Pontypridd Town A.F.C.

Pontypridd Town AFC is a Welsh football club, based in Pontypridd. The club play at USW Sports Park on Treforest Industrial Estate. The club plays in the Cymru South.

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Pontypridd Town Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Dragons
Founded1992
GroundUSW Sports Park, Pontypridd
Capacity1000
ChairmanPhillip Gibb
2019–20Cymru South, 9th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

1990sEdit

The club was formed in 1992 after Pontypridd Sports & Social Club merged with another team, Ynysybwl. They played at Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd .It was decided in their second season at the Park that they should be called Pontypridd Town AFC.

2000sEdit

In April 2006, former Cardiff City player Ryan Nicholls earned success at the first attempt as the club beat Cardiff Corries 4–1 to secure promotion for the 2006–07 season to the Welsh Football League First Division. Nicholls also took the club to round four of the FAW Welsh National Cup. Earlier in the competition, they had knocked out the Division Two and Division One champions, Pontardawe Town & Ton Pentre, as well as the biggest giant-killing of the season – a 1–0 home win over Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town.

The team manager for the 2007–08 season was Mal Camilleri but after the club's successive relegations down to Division Three, the club was on the brink of collapse. Discussions between Pontypridd Town and Treforest began. At the 11th hour, the club received support from local businessman Clayton Jones and was saved. In 2009 Cardiff businessman Phil Gibb joined the club and Allan Davies was appointed as Manager. Davies was an experienced defender who also coached at Graig FC in 2008 and previously spent ten years at Burton Albion where he played under Nigel Clough.

2010sEdit

In the 2010–11 season, the team started erratically, but from January they lost just two out of 20 games and they were on top of the table for more than two months. In the last week of the season, although they won the last game, they missed out on promotion to Division 2 on goal difference.

The 2013–14 season started with a change of management. Dominic Broad was appointed Manager, bringing in his brother Damien Broad as his Assistant Manager and Sam Houldsworth as First Team Coach. A week before the season started the club only had only 2 signed players, the others having followed Allan Davies out of the club. They quickly set about signing enough players to field a team for the first match and set themselves the target of maintaining Welsh League status, which they achieved by finishing 15th that year.

On 29 July 2014, Ponty played a pre-season friendly against Valencia CF Mestalla, the second team of Spanish La Liga giants Valencia CF. In the run-up to the game, TalkSPORT radio presenter Colin Murray picked up on news of the match as it gathered national media attention and decided to come and watch the game, inviting any of his listeners to join him. Well over 100 people from around the UK booked their flights to Valencia and spent 3 days supporting the club. Against this professional team, the club came away with a 3–0 defeat.[1]

In the summer of 2015, Assistant Manager Damien Broad took over the Manager's position from his brother Dominic due to work commitments; Dominic remained as Player/Assistant Manager. On 29 July 2015, exactly a year after the Valencia game, the club repeated it's feat by securing another high-profile friendly in Spain, this time against Deportivo de La Coruña.

In January 2016 Manager Damien Broad left the club having secured a prestigious coaching role with Manchester City based in China. Dominic Broad returned as Manager and lead the club to the Division Three title, breaking the club record for most wins in a season (25) with goalkeeper Ryan Griffiths breaking the club record for most Clean Sheets (14).

The talkSPORT Trophy: On 11 May 2016, almost 1,600 supporters from around the UK gathered in Ynysangharad Park to see Ponty Town take on the talkSPORT All-Stars. The brainchild of Dominic Broad and talksSPORT Radio presenter Colin Murray, the match saw a team of ex. professional footballers, other sportsmen and celebrities descended on Pontypridd in the inaugural talkSPORT Trophy. The All Stars fielded names including Danny Murphy, Dietmar Hamann, Danny Gabbidon, Simon Davies, Matthew Etherington, Micky Grey, Perry Groves, Martyn Williams, Mike Tindall, Sonny Pike, Max Rushden and Colin Murray. The club won the game 3–1 with goals from Luke Gullick, Scott Hillman and Omar Abdillahi, with a consolation penalty coming in the last minute for the All-Stars' Micky Grey.

After a successful 2015–16 season, the club sealed the Welsh Football League Division Three title in May 2016 after a 2–0 victory away at Tredegar Town. After their title-winning season, the club made several changes in the management team in their fierst season back in the Welsh Football League Division Two. Damien Broad returned in a Head Coach role at the club and alongside spending his days working at Bristol City's prestigious youth academy, whilst Welsh League veteran Phil Clay came in to replace Sam Houldsworth as Assistant Manager.

