TONY BATES: "IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD"

Wed May 20 2015, 02:27PM

Club Chairman Tony Bates spoke with atfc.org.uk last night and shared his feelings following Sunday's disappointment in the Play Off Final at Park Avenue:

"All of us in the Club are equally devastated by Sunday's result in the Play Off Final, and the loss of a place in the UEFA Europa League and the concomitant £140,000 qualifying prize. Unfortunately nothing we can do now can bring back that lost opportunity, and as a Club we congratulate Newtown on their win and wish them all the best in Europe. We all felt very low on Sunday and Monday when everything seemed black.

However, it is not the end of the world. I am pleased to say that the brief mourning period is over and we are already excited by the prospect of planning for next season.

We must not forget that on the field we had our most successful season for six years, which has significantly improved the Club's prestige throughout Wales. The Players made a tremendous effort over a 51 week season, taking the Club into the Top Six for the first time ever, and were inches away from an unforgettable climax. We have one of the best young Managers in Wales at the helm and despite Sunday's result, we are very definitely on an upward trajectory and looking forward to bigger and better things next season.

The 3G Development at the Club, which we hope to be rubber stamped in the near future, will also be a game changer for Aberystwyth Town meaning that we will have so many more opportunities to develop the Club as a business this time next year.

It is fantastic to know that having had two four figure crowds, last season over 9,600 people watched First Team games at Park Avenue, meaning our overall average attendance was up to 458. This shows that our supporters have great belief on what we are trying to do on and off the field.

To our supporters we say thank you for your excellent contribution through out 2014/5 - we look forward to meeting you again on next season's journey in a couple of months. It can't come soon enough!"

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ABERYSTWYTH MISS OUT ON EUROPE

Sun May 17 2015, 02:59PM

UEFA Europa League
Play Off Final
Sunday 17th May (ko 1pm)
Aberystwyth Town 1 v 2 Newtown


Aberystwyth were left disappointed in the UEFA Europa League Play Off Final as Newtown came out on top in an exciting encounter at Park Avenue.

The hosts had Newtown on the back foot from the start as The Robins struggled to deal with Aber's fast, pressing play. The match's first chance came from a free kick right on the edge of the box but Chris Venables was unable to get it past the wall. Speedy winger, Geoff Kellaway was a constant threat on the break but was kept out by Newtown keeper David Jones. Despite all this early pressure it was Newtown who took the lead in the 10th minute, a Tom Goodwin header finding its way into the top corner. Taking the lead sparked the visitors into life and chance after chance fell their way, Luke Boundford and Neil Mitchell both volleying wide from distance. Ross Stephens and Stuart Jones came close to equalizing for Aber as the home side began to build momentum. Pressure soon payed off as Aberystwyth were awarded a penalty for a foul on Kellaway, Chris Venables dispatching it confidently to level the score. The game remained evenly matched but a Matthew Hearsey goal late on in the first half was a cruel blow at the end of a strong half for the Black and Greens.

Aberystwyth, cheered on by the 1012 strong crowd, came out of the blocks quickly at the beginning of the second half, going close from a corner. Chances were at a premium for both sides as both defences came out on top. On the hour mark, Aberystwyth started to gain a strong foothold in the match. Geoff Kellaway yet again broke from his marker to latch on to a clever Mark Jones pass but was unable to finish at the near post. It was then Jones with the effort minutes later, drawing a tremendous save from the goalkeeper. Newtown continued to resist the relentless pressure from the home side and soon frustrations began to boil over, Kellaway seeing red late on to leave Aber with 10 men for the final quarter of an hour. Mark Jones shot just wide as Aber threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Newtown defence in a frantic final 5 minutes.

Newtown held out to claim a 2-1 victory, qualifying them for the Europa League Qualifying Rounds. Aberystwyth Town would like to congratulate The Robins and wish them the best of luck in Europe next season.

Report by Tomos Ings

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750 FREE ADVANCE TICKETS GONE - LAST CHANCE TO COLLECT TOMORROW MORNING!

