Pre Season Friendly
Friday 2nd August (ko 7.30pm)
Aberystwyth Town v Haverfordwest County
First Team Football returns to Park Avenue on Friday night after a break of almost three weeks, as the Black and Greens host neighbours JD Cymru (South) side Haverfordwest County in their final pre season friendly match of 2019.
Since their last outing at Park Ave, a 2-2 draw at home to Llantwit Major, Aber have twice crossed the border to face difficult opponents, losing to Gloucester City (4-0) and 3-1 to a Crewe Alex XI last Saturday morning in a behind closed doors match, when Marc Williams' goal was the one consolation. A number of trialists have played in these matches and Luke Boundford has been formally added to the Squad for 2019/20, with more signings certain to follow.
County for their part have a new look squad themselves and will provide an excellent final test for Matthew Bishop's men ahead of their Season Opener in the Rhondda on Saturday 10th August, away to Cambrian & Clydach BGC in the Nathaniel MG Cup Second Round (ko 2.30pm).
Admission will cost £5 for Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 for Under 16s. See you down at Park Avenue for another Fab Friday under the lights!
The Football Association of Wales has announced a new brand identity and sponsorship deal for the top two tiers of the men’s domestic game. Forty-five clubs from across the country will come together as one community, under a new identity: the Cymru Leagues.
‘Cymru Premier’, the newly named top tier of Welsh football will form the peak of the new pyramid system. ‘Cymru North’ and ‘Cymru South’ replaces the Huws Gray Alliance and Welsh League Division 1 respectively, with both leagues coming under the FAW’s jurisdiction for the first time.
JD will continue their support of Welsh domestic football by becoming the title sponsor of all three divisions, which will henceforth be known as the JD Cymru Premier, JD Cymru North and JD Cymru South, with JD Cymru Leagues becoming the overarching name for the leagues.
The three leagues encompass every corner of Wales, which is why the new bilingual naming system places ‘Cymru’ at the heart of Welsh football.
Alongside the naming system, a new visual identity has been created for the leagues. A key component of the FAW’s brand identity, the daffodil, has previously been used to represent the 11 players of the national teams and will now be incorporated within the Cymru Leagues.
Seven daffodils, each representing one of the seven leagues of Welsh domestic football’s top three tiers, upon completion of the pyramid restructure, come together to form the striking ball logo. The recent success of our domestic teams has captured the true Welsh spirit of supporters across the country. A radical departure from past identities, the modern logo reflects the modernisation of the new pyramid structure and the future ambitions of Welsh football.
JD recognise this and have been a partner of Welsh domestic football since 2015 and the new deal sees the FAW’s partnership with JD cemented for the next seven seasons, with the sponsorship running until the 2025/26 season.
Aberystwyth Town FC are delighted to announce the signing of forward Luke Boundford from Newtown FC.
Presteigne based Luke is well known for his time at Latham Park. He joined the Robins in 2011/12 and since then has scored 61 goals from 220 starts, including six WPL goals last season. His consistent return of goals over eight seasons have been a major factor in the Robins qualifying for the UEFA Europa League (in which Luke also scored), a number of Top Six finishes and a Welsh Cup Final.
Many of Luke’s goal seemed to come against the Black and Greens but Town fans can now look forward to seeing Boundford’s physical presence and eye for goal at the right end!
Everyone at Aberystwyth Town FC welcomes Luke to Park Avenue and we look forward to many more goals in the seasons to come.
Pre Season Friendly
Thursday 18th July
Gloucester City 4 Aberystwyth Town 0
A depleted Aberystwyth Town side fell to a comprehensive defeat away to National League (North) side Gloucester City in last night's Pre Season Friendly, played at Evesham United.
Missing six first team squad members, the Black and Greens competed well for the first hour of the game and Fabien Robert's 45th minute strike was the only difference between the sides at the break. However three goals in six minutes after the hour decided the match outcome in the hosts' favour, with Marlon Jackson (64), a trialist (68) and Joe Parker (70 mins) making the difference.
Matthew Bishop's Black and Greens will be hoping for a better outcome in their next match a week on Saturday, away to Crewe Alexandra Under 21s, behind closed doors (with an 11am kick off).
Gloucester City: Jeacock, Thomas, Smith, Hamilton, Avery, Knowles, J Jackson, Hanks, M Jackson, Robert, Kotwica. Subs: Unwin, Bremner, Handley, Richards, Spark, Parker, Turley.
Aberystwyth Town: Fairbrother, Kerr, S Edwards, Mendes, Baynes, Birch, Boss, R Edwards, Ahmadi, Phillips, A Trialist. Subs: Kellaway, A Trialist, Ricketts, Rees.
Pre Season Friendly
Thursday 18th July (KO 7.45pm)
Gloucester City v Aberystwyth Town (at Evesham United FC)
Aberystwyth Town head of off on a 116 mile voyage of discovery to the Cotswolds tomorrow evening, as their pre season schedule leads them along the A44 to the fair town of Evesham in Worcestershire, to face National League (North) side Gloucester City.
‘The Tigers’ have relocated to the Jubilee Ground while their home Stadium in Gloucester is being developed, but they play at a very good level and will be tough opponents to say the least. Playing in the National League (South) they finished 17th with 47 points from 42 matches last time round. Gloucester finished the season strongly with Frenchman Fabien Robert and Manager Mike Cook winning Player and Manager of the Month for April 2019 respectively, so they will be optimistic of an even more positive season in 2019/20. Due to the vagaries of the English pyramid system they have now been placed into the National League (North) alongside Non League giants such as Kidderminster Harriers, AFC Telford, Chester, Darlington, York City and Hereford. Find out more about Gloucester City on their excellent website here: http://www.gloucestercityafc.com/.
Aber have looked good in parts in their two pre season openers at home to Llanidloes Town and Llantwit Major, with Rio Ahmadi, Richie Ricketts, Steff Edwards, Paolo Mendes and Joe Phillips all finding the net; however tomorrow’s task away from home will be a different kind of test and an intriguing challenge for Matthew Bishop’s men.
The match will be played at Evesham United FC, The Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium, Cheltenham Road, Evesham, WR11 2LZ and will kick off at 7.45pm. Don’t say we never take you anywhere new!!
David Henry Hides RIP (1939-2019)
Aberystwyth Town FC extends its deepest condolences to the family of Dai Hides, who sadly passed away over the weekend, to his widow Paula, his children Ollie, Chris and Charlotte and the whole of the wider Hides family.
Dai, with his great expertise in seeds gleaned from a long career at the Plant Breeding Station, was an Advisor to groundsman Bryan Pugh Jones for many years, and served as Club Director between August 2008 and July 2013. Dai's advice was crucial to maintaining the superb grass playing surface at Park Avenue which allowed the Club to host regular UEFA European ties, National Cup Finals and Internationals over the past twenty years.
With his trademark pipe in hand Dai was an instantly recognizable figure on match days, finding his spot near the Tea Hut, and his good nature and friendly disposition made him a very popular figure at the Club.
Dai’s extended family retain close links to the Club. His son Ollie began his illustrious broadcasting career commentating on the Black and Greens on Radio Bronglais, and his daughter Charlotte is married to ex Aber midfielder Sion Meredith.
We hope that the family will be able to join us for a minute’s silence to pay tribute to Dai’s contribution to Aberystwyth Town Football Club at a mutually convenient time.