postponed   following   the continuing wet weather in the Valleys. The   Club   left   it   as   late   as   possible   to   call   the   game   off   but   with   heavy   rain set   in   for   the   next   few   hours   and   water   already   laying   in   the   penalty   areas there   was   no   chance   of   the   game   going   ahead.      A   date   for   the   re-arranged game will be set in due course.