To all at Aberystwyth Town FC,
Since my last message to you we find ourselves in an increased time of lockdown, with almost all day to day activities on hold.
As we are abiding by the Government guidance, it is very likely many people will be only seeing those who they live with and for those living alone or distant from family, this time can be incredibly lonely.
One of the best things about football is that we get to take part together; watching, cheering, crying, playing. Without a doubt football is a community activity, one which allows mutual interests to talk about, celebrating in the success, commiserating in the lows and often creates lasting friendships.
Friendship and connection with others is key to our wellbeing. This is something The Bible says about friendship: “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
If you are feeling lonely I’m available to talk. If you need help I’m here to support. Perhaps if you aren’t feeling lonely or in need of help, then could this be an opportunity for you to support others?
During this time can I encourage you to reach out to others you know, but probably haven’t seen for sometime. We can easily take for granted the chats we have before a match, the halftime cuppa or even the post game pint. In those everyday conversations we have a laugh, share a smile and are gently reminding each other none of us are alone. This is my reminder to each and everyone one of you, none of you need feel alone.
My prayer for everyone connected with our club is they have someone they can reach out to, that none of us feel alone, and we help each other.
Please do get in contact with me if I can do anything for you. Aber as one!
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Everyone at Aberystwyth Town FC wishes Club Finance Manager Tony Bates a very happy 70th Birthday!
Tony is a behind the scenes legend at Park Avenue. Currently Finance and Academy Managers he was previously Club Chairman when he oversaw the remarkable transformation of Park Avenue into a 3G Hub, not to mention a
Europa League adventure in 2014, and Welsh Cup Finals in 2009, 2014 and 2018.
Tony has also acted as Welsh Premier League Clubs Representative, and his vision and drive to develop the game locally and nationally, within a sensible financial framework, has been crucial to the development of both Aberystwyth Town FC and the Welsh Premier League over the past two decades and more.
Penblwydd Hapus Tony – we salute you!
Aberystwyth Town Football Club has had to make the decision to lock up Park Avenue for the foreseeable future.
This decision has been taken after individuals and groups have been found to be using the 3G pitch without Club agreement and in contravention to Government Advice during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic.
Roped provisions protecting the 3G pitch against seagulls have also been taken down, resulting in damage to the surface.
Police have been informed of this activity and the gates to the ground have now been locked. If anyone is found attempting to use the pitch we will have no choice but to involve Dyfed Powys Police immediately.
Aberystwyth Town Football Club are delighted to announce that the club has been awarded UEFA European and Tier One Domestic Licences for the upcoming 2020/21 season.
The Domestic, or Tier 1 Licence is a prerequisite for admittance into the JD Welsh Premier League in 2020/21, while the UEFA Licence is needed by Clubs who have qualified for European Competitions.
Club Licensing Officer Thomas Crockett said: "Achieving these Licences represents a great achievement for any volunteer-run Football Club and I would like to publicly acknowledge the hard work of Tony Bates, David Evans, Gavin Allen, Dr Dafydd Edwards, Megan Meredith and Jimmy Edwards in particular for their significant contributions to the process this season."
Aberystwyth Town Football Club therefore retains its unique and proud record of achieving both licences at the first attempt on every single occasion since the FAW introduced the Licensing process in 2004/5.
Tristwch mawr i bawb yng Nhlwb Peldroed Tref Aberystwyth yw gorfod cyhoeddi marwolaeth ein Doctor Richard Edwards, a fu farw yn gynharach yr wythnos hon, ar ol brwydro’n ddewr a thiwmor ar yr ymenydd.
Rhoddodd Doctor Edwards gwasanaeth fel Doctor Clwb Peldroed Tref Aberystwyth am dros ddegawd, ac roedd yn gymeriad hoffus a phoblogaidd dros ben. Roedd ei sesiynau meddygol blynyddol yn sicrhau Trwyddedau Domestig ac Ewropeaidd i Aber, ac estynodd ei ymrwymiad fel gwirfoddolydd yn bellach. Ar un achlysur cwblhaodd Goruchwyliaeth Meddygol chwaraewr yn nhy’r Ysgrifennydd am 11 o’r gloch noswaith y dyddiad cau, er mwyn sicrhau fod y gwaith papur angenrheidiol wedi cwblhau mewn pryd!
