Merthyr Tydfil F.C.

Last updated

Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr club logo.png
Full nameMerthyr Tydfil Football Club
Nickname(s)The Martyrs
Founded1945
Dissolved2010
Ground Penydarren Park, Merthyr Tydfil
Capacity10,000 (1,500 seated)
ChairmanAnthony Hughes
ManagerGarry Shephard
2009–10 Southern League Premier Division, 17th

Merthyr Tydfil Football Club was a Welsh football club based at the Penydarren Park ground in Merthyr Tydfil. In 2010 the club was liquidated and reformed under the name Merthyr Town, which was accepted into Division One of the Western League. [1]

Contents

History

Merthyr against Ipswich Town in 1951 Merthyr v Ipswich football match (10870171575).jpg
Merthyr against Ipswich Town in 1951

The club was formed in 1945, and joined the Welsh League. In their first season, they finished as runners-up, and joined the Southern League. The club were immensely successful in their first few seasons, winning the championship in 1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52 and 1953–54. In the 1947–48 championship-winning season, Merthyr only dropped one point at home (against Colchester United) and only lost four games all season. However, despite their success, the club failed to be elected to the English Football League. The 1950–51 season ended with Merthyr winning the Southern League, the Welsh Cup, the Southern League Cup and the Welsh Challenge Cup.

After bouncing between the various Southern League divisions during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the club finally won their sixth championship in 1988–89, making them joint Southern League title record-holders together with Southampton. This time, winning the championship meant promotion to the Football Conference, the fifth level of English football. The club finished ninth in their first two seasons, and then fourth. However, they then went into decline, and were relegated back to the Southern League in 1995, where they remained until reforming in 2010. They should have been relegated a season earlier, but were reprieved when Northern Premier League champions Marine failed to meet the stadium criteria for the league.

Penydarren Park, former home of Merthyr Tydfil Football Club Pennydarren park.jpg
Penydarren Park, former home of Merthyr Tydfil Football Club

The club's best FA Cup performance was reaching the second round, which they managed in 1946–47 (losing 3–1 to Reading), 1954–55 (losing 7–1 to Bradford City), 1973–74 (losing 3–0 to Hendon), 1979–80 (losing 3–1 in a replay with Chesham United) and 1990–91 (losing 5–1 to Woking). The only time the club managed to defeat a Football League club in the FA Cup was in the first round of the 1946–47 cup, when they beat Bristol Rovers 3–1.

The club were considerably more successful in the Welsh Cup, which they won on three occasions: 1949 (beating Swansea Town 2–0), 1951 (beating Cardiff City 3–2 in a replay) and 1987 (beating Newport County 1–0 in a replay). In addition, the club finished as runners-up in 1947 and 1952.

After winning the final in 1987, the club were allowed to enter the European Cup Winners' Cup, at a time when English clubs were banned from European competition. In the first round, they were drawn against the Italian club Atalanta. The club managed a win in the first leg at home, beating the Italians 2–1. However, the return leg was lost 2–0, and the club were out.

Historically, the club's biggest rivals are Gloucester City. The two clubs played over 120 times in their history, making it one of the most played Anglo-Welsh derbies in football. In the late 1990s and early 2000s Newport County were local rivals but the teams have not met in the same league for many years.

Honours

League

Cup

Club records

Related Research Articles

Newport County A.F.C. Association football club based in Newport, Wales, United Kingdom

Newport County Association Football Club is a professional football club in Newport, South Wales. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. The club's usual home colours are amber shirts and black shorts.

Rhyl F.C. association football club

Rhyl Football Club is a Welsh football club from Rhyl in Denbighshire, playing in the Cymru North.

Telford United F.C. defunct English association football club based in Telford

Telford United Football Club was an English football club based in Telford, Shropshire.

Mossley A.F.C. English football club

Mossley Association Football Club is a football club in Mossley, Greater Manchester, England. Nicknamed the Lilywhites after the white shirts adopted in 1912, they are currently members of the Northern Premier League Division One North West and play at Seel Park.

Hednesford Town F.C. association football team

Hednesford Town Football Club is a football club based in Hednesford, Staffordshire, England. They are currently members of the Southern League Premier Division Central and play at Keys Park.

Bedford Town F.C.

Bedford Town Football Club is a football club based in the Borough of Bedford, England. The club are currently members of the Southern League Division One Central and play at the Eyrie in Cardington, a village on the outskirts of Bedford. They are full members of the Football Association and affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association.

Chesham United F.C.

Chesham United Football Club is a semi-professional football club in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England. Nicknamed "the Generals", they are currently members of the Southern League Premier Division South and play at the Meadow.

Grantham Town F.C. association football club in Grantham, England

Grantham Town Football Club is a football club, based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division and play at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium.

Redditch United F.C. association football club

Redditch United Football Club is an English football club based in Redditch, Worcestershire. The club participates in the Southern League Premier Division Central and play their home games at the Trico Stadium.

Merthyr Town F.C.

Merthyr Town Football Club 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.

Newport (IOW) F.C.

Newport Football Club is a semi-pro football club based in Newport on the Isle of Wight, England. They are currently members of the Wessex League Division One and play at St Georges Park.

Barnstaple Town F.C.

Barnstaple Town Football Club is a football club based in Barnstaple, Devon, England. They are currently members of Division One South & West of the Southern League and play at Mill Road.

Bideford A.F.C. association football club

Bideford Association Football Club is a football club based in Bideford, Devon, England. They are currently members of the Southern League Division One South and play at the Sports Ground. The club are nicknamed "The Robins" due to their all-red strip.

Boreham Wood F.C. association football club in England

Boreham Wood Football Club is a professional football club based in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England. They are currently members of the National League, the fifth tier of English football, and play at Meadow Park. Established in 1948, they are known as "the Wood" and have a local rivalry with St Albans City.

Atherstone Town F.C.

Atherstone Town Football Club is a football club based in Atherstone, Warwickshire, England. They are currently members of the Midland League Division One and play at Sheepy Road.

Chippenham Town F.C.

Chippenham Town Football Club is a football club based in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the National League South, the sixth tier of English football, and play their games at Hardenhuish Park.

Kettering Town F.C. association football club

Kettering Town Football Club is a football club based in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England. They are currently members of the National League North, the sixth tier of English football, and play at Latimer Park in nearby Burton Latimer. Kettering were the first club to wear sponsorship upon their shirts in 1976, and as of 2015, were the leading FA Cup goalscorers of all time.

Merthyr Saints A.F.C. is a Welsh football club based in Merthyr Tydfil. Having previously played in the Welsh Football League the club now play in the South Wales Alliance League.

Troedyrhiw F.C. were an association football team based in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough, where they played in the South Wales Amateur League First Division. They have entered the FA Cup on six occasions in the late 1940s and early 1950s, losing at the first qualifying round stage each time. They played in the Welsh Football League finishing 14th in the 2009-10 Welsh Football League Division Three season. They then dropped to the South Wales Amateur League before folding in 2012.

Penydarren BGC is a football club based in Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil. During the 2018-19 season they gained promotion to the Welsh Football League Division One. They are best known for their run in the 2017–18 Welsh Cup by making the quarter final where they faced Bangor City

References

  1. WalesOnline (15 July 2010). "Revamped Merthyr ready for next chapter". walesonline. Retrieved 6 February 2019.