Athletic Ground (Aberdare)

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Aberdare Athletic Ground
Ynys Stadium
Location Aberdare, Wales
Coordinates 51°42′46″N 3°26′15″W / 51.7127°N 3.4374°W / 51.7127; -3.4374Coordinates: 51°42′46″N 3°26′15″W / 51.7127°N 3.4374°W / 51.7127; -3.4374
Record attendance 22,584
Surface Grass
Opened 1893
Closed 1934
Aberdare Athletic F.C.

The Athletic Ground, also known as the Ynys Stadium, was a mixed sports venue in Aberdare, Wales, which was predominantly used for football. It was the home of Aberdare Athletic, who were members of the Football League between 1921 and 1927.[1][2]


The ground was opened in 1893 as the home of Aberdare Town, who later became Aberdare Athletic.[3] On 1 January 1908 the Athletic Ground the venue of the first-ever rugby league international involving a team from outside the British Isles when Wales played New Zealand as part of the 1907–08 tour, with Wales winning 9–8.[4][5]

By 1920 the ground was still quite basic, with a narrow grandstand on the southern touchline and a cycle track around the pitch. With Aberdare attempting to gain entry to the Football League, the stand was rebuilt, the cycle track removed, and banking installed at each end of the pitch.[3] The following year saw the ground's record attendance of 22,584 set for a schoolboy international between Wales and England on 14 May. In the same year Aberdare were elected to the Football League, and the first League match was played at the ground on 27 August 1921, with Aberdare and Portsmouth drawing 0–0 in front of 9,722 spectators.

In 1927 Aberdare were voted out of the Football League. The ground was closed in 1934 and a leisure centre was later built on the site.[3]


  1. ^ Athletic Ground (Aberdare) Doing the 92
  2. ^ Promotion to/Relegation from the Football League by year
  3. ^ a b c Paul Smith & Shirley Smith (2005) The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds Second Edition 1888–2005, Yore Publications, p17, ISBN 0954783042
  4. ^ Rugby League – 100 years since it kicked off in Aberdare BBC Radio Wales
  5. ^ R League: The day Wales made history Wales on Sunday, 23 December 2007