Bridgend Town A.F.C. (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Tref Pen-y-bont) was a Welsh football club that played in the Welsh Football League. Historically, their local rivals were Maesteg Park who disbanded in 2009. In 2013, they merged with local rivals Bryntirion Athletic to form Pen-y-Bont.

Bridgend Town
Full nameBridgend Town Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bridge, The Fish
Founded1920; 104 years ago (1920)
Dissolved2013; 11 years ago (2013)
GroundBrewery Field, Bridgend
Capacity8,000 (1,100 seated)
ChairmanColin Mawer
ManagerMattie Davies
CoachTom Ramasut
LeagueWelsh Football League Division One
2012–13Welsh Football League Division One, 13th
WebsiteClub website

History

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Bridgend Town were originally formed in the early 1920s playing in the Welsh section of the Southern League. Despite finishing 6th, 14th and 4th, the side disbanded.

The club re-emerged in the 1960s playing in the Welsh League and were crowned Division 2 East champions in their first season. The club won the Welsh league in 1969 and did it again four years later, by that time the name of the club had changed to Everwarm FC due to the sponsorship from the local central heating company of the same name. In the 1976/1977 season Bridgend reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup, losing to Cardiff City. The following season Bridgend rejoined the Southern League and were promoted to the Southern Premier Division. In 1979/1980, Bridgend were crowned overall champions of the Southern League, having won the Midland Division of the Southern League, beating Dorchester Town 5–1 in the Championship play-off.

Bridgend returned to the Welsh pyramid in 1983, where they finished runner-up in the National Division twice. After being relegated to the Welsh League First Division and subsequently the Second Division, the club were eventually promoted back to the First Division in 2002/2003, where they have remained since.[1]

Bridgend Town vacated Coychurch Road in 2006 – their home for many years – to make way for associated works related to a new supermarket. They finished with a comprehensive 7–0 win over Croesyceiliog in their last fixture at the ground.

In the 2008–09 season, the club reached the semi-final of the Welsh Cup, losing 2–1 in a tight game to Bangor City who went on to retain the cup.

Temporary grounds and return to Bridgend

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Brewery Field

Bridgend Town set up a temporary base at Tyn-y-Wern Fields, University of Glamorgan, Treforest, having also played at Porthcawl since vacating Coychurch Road.

The club returned to Bridgend for the 2009–10 season, playing at the home of Bridgend Rugby, the Brewery Field. Bridgend Town are one of 24 clubs that have applied for a domestic club licence to compete in a 12-team Welsh Premier League for the 2010–11 season.[2]

The Brewery Field meets FAW Domestic Club Licensing requirements.

In December 2008, local company HD Limited announced plans for a "sporting village" at Island Farm, which includes a 15000-seater stadium, a 5000-capacity stadium for Bridgend Ravens and a 2000-capacity stadium for Bridgend Town.[3]

In September 2009, an outline application was lodged with Bridgend County Borough Council.[4]

Merger

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It was confirmed in 2013 that the club would merge with local rivals Bryntirion Athletic to form Pen-y-Bont given them access to £1,000,0000 of funding. The new club is based at Bryntirion Park and started life in Welsh Football League Division One from season 2013–14.[5]

The club's last match was against Pontardawe Town which ended 0–0.

Club honours

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League

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Cups

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References

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  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Welsh Premier League Football - Twenty four apply for domestic licence". Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  3. ^ WalesOnline (12 December 2008). "Dream sports complex would cost £40m". walesonline. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  4. ^ WalesOnline (16 September 2009). "Island Farm sports village takes one step closer to reality". walesonline. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  5. ^ Phillips, Terry (31 May 2013). "Bridgend Town and Bryntirion Athletic merge to make Pen-y-Bont FC". walesonline. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Football Club History Database – Bridgend Town". fchd.info. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Football Club History Database – Everwarm". fchd.info. Retrieved 12 January 2022.