Merthyr Town F.C.

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Merthyr Town
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Full nameMerthyr Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Martyrs, The Romans, Red & Greens
Founded1909 (as Merthyr Town A.F.C.)
Reformed 2010
GroundPenydarren Park, Merthyr Tydfil
Capacity10,000 (1,500 seated)
ManagerGavin Williams
LeagueSouthern League Premier Division South
2018–19Southern League Premier Division South, 13th of 22

Merthyr Town Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Tref Merthyr) is a Welsh semi-professional football club based in Merthyr Tydfil, currently playing in the Southern League Premier Division South, in the seventh tier of the English football league system.

Merthyr Town were founded in 1909 and played in the Football League from 1920 to 1930, but the club folded in 1934 and were replaced by new formed Merthyr Tydfil F.C. in 1945. In 2010, the club reformed again after Merthyr Tydfil F.C. was liquidated. Both versions of the club played at Penydarren Park.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The Merthyr Town team of 1909

In 1909, Merthyr Town joined the second division of the Southern League, which despite being primarily an English league, contained several other Welsh clubs, notably Cardiff City, Newport County and Swansea Town. After finishing third in 1911–12 the club were promoted to the first division, though they were relegated back to the second division in 1913–14. The Southern League did not operate during the First World War, and when it resumed for the 1919–20 season Merthyr were placed back in the top division.

In the summer of 1920 the Football League expanded with the creation of a new Third Division, which was made up entirely of the First Division of the Southern League from the previous season. Despite having finished second bottom in season before, usually a relegation place, Merthyr became a new member of the Football League.

In their first season in the Football League, the club had a much better season and finished 8th. This, however, proved to be their most successful league season, and it was followed by a gradual decline: 11th in 1921–2 and 17th in 1922–3. The 1923–4 season saw a slight improvement in league form as they finished 13th, but the major news was their appearance in the final of the Welsh Cup, though they lost 1–0 to Wrexham in a replay after a 2–2 draw.

From then on the club declined further, and finished bottom of the Third Division in 1924–5. Although they finished 14th in 1925–6, in the following seasons the club finished 17th, 21st, 20th and then bottom again, and were eventually voted out of the Football League in 1930.[1] They were replaced by the ill-fated Thames. During their penultimate season in the Football League the club had their best season in the FA Cup, getting past the first round for the only time, before losing to Watford in the second round.

The club dropped back into the Southern League, but lasted only four seasons, before ceasing to play in 1934.

Penydarren Park, home of Merthyr Town Football Club.

The new club[edit]

In 2010, Merthyr Tydfil F.C. of the Southern Football League Premier Division were liquidated. The club was reformed under the name of Merthyr Town and consequently were required to drop three divisions to begin the 2010–11 season in the Western Football League Division One. The club was also forced to switch grounds, and left Penydarren Park to take Rhiw Dda’r, the home of Taff's Well A.F.C. as their new home ground. In their first season they won Division One and were promoted to the Western League Premier Division.[2]

The newly promoted club once again called Penydarren Park home. Their first match back at their spiritual ground was a 1–9 defeat to Welsh Premier League side Llanelli in a pre-season friendly in July 2011.[3] However Merthyr went on to secure a second consecutive championship and with it promotion to the Southern League.

On 6 April 2015, Merthyr Town were promoted back to the Southern League Premier Division only five years after being expelled, following a 9–0 home win against Bishops Cleeve.[4] The club is fully owned by the supporters' trust.[5]

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 January 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Wales GK Ed Hewiston
Wales DF Adam Davies
Wales DF Scott Tancock
Wales DF Jay Foulston (on loan from Newport County)
Wales DF Jarrad Wright
Wales DF Miles John
Wales MF Ashley Evans
No. Position Player
Wales MF Matthew Harris
Wales MF Craig Reddy
Wales MF Jaye Bowen
Wales FW Ryan Prosser
Wales FW Ian Traylor
Wales FW Kerry Morgan
Wales FW Corey Jenkins

Management[edit]

Position Name
Director of Football Les Barlow
Manager Wales Gavin Williams
Assistant Manager Wales Dean Clarke
First Team Coach Ashley Thomas
Physiotherapist Jane Price
Kit Manager Barrie Thomas
Academy Manager Philip Llewellyn

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