Fri May 15 2015, 08:45PM

Aberystwyth Town FC is delighted with a tremendous response locally to their offer of Free Advance tickets for Sunday's UEFA Europa League Play Off Final at home to Newtown (ko 1pm).

600 tickets have already been snapped up, and with another 150 being distributed via the Club's Academy sides and families, Park Avenue is certain to see its highest crowd since 1026 saw Town's Europa League game against Derry City last July.

Supporters have one last chance to pick up free tickets from Ruth's Kitchen at Park Avenue, on Saturday morning between 9.30am-12pm (limited to two tickets per applicant).

Prior to the game the Club's legendary Caterers Ruth's Kitchen will be serving a Sunday Carvery in the John Charles Lounge from 11.30am (Adults - £5.95, Children - £3.95).

Admission to the game on the day costs £5 for Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 for Children. The Club advises supporters to arrive in good time for kick off on Sunday as congestion is likely at the Entrance and Turnstile areas.

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HUGHSEY: "WE NOW FEEL READY TO ACHIEVE SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT"

Thu May 14 2015, 10:39PM

UEFA Europa League
Play Off Final
Sunday 17th May (ko 1pm)
Aberystwyth Town v Newtown

Play Off Final Cup Fever is mounting in Aberystwyth as the Black and Greens prepare to host Mid Wales rivals Newtown for a place in next season's UEFA Europa League on Sunday. Over 300 Free Advance tickets have already been snapped up by home supporters, demonstrating the excitement locally brought on by the big game.

With a Cup Trophy at stake, Town's Players will be aiming to win their first senior Cup Final since April 1988, when Aber beat Newtown 3-1 in the Welsh Intermediate Cup Final at Llanidloes thanks to goals from Kevin Morrison, Tomi Morgan and Mike Davies.

After last weekend's dramatic Semi Final win over Gap Connah's Quay thanks to Chris Venables' penalty, two assists from Ross Stephens and Mark Jones' last minute winner, Manager Ian Hughes expects to have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Newtown are also buzzing after a last second winner at Port Talbot courtesy of Luke Boundford's header, and will be sure to give Town the toughest test yet of their Europa League credentials.

This evening in conversation with atfc.org.uk Ian Hughes emphasized the importance of the game to his squad: "I've got some great players, and some good people in that dressing room. Some of our Players have won things before , while for others it hasn't happened yet. For Players looking back on their careers it's important to have won Cup Finals, and this is a big opportunity.

There has been a lot of talk about the money but for us it's all about winning something together, as a team.The squad has evolved into an excellent unit over two years and after last year's pain (in the Welsh Cup Final) we now feel ready to achieve something really significant."


Prior to the game the Club's legendary Caterers Ruth's Kitchen will be serving a Sunday Carvery in the John Charles Lounge from 11.30am (Adults - £5.95, Children - £3.95).

Don't miss your chance to watch a slice of history on Sunday! Admission to the game costs £5 for Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 for Children.

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FREE ADVANCE TICKETS GOING LIKE HOT CAKES, CLUB FORCED TO PRINT MORE

Thu May 14 2015, 01:23PM

Europa League Play Off Fever is taking off in Aberystwyth with over 300 Free Advance Tickets for Sunday's home game against Newtown already snapped up.

The demand has been such that the Club has now been forced to print another run of tickets, which remain available from the following collection points (maximum two tickets per applicant):

Aberystwyth University Students Union Reception
(Thur, Fri 9.30am-4pm)
Aberystwyth Arts Centre Box Office
(Thur, Fri 9.30am-4pm)
Morris & Bates Solicitors, Alexandra Road
(Thur, Fri 9.30am-4pm)
Ruth's Kitchen, Park Avenue
(Fri 8am-2pm, Sat 10am-2pm)

Around 200 Tickets will also be distributed to Academy Players and their families this evening and tomorrow night, so Park Avenue is likely to be heaving come Sunday afternoon, providing a special atmosphere as the Black and Greens bid for a place in the UEFA Europa League. The game kicks off at 1pm.

Admission on the day will cost £5 for Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 for Children.

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