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).
|Full name||Penybont Football Club|
|Founded||1920 (as Bridgend Town A.F.C.)|
2013 (as Penybont F.C., following merger with Bryntirion Athletic F.C.)
|Ground||The SDM Glass Stadium, Bridgend|
|Capacity||3,000 (500 seated)|
|2019–20||Cymru Premier, 10th|
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.
Inaugural 2013–14 SeasonEdit
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.
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.
The club's first manager was Francis Ford, who had managed Bryntirion Athletic prior to the merger of the club with Bridgend Town.
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.
The club finished the season in 5th place in Welsh League Division One.
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.
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.
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- As Bridgend Town
- As Bryntirion Athletic
- 2011 Welsh Football League Division One Champions
- As Penybont
- 2018/19 Welsh Football League Division One Champions
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