Aberystwyth Town are delighted to announce the return of striker Jamie Reed to Park Avenue. The 33-year-old Cymru Premier veteran returns to The Seasiders for a third spell, having first joined in 2007 under Brian Coyne and again in 2015 under Ian Hughes.
One of the Cymru Premier’s most prolific strikers over the past 15 years, Jamie first joined Aber from Wrexham where he had progressed through the youth ranks. Joining Aber on loan at age 20, Jamie made an immediate and unforgettable impression on his home debut, hitting TNS for three in a 5-1 win at Park Avenue, on his way to finding the net 9 times in 20 appearances. A move to Rhyl followed where he won the 2008/09 Cymru Premier title before a move to Bangor City, winning the 2010 Welsh Cup and 2010/11 title, scoring 18 times, led by ex-Aber manager Nev Powell.
Jamie was then one of the original three musketeers from the Cymru Premier to ply his trade in Australia, playing for Dandenong Thunder with Aber greats Luke Sherbon and Geoff Kellaway in 2010, later representing South Melbourne. Jamie will now link up once more with Geoff for a fourth time for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
A very successful spell in English football saw Jamie play twice at Wembley with York City, winning the FA Trophy and Football League Playoff Final, as well as time with Chester and Cambridge United.
Returning to the Welsh pyramid in 2014, Jamie joined perennial league winners TNS, from whom he joined Aber for a second loan spell in 2015. History almost repeated itself for Jamie, as a 38 minute brace vs Rhyl gave him the chance to make it two hattricks in two home debuts, only for an impressive save from to-be-Seasider Terry McCormick denying him another treble in front of the Green Army.
Spells with several Cymru Premier teams followed, with Jamie representing Llandudno, Bangor City for a second time, Newtown and Cefn Druids before becoming available for a third stint at Park Avenue, though his first on a permanent basis.
Upon his arrival, Jamie told us:
"My family and I have always felt welcome and we have fond memories from my previous times at Aber, so it was an easy decision to come back."
Asked about his favourite moments in Black & Green:
"The hat-trick on my debut against TNS is the one that sticks out the most, of course. In both spells I’ve done well so hopefully I can score some goals and help the team climb the table. It’s so tight in the league at the moment and with the current situation anyone can beat anyone so it’s about taking our opportunities. Hopefully my experience can help the younger lads who, from what I have seen, have a lot of quality."
Croeso nol i Goedlan y Parc / Welcome back to Park Avenue, Reedy!
Aberystwyth Town’s 2020/21 season will recommence with an away trip to The Oval before four home fixtures out of five heading into the split on Friday 2nd of April vs Cefn Druids.
Town currently sit in 12th position (10 pts) but with just 2 pts separating the bottom 4 sides and 8th place Cardiff Met (16 pts) having played a game more, there is all still to play for in the JD Cymru Premier.
A poor run of form in December saw Aber make five additions in January, as Jon Owen, Ian Kearney, Harri Horwood, Dan Cockerline, and Harry Franklin joined the club, with a final addition being announced tomorrow evening – a Green Army favourite over two spells, famous for his home debuts. We’ll let you figure that one out…
Remaining 2020/21 Fixtures
Saturday 6th Caernarfon Town (Away) 2:30pm KO
Tuesday 9th HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY (Home) 7:45pm KO
Saturday 13th Barry Town (Away) 2:30pm KO
Saturday 20th NEWTOWN (Home) 2:30pm KO
Saturday 27th PENYBONT (Home) 7:45pm KO
Friday 2nd CEFN DRUIDS (Home) 5:00pm KO
Saturday 10th Matchday 23
Tuesday 13th Matchday 24
Saturday 17th Matchday 25
Tuesday 20th Matchday 26
Tuesday 27th Matchday 27
Saturday 1st Matchday 28
Tuesday 4th Matchday 29
Tuesday 11th Matchday 30
Saturday 15th Matchday 31
Saturday 22nd Matchday 32
Tues/Wed 25th/26th UEFA Europa League Play Off Semi Final
Saturday 29th UEFA Europa League Play Off Final
The Academy players of Aberystwyth Town were treated to two Q&As with professional footballers over the last week, as former ATFC academy stars Alex Samuel and Rhys Norrington-Davies kindly took to Zoom to share their experiences with the youngsters.