Roedd e’n rhan anatod o ymgyrch y Gwyrdd a’r Duon yng Nghwpan Europa ym 2014, gan drefnu ECGs i nifer o’r chwaraewyr, ac roedd Chwaraewyr, Swyddogion a chefnogwyr y Clwb yn gwerthfawrogi ei natur hoffus a direidus. Wrth i salwch Dr Edwards gwaethygu, trosiodd awennau rol Doctor y Clwb i’w fab Dafydd, cyn golgeidwad i Dim Ieuenctid y Clwb gyrhaeddodd rownd Derfynol Cwpan Ieuenctod Cymru rhai blynyddoedd yn ol, ar ol iddo ddychwelyd i Geredigion o ochrau Caerdydd.
Roedd Richard yn Gymro Cymraeg i’r carn ac yn aelod anatod o’r gymuned. Roedd yn Drysorydd Pared Gwyl Dewi’r dref, yn aelod ddifuant o Glych Cinio Aberystwyth, ac roedd hefyd yn weithgar dros elusen HAHAV. Yn ei amser sbar hoffai sgio, chwarare golff a gwin coch, ac roedd yn falch dros ben o’i rol newydd fel Tadcu, a dderbyniodd ddwywaith yn ddiweddar.
Dywedodd Cadeirydd Clwb Peldroed Tref Aberystwyth Donald Kane: "Dolur calon yw clywed am farwolaeth Dr Richard Edwards. Roedd yn ddyn bonheddig, ffrind a chefnogwr ffyddlon i’n Clwb. Roedd chwaraewyr, swyddogion a rheolwyr y Clwb yn gwerthfawrogi ei flynyddoedd o help a gwasanaeth fel Doctor. Rydym yn cydymdeimlo a theulu sydd wedi colli gwr, tad a thadcu balch. Roedd Richard yn un o’r bobl mwyaf ffeind a gwrddais yn fy myw ac mae e’n golled ofnadwy ini. Cofiwn Dr Edwards”.
Estyna'r Clwb cydymdeimlad twyngalon at weddw Richard Dana, ei blant Dafydd a Fflur, a’r teulu estynedig ar amser anodd dros ben.
Aberystwyth Town FC is saddened to announce the passing of Honorary Club Doctor, Richard Edwards, who died earlier this week after a brave battle with a brain tumour.
Doctor Edwards served as Aber Town’s Doctor for over a decade and was an extremely popular and well loved character at the Club. His annual Medical Sessions with the Players ensured Aberystwyth Town gained Domestic and European Licences, and his commitment as a Club Volunteer went beyond the call of duty: even carrying out one Player Medical in the Secretary’s house at 11pm on deadline night, to ensure the Club submitted the required paperwork in time!
He was a crucial part of Aberystwyth Town’s foray into the Europa League in 2014, arranging ECG tests for many of the Squad, and his jovial nature and friendly character were appreciated by Players, Officials and supporters alike. As Dr Edwards’ illness grew his role as Club Doctor was taken over by his son Dafydd, who kept goal for Aber Town’s Youth Team in the FAW Welsh Youth Cup Final some years ago and has recently returned to the area after training in Cardiff.
Richard was a proud Welsh speaker and an active member of the community, Treasurer of the Town’s St Davids Day Parade “Pared Gwyl Dewi,” an active member of the Welsh language social group Cylch Cinio, and also involved with local Charity HAHAV. In his spare time he loved skiing, golfing and red wine, and was very proud to have recently become a grandfather twice over.
Club Chairman Donald Kane said: “It is with great sorrow that we hear of the passing of Dr Richard Edwards. He was a true gentleman, friend and supporter of our Club. His many years of help to ourselves in his capacity as a Doctor was appreciated by everyone at the Club, from players to officials and management. Our thoughts at this time go to his family, now without their loving husband, father and very proud grandfather. On a personal level, Richard was one of the nicest people I have ever met, a great person lost to us. RIP Dr Edwards.”
The Club expresses its deepest condolences to Richard’s widow Dana, his children Dafydd and Fflur, and their extended family at this difficult time.