Penybont F.C.

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Penybont Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Penybont) is a Welsh football club that plays in the Cymru Premier. The current club was formed in 2013, following the merger of Bridgend Town and Bryntirion Athletic. Penybont play their home games at Bryntirion Park (known as The SDM Glass Stadium for sponsorship reasons).

Penybont F.C.
Pen-y-Bont F.C.svg
Full namePenybont Football Club
Nickname(s)Bont
Founded1920; 101 years ago (1920) (as Bridgend Town A.F.C.)
2013; 8 years ago (2013) (as Penybont F.C., following merger with Bryntirion Athletic F.C.)
GroundThe SDM Glass Stadium, Bridgend
Capacity3,000 (500 seated)
ChairmanEmlyn Phillips
ManagerRhys Griffiths
LeagueCymru Premier
2019–20Cymru Premier, 10th
WebsiteClub website

To coincide with the merger of the two clubs, artificial turf was laid at Bryntirion Park and at the Bridgend College Football Academy in Pencoed, funded by the sale of Bridgend Town's former Coychurch Road ground to superstore giant ASDA.[1]

Inaugural 2013–14 SeasonEdit

 
The Bryntirion Park ground.

The club began the season with a series of away games as Bryntirion Park's 3G pitch installation was incomplete until January 2014. The club's first league game was away against Ton Pentre, the result of which was a 1–0 loss.[2]

The new pitch was officially opened by former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay on 7 January 2014 at a friendly game played against a Cardiff City Development XI. Cardiff's development team won the match 5–0.[3][4]

The club's first manager was Francis Ford, who had managed Bryntirion Athletic prior to the merger of the club with Bridgend Town.

Penybont ended their inaugural season in a third place finish in the Welsh Football League Division One.[5]

First seasons in Division One and promotion to the Cymru Premier 2013–2019Edit

On 18 January 2015 the club announced that it had reached a sponsorship agreement with Bridgend-based KYMCO Healthcare UK, which included renaming Bryntirion Park as The KYMCO Stadium.[6]

The club finished the season in 5th place in Welsh League Division One.[7]

On 12 September 2015, the club announced that it had applied for a Football Association of Wales Domestic License for the Cymru Premier. This indicated that the club was committed to improving the facilities at Bryntirion Park in order to make the club applicable for promotion to the top flight.[8]

In May 2016 Francis Ford resigned from his post as manager to be replaced by former Plymouth Argyle, Newport County and Cymru Premier footballer Rhys Griffiths. On 11 June, former Cardiff City and Newport County player Martyn Giles was appointed as his assistant.

On 13 April 2019 it was confirmed that the club had secured promotion to the Cymru Premier after promotion rivals Cambrian & Clydach Vale B.&G.C. and Cwmamman United A.F.C. suffered defeats.[9]

On 4 July 2019, former Dundee F.C. and Partick Thistle player Daniel Jefferies signed for the club.[10]

Current squadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   WAL Rhys Wilson
2 DF   WAL Liam Walsh
3 DF   WAL Kane Owen
4 MF   WAL Ashley Evans
5 DF   WAL Daniel Jefferies
6 DF   WAL Mael Davies
7 FW   NIR Kostya Georgievsky
8 MF   WAL Lewis Harling
9 FW   WAL Ben Ahmun
10 FW   WAL Nathan Wood
11 FW   WAL Ian Traylor
12 MF   WAL Oli Dalton
14 FW   WAL Sam Snaith
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF   WAL Billy Borge
18 DF   WAL Lewis Baldwin
19 MF   WAL Lewis Clutton
20 FW   ENG Matthew Harris
22 DF   WAL Connor Davies
24 MF   WAL Ioan Emanuel
25 MF   WAL Owain Warlow
26 FW   WAL Rhys Griffiths
32 GK   WAL Brad Borge
33 GK   WAL Ashley Morris
34 DF   ENG Ismail Yakubu
40 GK   WAL Sam Goodwin

Club honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Phillips, Terry (31 May 2013). "Bridgend Town and Bryntirion Athletic merge to make Pen-y-Bont FC". walesonline. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Earlier results". www.welshleague.org.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Phillips, Terry (7 January 2014). "Malky Mackay wishes new Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all the best". walesonline. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "KYMCO STADIUM". penybontfc.co.uk. Penybont FC. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  7. ^ "2014/15 Season Table". Welsh League. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2015.[full citation needed]
  8. ^ "Domestic License". penybontfc.co.uk. Pen Y Bont FC. Archived from the original on 19 March 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  9. ^ Pritchard, Tom. "Pen-y-Bont clinch promotion to top flight as rivals suffer defeat". Y Clwb Pel-Droed. Y Clwb Pel-droed. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Daniel Jefferies signs for Penybont FC". Penybont F.C. Penybont F.C. Retrieved 15 July 2019.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°30′43.1″N 3°36′32.1″W / 51.511972°N 3.608917°W / 51.511972; -3.608917