Current Wycombe Wanderers striker Alex, who scored 8 goals in 13 appearances for the Seasiders first team between 2011-12, spent nearly two hours with the players last Tuesday evening discussing his career so far. He talked about his time playing in the Aberystwyth Junior League and the importance of enjoying football at a young age, before going through his move to Swansea, loan moves to Greenock Morton and Newport, a permanent move to Stevenage followed by joining his current club Wycombe Wanderers.
Alex took the time to give some excellent advice to the current Academy hopefuls, highlighting how important it is to “never give up” and emphasising that work rate and determination are crucial to success. He also talked about the importance of education, being a good person and being humble.
The youngsters were then given the opportunity to ask their own questions and they quizzed Alex on subjects such as his favourite player growing up (Adebayo Akinfenwa who he now plays alongside!) and who inspired him to play (watching ATFC at Park Avenue!). Alex was then kind enough to show the youngsters his winners medal from the 2020 League One Play-Off Final, which was won at Wembley Stadium, before encouraging them again to “never give up on your dreams”.
Rhys Norrington-Davies then joined the Academy on Monday night and talked to the players about making his International debut against Bulgaria last October. He gave an insight into what goes on in an international camp in the days leading up to matchday, playing alongside world class players such as Gareth Bale and playing for Ryan Giggs – his favourite player growing up.
Rhys then reflected on his time playing Junior Football in Ceredigion for Bow Street and Aberystwyth Town Academy, which he loved, before moving on to how he signed for Sheffield United before spending time out on loan at Barrow, Rochdale, Luton and his current move to Stoke City. He offered some good advice to the youngsters on the call – advising them to “be patient and learn the game”.
As with Alex, the players then had the chance to quiz Rhys and he answered questions on topics such as the best stadium he has played at (Old Trafford - for Rochdale - where he walked out alongside Paul Pogba) and his most memorable moment, which was of course making his full debut for Wales. Rhys then explained how it was his Grandad who first inspired him to play football and how he still watches all his games to this day, before giving an honest assessment of his recent red card and how he will learn from it.
Academy Manager Tony Bates commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions with Alex and Rhys. Both players spoke eloquently and candidly about life as a professional footballer and I am sure that the Academy players who logged on to the zoom meeting will have learnt a lot about the ups and downs of their football careers. The sessions were expertly coordinated by our Head of Coaching Gavin Allen. My hope is that our players will take a special interest in the careers of the two players and that we may repeat the idea in the future.”
Aberystwyth Town would like to thank both Alex and Rhys for giving up their time to kindly share their experiences. Our players found the talks to be both educational and inspirational and we would like to wish both players the very best for the rest of their respective seasons and their future careers.
Aberystwyth Town are delighted to announce the deadline day acquisition of talented midfielder Harry Franklin from Evesham United of the Southern League Division One South, pending international clearance. Also experienced in a deeper central role, the 21-year-old joins the Seasiders for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, Harry plied his trade from youth to senior level with Hereford FC of the National League North where he spent time on loan at Merthyr Town. Departing the Bulls in 2018, a season and a half at Redditch United followed before Harry joined county rivals Evesham United in October 2019. Having quickly impressed at Jubilee Stadium, The Robins put Harry on contract terms in February 2020 as he went on to make 22 appearances, scoring thrice before season curtailment in March 2020. With 13 appearances and a further three goals this season, Harry now makes the switch to Park Avenue and the JD Cymru Premier.
Assistant Manager Antonio Corbisiero commented: “Harry is a very exciting talent who can play a number of positions, predominantly in midfield. He’s a great athlete and a fantastic passer of the ball with a keen eye for goal who’s excited to challenge himself at this level. We look forward to seeing him at Park Avenue – welcome Harry!”.
Croeso i Geredigion ac i Gymru, Harry!