The Football Association of Wales were introducing the new Tier 2 Ground regulations for the 2018–19 season and Pontypridd Town's Ynysangharad Park did not comply with the new standards. After exploring a number of ground options with various parties including the local authority and Pontypridd RFC, the club approached the University of South Wales (USW) about the use of their Sports Campus on Treforest Industrial Estate and proceeded to use these facilities from the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

The club under Dom and Damien Broad had a tremendous season and obtained promotion to Welsh Football League Division One as runners up as well as getting to the fourth round of the Welsh Cup (eliminated by Penydarren BGC, then of the South Wales Alliance League). Unfortunately the new University of South Wales Tier 2 level facility was held up which meant the club either had to turn down promotion or find a ground share at a Tier 2 ground. After being turned down by Merthyr Town, Cambrian & Clydach and Ystrad Mynach Sports Centre, the club were helped by the Cardiff Athletic Stadium to start their season in the First Division after an FAW appeal. Due to excessive wear of the new surface at the Stadium the club had to find another ground after playing half the season there. Aberdare Town gave the club permission to play at their Aberaman Park Tier 2 ground for the remainder of the season.

The club appointed Lee Kendall as their new Manager with eleven games to go to the end of the season to replace the Broad brothers who left due to personal reasons. Lee is a fully qualified 'A' licence coach both for outfield players as well as goalkeepers.

Kendall left The Dragons at the end of the 2018/19 season. His assistant, Jonathan Jones, was appointed as his successor for the inaugural Cymru South campaign.

Current squadEdit

As of 23 May 2018[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   WAL Cameron Clarke
DF   WAL Shane Parry
DF   WAL Scott Hillman
DF   WAL Jack Wheeler
DF   WAL Lee Baldock
DF   WAL Zac Iheanacho
DF   WAL Lewis Baldwin
DF   WAL James Bloom
DF   WAL Tom Farmer
DF   WAL Vaughn Fowler
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   WAL Liam Shaw
MF   WAL Mathew Hibbs
MF   WAL Aiden Lewis
MF   WAL Harry Pilkington
MF   WAL Dean Clifford
FW   WAL Luke Gullick
FW   WAL Gavin Beddard
FW   WAL Kazeem Kareem
FW   WAL Josh Allen
FW   WAL Dylan Porter
FW   WAL Corey McKeary

HonoursEdit

Welsh Football League

  • Division 3 Winners: 2015–16
  • Division 2 Promotion: 2017–18

Final league positionsEdit

Season Division Pl W D L F A Pts Pos Notes
2016–17 D2 30 16 9 5 66 38 57 3rd
2015–16 D3 34 25 6 3 99 31 81 1st Promoted to Division 2
2014–15 D3 34 16 6 12 71 50 54 7th
2013–14 D3 36 10 8 18 46 81 38 15th
2012–13 D3 30 17 8 5 54 30 59 4th Missed promotion on GD
2011–12 D3 28 16 4 8 69 38 52 5th
2010–11 D3 34 19 6 9 73 50 63 5th
2009–10 D3 34 18 9 7 67 41 63 5th
2008–09 D2 34 5 6 23 39 100 21 18th Relegated
2007–08 D1 34 3 4 27 38 116 13 17th Relegated
2006–07 D1 36 24 8 4 88 37 80 03rd
2005-06 D2 34 26 6 2 91 28 84 01st Champions promoted Division 1
2004–05 D2 34 20 6 8 79 44 66 05th
2003–04 D2 32 8 5 19 39 58 29 15th
2002–03 D2 34 12 15 7 62 41 51 07th
2001–02 D3 34 20 9 5 77 32 69 03rd Promoted
2000–01 D3 30 10 10 10 40 47 40 10th
1999-00 D3 28 6 10 12 54 62 28 12th
1998–99 D2 30 4 1 25 43 111 13 16th Relegated
1997–98 D2 30 10 2 18 41 85 32 12th
1996–97 D2 30 9 4 17 46 71 31 11th
1995–96 D1 34 12 7 15 58 73 * 36 15th Relegated – (7 Points Deducted)
1994–95 D1 36 16 2 18 67 58 50 11th
1993–94 D1 34 15 8 11 53 43 53 05th
1992–93 D1 26 14 9 3 53 24 51 03rd
1991–92 D1 32 15 4 13 57 53 49 06th
1990–91 D1 32 11 4 17 55 60 37 11th

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ponty Run Valencia Close Archived 28 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Pontypridd Town First Team". Pontypridd Town A.F.C.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°34′10.6″N 3°16′53.9″W / 51.569611°N 3.281639°W / 51.569611; -3.281639